DCI Competitive SoundSport Ensemble
The Columbus Saints SoundSport are an all-age drum & bugle corps competing in Drum Corps International’s (DCI) Sound Sport Division based in Columbus, OH. We provide a competitive performance program found in modern drum corps blended with a community and educational focused experience found in classic drum corps.
Like many WGI, DCI, and DCA esembles, we rehearse and compete primarily on the weekends (Fri-Sun), have an affordable cost allowing members to enjoy the camaraderie and experience of drum corps with a regional touring schedule. Our corps competes in the all-age class and and is perfect for those who love drum corps, work during the summer but still want to tour, drum corps age outs, and more! Many of our members and alumni have marched with the Saints and gone on the next season to become members of numerous DCI and WGI Finalists, College marching bands, and collegiate music programs.
Our season includes a variety of competitions and performances including traveling to places like Chicago, Whitewater, Allentown, and more culminating in Indianapolis the morning of DCI World Championships. The corps won their first Gold Medal in 2016 at DCI Southeastern Championships Atlanta and Best in Show at SoundSport Whitewater; building on their past Silver medal wins. Join us for 2017 and experience drum corps in Central Ohio!
Have more questions? Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to learn more about the corps.
Who becomes a Saint?
Each season all performing positions are open within the corps open to ages 12 and up. As such, our membership primarily includes high school/college students, recent graduates, and drum corps age outs. This creates a unique dynamic that draws on the strength of members, staff, and our community to provide an education focused and fun experience!
We offer membership to all based on the following factors:
- Teachable attitude
- Willingness and ability to learn
- Overall Physical fitness
- Ability to meet all time commitments requirements
- Ability to meet dues requirements or commit to alternative fundraising
- Over 18 – Ability to pass background check
* DISTANCE, AND HOLIDAYS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE ABSENCES
To audition you must complete and application, pay the registration fee, and arrive on time to the specified event ready to play. After registration, an audition packet will be sent to your email following it’s release prior to camp.
Unless noted all camps run Friday 7PM – Sunday 3PM. Bring needed items including instrument, change of clothes, sleeping gear (air mattress, sheets etc), toiletries, towel, athletic shoes, and any personal items or medications needed. Location – Logan Conference Center (30682 Chieftain Dr Logan, Ohio)
|Spring Auditions #1||Apr 21-23||Brass & Guard Only|
|Spring Auditions #2||May 5-7||All Sections|
|May #2||May 19-21||All Sections|
|Move-Ins||Jun 5-10||All Sections|
|SDCA DuBois||Jun 16-18||Depart Fri 7PM|
|Fri Rehearsal||Jun 23rd||Starts 7PM|
|*DCI Massillon||Jun 24th||Pending Approval|
|*June Tour – Depart||Jun 29th||TBA|
|*June Tour – Day 1||Jun 30th||Milton, WI|
|*June Tour – Day 2||Jul 1st||Sun Prairie, WI|
|*June Tour – Day 3||Jul 2nd||Whitewater, WI|
|4th of July Parade #1||Jul 4th||TBA|
|4th of July Parade #2||Jul 4th||TBA|
|Summer Break||Jul 5-12th||Take A Vacation!|
|Jul Tour – Depart||Jul 13th||TBA|
|Jul Tour – Day 1||Jul 14th||Clinic|
|Jul Tour – Day 2||Jul 15th||Whitewater, WI|
|Jul Tour – Day 3||Jul 16th||Depart 9AM|
|Fri Rehearsal||Jul 21st||Starts 7PM|
|*DCI 3 Rivers||Jul 22nd||Pending Approval|
|Fri Rehearsal||Jul 28th||TBA|
|*DCI Johnsonburg||Jul 29-30th||TBA|
|Sun Rehearsal||Jul 30th||Pending Approval|
|*DCI Dublin||Jul 31st||Pending Approval|
|Fri Rehearsal||Aug 4th||Starts 7PM|
|DCI Eastern Championships||Aug 5-6th||SoundSport|
|FINAL Rehearsal||Aug 6th||TBA|
|DCI World Championships||Aug 11-13th||SoundSport|
Please note that all fees go directly to the operations of the Columbus Saints Performing Arts and covers only a portion of the operation of the organization. We offer a variety of opportunities to help reduce the cost of participation including concessions, sponsorship programs and more. The membership financial obligations for members of the 2017 Columbus Saints Drum & Bugle Corps is $1300 with payment schedule listed below:
Audition Fee $50 Jan $250 (due upon contract) Feb $250 March $250 April $250 May $250 – FINAL PAYMENT
Spring Join Members OnlyMay $250 – (due upon contract) Move Ins $500 (due at camp) Jun $250 (due before Jun Tour) Jul $250 (due before Jul Tour)
*A late fee of $50 will be assessed for each payment if paid made after due date (the day after the camp).*Non-contracted members attending camps for call backs will be accessed a $25 camp fee per camp.
*At the corps’ discretion, ANY member who has failed to adhere to the member payment schedule, may have their participation revoked for the season.