Q: How much does it cost to join?
A: Corps members pay dues every year. For 2016, that fee will be $50.00. Those funds pay for new uniforms when needed, repairs to our instruments, new instruments, and rent on the rehearsal space. The Regiment is a completely voluntary organization. Nobody is paid for their involvements.
Q: Do I need to buy my own bugle, drum, or uniform?
A: The Regiment will supply you with a bugle, or drum, or guard equipment. Horn and drum players are also provided with a uniform jacket and shako hat. Those members wear their own black pants and black shoes. Guard members wear a different uniform, and help to pay for the cost of that uniform. Usually, members provide their own transportation to performances; occasionally, we’ll rent a bus to travel to a performance a longer distance away.
Q: Do you have insurance?
A: Yes, the drum and bugle corps is affiliated with the Hope Fire Company of Northern Cambria, PA. As contributing members of Hope, we are covered by their insurance policies.
Q: I don’t have much marching experience. Can I still join?
A: Sure, we’re always looking for people who are enthusiastic about what we do, and who are willing to learn. If that’s you, we’ll teach you the rest.
Q: I don’t really want to march again, but I’d like to help the group. What can I do?
A: If you’re not interested in marching, we can put you to work in several other areas. The corps needs equipment managers, truck drivers, even people to hand out ice and water during parades. We can also use administrative and fundraising help, too.
Q: How often do you march?
A: The Keystone Regiment usually performs 10 to 12 times each summer, and occasionally participates in Halloween and Christmas parades, too.
Q: Do you travel around and do shows on a football field?
A: No, the Regiment is a parade corps, not a field corps, nor do we anticipate ever becoming a field corps. Our experiences with competitive field corps are that those organizations, wonderful as they are at every level, require a tremendous commitment of time and money
Q: How old do I need to be to join the Keystone Regiment?
A: The minimum age for membership is 15 though the group has taken younger members in the past, usually when a parent is also involved in the corps.
Q: I don’t play a brass instrument. Can I still join?
A: Absolutely. The Keystone Regiment can be your opportunity to try something new and different. We’ve had woodwind players learn to play bugle or drums, or even to march in the silk line. If you’re willing to learn, we’re willing to teach.
Q: What if I can’t get to every parade?
A: We understand that not everybody can attend every rehearsal and performance. But, we do expect members to attend more events than they miss.