Organization is the Key to Success

Band Camp is the most important week of the marching band season. It not only “sets the tone” for the marching season, but for the entire school year of band activities.


Set specific goals for the week or two of Band Camp. Possible goals:

  • Fundamentals of music and movement

  • Learn the Opener drill

  • Learn all of the show music

  • Learn the school and patriotic songs


An important aspect of Band Camp is gaining a sense of belonging to the marching band and developing the band family atmosphere. This will not happen by accident but through planned activities and “Attitude Sessions.” (see Chapter 9)


Have a detailed schedule with every minute planned (including free time) and distribute copies to all staff, students and parents.

Instructional Staff

Band Camp is the most effective time to bring in outside help and it should be a very high priority in the budget.

Parent Show

Regardless of the length of band camp or how much is accomplished, it is essential to have a parent show at the conclusion. Students are motivated and excited to show what they have accomplished and the parents, friends and alumni are always interested in what the new season show is all about. It is important to talk to the crowd and explain the process and accomplishments of camp.

Have Fun!

I always enjoyed band camp because it was the beginning of a new season, time to get to know the new students, a chance to focus on only the band and kids and it is a joy to watch the new band form its own personality.

Check out more ideas and sample questions to ask in Chapter 12: Band Camp in The Dynamic Marching Band.

  • The Wind, Percussion & Color Guard Sections

  • Show Design
  • Rehearsal Techniques

  • Band Boosters

  • Competitive Philosophy
  • Band Camp
Buy The Dynamic Marching Band


New Jazz Music

  • Show category: Jazz Band

  • Show category: Jazz Band

New Concert Music

  • Show category: Concert Band

  • Show category: Concert Band

Music & Motion

  • Show category: Music & Motion

  • Show category: Music & Motion

Work With
Shadow Lake Music

The creative process begins with a conversation.

If you’re interested in working with Shadow Lake Music, leave your contact information to receive a callback or email correspondence.