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WAMBC c/o HMBAA

3910 Montlake Blvd.

Seattle, WA 98195

admin@wamarchingbandcamps.org | Tel: 206-601-6322

© 2020 Washington Marching Band Camps

Drum Major Academy Schedule

This intensive camp is for the highly motivated high school student who is looking for a fun, high-energy instructional experience. The Washington Marching Band Camps Drum Major Academy is limited in size to 60 drum majors; so as to provide each camper with a small student/instructor ratio allowing the camp staff to effectively diagnose and apply instructional methods based on the strengths, and weaknesses of each student.

Drum Major participants will receive instruction in the following areas:

  • Effective teaching and cleaning of marching fundamentals

  • Effective teaching and cleaning of drill

  • Parade management

  • Conducting [participants are encouraged to bring scores for their Fall 2020 show(s)]

  • Traditional mace twirling including tips on choreography

Wednesday, June 24th

1:00 - 1:45 PM - Registration and Check Into Dorm Rooms

2:00 - 2:45 PM - Joint Opening Session - Introductions, Overview and Camp Policies

3:00 - 3:45 PM - Group Session - Fundamentals of Field Conduction (Posture & Patterns) 

3:45 - 4:30 PM - Group Session - Basics of 5 P's - Prepare, Project, Pace, Pride & Persona

4:30 - 5:30 PM - Individual Sessions - Signal Baton, Small Baton, or Conducting Techniques

5:30 - 6:15 PM - Dinner

6:15 - 7:30 PM - Group Session - Effective Teaching and Cleaning of Marching Fundamentals

7:30 - 7:40 PM - Break

7:40 - 9:30 PM - Individual Sessions - Signal Baton, Small Baton, or Conducting Techniques

9:30 - 10:00 PM - Group Session - Ensemble Breathing Exercises

10:00 - 10:30 PM - Small Group Session - Ensemble Breathing Exercises - Peer Teaching 

11:30 PM - In Rooms and Lights Out

Thursday, June 25th

8:00 - 8:45 AM - Breakfast

8:45 - 10:30 AM - Group Session - Effective Teaching and Cleaning of Marching Fundamentals

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Individual Sessions - Verbal, Visual, and Whistling Commands

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Group Session - Ensemble Breathing Exercises

12:00 - 12:45 PM - Lunch

12:45 - 2:30 PM - Group Session - Parade Management

2:30 - 4:00 PM - Group Session - Showmanship and Choreography Tips

4:00 - 5:15 PM - Individual Sessions - Mace Technique and Choreography

5:15 - 6:00 PM - Dinner

6:00 - 7:00 PM - Group Session - Score Reading and Macro Based Analysis

7:30 - 9:30 PM - Mace Diagnostic - On Technique, Showmanship, and Choreography

9:30 - 11:00 PM - Group Activity

Friday, June 26th

8:00 - 8:45 AM - Breakfast

8:45 - 9:30 AM - Group Session - Breathing Exercises & Warm-Up Drill

9:30 - 9:45 AM - Group Session - Conducting without Signal Baton

9:45 - 10:15 AM - Separate Conducting Groups

10:15 - 11:45 AM - Small Group Session - Conducting

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM - Lunch & Clean Cabins/Pack Bags

12:45 - 1:30 PM - Group & Individual Session - Mace/Conducting

1:30 - 3:00 PM - Group & Individual Photos and Prep for Exhibition 

3:00 - 4:30 PM - Exhibition Performance

4:30 PM - Camp Concludes