Band Camp

 July 6-11, 2014

* Audition music will be posted by April 15 * (sorry for the delay)

FACULTY:  Camp Director Dr. Keith Talley will be assisted by more than 70 outstanding band directors from Oklahoma, Texas and Ohio. Directors for the concert bands will include: Dr. Jeff Gershman, University of Indiana, Honor Band; Glenn Lambert, Dallas, TX, Symphonic Band; David Christy, Ponca City, Concert Band; David Irby, Bethel, Cadet Band; and Jerry Everett, Temple, TX Prep Band.

ELIGIBILITY:  Any student completing grades 6-12 may attend with the signature of their parents and director.

ENROLLMENT:  The enrollment application with a $175.00 tuition deposit should be sent by June 30. The deposit may be paid by check, credit card or cash.  The deposit is refundable by written request postmarked on or before June 30. The $175.00 tuition deposit will not be refunded after that date for any reason.

ROOM AND MEALS:  Dormitory students may pay $175.00 room and meals fee by mail (with the required $1 tuition deposit) or at registration on the first day of camp.  Commuter students may purchase individual meals if desired for $5.50.  All meals will be served in the Student Union Cafeteria. The first meal will be served on Sunday, July 6, at 5:00 PM.

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, July 6, 2014.  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.         $175.00 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 Friday 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 five concert bands.

AUDITIONSEvery student is required to audition and play in a concert band.  The auditions will begin immediately following registration on Sunday, July 6.  Sunday concert band auditions will consist of a short, assigned etude, a set of scales and sight-reading. Audition material can be downloaded from the camp website by April 15. If you are enrolled in the 1:00 Jazz Band Elective Class you must also audition for a jazz band.  Prepared material for the jazz band auditions should consist of your choice of 8-16 measures of a jazz etude, jazz solo transcription or jazz band literature.

PRIVATE LESSONS:  You may sign up for private lessons at camp registration or in the camp office any time before Tuesday, July 8.  The lessons will be 30 minutes in length at a cost of $15.00 (cash or check), which will be paid to the teacher prior to taking the lesson.

TALENT SHOW:  There will be a camp talent show on Tuesday evening.  AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY, JULY 6, FROM 3:00-5:00.  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.

ALL-OMEA ETUDE CLINICS:  Clinics on the Oklahoma All-OMEA Etudes will be presented during the camp on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m., by SWOSU faculty members and camp staff.


  • Reeds, valve oil, etc., if needed
  • Music for private lessons and Oklahoma All-OMEA Etudes (optional)
  • 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
  • Dress clothes for Friday afternoon concert
    • Spending money for snacks

CAMP OFFICE:  The camp office, which opens June 2, is located in Fine Arts 103. The camp office telephone number will be (580) 774-3296 (will not be active until June 2).

CHECK-OUT:  The camp will end on Friday, July 11, 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 before your band performs, from 12:30-4:00 pm.  Rooms will be available in the Fine Arts Building for luggage and equipment during the concerts.

RECORDINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS:  Recordings and DVDs will be available for all concerts on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights.  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:  Room and meal payments (only) 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. Please include social security number for refund.

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 2 or email


32 thoughts on “Band Camp

  1. Dr. Talley Post author

    Sorry about that. We are a little slow getting the music posted. Flute, clarinet, saxophone, horn, trumpet, and percussion have been posted here

    The other instruments will be posted shortly. Sorry for the delay.

  2. Susan

    Is it allowed to try out on more than one instrument then pick according to placement?

  3. Dr. Talley Post author

    Yes it is. Generally you will be placed on the instrument you rank highest on after your audition unless you tell us different. Thanks


  4. Jennah

    Should students applying for scholarship/ junior counselor receive a conformation before decisions are made, or just the award letter after scholarships and junior counselors have been chosen?

  5. Dr. Talley Post author

    We usually will send out letters to those who have received scholarships or junior counselor positions. We have a lot of applicants and we try to keep our mailing costs down as much as we can. If you don’t hear anything, you can call the camp office when it opens in June and they can tell you for sure about the scholarship status. Thanks

  6. Kallie

    Is a full ride scholarship availae. If we apply for a scholarship when will we know if we get it? Also, when is the scholarship deadline? Very sorry for all the questions.

