22 thoughts on “Middle School Band Camp Schedule

  1. Herb Moring

    Have received nothing about band camps as yet. Would like to post poster(s). Understand that most of the rest can be downloaded. However, at that, I still prefer the print packets that you have sent in the past.

    Herb Moring
    Band Director
    North Rock Creek School
    Shawnee, OK

  2. Dr. Talley Post author

    Hello Herb,

    I’m sorry that you were left off the mailing list. We updated our mailing database and I inadvertently left a few schools off. I will get a packet with poster out to you today. Thanks for letting me know!


  3. Yolanda

    Hello! I have a few questions about the application form for the 2014 Middle School Band Camp: For the elective classes, there is one that is Jazz Improvisation. To sign up for it, does your child have to play a jazz instrument, or an instrument that would typically be in a jazz band? It has a blank next to it to mark what instrument your child plays. Could my child sign up for it if they played flute, for example?
    Thank you! 🙂

  4. Dr. Talley Post author

    Hello Yolanda,

    Yes, any instrument can enroll in the jazz improvisation class. We put an instrument line on that elective mainly for those students who will be playing a different instrument than in concert band so we can place them with like instruments. Otherwise we assume their concert instrument is the instrument they will play in jazz improvisation.


  5. Jennifer Atkinson

    Since we are out of school for the summer, I have no way to contact the band director. What do I do about the band directors signature?

  6. Dr. Talley Post author

    We prefer to have the band director’s approval of any of their students attending our camps as a courtesy. We will accept applications without a director’s signature, but we want to make every effort for the director to know that one of their students is attending our camps. Most of the time this is not a problem (as most directors encourage summer music camp attendance), but we want to maintain a positive relationship with area band directors in case a director does not want a student to attend a camp. To my knowledge, this has never happened, but we keep that signature line as a courtesy.


  7. Jaren Browne

    I signed up for the electronic music class and they said it was full what can i do about this?

    Jaren Browne

  8. Dr. Talley Post author

    Unfortunately we have to put a limit on the music technology/electronic music class due to the limited number of computers we have. You can choose another elective when you check-in on Sunday. Thanks

  9. Justin

    If I wish to try out for the talent show by playing the piano would I need to provide my own piano?

  10. Dr. Talley Post author

    Hello Justin,

    We have a 9 foot grand piano that you can use for your talent show audition. Please let me know if you have any questions.

  11. Dr. Talley Post author

    Hopefully by March 1. We are working out an online payment system and are waiting to post the applications until then. You will still be able to fill out a paper application too, but we want to post all of it all at once. Thanks for you patience!

  12. Rawsen Mitchell

    I went to band camp last year and I enrolled in the jazz improv 1playing trombone, I was wondering if I could enroll for that class but play guitar. If you can, email me about this soon

    Rawsen Mitchell

  13. Dr. Talley Post author


    We generally split the improvisation classes along the lines of the concert band that you make in order to keep similar skill levels together. There’s not too much of a problem if you want to play guitar in your improv class, but depending on the teacher and which band you make, there might not be music applicable to guitar. If you’re okay with the class being focused mainly on wind players, you should still be able to pick up some valuable information and practice.

  14. Rawsen Mitchell

    So will I have to ask the teacher the first day of improvisation or will I need to email beforehand

  15. Dr. Talley Post author

    We don’t actually have a write-up on those. Some of the ones that are not as descriptive are:

    Technique Class which covers topics like posture, hand position, instrument position, articulation, breathing, etc.
    Sight Reading Class works on skills to read music better on the first run through.
    Rhythms Class doesn’t use any instruments and focuses on counting rhythms

    Let us know if you have any questions about the other classes.

  16. Camryn Grabeal

    Hi! So it would be great if you could reply quickly. What do we need to bring to the Marching Fundamentals elective class? I play French horn and at our school we march with a mellophone. I don’t want to bring it if I don’t have to, and I want to be prepared and have marching shoes or tennis shoes if needed. Thanks for replying!!

  17. Dr. Talley Post author

    Marching Fundamentals doesn’t use any instruments, so you won’t need to worry about brining a mellophone – only your French horn for the concert band. Regular tennis shoes would be fine, but I would avoid sandals for the marching fundamentals class. Actual marching shoes are not required.

  18. Ashlea

    You’d better hope that my child gets a t-shirt before their concert! I paid too much money to have you drop the ball.

  19. Dr. Talley Post author

    I apologize for our t-shirt vendor not fulfilling their contractual obligations. It was something completely out of our control and we are working the best we can to get the t-shirt order fulfilled. The t-shirt order may not be completed by the time the concert starts and for that we apologize. We are changing t-shirt vendors for our next camp and will not use this same vendor for the future.

    However, as stated in our camp information sheets, the camp t-shirts are complementary and no one pays directly for them. The tuition payments go towards the 40 faculty that are hired to teach the campers at this camp, the 18 counselors that are hired to keep track of the campers and keep them safe, the 2 dorm deans that often stay up most of the night sitting with campers who have become sick, the 2 camp coordinators who moderate mass events and track down students who did not go where they were supposed to go to as well as discipline students who do not act according to our camp policies, and the 5 person office staff that processes applications, checks students in and out of the camp, follows up with parents, coordinates PR, completes camp programs and schedules, schedules rooms, fixes instruments (for free) for campers, provides loaner instruments for students who severely damage their instruments, provide minor medical care to campers when needed, completes pay roll for the above listed hired camp workers, make several thousand copies of schedules, programs, and roll lists, works with vendors (who often times do not complete their contracts as agreed), works with school districts who provide scholarship assistance for their students, follows up with late payments, deals with parents whose checks bounce after Sunday check-in, and provide a professional and friendly face to our camps.

    Room and board fees for the camps go to our housing department for use of their living spaces which are safe, secure, and clean as well as for meals which we pay for 3 meals a day. The small amount of profit that the camps generate go towards scholarships for SWOSU music majors.

    Again, I apologize for our current t-shirt situation. I assure you that we are doing everything in our power to make it right.

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