Middle School Band Camp

June 25 – June 28, 2017

Camp Information

FACULTY: Camp Director Dr. Keith Talley will be assisted by more than 40 outstanding band directors from Oklahoma and Texas.

ELIGIBILITY:  Any student completing grades 5-7 may attend with the signature of their parents and band director.

ENROLLMENT:  The enrollment application along with a $140.00 tuition payment should be sent by June 20.  The payment may be paid by check, credit card or cash.

ROOM AND MEALS:  Dormitory students may pay $135.00 room and meals fee by mail (with the required $140 tuition deposit) or at registration on the first day of camp.  Commuter students may purchase individual meals if desired for $8.00.  All meals will be served in the Student Union Cafeteria. The first meal will be served on Sunday of camp at 5:00 p.m.

DORMITORIES:  Students will be housed in University dormitories. SWOSU students will serve as counselors and will be supervised by adult deans and assistant deans of men and women.

REGISTRATION:  You should plan to arrive on campus between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 19.    If for any reason you plan to arrive later, please let us know.  Upon arrival, please go to the Fine Arts Building to register.  At that time you will need the following:

  1. $135.00 room and board fee, which includes a $10.00 dorm key deposit, if not previously paid. The $10.00 dorm key deposit will be returned to you on Wednesday after your room is cleaned, checked, and your key is returned to the counselors.
  2. Your health form if not previously completed.

After registration, you will check into your dorm and then audition for placement in one of the four concert bands.

AUDITIONS: Every student is required to audition and play in a concert band.  The auditions will begin immediately following registration on Sunday, June 25.  Auditions will consist of the MSBC Audition Etude, the Bb and F concert major scales, and sight-reading. The MSBC Audition Etude for your instrument will be sent to you after your enrollment application and deposit are received. They will also be available to download at swosucamps.com

TALENT SHOW:  There will be a camp talent show on Tuesday evening.  Auditions will be held on Sunday, June 25, following your concert band audition.  Performance is strictly voluntary.  If you plan to perform on the talent show, please bring any props, tapes or music that you need for your act.


  • Reeds, valve oil, etc., if needed
  • Sheets for single bed, pillow, and pillowcases, blanket, soap, towels, washcloth, etc.
  • Portable fan (All of the rooms are air-conditioned but air-conditioning is unpredictable)
  • Sport clothes (jeans, shorts, etc.), that conform to your school’s dress code, for daily wear; swim suit
  • Spending money for snacks

CAMP T-SHIRTS: Camp T-shirts, which are complementary, will be distributed on Sunday and must be worn on the Wednesday Final Concert.

CAMP OFFICE:  The camp office, which opens June 6, is located in Fine Arts Center 103. The camp office telephone number will be (580) 774-3296 (will not be active until June 6).

CHECK-OUT:  The camp will end on Wednesday, June 28, after the final concert, which will be held in the Fine Arts Auditorium beginning at 2:00 p.m.  You may check out of the dorm anytime between 12:00 and 1:00, or after the concert between 3:30 and 5:00 p.m.  Rooms will be available in the Fine Arts Building for luggage and equipment during the concert.

RECORDINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS:  Recordings and DVDs of the final concert on Wednesday, June 29 will be available.  Photographs of each camp band will also be available.  Orders for recordings or photos will be taken in the lobby at the final concert.

REFUNDS: The tuition payment is refundable by written request postmarked on or before June 20. The $140.00 tuition payment will not be refunded after that date for any reason.

Room and meal payments are refundable due to medical reasons until 5:00 PM of the first day of the camp.  After that time no refunds will be issued. The university will need name, address, phone number, and social security number of the person requesting the refund in order to process any refunds. 3% processing fee on credit card transactions may not be able to be refunded depending on card issuer.

INFORMATION:  For any additional information, please write or call the SWOSU Band Camps, 100 Campus Dr., Weatherford, OK 73096; (580) 774-3708 or (580) 774-3296 after June 6 or email marc.mueller@swosu.edu.

Credit card payments via PayPal available at this website after March 1

**A 3% processing fee will be added automatically at time of transaction for any credit card transaction via the website or mailed application **


36 thoughts on “Middle School Band Camp

  1. Dr. Talley Post author

    It’s not. If you could fax in your application, that would be easier. That way we could have all everything setup for you when you arrive. But if that’s not possible, you can show up at registration and we will have a spot for you. Thanks

  2. Cara Perez

    How do I get information on schorships for this camp? My daughter would love to attend.

