FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BECOMING A MEMBER OF IDENTITY:
WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ON AUDITIONS?
Go to our Audition page on this website.
WHAT CLASS DOES IDENTITY COMPETE?
Identity will field as many competitive guards as required by membership interest. 2018 Classification will be dependent on auditions
CAN I BE IN IDENTITY AND IN COLLEGE ALSO?
Absolutely. You are encouraged to have a job or be in school while participating as a performer of Identity. Identity rehearsals are held only during the weekend. A tentative season schedule can be found here.
CAN I BE A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT AND BE A MEMBER OF PRIDE?
A Winter Guard International Policy created in 1996 reads:
“WGI discourages independent color guards from utilizing membership composed of any high school students who were previously enrolled in an active winter guard high school program and have not yet graduated.”
Identity will in no way recruit students from local high school programs that have a Scholastic Winter Guard. Identity believes that this rule fosters growth in local high schools programs.
YOU ARE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE IN AUDITIONS AND CLINICS! Participating in auditions AND CLINICS are a great way to learn new techniques and understand what is expected as a member of an Independent organization. Everyone is welcome to audition.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Membership dues will be discussed at auditions. Fees range from $1000-$1400. We have one of the lowest fees in the state! A payment plan will be presented if you are contracted.
DO YOU OFFER FUNDRAISERS?
Identity is a 501c3 non-profit. This will help you receive donations to offset your fees. We will also do fundraising that help reduce the cost of your season. Without organizational fundraising, fees would range in the $1,600-$1,800 range!
WHAT OTHER EXPENSES DO WE HAVE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR?
Not included in the membership dues are expenses like an Identity Jacket (approx. $50), and any shoes, gloves, or undergarments needed for your performance. If the guard goes on a trip, you may be asked to pay for certain meals, while the guard will take care of others. All transportation for WGI Events are on your own. Housing is also usually on your own expect for WGI World Championships.
CAN I STILL TEACH A HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM?
It is our hope that performers from Identity would have an interest in teaching high school groups in the area. Often there are many opportunities. Becoming part of Identity, you will realize all members involved make many sacrifices. One is the sacrifice of time.
IS ATTENDANCE AT REHEARSALS MANDATORY?
Even with teaching another group, one must understand that you have made a commitment to be a performer in Identity. College related activities that are a part of a grade, and family emergencies have been excused in the past. Time management of your family, school, work and social schedules needs to allow you to attend every rehearsal.