Emotions ran high on Sunday as the Crown Guard completed auditions with the final roster being announced in the early afternoon. The last day of April camp also saw the brass and percussion chunk through a large portion of show music.
"This is the most talent we've had audition for the guard in my 14 years with Crown," said Caption Supervisor Michael Townsend. "The advantage to having so many talented and experienced performers audition is it has enabled us to design the show with specific roles in mind."
The unfortunate side to the Crown Guard audition process is that there aren't enough spots for everyone. "There were a lot of tough decisions to make," said Michael. The guard staff was up late Saturday night reviewing individual videos and evaluating performers before the final audition process began Sunday morning.
The auditions began with the mix of returning vets and new members taking to the gym floor at Fort Mill High School in small groups. They went performed a short dance routine before demonstrating their skills with flag, rifle and sabre.
The weekend was busy for the brass and percussion too. Spots for these sections were mostly solidified back in January, so this camp was dedicated to perfecting new music and refining marching and movement technique.
Saturday morning, both the brass and percussion worked with the Crown visual Caption Supervisor Ron Hardin and his team on marching technique. The afternoon and evening were spent learning new music, while Sunday the brass and percussion rehearsed show music together before ending the weekend in the early afternoon.
On Saturday Frank Sullivan, Brass Consultant and Arranger, helped the Crown Pit add new sound effects to the music. Sound Designer is a new role for Frank this year, and Percussion Arranger and Director, Thom Hannum, is excited about his contributions. "Frank is is a talented writer and is used to arranging complete shows for marching band," said Thom. "So he knows how to coordinate things so the sound designs work well and enhance the music." Frank has been a Brass Consultant with Crown since 2014. He designs marching band shows for Inspire... Music and Entertainment Productions, an arranging and composition company based in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Thom Hannum, along with Crown Percussion Caption Supervisor, Tom Aungst, are excited about the 2016 percussion program. "We have a lot of talent in the battery and are excited about the addition of Crown Pit Arranger and Caption Supervisor, Jim Ancona, and his team to the percussion staff," said Thom.
According to Crown Tour Director Nancy Coates the weekend could not have gone any better. "We had a great turnout of volunteers help out this weekend," said Nancy. Volunteers helped on the kitchen truck, fitted members for uniforms, sewed and much more.
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