Marching Band Leadership Camp &

Color Guard Camp

Sunday, July 9 - Friday, July 14, 2017

The FSU Marching Band Leadership & Color Guard Camp reaches beyond the basics to build team leaders with comprehensive music and leadership skills. We provide a unique experience for any student wishing to be involved with their high school marching unit, and have trained many of the finest drum majors and student leaders in the Southeast. Instruction will incorporate all drum major styles with an emphasis on developing leadership skills, and conducting styles and techniques. Campers will work on communication skills, group dynamics, score analysis, block drills and more. All instructors at this camp are former drum majors of the FSU Marching Chiefs. A sample daily schedule has been provided below. Each evening, students can participate in recreational activities. 

WE HAVE ADDED COLOR GUARD TRAINING! This addition is for flags and rifles only, and will complement the activities of the Leadership Camp by adding instruction in choreography, show routine, and body work in addition to developing leadership skills, communication skills, group dynamics, and more.

This camp will require outdoor activity in hot summer conditions.

Camp Details

Eligibility Campers must have attended grades 9-12 in the '16-’17 school year and have one year of high school marching band experience.
(Rising 9th graders during summer 2017 are not eligible).
Ability Level Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced drum majors, section leaders, band captains and others wishing to become part of their marching leadership personnel with at least one year of high school marching band experience.
Cost for Day Campers $295.00
Includes tuition only. No housing or meals.
A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is due at registration.  Balance is due by June 26.   For full payment and refund details click here.
Cost for Overnight Campers $460.00
Cost includes tuition and housing with three meals per day.
A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is due at registration.  Balance is due by June 26.  For full payment and refund details click here.
Other Costs Campers may wish to bring a small amount of extra money for snacks and optional recreation activities. More information is provided in the camp handbook.
Camp Check-In

Sunday, July 9, 2017
Between 11:00am-2:30pm (EST)
All campers must attend check-in. If you can not arrive during the designated times due to extenuating circumstances, arrangements must be made in advance with the camp office.

Be sure to visit our Preparing For Camp section for detailed information about check-in.

Camp Check-Out Friday, July 14, 2017
A final pass & review will be held on this day at 2:30pm. Check-out will follow this event.
Placement Auditions

No audition is required

How to Register You can register online or by mail. Registration will open on January 9, 2017. Click here for registration information and to register online.
Already Registered? Visit the Preparing For Camp section of the website for the Camp Handbook, Supplemental Camp Forms and other service information.
Applicable Discounts: Online Early Bird, Event, Ability, Matching, Workshop and FSU Faculty/Staff Discounts apply to this camp.
Visit the Discounts page to learn more.
Instruments: All campers, except drummers, must bring their marching instrument, flag, or rifle to camp. Drummers should bring sticks only. (Instruments are needed for score interpretation and preparation lessons.)

Concert Schedule:
All concert times subject to change.

Pass & Review: Friday, July 14 - 2:30pm

All campers will participate in the pass & review.

Important Things to Note Students must register for this camp individually. In circumstances where a band director or booster organization would like to pay on behalf of students, please ensure that all of the students have registered for the camp and then call the camp office at 850-644-9934 so that we can assist you.
Ensemble Conductors


  • James Bruce, Director of Bands, Manatee H.S., Brandenton, FL
  • David Hedgecoth, Asst. Professor of Music Education, The Ohio State University, OH
  • Steven Porter, Director of Dance, Lyman H.S., Longwood, FL
  • Revae Douglas, Director of Bands, Brandon H.S., Brandon, FL
  • Daniel Farr, Director of Bands, Lincoln H.S., Tallahassee, FL
  • Keith Griffis, Director of Bands, Sickles H.S., Tampa, FL
  • Daniel Taylor, Director of Bands, Fundamental M.S., St. Petersburg, FL
  • Michael Weintraub, Director of Bands, Celebration H.S., Celebration, FL
7:30-8:30am Breakfast
8:30-10:00am Leadership Training Procedures
10:00-10:15am Break
10:15-11:30am Squad Fundamentals and Demonstrations
11:30am-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-2:15pm Conducting  and Leadership Techniques
2:15-2:30pm Break
2:30-4:00pm Score Interpretation/Analysis/Score Preparation
4:00-5:00pm Rest and Relaxation
5:00-6:30pm Dinner
7:00-9:00pm Evening Activities (see below)
10:00pm Curfew
Sunday Social Time
Monday Movie
Tuesday Help Sessions
Wednesday Help Sessions

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