PARTICIPANTS CAN CHOOSE FROM ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CAMPS . . .
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 new and 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).
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. Wind Players: Show music (PDF) will be provided at our opening session of camp on TUESDAY, July 7, 2015.
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.
Drum Line 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” – Auditioned Group: 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 on July 7. This line will learn music and drill for a field show to be performed by the marching band at the conclusion of camp. Just like the Yamaha Sounds of Summer Camp, it is a concentrated week of working hard to play at the highest level.
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, flam drags, cheeses, flam 5's, Grandma's and 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.
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 11.
SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2015
Special events and evening activities will offer an array of possibilities for participants: