Marching & Leadership Camp

Unfortunately, due to health concerns we have canceled the 2020 Summer Music Camps @ UO. Full refunds will be issued to those who have already submitted payment. Feel free to contact us with any questions: and we look forward to seeing you in 2021.

A letter from our director, Dr. Eric Wiltshire:

Greetings everyone,

I hope this message finds you, your friends and families safe and healthy in these challenging times.  It is with sadness and disappointment that I am writing to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Oregon Summer Marching & Leadership Camp. 

This was not an easy decision, and I will truly miss seeing and spending time with the wonderful students we meet every year.  The uncertainty of the times and the need to ensure everyone’s safety, however, made cancellation the best course of action.  Those of you who have already registered will receive refunds. 

The Marching Band & Leadership camp will return in 2021.  In the meantime we are taking this opportunity to re-vamp, update and take a look at what we can do to make the camp better.  We’ve chosen to make the most of this time and I look forward to sharing the changes we make with all of you. 

I know that the fall 2020 marching season has many question marks, and that strong leadership may be more important than ever in your band programs.  The Oregon Marching Band faces those same questions.  We are in the process of developing a series of educational meetings for our student leadership team.  These meetings will be held via Zoom and will be free and open to any high school students interested.  Topics, dates and Zoom information will be posted on the Oregon Athletic Bands website ( and the Oregon Summer Camps Website (  I hope you will come to as many of those as will fit your schedule.  It will be a great opportunity for you to gather some leadership information and get to know our current students.  If you have suggestions for topics, please send them directly to me at

While this has been a difficult decision, I am optimistic for the future.  I believe the world will need bands more than ever in the coming year, and your bands will need you.  Please stay in touch. I would, more than ever, love to hear about what you and your bands are up to.

Be well,

Eric Wiltshire

Director, Oregon Athletic Bands

The Marching & Leadership Camp is designed to bring out the leader in every student. A performance will be held on the last day of camp at Autzen Stadium!

The University of Oregon Marching & Leadership Camp is open to all students who are currently completing grades 8-12. Graduating seniors are welcome! No previous marching experience required!
Not a drum major or section leader this year? That’s okay! If you’re a brass or woodwind player, you can still sign up for the camp.

Full Camp Instruction
Leadership Strategies: Learn what it takes to become an effective leader!
Motivational Seminars: Supercharge yourself and others for rewarding success!
Marching Fundamentals: Learn a system that works, every time and for everybody.
Assisting Your Band Director: Things you can do to make your band director’s job more successful and enjoyable and, in turn, strengthen your band!
Understanding Drill Concepts: Understanding, analyzing, and solving common drill problems is one of the leader’s most important skills.
Conducting: Learn effective conducting techniques that will ensure your band’s precision, and compound its musicianship.
Pulse Control in the Marching Ensemble: Keeping it all together on the field is absolutely critical! We’ll teach you invaluable tactics so you can help your director immediately solve field music problems and guarantee rhythmic stability in your band.
Peer-to-Peer Teaching: Students explore effective teaching strategies in all areas, including working with peers. Section Leaders learn about their instrument and how to effectively teach this knowledge to others.
Marching: Section leaders will learn contemporary marching teaching strategies and how to effectively perform these skills.

The Marching & Leadership Camp focuses on instructional areas that are indispensable to the effective drum major and section leader. The philosophy of the camp is based on contemporary-style drum majoring techniques, with special emphasis on pedagogy, teaching, marching, and leadership skills. Students attending the leadership camp will receive valuable training designed to help their individual high school marching ensembles achieve excellence.

Lodging and Meals
Campers can choose a day-camper option (includes lunch and dinner) or the overnight option. Overnight campers will be housed in UO Residence Halls and will be served all meals in the Residence Hall Cafeterias. Oregon Marching Band members are selected to serve as dorm counselors and are required to live in the dorms the entire week of camp in order to adequately supervise students and care for their safety while in the dorms. Group recreation activities are also planned and supervised by the counselors.

Tentative Schedule
You will receive a full itinerary approximately one month prior to camp.
Monday, July 13th
12:00-2:00 pm Registration and check-in
2:00-9:00 pm Leadership seminars, rehearsals, dinner & dorm meetings

Tuesday- Friday, July 14th-17th
8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Full Camp Meeting
9:30 Classes & Rehearsals
12:00 Lunch
1:30 Classes & Rehearsals
4:30 Dinner
6:30 Classes & Rehearsals

Saturday, July 18th
8:00 Rehearsals
12:00 Family BBQ (see expenses page for ticket information)
1:15 Final performance (parents are highly encouraged to attend)
3:00 Checkout of dorms

Throughout the week recreational activities are offered and students also enjoy taking group trips to the ice cream shop, playing board games, and relaxing outdoors on the beautiful UO campus.

Registration Deadline
All application materials and fees must be received by July 1, 2020. Late applications will be accepted on a space-available basis only and must pay in full.

What Next?
Once you have registered we will send you an account balance sheet and a confirmation letter of acceptance. Once you have been accepted to attend the 2020 camp, we will send you a packet of information about one month before camp begins. For your convenience, you may download this information as it becomes available below.

Downloads and Links
Camp Application
Make A Payment
Detailed Information (available in June)
What to Bring (available in June)
Tentative Schedule (available in June)
Campus Map (available in June)
Autzen Map (available in June)
Summer Music Camp Rules and Regulations
Summer Music Camp Medical Form

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