FAQs


What class does dsp compete in?

We compete in Percussion Independent World (PIW) in the SCPA circuit and WGI.  We travel to the World Championships every season.


i'm from out of town, can i still audition?

YES!  Send us an email describing your situation and we can assist you with arrangements.  We've had members audition and participate from Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, Texas, Michigan, San Diego, NorthCal, even Canada and Japan!

You may submit a video audition if you are too far to attend auditions, but in order to be awarded membership, you'll likely have to be seen in person.  All of this can be discussed on an individual basis via email or through Messenger on Facebook.


I don’t think I’m good enough to make dark sky - should I still audition?

Definitely.  Every year people end up marching that didn't think they were ready.  You never know unless you try!  If it turns out you're not quite ready for World Class membership, getting to experience a World Class Audition and learn from some of the best educators in the country will help you become a better player and more confident in the future.


can i be in high school and still march dsp?

In accordance with the WGI policy:

“WGI discourages independent units from utilizing membership composed of any high school students who were previously enrolled in an active indoor percussion high school program and have not yet graduated."

Dark Sky will not recruit students from local high school programs that have a competitive indoor percussion program. If there are reasons that you cannot or will not participate in your high school program, a letter in writing from your band director is required for consideration.


how can i prepare for the audition process?

Download the Audition Packet for the instrument you are interested in and do your best to learn and retain it!  Packet links will be posted here and on our Facebook page approximately mid-August.

Confidence goes a long way - you can’t be confident if you don’t know your stuff, so learn the exercises in the packet.

The audition process will also include visual elements and responsibilities.


There is a one-time Audition Fee of $50 onsite. The audition fee can be paid in cash or by credit card via Square.

Tuition is $2100

Fundraising opportunities are available during the season and participation is encouraged to offset tuition payments.  

How much does it cost to march with Dark Sky?


After auditions, the Dark Sky Preseason includes Sundays for approximately 8 weeks. Beginning November 30th through April, Dark Sky "Camps" are Friday nights, all day Saturday and Sundays until 6pm.  Times are dependent on show dates and site availability. 

Our schedule is available under the calendar section of the website.  We participate in SCPA and WGI shows in February and March and travel to Dayton, OH for the WGI World Championships in April.  

What is the rehearsal and performance schedule for the season?


what if i want to march drum corps?

Awesome!  We encourage participation in DCI and request that our members choose wisely in order to limit missed rehearsal time.  Our drill staging camp is Nov 30, Dec 1-2 and is mandatory so plan DCI auditions around this weekend if you are a battery member.


my family wants to be involved during the season.  how can they help?

DSP loves volunteers and those who want to donate their time, goods or services!

We always need help with uniform adjustments, prop building, fundraising coordination, meal preparation, and sometimes driving.

Friends and family are always welcome!


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