Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

General FAQ

You must:

  • be at least 14 years of age. As an all-age corps, we have no upper limit on age.
  • live in the Huntsville area, the Tennessee Valley Region, or have the ability to attend all rehearsals/performances.
  • be able to fulfill our affordable financial requirements.
  • be able to get to and from rehearsals and events safely.

We have Experience Camps in the Spring. These are intended as a ‘no-pressure’ setting for prospective and returning members to experience The Rocketeers. This is an excellent way for a prospective member to check out the corps and its staff. You can find out more about the Experience Camps by clicking here.

You can also contact us at this link.

SoundSport  is a Drum Corps International sponsored activity that showcases instrumental ensembles from 5 to 50+ performers of any instrumentation, spotlighting their unique talents and creativity like never before!  SoundSport ensembles can be from colleges, high schools, middle schools, or independent groups such as drum & bugle corps. The Rocketeers compete in the All-Age class of SoundSport.

Yes. The Rocketeers compete as a marching unit in the All-Age Class of DCI SoundSport. We also compete in the Mini Corps division of Drum Corps Associates (DCA). All members have the choice of participating in one or both competitive groups.

Dues & Fees for the 2016 season are still under review.  Keep an eye on the website for more information.

First, we strive to keep member cost as low as possible. Dues & fees will cover out-of-town transportation, food, practice facilities, instrument purchases, music, instruction and more.  All camp payments will be deducted from your member dues. Members will provide their own black (non-shiny) marching shoes and inexpensive uniform.  Some ‘un-covered’ costs are ancillary items such as black gloves or instrument towel for the brass members or the occasional meal during travel.

We offer ways to reduce member dues through fundraising and other means. Above all, we don’t want cost to be an obstacle to joining!

No. We have corps-owned brass and percussion instruments available for checkout. The Rocketeers hornline uses 3 valve Kanstul G Bugles.

For any additional information not mentioned here, please contact us at info@therocketeers.org.

Brass FAQ

The Rocketeers brass line plays on Kanstul three valve bugles. They are related to and play very similar to their concert/marching band counterparts except for being pitched in the key of G. Most brass players adapt very quickly. The biggest difference, for most people, is adjusting to the key of the instrument. If you’re a trombone player you’ll also need to adjust to using valves instead of a slide, but that’s not a difficult transition.

Here’s a list of our bugles and their concert band relations:
Soprano Bugle – The Soprano voice of the bugle choir. Most closely related to the trumpet/cornet and uses the same mouthpiece as a trumpet.
Mellophone Bugle – This is part of the Alto voice of the bugle choir. It’s very closely related to the mellophones used in marching band. Typically it’s a substitute for the French horn as it uses a mouthpiece similar to a trumpet but with a deeper V-style cup/bowl. It has a darker sound than the soprano, and the large bell gives it a big sound.
Baritone Bugle – This is the Tenor voice of the bugle choir. Its closest relative would be a concert baritone horn. It uses the same small-shank mouthpiece as most baritone horns or trombones.
Euphonium Bugle – This is also part of the tenor voice of the bugle choir. It’s closely related to a concert euphonium. It’s different from a baritone bugle in that it has a larger conical bore and larger bell. It use a large-shank mouthpiece and produces a nice dark, rich, deep sound.
Contrabass Bugle – This instrument provides the Bass voice in the bugle choir. It’s closely related to the concert Tuba but is placed on the players shoulder with the bell facing front while being played.

All of the bugles use the same fingerings as a trumpet or treble clef baritone horn. Music is usually written in treble clef; however, we provide bass clef versions for our low brass brethren.

It is unlikely participating in Drum and Bugle Corps will negatively impact your concert playing. (At least not in The Rocketeers!) You should be able to use the same mouthpiece as your concert instrument. The playing techniques we focus on easily translate to becoming a better brass player and musician indoors. You should generally find that you will end up with more endurance and play with a stronger, more supported and darker sound. Part of our mission is to help you become a better musician.

Percussion FAQ

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Colorguard FAQ

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