  3. Dr. Talley Post author

    Hello Cara,

    Unfortunately we don’t have any scholarship assistance available for the Middle School Band Camp. We can only offer a small amount of scholarships at our Band Camp and Choral Camp due to higher number of campers at those camps. You might talk to your daughter’s band director to see if there could be any financial assistance from a band booster group or even possibly the school district. It’s common to have band boosters or school districts pay for a portion of a students’ camp fees.

    I hope you still consider sending your daughter to our camp. It’s a great experience


  4. Lindsey J.

    If we have somewhere we have to be on the 25th, can parents pick them up in the evening on the 24th?

  5. Dr. Talley Post author

    If at all possible we prefer that students stay for the entire camp that includes the concert on the 25th. However, if it’s unavoidable, yes, parents can check out their child at any time. If you decide to leave before the final concert, please inform your band conductor so that they can adjust the performance if needed.


  6. Dr. Talley Post author

    Unfortunately there is not at this time. We are looking into a service that would allow it, but the fees associated are currently too high. You can call your credit card information into the camp office if that would be easier for you.


  7. Allyson

    Is it possible to fax the application to you guys and send my sister with the money for the camp when she gets there at the camp?

    We didn’t get paid until today and we live in Yukon, Ok so I do not know how we would get the money to you all through the mail.

    Thank you,


  8. Dr. Talley Post author

    Hello Allyson,

    You can mail in your application and tuition deposit today and you’ll have a spot at the camp. We haven’t hit our max enrollment yet, so we will accept your application even though technically today is the cut-off date.

    We have that date as a safety of over crowding the camp, but I don’t think that will be an issue this year. Thanks


  9. Elin Williams

    I need to know where I can find the 2016 middle school band camp music if someone could let me know that would be great! : )

  10. Doris

    I live in Texas but I really want to go to this band camp. Do I have to print out the application earlier?

  11. Dr. Talley Post author

    Hello Cynthia,

    Can you send me a link to the page that says the Middle School Band Camp states July? I can’t seem to find that anywhere.

    Middle School Band Camp is June 26-29 and our Band Camp is July 10-15. Middle school students are welcome at both camps, but the Middle School Band Camp is only for middle school students.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.


  12. Dr. Talley Post author

    Hello Trinity,

    We have a variety of activities. The camp centers around one of four concert bands. We also have elective classes, master classes, and evening activities. You can view the schedule from last year’s camp here: http://swosucamps.com/?page_id=256 and that will give you an idea of the types of activities happening at the camps.



  13. Evan

    What are the guidelines for the talent show? For example if there are singing auditions what words can not be said

  14. Jana

    My daughter is interested in coming to your band camp. She is currently in 7th grade for the 2015-2016 year. Can she attend middle school camp?

  15. Morgan

    Hey I was wondering if they can choose who stays in the dorms with them and are boys and girls separated

  16. Dr. Talley Post author


    Songs with profanity or overly sexual lyrics won’t be passed through to the actual talent show night. Talent show participants have to audition on the first day of the camp in order to perform in front of the campers. All performances must be PG.


  17. Dr. Talley Post author


    She can attend either the Middle School Band Camp or the Band Camp. The advantage of the Middle School Band Camp is that there are only middle school students there, so it can make the camp a little less intimidating, and it is shorter. The Middle School Band Camp runs around 350 students while the Band Camp runs around 550 and will have students up to 18 years of age.

    The Band Camp does have a few more opportunities as there are 2 elective classes per day to attend and generally more activities, but both are great camps for a soon to be 8th grader.


  18. Dr. Talley Post author

    The audition music is the same for each instrument regardless of grade. After placement in one of the 4 concert bands, each concert band will rehearse different music. There are some younger students in the top band and some older students in the other bands, so we audition people based upon skill and not age.


  19. Dr. Talley Post author


    Yes, students can give a roommate preference on the application. We encourage both campers to list each other on their camp applications as a preference. We can’t guarantee to match on the preference, but we try our best. Sometimes several students want to room with the same person, which can’t be done due to our rooms only having 2 single beds.

    Yes, boys and girls are housed on different floors of our dorms. We have counselors that stay on each wing of the dorm too. Usually we put girls on the higher floors and bar boys from going above a certain floor.


  20. Valerie De Leon

    Where is the Middle School Audition Music for this year 2017? When I click on the link on the right hand side that says “Middle School Audition Music” it takes me to an error message for 2017, but provides link to get audition music for years prior 2011-2016.
    Thank You!!!
    Valerie De Leon

  21. Marc Mueller

    All audition music is located at the top of the page, under the Middle School Band Camp tab. The link on the side, is broken and soon to be eliminated.

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