How do I audition?
Auditions usually takes place in September or October. First we have a preliminary audition and than callbacks. Once the callback round is completed, in a few days you will receive a letter about your membership.
Do I need to attend the camps to audition?
You do not have to attend the camps to audition. But we strongly encourage that you attend our camps, you will acquire skills and learn routines that will come in handy when the audition rolls in.
What is the practice schedule like?
Typically, the Open team rehearses on Fridays from 7-11pm, Saturdays from 2-8pm (varies season to season), and every other Sundays (time TBA). Rehearsal schedule for the A team is Fridays from 7-11pm, Saturdays 9am-2pm (varies), and every other Sunday 1-9pm during show season, the Open class Friday rehearsal time stays but Saturday times will vary for both teams depending on performance time and space availability.
What is the maximum age you accept?
According to WGI, to march in Independent A performers can not be over 22 years of age as of 12:01 on April 1st of the given year. To march Independent Open, performers can not be over 23 years of age as of 12:01 of April 1st of the given year.
How much does it cost?
Fees tend to be around $1,800-2,000 for the Open team and $1,500-1,700 for the A team (fees are subjected to change). The money goes towards out of state trips, local competitions, uniforms, equipments, instructional staff, space, and other expenses. Anesidora Winter Guard is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a 509(a)(2) designation as a private charity.
Are there ways to lower my fees?
Yes, Anesidora offers many fundraising opportunities to help lower your financial obligations and need-based scholarships. We also offer monthly payments.
Can I be a college student and a member of Anesidora at the same time?
Absolutely, many of our cast members are currently college students and/or working part time or full time jobs. It is a commitment and will require a lot of time management, but it is definitely possible.
Can I be a high school student and a member of Anesidora at the same time?
A Winter Guard International Policy created in 1996 reads:
“WGI discourages independent color guards from utilizing membership composed of any high school students who were previously enrolled in an active winter guard high school program and have not yet graduated.”
Anesidora will in no way recruit students from local high school programs that have a Scholastic Winter Guard. We strongly believe this rule fosters the growth of many local high school winter guard programs.
Exceptions can be made if your high school does not have winter guard program. If a high schooler wishes to join despite the school having a winter guard program, they will be accepted at the discretion of the parents and the band director.