WELCOME to the 2012 JMU Summer Band Camps!
THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE 2012 CAMP HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, JUNE 22.
We are pleased to announce our 2012 camp will be held
TUESDAY, July 10 SATURDAY, July 14.
This year’s camp will feature: Concert Band Camp, Marching Band Camp, Drum Major Camp, Yamaha "Sounds of Summer" Drum Line Camp, Color Guard / Weapon Camp, as well as a Seminar for Band Directors. The JMU experience is unique because it offers five camps at the same time, with participants choosing ONE of the above in which to participate.
While at JMU, each participant will have an opportunity to:
- Work with nationally-recognized clinicians, JMU School of Music faculty, and
the JMU Marching Royal Dukes band staff
- Take advantage of some of the great JMU campus features: Music and Athletic facilities (including the new Center for the Performing Arts, opened Fall 2010), residence halls, JMU dining facilities, JMU Recreation Center, Student Union, and the JMU Bookstore
- Receive training in teaching and leadership that all participants can take back to their schools and contribute to their band programs
- Enjoy evening recreation and activities
In addition to our camp for students, we are offering a special seminar for band directors. This will include the option for re-certification credit through the JMU Office of Outreach Programs. For more information, click here.
APPLICATION, FEES, AND DEADLINES
ONLINE APPLICATION - to download and print an application (PDF), click here.
The cost for the 2012 JMU Summer Band Camps is $345. This includes all meals and housing, instruction and recreation activities, a camp T-Shirt, water bottle, and lanyard.
APPLICATION AND $100 DEPOSIT IS DUE BY FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2012.
FULL PAYMENT IS DUE BY JULY 1. To make alternate payment arrangements, please contact the Summer Band Camps office at (540) 568-2384.
TO PAY BY CREDIT CARD - click here. This link will take you to the JMU Business Office where you will process your payment. If you are paying with credit card, you must still complete and return the application (make sure to indicate that you will be paying by credit card on the application).
SBC 2012 INFORMATION PACKET
Each participant will receive an Information Packet with important and helpful details regarding the 2012 Summer Band Camps. For your convenience, all materials are posted below for you to download:
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 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 available for download by June 1, 2012. Check back for your parts.
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.
Marching Band 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 10. 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 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 14.
SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2012
Special events and evening activities will offer an array of possibilities for participants:
- Special Guest: Scott Lang – internationally acclaimed leadership speaker will present to the camp on our opening day, as well as meet with select other camps during the week.
- Dance and Karaoke – the 2012 JMU Summer Band Camps 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 – the JMU Summer Band Camps 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 Forbrs Center for the Performing Arts (opened Fall 2010) Concert Hall and rehearsal space, Bridgeforth Stadium (renovated and reopened fall 2011, capacity of 25,000+), Athletic fields, and University Recreation Center.
- Use of JMU's state-of-the-art residence halls and dining facilities. The 2012 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 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.
Click here for a PDF of the basic camp schedule for 2012.
All participants will receive a final schedule, specific to the camp in which they are participating in their camp information packet - sent after application is received. Schedules will also be distributed at registration on Tuesday, July 10.
Each full day of camp will follow this basic schedule:
8:30AM MORNING SESSIONS
Each camp will report to assigned locations
Rehearsals and practice
1:00PM AFTERNOON SESSIONS
Each camp will report to assigned locations
Rehearsals and practice
6:00PM EVENING SESSIONS
Each camp will report to assigned locations
Rehearsals and practice
8:30PM EVENING/RECREATION ACTIVITIES
Details about each select activity will be provided each day
10:30PM Curfew at dorms
All participants will report back to dorms following evening activity
11:00PM Lights Out
For a PDF of the JMU Summer Band Camps map with specific camp locations, click here.
On Tuesday, July 10, all residents will register at the Festival Conference Center on East Campus 12:00 - 3:00 PM. Following registration, you will move into your assigned dorm room in Shenandoah or Chesapeake halls at the Skyline Complex (see campus map for details).
PARKING for registration will be located in the C-11 and C-12 parking lots (adjacent to the Festival Conference Center and convenient to the Skyline dorms).
Click here for the JMU Campus Map.
It is recommended that residents NOT park on campus. However, if parking on campus is necessary, please contact the Summer Band Camps office to make the necessary arrangements. All individuals parking on campus will receive a pass to park in an adjacent campus lot at registration, and must turn in their keys to the Summer Band Camp counseling directors at the opening session on Tuesday, July 10.
DINING AND HOUSING
All participants will be provided with meals at the JMU Dining Facilities (Gibbons Dining Hall) via a meal card (credit card-like swipe) to be issued at registration. For more information about JMU Dining Services, please visit the Dining Services website.
All participants will be living in the newest part of campus, the Skyline area. We will be using Shenandoah (the newest JMU dorm) and Chesapeake Hall. This is a change from previous years. Each room is double occupancy with community bathrooms on each hall . . . and both dorms are air-conditioned!! Applicants may request a preferred roommate (if done so before the application deadline). For more information about the JMU Residence Halls, please visit the Office of Residence Life website where a sample model and description of a basic dorm room is available.
WHAT TO BRING
ALL JMU SUMMER BAND CAMP DORMS ARE AIR CONDITIONED THIS YEAR!!!!
Participants should plan for a 5-day stay on campus (2 half-days and 3 full days). The following items are recommended:
____ Comfortable summer clothes
____ Khaki shorts (for pictures/performance)
____ Comfortable tennis/running shoes
____ Necessary toiletries and personal hygiene items
____ Rain jacket or umbrella (in case of inclement weather)
____ Hat/cap for sun deflection
____ Single bed sheets, pillow
____ Bath towel(s)
____ Window or floor fan (and extension cord)
____ Alarm Clock
____ Water Bottle although JMU Summer Band Camps will provide a
souvenir SBC water bottle, it is always good to have extra!
____ Backpack to carry equipment/music/materials around campus
____ Instrument and all supplies
____ Swimsuit for those wishing to take advantage of the JMU
pool during UREC Night
PLEASE NOTE: JMU does NOT provide bed linens or bath towels for camp participants, and bathrooms are common on each hall. Please plan accordingly.
**JMU is not able to provide instruments or extra equipment/supplies - please plan accordingly.**
FORGET SOMETHING? If you realize this during registration, there is a Wal-Mart and other shopping centers located within 5 minutes of campus. If a forgotten item is discovered during camp, JMU counselors will be able to assist in replacing such items (within reason). There is also a convenience store located in the center of campus, which is in walking distance of the residence halls and all of our rehearsal locations for students to visit during camp.
CAMP CONTACT INFORMATION
JMU Summer Band Camps
School of Music MSC 7301
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Phone: (540) 568-6942
FAX: (540) 568-3370
CONTACT DURING CAMP in order to reach a student during camp week, you have two options:
1.) During regular hours (9AM - 5PM), you can contact the JMU Summer Band Camp headquarters (540) 568-2384 or the JMU Band Office (540) 568-6656. You will be able to leave a message for a specific individual that will be delivered to them.
2.) Before or after regular hours (before 8AM or after 5PM), you can contact the JMU Office of Events and Conferences at (540) 568-3606. They will relay messages to our camp staff immediately.