This page is intended to answer your questions on Heat Wave of Florida. Want to join in on the discussion? Check out the Heat Wave of Florida Auditions Facebook group and ask the staff a question there.


Q: How many openings are there this year?

A: We will have positions available for brass, percussion, colorguard and field conductors. Everyone is required to ­audition every year. 

Q: How old do I have to be? Is there an age limit?

A: While most people who march for the Heat Wave Drum & Bugle Corps are between 16 and 21 years old , we recommend anyone interested at any age come to Heat Wave camps to learn more about what is expected.  It is also a chance to see how the corps operates as well as a chance for the Heat Wave staff to get to know you. Being in Heat Wave is more than just being a certain age–it is about your level of commitment, physical health, maturity, and attitude. The maximum age limit for DCI is 21 years old.


Q: How do I become a member of the Heat Wave Drum & Bugle Corps?

A: Heat Wave will have 4 Auditions Camps and 1 Callback Camp that will be located throughout the state of Florida. During the audition camp, you will meet and learn from the Heat Wave instructional staff and receive feedback on your marching, playing, and performing abilities. Potential embers that receive an invite to our callback camp and are required to attend in order to be eligible for a spot within Heat Wave. Members who are chosen for the corps are required to attend subsequent winter/spring/summer camps. The reality is that you will never know whether or not you have what it takes unless you try, but there are several things you can do to maximize your chances of being contracted: attend both audition camps, show self-confidence and a desire to learn, and demonstrate that you can fulfill the expectations of the organization.


Q: How do auditions work?

All listed auditions are part of a two-step process. The Heat Wave Audition Camps are designed to introduce you to the drum corps as well as to allow you the opportunity to audition with the hope of being invited to our callback camp in January.

Staff will evaluate potential members individually and in group rehearsal settings. All returning members are required to re-audition with new auditionees so that equal consideration may be given. Selection of our membership is based on an individual’s talent, attendance, attitude, physical health, and ability to pay fees.

Although not mandatory, it is highly recommended that you attend more than one of the camps offered in  to increase your exposure to our instructors and materials. If invited, you must attend our January callback camp for the final audition which will determine membership in the corps.  NOTE: In addition to the summer move-ins and tour, contracted members are required to attend camps in February, March, April, May, June and July.

All accepted members are expected to complete homework assignments and fulfill financial commitments to the drum corps, including making scheduled tuition payments.

Q: Do you have Drum Major Auditions? 

A: No, our drum majors will be selected from previous members that have marched at least one full season with Heat Wave. We will have field conductor position you can apply and audition for.

Q: What do I need for Heat Wave Camps?

You will need all of your rehearsal gear, best kept in a backpack: water jug (at least a half gallon), a 3-ring binder with sheet protectors, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. Heat Wave’s camps last two days, so you should also have everything you will need for an overnight stay: a sleeping bag, pillow(s), and clothes and toiletry items to last you the weekend. Showers are available at the camp location. In addition, you will need to bring some paperwork, which will be released as auditions approach: audition and/or camp fee, medical release form, liability waiver, and media release form.

Extra necessities for each caption:
Brass: mouthpiece(s), instrument, cloth gloves, black towel for the instrument
Percussion: sticks/mallets
Guard: leather/fingerless gloves, 6′ pole with a silk

Q: May my parents come to a Heat Wave Camp or event?

A: Parents are welcome to spend the weekend with the drum corps if they are willing to pitch in and help our volunteers out cooking meals or working on equipment. Parents should use the camp volunteer signup on our Current Volunteer Requests page. Rehearsals are also open to parents to observe at any time if it does not interfere with the activity. There will always be a general meeting at the beginning of each camp followed by a parent meeting. We usually have a show-and-tell performance on the last day of our camps in the afternoon for parents to see what has been rehearsed during the weekend.

Q: Can I send in a video audition? 

A: Yes, Video auditions will be accepted for Brass, Guard, and Percussion spots. All video auditions must be turned in by December 29, 2018. Note: Those submitting a video audition will be required to pay the audition fee.

 Q: What can I do to improve my chances of making the corps? 

A: Most importantly, show up! Each year, many potential members who could have made the corps cut themselves by giving up after just one camp or even before the first camp. Work hard, practice, have a positive attitude, and have fun.

Q: Do I need to register to audition? 

A: We highly recommend you register online and pay your fees in advance of your arrival at our camps; however, we are prepared to accept your fees and paperwork when you arrive. There will be a check-in table for preregistered auditionees as well as one to pay fees upon arrival.

Q: Where do I register for a Heat Wave Auditions? 

A: Click here to register

Q: How do I purchase and download my audition packet?

A: You can go to to purchase your packet. Once you’ve paid for your packet you’ll be taken to the order details page. On the order details page, there will be a link for you to download your packet. Also, you’ll receive a confirmation email and the link will be there as well.

Q: What do I do if I arrive late to a camp? 

A: Check in at registration before going to audition/rehearsal. Registration will be open for 2-hours after check-in. If you are later than that, you must register at the next noon meal of the camp.

Q: When can I check out a horn/drum/equipment? 

A: Your caption head will determine policy for instrument/equipment check out.

Q: How much are all of the fees? 

A: The tuition cost for in 2019 will be finalized by December 2018. You can expect 2019 tuition to be between $3,200-$3,600. Tuition covers the full cost of participation in the corps, including spring training housing and meals, tour meals and transportation, instruction, and equipment. There will also be a uniform fee of $150 that will be assessed to every member. The one-time Audition Fee is $125 for prospective members. Tuition payments will be broken down into payments that are paid at every camp by all attendees. Payments will start in February 2019. Limited additional expenses may be incurred. Please see additional information and policies in the Membership Contract (which will be provided once you are accepted into the Heat Wave Drum & Bugle Corps as a member).


The one-time Audition fee is due when you register for your first Heat Wave camp. All audition fees, camp fees, and tuition payments are non-refundable.

Q: Are there ways to reduce the tuition fees? 

A: Yes, there are a variety of ways to reduce your membership fee. We hold several fundraisers for the organization throughout the year. You can also seek out sponsorships from friends, family, local businesses and other sources. We will discuss these options further at camps.

Q: When do I pay my tuition? 

A: There will be a payment schedule attached to each members contract and handbook..

Q: What time is rehearsal over? 

A: Camps will typically conclude at 6:00 pm on Sunday. Refer to the camp schedule for the most up-to-date information regarding camp locations and times.

Q: Do I need to bring my own equipment? 

A: We do ask that you bring your own equipment if you can because of the number of people that will be auditioning. Brass and percussion auditionees should bring an appropriate instrument if possible, along with a mouthpiece or sticks/mallets. Auditioning Colorguard should bring a 6′ flag pole with a silk. We supply you with the all the equipment you’ll need once you are a member.

Q: What do I do about high school graduation events that conflict with Heat Wave? 

A: We encourage you to go to your graduation ceremonies and formal events. However, as soon as those are completed we expect you to fulfill your commitment to the Heat Wave Drum & Bugle Corps and return to the drum corps. Taking days away from rehearsal to attend senior graduation parties with friends and family is not acceptable. We ask that you limit the time away from rehearsal as much as absolutely possible. Your caption heads can help guide you through this.