NorCal Indoor


Featuring nationally known artists working with local educators, Sounds of Summer provides intensive, hands-on instruction to brass and woodwinds, student-leaders, percussion, and guard members from grades 7 through college age and covers fundamentals, basic and advanced techniques, sectional playing/spinning, ensemble performance, and leadership skills. Since the camp’s inception in 1985, more than 50,000 students have honed their skills at Sounds of Summer programs across the country.

The Sounds of Summer Camp will take place at the University of Nevada, Reno. There will be two full days of rehearsal and instruction followed by a performance at eNVision’s Artown Event held at the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows.

To sign-up, please request the paperwork and send in with your payment:

  • To sign-up, please CONTACT US to request the packet and required paperwork.


NorCal Indoor is a NEW indoor percussion ensemble located in the Sacramento and surrounding area. NCI will be a highly educational, competitive, and rewarding program. Members have the opportunity to receive outstanding instruction from a distinguished staff, tour different parts of the country, and meet people from around the world. This program will permanently enrich the lives of our performers through our commitment to youth development and performance excellence. Members will gain confidence, a strong work ethic, and a sense of what is required to be successful on and off the floor.

The indoor percussion program competes under the governing organization of Winter Guard International in the Independent Class. We also will compete in the NNIA and NCPA Circuits (affiliated with WGI). These competitions are typically held in a large university gymnasium to enable the use of body movement, drill, elaborate costumes, props, backdrops, and floor coverings. All these elements are used by the ensembles to help set the "stage" and to convey their musical "story" to the audience (a "Theater" type of program). Winter Guard International hosts some of the biggest events on the west coast and the biggest event in the nation; The Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. This week-long event has groups from all over the World in attendance. It is the Olympics of this activity!

2017-2018  Auditions

  • Have concluded. If you're interested in cymbals, synth, or rack, please CONTACT US for more information.

TO RECEIVE YOUR AUDITION PACKET, YOU MUST PAY YOUR $35 AUDITION FEE USING VENMO (@envisionarts) OR THE PAYPAL LINK (use PayPal to donate, put your name in the notes field). We will then email you a link to download your audition materials.

  1. The audition will consist of a musical, visual, and performance quality audition in a group setting.
  2. Age restrictions:
    • Minimum age we will accept is 14.
    • Maximum age is 22. If you are 23 on or before March 31st, you cannot be accepted to the ensemble because of WGI's age restrictions.
  3. To have the best experience possible, please wear movement-appropriate clothing (no baggy clothes, no need to be able to move around comfortably and we need to be able to evaluate how you move). Please also be sure that all long hair is up and out of your face.

Tentative Schedule 
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2017-2018 tentative schedule

We will be casting for the following:

  • Marching Battery instruments include:
    • Snare (maximum of 9)
    • Tenor (maximum of 5)
    • Bass (maximum of 6)
    • Cymbals (maximum of 8)
  • Front Ensemble instruments include:
    • Marimba (maximum of 4)
    • Vibes (maximum of 4)
    • Xylophone (1)
    • Synthesizer (maximum of 3)
    • Drumset (1)
    • Bass Guitar (1)
    • Auxiliary/Rack (maximum of 3)

Show up ready to work hard and with a good attitude, we promise to do the same!

If you have any questions or would like any assistance, please CONTACT US

Designers and Coordinators
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Program Coordination: Aaron Hines and Dave Marvin
Music Composition: Dan Bryan and Aaron Hines
Visual Design: Aaron Hines
Sound Design: David Glyde & Aaron Hines

Educational Staff
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Director - Aaron Hines
Front Ensemble Technician - Dan Bryan
Front Ensemble Technician - Kathy Marvin
Front Ensemble Technician - Shealley Lee
Front Ensemble Technician - Michael Kwong
Battery Technician - William Ryder
Battery Technician - Jonathan Lee
Battery Technician - Tracy Magan
Battery Technician - Rob van Loben Sels
Battery Technician - Josh Luedtke

More to be added soon.

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