May 21, 2018

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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.

  • Yes, however we ask that you attend at least one of the two open house camps (Nov or Dec).
  • If after attending camp you wish to continue it is imperative that you work with the director and admin staff to coordinate your calendar and work out any schedule conflicts.
  • If you missed camp please contact us at info@therocketeers.org.
  • Note that coming into the season midway through you may not getting the instrument or position you want.
  • The Rocketeers are one of a handful of corps in the US that still use traditional G bugles.
  • All bugles will be 2 or 3 valve silver bugles manufactured by Kanstul, King or Dynasty.
  • Bugles are voiced similar to marching band however the names are different. We play Soprano, Alto, Mello, French Horn, Baritone, Euphonium and Contrabass bugles.

Color Guard FAQ

  • Yes, however we ask that you attend at least one of the two open house camps (Nov or Dec).
  • If after attending camp you wish to continue it is imperative that you work with the director and admin staff to coordinate your calendar and work out any schedule conflicts.
  • If you missed camp please contact us at info@therocketeers.org.
  • Note that coming into the season midway through you may not getting the instrument or position you want.

General FAQ

  • All Age is 14 and up. There is no age cap at 22 like DCI Open or World Class.
  • Youth, Young Adults and seasoned adults can all march together.
  • Anyone with 2 or more years experience on brass or percussion are welcome to join.
  • Special provisions can be made for students under 14 provided the parent is also a marching/volunteer member.
  • Live in the Huntsville area, North Alabama, Southern Tennessee or Northern Mississippi.
  • 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.
  • DCA is Drum Corps Associates. DCA is most prominent in the Northeastern US and Canada however in recent years DCA has begun to grow in the South.
  • DCA was formerly referred to as Senior Corps however in the last 20 years has shifted to All Age.
  • Many DCI corps over the years have shifted to DCA. Corps like Kilties, Bridgemen, Skyliners …
  • Newer DCA corps of note are Atlanta CV, Alliance (ATL), Southern Knights (BHAM) & Cadets 2.
  • All Age is 14 and up. There is no age cap at 22 like DCI Open or World Class.
  • Youth, Young Adults and seasoned adults can all march together.
  • Class A is a classification by DCA for smaller All Age field corps ranging from 35 to 65 members not including drum majors..

Yes. The Rocketeers compete as a Class A All-Age marching unit in both DCI and DCA circuits.

  • $750 for the marching season. This covers expenses while on tour. Uniforms, travel, food, contest fees, insurance, equipment …
  • Expenses for rehearsal weekends are the responsibility of each member.
  • Spending money while on tour is the responsibility of each member.

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.

  • One weekend a month in Nov – Mar
  • Three times a month in April & May
  • Every weekend in June & July rehearsals & performance
  • July will have a 4th of July parade performance as well
  • August may have an additional competition depending on school schedules for HS and college members.
  • The Rocketeers Experience camp will give you a chance to experience a typical rehearsal weekend. You will cover all aspects of drum corps from brass, percussion, guard technique to marching and drill skills. Cost of the camp weekend is $25 and that includes facility, instruction and lunch on Saturday as well as a Rocketeers Experience tee shirt
  • There is no housing accommodations for the Rocketeers Experience camp.
  • If you miss the November camp you may attend the December camp.
  • Currently we are planning 4 to 6 competitions throughout the Southeast. Tentative contests include Montgomery, Mobile, Atlanta, Birmingham, Ohio and North Carolina.
  • The Rocketeers may also participate in the Baltimore 4th of July parade circuit. This is a 3 day trip with 5 or 6 parades. This trip is a major fundraising event for the Rocketeers general budget.
  • The Rocketeers will wear traditional marching band/corps uniforms.
  • Since this is our first year with a field corps we do not yet have uniforms however our colors are red, white, black, silver and gold. Our uniforms will be some combination of those colors.
  • Our parent organization NADBCA (North Alabama Drum & Bugle Corps Association, Inc.
  • NADBCA is a 501c-3 nonprofit corporation founded in 2011.
  • The Rocketeers, Solid Rocket Brass and Momentum Percussion are all performance ensembles under the NADBCA 501c-3.

Percussion FAQ

  • Yes, however we ask that you attend at least one of the two open house camps (Nov or Dec).
  • If after attending camp you wish to continue it is imperative that you work with the director and admin staff to coordinate your calendar and work out any schedule conflicts.
  • If you missed camp please contact us at info@therocketeers.org.
  • Note that coming into the season midway through you may not getting the instrument or position you want.
  • The Rocketeers own a full Pearl Championship Maple battery as well as various pit and mallet instruments.
  • Momentum Percussion is an indoor drumline under our parent organization NADBCA .
  • Momentum was launched as a pilot program for the 2016 season.
  • Momentum won the 2016 SCDC Class A division for drumline.
  • After the 2016 season the NADBCA board made the decision to temporarily suspend Momentum and focus on the Rocketeers and building a sustainable parent organization that would allow growth and longevity in the future.

Percussion FAQ

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Colorguard FAQ

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