A program of A+ Education and Performing Arts

Who Are the Raiders?

The mission of the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps is to provide young adults, ages 14-21, from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, with music, educational and character-building experiences through the vehicle of the performing arts.

The Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps, founded in 1990, is a nationally competitive drum corps based in Burlington, NJ. As a non-profit 501c(3) organization, the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps was founded with one primary goal - to afford any young adult the opportunity to march in a drum corps while providing a world class experience. The Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps guarantees an experience to young adults unlike any other in the performing arts. Here they can combine the intellect of artistic and musical virtues with the achievement and excellence of athletic prowess. The benefits of being a Raider transcend competitive success. They build life enhancing skills and self-confidence that will assist them throughout their adult life. They will be better citizens, employees, students, parents, and friends because of all they learn.


Drum Corps International:

16 Time World Semi-Finalist & Finalist - 96,98,99,01,02,03,04,05,06,07,08,09,10,11,12,13

2006 Bronze Medalist

2005 Divisional and World Champion - Best Percussion, Best General Effect

2001 Silver Medalist - Best Brass, Best General Effect

What Does it Take to be a Raider?

At the beginning of every season every position is available. You do not have to be a world class performer to be a member of the Raiders.

Membership is based upon the following factors:

  • Dedication
  • Willingness and ability to learn
  • Talent
  • Physical fitness
  • Ability to meet all time commitments and financial requirements
While talent is an important factor, we are most interested in an individual who is willing to learn and work hard to improve. This is the type of member who has helped place the Raiders among the best corps in the history of DCI Open Class.

Auditions for the corps take place over the course of several camps. You will be given material to work on and will be worked on at the next camp to help measure your ability to grow and learn. It is not vital that you attend each camp, but it is in your best interest to attend every possible camp so that you can get the best and fairest evaluation from our staff.

What Can I Expect at My First Audition Camp?

  • To have fun, meet new people, make new friends and learn a lot about drum corps!
  • A complete orientation sesson with the Raiders management team.
  • You will learn all about what it takes to be a part of DCI and the Raiders: the time commitment, costs, tour, schedule and your participation will be fully explained.
  • Ample time will be allotted throughout the weekend for you to ask questions.
  • A complete orientation by the Raiders primary instructional staff.
  • Staff specifically directed to your position (Brass, Percussion or Color Guard) will give you all the technical information about performing as a Raider. You will have one-on-one time with your primary instructor, so any questions can be answered at that time.
  • The entire weekend is part of your audition.
  • There will be ample opportunities for you to perform for the instructional staff in both group and individual settings.
  • Your "off the field" attitude and actions throughout the weekend will also be part of your audition, including the way you interact with the staff and members during the overnight period - so don't forget your sleeping gear and toiletries!
  • A relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere surrounded by dedicated professional educators and staff who love drum corps and want to welcome you to the Raider Family!

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