The Cost

When you sign a Member Agreement with The Saints, you agree to the financial obligations and payment schedule associated with that membership.

Payment of membership dues is MANDATORY. You need to demonstrate a willingness and ability to fulfill the financial commitment as described on the website at columbussaints.org, member handbook, and your member agreement. We expect payments to be made on-time per the detailed financial schedule. Any difficulties in adhering to the payment schedule must be discussed with corps directors, including being evaluated for an extended payment plan agreement.

Any contracted member not able to pay their portion of dues on-time per the payment schedule will result in the possible termination of an existing contract/participation agreement, suspension of participation, replacement of that member, or shifting of responsibilities/positions within the organization. There is a NO REFUND POLICY for participants of our audition camps or to contracted members to Saints (unless inline with listed reasons in 2021 Membership Agreement).

Fees for the 2021 season are as follows, and covers 

  • $400 Membership Tuition*
  • $20 Credit Processing Fee
  • $30 for 18+ Background Check Fee
  • Need based Extended Payment Plan available with director approval

Expenses covered in these fees include: Lodging On Tour, Some Food (during summer competition days; free days/time not included), Instruction & Staffing, Uniform Care & Maintenance, Out of State Travel, Equipment Care & Maintenance.

The Reality….

Drum corps is an activity that has costs that have to be paid. The Saints work incredibly hard to keep costs low for members, while still providing a competitive experience. Understand; IF YOU PAY LATE – it hurts our ability to educate, compete, retain staff, order instruments and more. Your on-time payment of fees is absolutely vital to our success during the season.

For the 2021 season, we are moving to a lower cost, monthly payment schedule. Our goal is to reduce the impact of participating in the program by spreading it out over a longer period of time at a lower monthly cost.

Scholarships

2021 Alumni Sponsorship – Ten fully sponsored positions are available for five (5) brass, and five (5) percussion members with the following criteria: Must be an alumni of DCI, DCA Open Class, WGI World Class, or have completed at least two seasons of college marching band. Full details and requirements for sponsorship are located 2021 Age-Out & College Scholarship.

2021 Student Scholarship – Four full and partial scholarships for HS students in the greater Columbus area. This scholarship was created to enable local Columbus students to participate in drum corps at no cost to themselves, based on need. 2021 Student Scholarship

* Members who are seeking a needs based sponsorship must contact the Executive Director to discuss obtaining authorization and required forms at lcarlton@columbussaints.org

Payment Schedule

Payments must be made on time as best possible. Members who join after April must make their final payment by Jul 24th which enables the corps to meet it’s outstanding needs for the summer.

  • Apr | $125 ($75 per rehearsal)
  • May | $100  ($50 per rehearsal)
  • Jun | $100 ($50 per rehearsal)
  • Jul 24th| $75 ($25 per rehearsal)

Pay Fees

  Payment $100   Payment $75   Payment $25   Background Check $30 General Payment
$100.00 USD
$75.00 USD
$25.00 USD
$30.00 USD
$5.00 USD


Members seeking a special payment plan must speak with the Executive Director. This includes those who wish to pay offline. Checks can be mailed to the Saints Office P.O. Box 248520 Columbus, Ohio 43224 by the end of  the month listed in the chart above (so plan accordingly if you are going to mail a check).

Checks can be made out to Columbus Saints. If you are writing a check for member dues, please ensure that the member’s full name and a brief description is written on the memo line of each check. We do not accept starter checks. Please ensure that a name, address, phone number, and check number are at the top of each check.

The payment of membership dues is MANDATORY. We expect payments to be made on-time per the outlined financial schedule above. Any difficulties in adhering to the payment schedule must be discussed with corps management. Any difficulties in adhering to the payment schedule must be discussed with corps directors, including being evaluated for an extended payment plan agreement.