How do I join?
- Fill out the Membership Request Form on the website.
- Check our rehearsal and performance schedule to find out where we are next and when.
What is the Schedule?
The Bushwackers practice and perform only on the weekends leaving the weekdays free for other activities such as school, work, and social time. Winter rehearsals start after our Open House and our season runs for about 9 months to the first weekend of September. The schedule is roughly as follows:
- Winter/Spring Camps and Rehearsals for brass and percussion (December through May): In the winter, we come in one full weekend per month (from Saturday to Sunday) plus one Sunday per month. In the spring, we increase the number of rehearsals to two or three weekends per month. These rehearsals are all indoors and we prepare mostly with music and marching fundamentals.
- Free Spin Clinics (January through April): For the color guard, we offer one free spin clinic each month staring in January. In April, the spin clinic is also our first round of color guard auditions for the competitive corps.
- Summer Program Rehearsals (May through June): We rehearse every weekend learning the bulk of the visual portion of the show outdoors.
- Summer Program Competitive Season (June through August): We have a performance on almost every Saturday evening and on some Sundays. During this time, the weekend camps start on Friday evening and go until Sunday at 5:00 pm.
- DCA Championshsips (Labor Day Weekend): in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. We have full day practices on Thursday and Friday before the weekend, and then travel to Championships where we stay at a housing and rehearsal location until we return to the Princeton area on Labor Day Monday.
How much does it cost?
After Open House, the winter and spring camps and rehearsals for brass and percussion are $75 per weekend. There are no rehearsals for color guard during the winter, but there are free spin clinics. We limit the camp fees to five, so once you’ve attended your fifth camp, every additional camp throughout the winter and spring are free.
The summer program, which begins the third weekend of May, carries a summer tuition fee of $950 for all members. This is due upon receiving confirmation from the corps that a spot in the competitive corps has been offered, usually through a membership contract. A payment plan is available.
We aim to provide an experience that is similar to an all-inclusive, world-class DCI corps operating only on weekends. The camp fees and summer tuition include:
- World-class rehearsal facilities including sleep-over facilities and showers
- All music instruments and visual equipment, and all instruction by the top instructors in the industry
- Modern coach buses driven by professional drivers from rehearsals to competitions that are over an hour away (about 8-10 bus trips)
- All food while with the corps. On a camp weekend, this normally includes Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Sunday breakfast and lunch. During Championships, this includes at least three meals a day. In addition, on show days, we provide an extra pre-competition meal at the show site.
What financial assistance is available?
We have several ways for members to raise money towards reducing their tuition.
- There will be several fundraisers members can participate in throughout the season. Many members raise a good portion of their tuition with these fund raisers and some members have raised their entire fee.
- We will help members find sponsorships that will help reduce the amount they will need to put towards their tuition.
- We offer a $50 discount for siblings and a $100 to $300 discount for returning members.