Band Camp Tips

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.

Organization is the Key to Success

Goals
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

Social
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)

Schedule
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.

For complete information see Chapter 12: Band Camp in the new eBook edition of The Dynamic Marching Band.

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