Drum Major Leadership Camp (High School)

June 22-26, 2020


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.


$600 Overnight Camper | All meals are 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.


9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

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

12:00-1:00 p.m.


1:00-4:00 p.m.

Juggle/Multi Task

4:00-5:00 p.m.


5:00-6:00 p.m.


6:00-7:30 p.m.

What I Wish I Knew When I Started

8:00-9:30 p.m.

Special Event

9:30-10:30 p.m.

Entertainment/snack and dorm floor meeting

11:00 p.m.

Lights out

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.

  • 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
  • Personal toiletries
  • Alarm clock
  • Pens/pencils and notebook
  • Backpack
  • Towels, washcloth, blanket, sheets for a twin XL bed, pillow & pillowcases
  • 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.*