Tuition and Fees

“What does it all cost?” is the most often asked question.

Registration Fee

If you’ve not marched a season with Pacific Crest, your first camp fee must be accompanied a non-refundable registration fee of $79.

December Camp Fees

The fee for each weekend in December is $50.

NOTE: Our December camps are NOT stay-overs; however, we WILL serve lunch each day. If you’re coming in from out of town, there are  number of local hotels with reasonable rates where you can stay. The fees cover facilities, instruction, and lunch.


Tuition covers design and instruction; transportation and housing during tours; rehearsal facilities; housing sites and meals when provided; use of instruments, uniform and equipment.

NEW: A flight home from tour is NOT included in the price of tuition.

The tuition for 2013 will be set in December, but count on it being $2,500 – $2,600. Once accepted into the corps, a first payment of $600 will secure your spot. After that you make monthly payments. If you pay in full early (March camp for brass and percussion; May camp for color guard), you’ll receive a $200 early pay discount. Veteran members will receive a $100 discount for each season they’ve completed with Pacific Crest.

How do I Get Home from Indianapolis?

You have two options:

1. Arrange a flight on your own that departs the Sunday after Drum Corps International Finals

2. Purchase a ticket on the Pacific Crest group flight into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The organization will charge a $25 processing fee for this option, and there are no options for other airports.

Do I have to pay camp fees in the winter and spring?

During your audition period, camp fees are $50 per camp, starting in December. If you’re accepted in December, you’ll start paying tuition in January; otherwise, you’ll continue to pay camp fees through the winter. Once offered a spot, camp fees paid after December will be credited as tuition.

But what’s the total cost?

In total, you should expect the entire Pacific Crest experience to cost $2,500 – $3,500. The total depends upon the number of years you’ve been with us and other costs, e.g. rehearsal clothes, sunscreen, transportation costs, mouthpiece, sticks/mallets, uniform accessories (plume, compression t-shirts, shoes). Of course, if you’re out of state or international, your transportation costs will be higher.