Raiders... you may take the field for competition! The most exciting words you will ever hear.
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. You just have to have dedication, a willingness to learn and raw talent.
As parents, guardians, educators and friends your commitment and support is essential to the success of the members. There are many ways to help, all you need is the commitment.
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.
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:
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.