Band Camps (Middle School)

June 15-19, 2020


Designed for middle school students with an interest in music performance in jazz or concert bands, Band Camp will provide an intensive performance experience which will improve both individual and collaborative musical skills.

We will offer two concert bands (one sixth grade band, one seventh and eighth grade band) and one jazz ensemble (seventh and eighth grades). Campers receive daily instruction including two full ensemble classes each day and musicianship classes. Camp tuition includes instructions, five lunches in a campus dining hall and a camp t-shirt. Our summer camp programs feature instruction by NC State faculty and experienced, award-winning public school music educators.

Open to current sixth through eighth graders in middle school. A limited number of spaces are available so please register early. You will need to select either jazz band or concert band at the time of registration and will be unable to change this selection later. 


$400 Day Camper | 8:30 a.m. drop off | pickup between 4:30-5:30 p.m. each day

Lunch and camp t-shirt included

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Wes Parker

Director of Jazz Studies, North Carolina State University








Matt Pellas

Director of Bands at F.J. Carnage Magnet Middle School





Cara Vernon

Band Director, Leesville Road Middle School




Sample Schedule

8:30-9:00 a.m.


9:00-11:30 a.m.

Full ensemble rehearsal

11:30 a.m. – 12:45pm


1:00-2:00 p.m.

Theory and musicianship

2:00-4:30 p.m.

Full ensemble rehearsal

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Break, games, parent pick-up

Friday Additional Times

4:30-5:00 p.m.

Snack provided

5:00-6:00 p.m.

Prepare for concert

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Concert on Stafford Commons – friends and family welcome

What Should I Bring?

Things to think about when packing for camp:

Raleigh is typically hot during the month of June (avg. high 89*F).  All North Carolina State University buildings will have air conditioning for the duration of camp.

  • Comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes for walking around campus
  • Light jacket/sweatshirt for cool weather
  • Rain gear for inclement weather
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses/hat
  • Water bottle
  • Pens/pencils and notebook
  • Backpack
  • Instrument and case marked with your name, address and school

*Due to the large number of camp participants, please make sure all of your belongings are marked with your name, address, and school.*