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Marching Band Leadership and Color Guard Camp

Camp Date

  • July 2 – 7, 2023
  • Overnight Campers (tuition, housing, meals) $TBA
  • Day Campers (tuition only) $TBA

**Band Directors** Please read the Band Director section below for details about how to reserve spots for your leadership team before you know who they are.

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Camp Features

Beyond The Basics
The FSU Marching Band Leadership and Color Guard Camp is focused on building exceptional team leaders through comprehensive music and leadership instruction. This unique experience is designed for high school students who are involved (or want to be involved) in the leadership of their marching band.   It is ideal for all drum majors, section leaders, band captains, and color guard (flags and rifles only).

Leadership Dynamics…Inside and Out
Campers will work outdoors on the field from 8:30am-11:30am daily. Campers will participate in activities designed to build communication skills, develop confidence with group interactions and peer-to-peer communication, using block drills, demonstrations, small group activities, and more.

From 1pm-4:30pm campers will work indoors in large and small groups on score analysis, conducting styles, and techniques.  Topics include creating high standards for your band, maintaining personal motivation and positive attitudes, and fostering responsibility and respect. See what a sample daily schedule looks like.

Color Guard Training
In addition to leadership training, Color Guard members will receive instruction in choreography, show routine, and body work from former FSU Color Guard Captain, Sidney Clarke-Lequerique.

Instruction From The Best
All of our instructors are former FSU Marching Chiefs and have trained some of the finest leaders in the Southeast.

Be A Summer Seminole
Spend time on the FSU Campus and experience what it’s like to be a ‘Nole.  Learn more about dorm rooms, dining, medical care, and everything in between on our  CAMP LIFE page. There will also be opportunities to interact with our outstanding Music Admissions team.

Camp Details

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Eligibility

Campers must be attending grades 9-12 in the ’22-’23 school year AND have at least one year of high school marching band experience.

Open to beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.

No audition is required.

Florida State is committed to providing a quality education to all qualified students and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. Please contact our office to discuss any questions or accommodations that may need to be made for your camper at least three weeks prior to the start of camp.

OVERNIGHT CAMPER Price & Payment Details

Overnight Campers: $TBA which includes

  • a non-refundable deposit of $100.00
  • tuition
  • housing
  • three meals per day (meals begin with dinner on check-in day and ending with lunch on check-out day)

Families can choose to pay in full when registering OR pay just the $100.00 non-refundable deposit and then enroll in a payment plan for the balance. Payment plans require a monthly auto-draft and must be paid in full by May 26. Campers registering after May 26 must pay in full at the time of registration.

Click here for the Cancellation and Refund Policy.

Scholarship and other third-party payments can be accepted.  Please contact our office if you need assistance with having a scholarship or school booster check applied to your account.

DAY CAMPER Price & Payment Details

Overnight Campers: $TBA which includes

  • a non-refundable deposit of $100.00
  • tuition

Meal plans are available as optional add-on purchases.  Meal plans are non-refundable once purchased:

Families can choose to pay in full when registering OR pay just the $100.00 non-refundable deposit and then enroll in a payment plan for the balance. Payment plans require a monthly auto-draft and must be paid in full by May 26. Campers registering after May 26 must pay in full at the time of registration.

Click here for the Cancellation and Refund Policy.

Scholarship and other third-party payments can be accepted.  Please contact our office if you need assistance with having a scholarship or school booster check applied to your account.

Band Director Information

RESERVING SPOTS:

To reserve spots for your leadership team when you do NOT know the names of the students yet:
Fill out this google form After completing the form, you will receive one of two emails:

  • an email confirming that we have held your spot(s) with  instructions for what to do when you know their names.
  • an email indicating that we have added your group to the wait list.

Reservation requests will be filled in the order that they are received, so get your reservations in early to be sure to get a spot!

REGISTERING STUDENTS:

If you DO know the names of the students you are registering, the student’s family should complete the registration online.  The family needs to create an account which they will use to register and fill out all of the required camper forms.  If you or your students need assistance with this process, please contact our office at 850-644-9934

Registration & Camper Forms

Registration is opens on January 9, 2023.  You will be able to register for multiple camps/sessions at the same time. A parent/guardian is required to complete the registration (Band Directors please read the information in the previous section).

Only the tuition (day-camper) price will show when you begin to register.  The registration form will ask you if you want to be an overnight camper, and when you answer “yes” it will automatically add the housing and meals to your cart.

Families can choose to pay in full when registering OR pay just the $100.00 non-refundable deposit and then enroll in a payment plan for the balance. Payment plans require a monthly auto-draft and must be paid in full by May 26. Campers registering after May 26 must pay in full at the time of registration.

