What To Bring To Camp

June weather in Indiana is often unpredictable. Historical averages for this area range from 60°F-90°F and often include high humidity. Please keep that in mind when packing for camp.

All Ball State University Residence Halls will have air conditioning for the duration of camp. The rooms tend to be a bit cool at night, so plan accordingly. Also, please make sure all of your belongings are clearly marked with your name, address, and school.

All students, regardless of track, should bring the following items. Please also be sure to scroll down to read your Division-Specific packing lists below!

  • 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, pillow & pillowcases are provided)

Director’s Track Only:

  • Laptop, software, drill and music arrangements
  • Instruments and accessories to participate in the Director’s Jazz or Concert Band ensembles

 

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

Prohibited Items:

The following items will be confiscated by Music for All and will NOT returned:

  • Rollerblades
  • Skateboards
  • Scooters
  • Coffee Makers
  • Bicycles
  • Non-performance weapons of any type, such as pocket knives/swiss army knives, etc.

Division Specific Packing Lists

Concert Band
  • Your instrument with your name, address and school marked on the case.
  • A fold-up music stand marked with your name, address and school.
  • Any necessary supplies or accessories, such as reeds, neck straps, valve oil, etc. Muncie Music Center will be on campus during the week should you need to purchase supplies
  • Comfortable attire (shorts, jeans & shirts): please note that you will be in air conditioning for the majority of your day.

Final Performance Attire: Concert Black

Girls: long black skirt (below the knee) or slacks are acceptable with a white blouse, black socks, and black shoes.
Boys: black pants, white shirt, dark colored tie, black socks, and black shoes.

Marching Band
  • Lace-up athletic shoes (two pairs recommended) with proper arch support for all sessions. NO SANDALS ALLOWED
  • Your marching instrument (in good working condition) with your name, address and school marked on the case.
  • A fold-up music stand marked with your name, address and school. This is required of ALL marching band members.
  • Any necessary supplies or accessories, such as reeds, neck straps, valve oil, etc.
  • Comfortable/appropriate clothes (shorts & t-shirts). Please note that you will be outside for a majority of camp.
  • Sunglasses/hat, water bottle, LOTS OF SUNSCREEN!
  • Khaki shorts for DCI show and Final Performances

Final Performance Attire:

For the DCI show and Final Performance, each student should wear khaki shorts, athletic shoes, and the FJM T-shirt that will be given to them during camp. Minimal jewelry is okay, but no hats or sunglasses may be worn for these performances.

Concert Percussion
  • Concert sticks, keyboard mallets for orchestra bells, xylophone, vibes, marimba and timpani mallets
  • Practice pad
  • Hand towel for a stand cover
  • A tuning key
  • Please bring the following as able, or borrow them from your school: Tambourine, Triangle with Clip, Beater(s), Woodblock

LABEL ALL items with your name, address, and school

Performance Attire: “All Black”

Solid black button down shirt or polo, black pants, black socks, and black, closed-toe shoes

Color Guard

Equipment

  • Students are required to bring any equipment they wish to spin during the week. They should bring their equipment in a simple equipment or flag bag. Each piece of equipment should be marked with student’s name, address and school.
  • Most weapons are acceptable. Rifles must range from 36- 39“ and should be taped. White is the preferred color and straps are optional. Sabres vary based on experience, but most band supply company sabres are in the range of 36-39“. Either metal or plastic hilt will be accepted for use. All weapon students may want to bring an additional weapon to Symposium in case of any breakage.
  • It is REQUIRED that ALL students (including weapons) bring a flagpole (6 feet in height). Students should bring two solid colored silks (NOT show or performance flags) with the following size dimensions: 35’’x 50’’ (min) or 35’’x 60’’ (max). If silks with these dimensions are not available, please try and stay closer to 35”x 50”. One flag will be the primary practice flag for the week and the other will be available to use in case of inclement weather.
  • Please bring TWO 1” carriage bolts (found at local hardware store, 1-2” in length) to weight your flagpole. Flagpoles need to be weighted, as students WILL BE tossing throughout the week. If poles are already properly weighted, please bring extras if possible.
  • It is recommended that all students bring white and black electrical tape in case of any needed repairs.

