Q:  How do I become a member?

A:   Monarch Independent is a by-audition only independent indoor percussion ensemble. Each year, during September & October, there are pre-audition experience camps that will give you the best possible chance of successfully becoming a member of Monarch. At these experience camps, our staff will be able to give you individual driven feedback. They also give you the opportunity to interact with the staff and vets so you can become familiar with them and get as much out of these experience camps!  Auditions will take place in November and at that time you are encouraged to audition for the instrument that most suits your abilities based upon feedback you have been given.

Q:  Will my high school or college band program interfere with Monarch?

 A:   Monarch only accepts the most responsible, mature, and motivated students. You must be able to manage your schedule, practice routine, finances, and your grades. We are sensitive to the schedule of band programs and you are expected to attend all required band functions. If you are involved with an indoor percussion ensemble at your school, scheduling with Monarch may be a challenge but it is still possible. You must keep an open line of communication with your directors to make sure that conflicts between the two groups are minimal.

Q:  How often are practices?

 A:   We rehearse every weekend from Friday night through Sunday afternoon. We usually start the season in December once the ensemble has been set. Our first major event is our extended camp in December from the 26th through the 31st as a sort of “all-days” to put the show together. Subsequently, we will have one of these extended camps again in March. We do our best to schedule around
school activities. Please check this website and calendar regularly for updates and other pertinent information. 

Q:  Will this interfere with Drum Corps?

A:   We anticipate many of our members being involved in drum corps both locally and around the country. We encourage everyone to march during the summer months, as it provides invaluable experience. We will do our best to work around drum corps camp schedules as long as there is great communication at all time. 

Q:  How will I know the schedule?

A:   All Monarch dates for rehearsals and shows will be posted on the CALENDAR tab of the website. Our FACEBOOK page is going to have more detailed and time sensitive announcements regarding rehearsals and facilities. Typically, rehearsals will start on Friday at 8:00 PM and go until 4:00 PM on Sunday.

Q:  How do I stay in touch with the group and know what is happening in between rehearsal weekends?

A:   All members are required to have a Facebook account so we can add you to the Monarch group that has updated day-to-day operations and logistics. We will also provide all members with a master email and phone list. You are expected to stay in touch with your section members and instructors on a regular basis. It cannot be stressed enough that communication is key to our success.

Q:  Where and when do we compete?

A:   We compete at all local shows for the TCGC circuit and WGI Championships in Dayton, Ohio. Local shows are typically every weekend beginning mid-February until the first weekend of April. WGI Championships is 3 days, April 19th-21st.

Q:  How much are fees?

A:   Our four experience camps are $30 and are non-refundable. There are two audition camps that are $50 each and will go toward your personal dues should you receive a contract in Monarch Independent. Dues will be $1,350 for the 2018 season. 

$50    Audition Camp Round #1

$50    Audition Camp Round #2

$300  December 29th: DUES Payment #1

$300  January 26th: DUES Payment #2

$325  February 23rd: DUES Payment #3

$325  March 30th: DUES Payment #4

 TOTAL $1,350

Our dues cover the cost of instruction, rehearsal facilities, show fees, uniforms, instruments, sticks and mallets, floor and props, and your housing at WGI championships. If you are accepted into Monarch, you are required to participate in any group fundraisers and provide your own method of transportation to WGI Championships in Dayton, Ohio.

Q:  How do we get to Dayton, Ohio?

A:   Most members purchase flights to and from WGI Championships as their method of transportation. Once accepted into the ensemble, you will need to make purchasing your plane tickets your first priority. The price of your dues DOES include housing accommodations in Dayton. We encourage groups of members to purchase tickets together. Those members that are under 18 will need to fly with an adult.

Q:  Do I need to come to all of the experience camps and both audition camps?

A:   The experience camps are designed to give you feedback from our staff as well as to get an understanding of how the audition process will work. It is required that everyone who is planning on auditioning for Monarch is available to attend Audition Camp Round #1 or submit a video audition by the posted deadline (See below for more info on video auditions). Audition Camp Round #2 will be by invitation only based on the results from Round #1. Round #2 will determine membership for our 2018 season.

Q:   Can I submit a video audition instead?

A:   Video audition submissions will only be accepted by international prospective members and on a case-by-case basis for EXTREME conflict circumstances. Video audition information will be posted as it becomes available in October. Please contact monarchpercussion@gmail.com if you needing to submit a video audition.

Q:  Does Monarch provide meals?

A:   Members are responsible for their own meals at all Monarch functions. There are various places to eat close to where we rehearse.

Q:  Do you offer fundraisers to help offset the cost of dues?

A:   We do not offer fundraisers to offset dues. However, we will provide a sponsorship letter for members to send out to family and friends who can potentially donate to your dues.

Q:  Will Monarch interfere with extra curricular activities?

A:   If you are involved with activities that have conflicts with Friday evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays then it will be difficult (but not impossible) to join Monarch. Band activities with your college or high school programs will be excused. Be sure to communicate those conflicts as far in advance as possible.

Q:  Can my parents help out with the ensemble?

A:   ABSOLUTELY! We highly encourage all members to get their parents involved with the Monarch support group. Our volunteer group helps get us on and off the floor at all shows, helps sew uniforms, builds props, drives trucks, and gets the Monarch name even further into the world. Parent support is an integral part of any marching organization. If you wish to help with Monarch in any way please contact our ensemble director at monarchpercussion@gmail.com

Q:  How can I get a ride to practice?

A:   We have members coming from all over Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma every weekend. Getting a ride once you make the ensemble is usually not a problem. In the event that you make the ensemble and no one is coming from your area you are still responsible for getting to and from practice ON TIME.

Q:  What is the ensemble size?

A:   Typically, Monarch consists of snares, quads, basses, cymbals, and front ensemble. The ensemble will total 42 members or more and will be determined during audition camps.

Q:  What grips does the ensemble use?

A:   The snare line plays traditional grip. The keyboards use Stevens grip. If you are not familiar with these techniques they will be explained at the experience and audition camps.

Q:  What should I prepare for auditions?

A:   You can purchase all audition material on our website in the SHOP tab at the top of our website. It will come with a digital download of the material you desire to audition on. It is recommended that you purchase your experience camp instead of the stand alone packet as you will receive your packet when you purchase your experience camp. 

Q:  What is the show theme for the 2018 season?

A:   The 2018 show title will be announced once the season has begun so stay tuned!