Click here for the Payment, Cancellation and Refund Policy.

POST-REGISTRATION CAMPER FORMS

Once you have paid the deposit and receive a registration confirmation, you will be able to fill out your required camper forms. These forms include a medical information form (no physical required), consent forms, and more.  These forms should be completed as soon as possible, but are due no later than one month prior to the start of your camp.

Wait Lists

If there is a wait list when you attempt to register, you can opt to be placed on the wait list. No deposit is required to be placed on the wait list. If a spot becomes available then we will notify you by phone or email to offer you the spot.  At that time you will have 48 hours to register, or to pass on the spot.

Matching Discount

A Matching Discount is offered to students who are receiving a scholarship from an accredited organization outside of FSU. This would include a school booster, local Lions Club, arts organizations, and other entities with a tax ID number.

FSU Summer Music Camps will contribute $1.00 for every $1.00 that an accredited organization awards the student, up to a maximum of $100.00.

Deadline to apply: June 5, 2023 or until funding runs out.

The school/teacher/organization must apply for this discount on behalf of the student(s).
Add-Ons

Optional Add-Ons:

There are several add-on options available during the registration process.  You can add any of these options to your registration during the initial registration process, or anytime up to two-weeks before the start of your camp.

  • Overnight Campers:  Extra Nights of Housing in the dorm:  $TBA.  Learn more
  • Overnight Campers: Shuttle Service: $TBA. Learn more
  • Day Camper Lunch Package**:  $TBA.  Learn more
  • Day Camper Dinner Package**:  $TBA. Learn more
  • Day Camper Parking Passes**: $TBA. Learn more

**Lunch packages, dinner packages, and parking passes are non-refundable once purchased**

Multiple Camp Session
Multiple Camp Sessions

We would love for you to attend multiple camp sessions!

Campers who are attending another camp the week before MBLC have the choice to stay overnight in the dorm on the night in between ($50.00) or to check-out on Saturday and then check back in for this camp on Sunday.

Though you are not guaranteed to have the same room during all sessions, we try to keep you in the same room if possible.  If you are required to switch rooms, then counselors will be available to assist moving your belongings.

You can sign-up for an extra night during the initial registration process, or anytime up to two-weeks before the start of your camp.

Read more about Extra Nights of Housing.

Check-In, Check-Out, and Performances

Check-in takes place on Sunday, July 2 between 10am-1pm. During registration will you sign-up for an arrival time-slot.

There will be a final event called the Pass-In-Review at 1:30pm on Friday, July 7.  

Check-out takes place on following the Pass-In-Review.

See below for full camp schedules.

Detailed information about check-in, check-out, and everything in between will be available in the Camp Handbook

Instruments

Campers must bring their instrument with them to camp – preferably their marching instrument. Drummers should bring sticks only. Instruments will not be used outdoors to march – they will be used in the afternoons, indoors, for score analysis and other small group work.  If you do not own your own instrument, we suggest speaking with your music teacher about borrowing your school instrument for the duration of camp.

Campers may also wish to bring conducting gloves and baton if they have them but it is not required.

Color guard should bring their flag/rifle.

Sample Camp Schedule

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Sample Camp Schedule for Band Leadership
7:30-8:15amBreakfast
8:30-10:00Leadership Training
10:00-10:15Break
10:15-11:30Squad Fundamentals and Demonstrations
11:45-1:00pmLunch
1:00-1:30pmAttendance, Dance, Stretch
1:40 - 4:30pmConducting and Leadership Sessions / Score Interpretation / Analysis / Preparation
4:30-5:00pmWrap-Up
5:00-7:00Dinner
EVENING SCHEDULE
Monday, 7:00-9:00pmRecreation (UrbanAir, Movies, Bowling)
Tuesday - Thursday, 7:00-9:00pmHelp Sessions
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Friday, 1:30pmPass-In-Review
Friday, post PiR @2:30pmCheck Out
Sample Camp Schedule for Color Guard
7:30-8:15amBreakfast
8:30-10:00Leadership Training
10:00-10:15Break
10:15-11:30Squad Fundamentals and Demonstrations
11:45-1:00pmLunch
1:00-1:30pmAttendance, Dance, Stretch
1:40 - 4:30pmColor Guard Sessions
4:30-5:00pmWrap-Up
5:00-7:00Dinner
EVENING SCHEDULE
Monday, 7:00-9:00pmRecreation (UrbanAir, Movies, Bowling)
Tuesday - Thursday, 7:00-9:00pmHelp Sessions
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Friday, 1:30pmPass-In-Review
Friday, post PiR @2:30pmCheck-Out