CAMP DESCRIPTIONS

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SYNERGY LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

Synergy Leadership Summit is a 24-hour leadership add-on experience for any interested participant in the 2019 JMU Summer Band Camps.

Campers who choose this add-on will have the opportunity to interact, learn, and engage with other student leaders as well as attend large group keynotes, engaged small group workshops, and learn from other young leaders. This experience is designed to be action-oriented and service-focused, to provide students with transferable skills that can be taken back to to their schools, music programs, and communities.

**Note: The Synergy Leadership Summit takes place July 8-9, 2019. The cost of this add-on is $100.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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 2019 camp please visit the Downloads Page of our website.

 
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COLORGUARD & WEAPON CAMP

Colorguard & 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.