Camp Descriptions

Marching Band Camp

Marching Band Camp is designed for aspiring student leaders who wish to gain experience on the marching field.  This curriculum is designed to prepare young leaders for teaching music and marching through the process of learning an entire marching show including music, drill, body moves and choreography, marching fundamentals and teaching techniques. This is a perfect venue for your aspiring section leaders and drill instructors.

Drum Major Camp

Drum Major Camp is designed for current drum majors or individuals interesting in developing their leadership skills both on and off the podium.  This curriculum is designed to develop each student’s abilities in conducting, calling commands, saluting, marching technique, as well as score study and teaching music and marching.

Concert Band Camp

Concert Band Camp is designed for students who wish to gain experience in the concert ensemble setting.  Participants will have an opportunity to work on a variety of wind band literature, from contemporary works to traditional concert band literature, prepare a concert for the conclusion of camp, and work with the JMU School of Music faculty in sectionals and master classes. 

The concert band camp will be rehearsing in the Music Building and the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts (opened Fall 2010).

DrumLine Camp

Drumline Camp is sponsored by the Yamaha Corporation.  All battery percussionists should sign up for this camp. The Yamaha Sounds of Summer Camp is designed to provide battery percussionists with expert training from qualified Yamaha clinicians and will expose these musicians to technical exercises, warm up routines and performance charts that will challenge each individual and develop each ensemble during the course of the week.

Varsity Drumline

Individuals who wish to be considered for the Marching Band Camp Drumline - a more intense week of complex marching percussion and drill - will audition for spots during the first day of camp. This line will learn music and drill for a field show to be performed by the marching band at the conclusion of camp. 

The audition will consist of the music posted on the website as well as a brief call and response playing audition. Snares and tenors should be comfortable playing fast rudimental rolls both duple and triple based, paradiddle-diddles, and be very quick at memorizing music. Bass drums should be ready to play multiple splits parts, fast rudimental rolls both duple and triple based, as well as a quick group playing audition.  Those students who do not earn a spot on the snareline or the tenorline may be asked to play bass drum to fill the battery.

To download the Varsity Drumline Audition Music for the 2018 camp please visit the Downloads Page of our website.

Color Guard & Weapon Camp

Color Guard & Weapon Camp is designed for students of all abilities.  This camp will be divided into sections according to ability in order to provide the most concise and individualized training possible.  Each section will work on basic technique and choreography both with and without equipment, and will produce a routine to be performed at the camp’s final performance.  In addition to color guard, there will be a weapon component for individuals who are interested in rifle and/or sabre. 


In addition to the general camp curriculum, the JMU Summer Band Camp experience will feature extra activities such as evening concerts, master classes and clinics with JMU School of Music faculty and JMU Bands staff members, use of the JMU campus and recreation facilities, leadership components and training for all camps, as well as a final performance for family and friends that will feature ALL camp groups at the conclusion of camp on Saturday, July 13, 2019. 


Special events and evening activities will offer an array of possibilities for participants:

  • Playfair – we welcome back the Playfair team to lead our opening session for all camps at Bridgeforth Stadium. This event offers a collection of Ice Breaker activities, and provides an opportunity for all of the SBC participants to meet new people and form social connections.

  • Special Guest: Scott Lang – internationally acclaimed leadership speaker will present to the select camps during the week.

  • Dance and Karaoke – the SBC experience will conclude with our traditional dance and Karaoke night at the JMU Festival Student and Conference Center.

  • Movie & Game Night will feature several movies chosen by the camp membership and access to one of JMU’s student centers for an evening of relaxation and leisure.

  • UREC Night – JMU SBC participants will have access to our excellent recreation center for an evening of games and fun – access to basketball and racquet ball courts, indoor track, and the JMU swimming pool . . . so for all those interested, make sure to bring your swimming gear.

  • Use of state-of-the-art Music and Athletic Facilities, including: School of Music rehearsal rooms and practice rooms, the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts (opened 2010) Concert Hall and rehearsal space, Bridgeforth Stadium (renovated and reopened fall 2011, capacity of 25,000+), Athletic fields, and University Recreation Center (renovated in 2015).

  • Use of JMU's state-of-the-art residence halls and dining facilities. Participants will enjoy using our newest residence halls (Shenandoah and Chesapeake Halls) in the Skyline Area of campus, as well as our new dining hall that opened Fall 2009.

  • Leadership components for every camp are designed not just for current or aspiring student leaders, but also for all musicians and all levels!

  • Concert Band participants will work with JMU Director of Bands, Dr. Steve Bolstad, and have an opportunity for master classes and private lessons with JMU School of Music faculty members and guest artists.

  • Drum Majors and Marching Band participants will receive special training in teaching marching and music, in addition to their basic instruction.

  • Drumline participants will be participating in the Yamaha "Sounds of Summer" camp, featuring our guest clinician from Yamaha, Mr. Giff Howard.

  • Colorguard participants will have an option to select a special weapons camp, featuring rifle and sabre.

  • Colorguard and Drumline participants who are interested in performing with the Marching Band Camp component will have an opportunity to audition for a spot during the first day of Summer Band Camps.