  7. Dr. Talley Post author

    We only offer full-ride scholarships to our junior counselors. Other scholarships are room and board scholarships only. Once the scholarships have been awarded, we will mail out a letter to the recipients. We will also post a notice on this site when scholarship award letters have been mailed out. Thanks

  8. Shannon Samuels

    our daughter , Draven, is home schooled ( she just finished her 10th/Junior year)and a competitive baton twirler, she has won numerous awards for her talent, including the Governor’s Cup Queen and Princess Twirling Pageants ,and the Miss Majorette of Oklahoma Competition’s State Solo in her division, but doesn’t have experience in marching/performing with a band, and is hoping to twirl in college in 2015, it is a major deciding factor in our college selection. Most Colleges will want her to have this experience, and we were wondering if you feel this Band Camp would be a good fit?

  9. Tres Hunter

    I read the final concert on Friday, July 12 begins at 2:00pm, do you have an approximate time for the concert to end?

  10. Dr. Talley Post author

    Hello Shannon,

    Thank you for your interest in our summer camps. The only marching components to our Band Camp are marching fundamentals, drum major fundamentals,flag fundamentals, and marching percussion electives. The camp is primarily based upon concert bands at its core with 2 elective class options. Unfortunately, there are no opportunities currently for baton twirlers. If Draven doesn’t play a concert band instrument, it probably isn’t the right fit for her. Please let me know if you have any further questions.


  11. Dr. Talley Post author

    Hello Tres,

    We generally allow for 30 minutes for each concert band which would normally mean the concert should end around 4:30. We start the concert with the least experienced group, the Prep Band, and progress to the most experienced group, the Honor Band. After your group is finished playing, you may leave, however, sticking around to hear the more experienced groups play is a great way to inspire practice. Thanks


  12. Emilee Grace

    I was told there was a dance but I didn’t see anything about it here on the website. Is that true?

  13. Dr. Talley Post author

    Hello Emilee,

    The schedule from last year (posted here) will be very similar for this year’s camp. There is a dance on Sunday and Thursday night of the camp. Thanks and let me know if you have any further questions.

  14. Shayla W

    Hello Dr. Talley,

    I am looking forward to joining the camp this year and I was wondering what kind of things we will be doing

  15. Dr. Talley Post author

    Hello Shayla,

    You can look at the 2013 schedule (linked here) to see the types of activities happen at the camp. The 2014 schedule will be very similar except some of the teachers will change.

    Let me know if you have any questions after looking at the schedule.


  16. Dr. Talley Post author

    Hello Jason,

    We’re targeting April 1 for posting of the Band Camp audition music. Thanks


  17. Dr. Talley Post author

    Hello Westin,

    We don’t have any required audition music for the jazz bands. You can play 8-16 measures of a solo, transcription, or jazz band piece of your choosing. There will also be sight-reading for the jazz band audition.

    Concert band audition music will be posted by April 15. Thanks


  18. Jackie

    I am a going to be finishing 7th grade this year (but I took 8th grade band) and I was wondering, would I be able to try out for this Band Camp AND the Middle School Band Camp?

  19. Justin m. H.

    Dear dr. Talley,

    I plan to attend band camp for the dates of July 6th – 11th, 2014. I have not yet been able to find the 2014 audition materials. Am I looking on the wrong site, or have they not yet been posted?
    Justin m. Hamlett

  20. Dr. Talley Post author

    Hello Justin,

    I’m sorry that the Band Camp audition music has not been posted yet. I hope to have it posted by April 15. Sorry for the delay. Thanks


  21. Dr. Talley Post author

    Hello Brittany,

    I’m sorry that the Band Camp audition music has not been posted yet. The Middle School Band Camp audition music will be posted in the next few days, but the Band Camp audition music probably won’t be posted until April 15. Sorry for the delay.


  22. Gabriel

    As a graduating senior, is it possible for me to send both an application for a scholarship and an application for junior counselor, so that if I don’t receive one, I may be able to receive the other?

  23. Dr. Talley Post author

    Hello Gabriel,

    You can just send one form and check the scholarship and junior counselor checkbox at the top of the application. We always consider graduating seniors for scholarships if they apply for a junior counselor position. Thanks


  24. Zoe

    If I am graduating high school, can I still attend Band Camp as a camper and not a junior counselor?

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