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The Show Must Go On: Coping with the Disappointment of a Drum Corps Rejection

It's hard to imagine anything more devastating than getting cut from a drum corps audition. You've spent months preparing, honing your skills, and dreaming of the day when you'll be a member of one of the most elite marching ensembles in the world. And then, it doesn't happen. You're left feeling sad, disappointed, and maybe even a little lost. Many of us have been there, including myself.


But it's important to remember that getting cut from a drum corps audition is not the end of the world. It's not even the end of your marching career. It's just a setback. And like any setback, it's something that you can overcome.


First and foremost, it's important to allow yourself to feel your emotions. It's okay to be sad, disappointed, and even angry. These are normal reactions to a difficult situation. Give yourself permission to feel whatever you're feeling. Cry if you need to, or scream into a pillow. But don't let those emotions consume you. These emotions are temporary.


Once you've given yourself permission to feel your emotions, it's time to start looking ahead. Think about what you can do to improve your chances of making the cut next time. Maybe you need to work on your marching technique, or your stamina, or your musicianship. Make a plan to address those areas, and then start working on them right away.


Another way to overcome sadness is to find a new opportunity. Many other ensembles are trying to fill spots, and you could be the perfect fit for them! These groups can be just as rewarding, and they may offer you a chance to perform in front of similar audiences in a similar setting!


Finally, don't forget to surround yourself with a supportive community. Talk to friends, family, or a trusted mentor about your disappointment. Share your feelings, listen to their advice, and take comfort in knowing that you are not alone.


Remember, getting cut from a drum corps audition is not the end of the world. It's just a setback. And like any setback, it's something that you can overcome. With hard work, determination, and a positive attitude, you'll be back on that field before you know it.



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