High School Drum Major Leadership Camp

June 21-25, 2021

Designed specifically for drum majors and section leaders, the Drum Major Leadership Camp focuses on the various aspects of field conducting and leadership in both competitive and non-competitive marching bands.

Camp faculty will work closely with each student to build a solid foundation of conducting, leadership, and teaching methods. Video recordings of each attendee’s conducting and teaching will be used for in-depth individual and group analysis. Every leadership class is intended to equip students to handle real life situations and to react effectively and proactively to achieve positive results. This camp experience will help develop the skills required to conduct and lead with confidence.

Open to rising freshman through rising seniors in high school. A limited number of spaces are available so please register early. Registration is open through June 11 or until all spaces are filled.

Need help registering? Visit the Reporter parent account guide for setup instructions.


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

Lunch and t-shirt included

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Wes Parker

Director of Jazz Studies, North Carolina State University

Mark Whitfield

Doctoral Candidate, The University of Southern Mississippi

Former Drum Major, Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps

Sample Schedule

8:30-9:00 a.m.

Drop off

9:00-11:30 a.m.

Perception of Leadership vs. Practice of Leadership, the Card Analysis, Mechanics of being a Drum Major, Group Dynamics, Relationships, Team Building

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.


1:00-2:00 p.m.

What I Wish I Knew When I Started: Rehearsal Technique/Management, Building Relationships, etc.

2:00-4:30 p.m.


4:30-5:30 p.m.

Free time/pick up

What Should I Bring?

Things to think about while packing for camp:

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

  • Face covering (required)
  • Hand sanitizer and/or hand wipes
  • 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
  • Appropriate conducting baton, if desired
  • Whistle with lanyard
  • Musical score for current or previous year, if available (mp3 recording)
  • Comfortable clothes (shorts & t-shirts). Please know you will be outside for the majority of your time at camp.
  • Spiral notebook and pen/pencil MUST be brought to all sessions

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

Registration has closed for High School Drum Major Leadership Camp

Need help registering? Visit the Reporter parent account guide for setup instructions.