Marching Band Leadership and Color Guard Camp

July 5 - July 10, 2020.  This camp has been cancelled.  Please click here for more information.

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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 Marching Chiefs practice 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.

Camp Details

Sun., July 5 - Fri. July 10, 2020
This camp has been cancelled for summer 2020.  
Please click here for more information.
$485.00 (Overnight Campers)
$315.00  (Day Campers) 


Campers must be attending grades 9-12 in the '19-’20 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.

Price Details

If camp is cancelled due to COVID-19, you will be issued a full refund.

Overnight Campers: $485.00
This includes tuition, housing, and three meals per day.

Day Campers: $315.00
This includes tuition only.

  • A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is due by April 20.  This deposit is applied toward the total cost.  The balance is due by June 22, 2020
  • Click here for the Cancellation and Refund Policy.  If the camp is cancelled due to COVID-19, you will be issued a full refund.

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.

Discounts are available for this camp.

Campers who are also attending the Band Camp for Senior High may wish to stay overnight in the dorm on the night in between the two camps (7/4).  NEW FOR 2020 - There is no cost for the night of housing between the two camps. If you register for both camps, you will be provided with the extra housing, supervision, and all extra meals. Campers will request this extra night on their camp forms after they are registered for camp.

Check-In & Check-Out

Campers check-in on Sunday, July 5 between 10:00am-2:30pm.

Campers check-out after the final Pass & Review on Friday, July 10. The event begins at 2:30pm in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall and is anticipated to end at approximately 3:30pm.

Detailed information about check-in, check-out, and everything in between can be found in the Camp Handbook.


All campers must bring their instrument* with them to camp - preferably their marching instrument.  Drummers should bring sticks only.  Color guard should bring their flag/rifle.  Campers may also wish to bring conducting gloves and baton if they have them but it is not required.

*Instruments 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.


Registration will open on January 13, 2020 at 8:00am.

A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is due by April 20.  The balance is due June 22, 2020. No audition is required to register.

After you register you will receive:

  • an immediate confirmation email from the registrar's office from the following address: and a copy of your registration invoice.  Please print out and keep this email as it contains your CUSTOMER NUMBER which you will need to make future payments.
  • within a week you will receive a welcome email from our office from This welcome email will have information about the camp handbook, supplemental forms, and other exciting camp reminders.

Wait Lists

There are no wait lists at this time. 

If there is a wait list when you go to register, you will need to call our office at 850-644-9934 to be placed on the wait list instead. Wait lists are first-come, first-serve; no deposit is required to be placed on the wait list. If a spot becomes available then we will call the first person on the wait list and offer the spot. They will have 48 hours to register before we move on to the next person on the wait list.

Camp Links

  Daily Schedule (coming soon)

  Camp Life: Housing, Meals and More

  Camp Planning Resources

  Camp Handbook (coming soon)

Camp Forms (online version)

Camp Forms (pdf to print and mail)


Our instructors include former Marching Chief Drum Majors
and accomplished leadership and corps instructors. 

David Plack

Director of Athletic Bands
Florida State University

Sidney Clarke-Lequerique

Choral, AP Music Theory, and Adaptive Music
Gaithersburg High School, Gaithersburg, MD


Daniel Taylor, Graduate Fellow in Music Education, The Ohio State University, OH

Michael Weintraub, Director of Bands, Lake Nona High School, FL



Emily Addeo, Private Studio Instruction, Tallahassee, FL

Daniel Farr, Doctoral Graduate Teaching Associate in Wind Conducting, The Ohio State University, OH

Keith Griffis, Director of Bands, Sickles High School, Tampa, FL

Michael Keogh

Katie Olney, Masters of Arts in Counseling Candidate, Northwestern University, IL

Matt Tenore, Lincoln High School, Tallahassee, FL



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