• Howard Payne University

                  Band Leadership Camp

  • Drum Major

  • Clinicians: Dr. Jon Kraemer and Mrs. Kraemer 


    This track is strictly planned for those students who will be serving as drum majors for their band programs. Instruction will lean heavily on the development of individual and group leadership skills that will help your drum major become the most impactful leader that they can be. This group will get to spend a special session this summer with Dr. Tim talking about the challenges and opportunities of being a drum major in today’s band environment. This time will be priceless for your student leaders. (Drum Majors will participate in the camp marching MEGAband! BRING YOUR MARCHING INSTRUMENT! i.e. mellophones/baritones/Sousaphones)


    Drum Majors need to bring good marching shoes (NO SANDALS), and your MARCHING BAND INSTRUMENT. As you know, our camp takes pride in the air-conditioned camp band rehearsals that we have during the hot afternoons of band camp. We will learn and memorize marching music that we will showcase in a drill with the full camp at the MEGABand showcase of Friday's exhibition.  It will be a blast! There will not be placement auditions this year as students will be studying marching music techniques within their own instrumental sections.  We will still have a Jazz Band as an option for students who are interested, and it will meet during the elective and masterclass times.


    SCHEDULE: You will receive a complete schedule during registration. Generally, there are scheduled activities from 8:00 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. each day. Our Thursday night jazz band concert will still take place at 9:00p.m. in Mims Auditorium. Parents and directors are encouraged to attend.  Parents coming into town for the Thursday night concert are encouraged to get a local motel room and stay for the last day of camp and Final Exhibition.  The Final Exhibition and awards will be on Friday at 9:00a.m. This will feature every track individually as well as one final marching exhibition and show with the entire camp presenting a marching drill with music and full color guard!  We call it MEGABand! Man, it's going to be a huge and exciting experience for everyone!  This is NEW FOR 2017!


    CLOTHING: Appropriate attire is expected. Please remember that HPU is a Christian institution. Halters, bare midriffs, crop-tops, see-through fabrics, extremely short shorts, or any other clothing that allows for unnecessary exposure, and tee-shirts with inappropriate emblems or slogans will not be worn. Sandals are not appropriate for instructional marching sessions. Since you will be spending a large amount of time in the sun, please wear sunscreen at all outside instructional sessions and bring a water bottle or small insulated thermos. Also, bring bug repellent in case you need it in the early evening hours.


    If you will be attending the Swimming Party during camp, be sure to bring a towel and some kind of wet shoes / flip-flops. No cut-offs or Speedos are allowed. Also, girls must either wear a one-piece or a t-shirt over their bikini top.


    BEHAVIOR: No alcoholic beverages, drugs, narcotics, tobacco products, or smoking is allowed anytime, anywhere. Remember that you are representing your school and community and act accordingly! The Camp Director/HPU Officials reserve the right to remove anyone from the camp who violates the rules set forth by Howard Payne University and Band Leadership Camp. Those removed will not be reimbursed any expenses.


    Below is the 2016 Drum Major track as an example of the day to day schedule of Drum Majors.