Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a member?
Breakthrough Indoor Percussion is an audition only independent indoor drumline.
Will my high school program interfere with Breakthrough?
We encourage all prospective members to participate in their high school programs and make those programs priority. If your high school offers anindoor drumline program then you are expected to consider this option before auditioning for Breakthrough. If your school offers a program, under the WGAZ/WGI/AIA rules you must receive a waiver from your band director in order to participate in an independent line within the circuit. We are also sensitive to high school programs that participate in concert band and solo and ensemble contests and you are expected to attend all high school functions. We will gladly work with you and your time conflicts provided they are brought to our attention in advance.
How often are practices?
For our 2016 - 2017 rehearsal schedule, we will rehearse primarily on Friday's, Saturday's, and Sunday's, from mid November through April. This allows members that instruct/participate in high school ensembles time to prepare them and take care of those duties for Saturday shows. Please check the schedule to see when our rehearsal camps will take place.
Will this interfere will Drum Corps?
We anticipate many members of Breakthrough being involved in drum corps both locally and around the country. We encourage everyone to march during the summer months, as it provides valuable experience. We will do our best to work around drum corps camp schedules - Again, please bring time conflicts to our attention well in advance.
How much are fees?
The 2016-2017 season fee is $1600 for Battery/Front Ensemble members, $950 for Visual Ensemble members, which includes everything you need for a successful season, and all of the out-of-state (California & Ohio) travel, transportation and accommodations that you need to be part of Breakthrough. The audition fee of $30 will cover lunch on both days, your audition, and clinic. We are doing all we can to help keep costs to our members, as low as possible.
Do you offer fundraisers?
We offer multiple fundraisers and opportunities for our members to raise funds during the season which will help drive down fees. As soon as our first rehearsal/meeting into the season, we will release fundraising opportunities.
Will Breakthrough interfere with extra curricular activities?
We do not hold practices during the school week except for Friday evenings. If you play a sport that has conflicts with Friday's - Sunday's then it will be difficult (but not impossible) to join Breakthrough. Contact us and we will do our best to work with you on scheduling.
Can my parents/family help out with the ensemble?
We encourage all members to get their parents/families involved with the Breakthrough Indoor Percussion support group/booster club. This group helps get us off and on the floor at all shows, helps sew uniforms, builds props, and a large number of other supportive things. Without parent support, we would absolutely not be possible. We want members, parents, and their families to become part of the Breakthrough family!
How can I get a ride to practice?
We have members coming from all over Arizona. Getting a ride to practice 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.
What is the size of the ensemble?
Breakthrough Indoor Percussion owns a complete battery of: 8 snares, 4 tenors, 5 basses, and 8 cymbals. We also own a complete front ensemble of: 4-5 marimbas, 4 vibes, timpani, bells, chimes, 2 xylophones, drumset(s), complete electronic equipment as well as an entirely overstocked set of auxiliary equipment. We have enough instruments to field an ensemble of 40+.
What grips does the ensemble use?
The snare line plays traditional grip. The keyboards use both Burton and Stevens grip. If you are not familiar with these techniques, they will be explained at the audition camp.