Appropriate Items (Bring)

  • Athletic shorts
  • T-shirts/tops
  • Warm-up suits/outside dancewear
  • Hats/headbands/scarves
  • Small towel
  • Sunglasses and SUNSCREEN
  • Water bottle
  • 2 pairs of lace-up tennis shoes with proper arch support
  • Layers are recommended with the possibility of extreme weather
  • Sports bras (ONLY allowed if worn under t-shirts)
  • Dance shoes (not required, but can be used during dance classes)

Final Performances:

Dark shorts (black, dark gray, dark blue), white top or t-shirt, and athletic shoes

Inappropriate Items (Don’t Bring)

  • Boxer/spandex/short shorts
  • Halter/tube Tops
  • Swimwear
  • Flip Flops/Sandals
  • Clothing with inappropriate/offensive language
Leadership Weekend Experience
  • Lace-up athletic shoes (two pairs recommended) with proper arch support for all sessions, NO SANDALS
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Sunglasses/hat, water bottle, SUNSCREEN
  • Pens/pencils and a notebook
Peer Teaching Division
  • Lace-up athletic shoes (two pairs recommended) with proper arch support for all sessions, NO SANDALS
  • Musical score for current or previous year, if available (both concert and marching scores are acceptable)
  • Appropriate conduction baton, if desired
  • Your marching instrument and fold up music stand marked with your name, address, and school. A music stand is required of ALL students
  • Any necessary supplies or accessories, such as reeds, neck straps, valve oil, etc. Muncie Music Center will be on campus during the week to sell reeds, oil, etc. should you need to purchase supplies.
  • Sunglasses/hat, water bottle, SUNSCREEN
  • Pens/pencils and a notebook
  • Khaki shorts for Final Performance
Jazz Band
  • Your instrument with your name, address and school marked on the case.
  • Any necessary supplies or accessories, such as reeds, neck straps, valve oil, etc. Muncie Music Center will be on campus during the week to sell supplies should you need anything.
  • Comfortable attire (shorts, jeans & shirts): please note that you will be in air conditioning for the majority of your day.
  • Guitar and Bass students do not need to bring amplifiers. These will be provided. However, Guitar and Bass students should bring a cable to connect their instrument to the amplifiers provided. No cables will be available for your use. The Muncie Music Center will be on campus should you need to purchase one.

Jazz Drum Set Students:

A drum set will be provided, but bring your own sticks, brushes, a practice pad, HI-HAT CLUTCH, and cymbals if possible (Hi-hat, Crash, Ride)

Final Performance Attire:

Blue jeans, white button down shirt, dark colored tie for boys, and black shoes

Orchestra
  • Your instrument, bow, rosin, mute, music stand, shoulder rest (for violin and viola players). Clearly label your equipment with your name, address and school.
  • Please bring extra strings.
  • Cello/Bass Students: bring your rock stops.
  • Comfortable attire (shorts, jeans, and shirts): please note that you will be in air conditioning for a majority of your day.

Final Performance Attire: Concert Black

Girls: long black skirt (below the knee) or slacks are acceptable with a white blouse, black socks, and black closed-toe shoes.
Boys: black pants, white dress shirt, black socks, and black shoes

Marching Percussion
  • Lace-up athletic shoes (two pairs recommended) with proper arch support for all sessions, NO SANDALS
  • Instrument, case, and carrier marked with your name, address and school. Please bring both a drum stand and carrier if possible
  • Sticks/mallets (extra pair if possible)
  • Tuning key- a high tension key if you own one
  • Practice pad
  • Hand towel for a stand cover
  • White stick tape
  • Sunglasses/hat, backpack, water bottle, SUNSCREEN
  • Khaki shorts for the DCI show and Final Performances

Performance Attire:

For the DCI show and Final Performance, each student should wear khaki shorts, athletic shoes, and the Zildjian T-shirt that will be given to them during camp. Minimal jewelry is okay, but no hats or sunglasses may be worn for these performances.

Drum Major Institute
  • Lace-up athletic shoes (two pairs recommended) with proper arch support for all sessions. NO SANDALS ALLOWED
  • If you wish to have instruction on twirling baton or mace skills, bring a stick or mace equivalent to 44” long
  • Appropriate conducting baton, if desired
  • Musical score for current or previous year, if available
  • Comfortable clothes (shorts & T-shirts). Please know you will be outside for the majority of your time at camp
  • Spiral notebook, Drum Major Packet (provided at registration), and pen/pencil MUST be brought to all sessions

Final Performance Attire: Khaki shorts and t-shirt provided at camp

Middle School Concert Band Camp
  • Your instrument with your name, address and school marked on the case. Percussionists will only need to bring a stick bag with snare drum sticks, timpani mallets, and keyboard mallets.
  • A fold-up music stand marked with your name, address, and school.
  • Any necessary supplies or accessories, such as reeds, neck straps, valve oil, etc. Muncie Music Center will be on campus during the week to sell supplies.
  • Comfortable attire – shorts, jeans & t-shirts – are appropriate for the Camp week. Please note that you will be in air conditioning for the majority of your day. [no clothing with inappropriate/offensive language]
  • Middle school campers will wear their Camp t-shirts throughout the week. Each student will receive two t-shirts at registration; these Camp shirts will be their “uniform” for the week. Shirts will be laundered every other day.

Performance Attire:
Students will wear one of their designated Camp t-shirts (provided); full-length, dark dress pants (no leggings, please), black socks, and dark dress shoes.

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