Marching & Leadership Camp









Note: The percussion section of this camp has been moved to the Alan Keown Drum Camp:



The Marching & Leadership Camp is designed to bring out the leader in every student. All students will partake in full camp instruction for Drum Major, Section Leader, or Color Guard all lead by Oregon Marching Band instructors, drum majors, and other exceptional college educators. A performance will be held on the last day of camp that includes a field show and performances from each specialty.

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.

Drum Major & Section Leader
This specialty 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. Drum majors and section leaders attending the leadership camp will receive valuable training designed to help their individual high school marching ensembles achieve excellence.

Drum Major & Section Leader Instruction
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.

Color Guard
Individuals, groups, and entire flag corps are welcome to attend. The Color Guard Camp is designed to enhance existing technique for guard, equipment training and modern dance technique, and to implement a system of discipline and education of color guard concepts that will enable students to improve themselves and their individual programs.

Color Guard Instruction
Flag Concepts: This instruction covers basic fundamentals with checkpoints and references that guarantee a color guard to be cleaner.
Movement and Dance: One of the most important aspects of color guard is the flow of body and movement that accompanies the music. Our instructors will teach basic dance, poise, and body control that will greatly enhance a color guard’s performance.

Marching Percussion and Front Ensemble
The percussion camp has been moved to join the Alan Keown Drum Camp:

Lodging and Meals
Students will be housed in UO Residence Halls and will be served all meals in the Residence Hall Cafeterias. UO music majors and 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 in your information packet, sent approximately one month prior to camp.
Monday, July 15th
12:00-2:00 pm Registration and check-in
2:00-9:00 pm Leadership seminars, rehearsals, dinner & dorm meetings

Tuesday- Friday, July 16th-19th
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 20th
8:00 Rehearsals
12:00 Family Picnic 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 also offered and include swimming, frisbee, and volleyball. 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 June 24, 2019. 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 2019 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 – Camp Registration Closed
Make A Payment
Detailed Information
What to Bring
Tentative Schedule
Campus Map
Autzen Map
Summer Music Camp Rules and Regulations
Summer Music Camp Medical Form

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