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 division, 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.

Ball State University is a tobacco and smoke-free campus. The use of any form of tobacco, vape, e-cigarette, or juul is strictly prohibited in all residence halls, dining halls, parking structures, and outdoor ares.

Division Specific Packing Lists

Color Guard
  • Athletic shorts and T-shirts/tops (NO halter or tube tops, boxer/spandex/short-shorts, or swimwear)
  • Lace-up athletic shoes (two pairs recommended) with proper arch support for all sessions, NO SANDALS ALLOWED
  • Warm-up suits/outside dancewear
  • Sports bras (to be worn under other tops ONLY)
  • Small towel
  • Dance shoes (not required; can be used during dance classes)
  • 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 recommended lengths are in the range of 36-39“. Either metal or plastic hilt will be acceptable 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, even those taking a rifle or sabre class, 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.
  • It is recommended that all students bring white and black electrical tape in case of any needed repairs.

Final Performance Attire

  • Dark shorts (black, dark gray, dark blue)
  • Athletic shoes
  • DSI T-shirt (provided)
Drum Major Institute
  • Lace-up athletic shoes (two pairs recommended) with proper arch support for all sessions, NO SANDALS ALLOWED
  • Your school’s musical score for current/previous year, if available
  • Appropriate conducting baton, if desired
  • If you wish to have instruction on twirling baton or mace skills, bring a mace or stick equivalent to 44” long
  • Khaki shorts for Final Performance

Final Performance Attire

  • Khaki shorts
  • Athletic shoes
  • Camp t-shirt that will be provided
  • *Hats, sunglasses, or jewelry may NOT be worn for the performance.
Leadership Weekend Experience
  • Students will NOT need their instruments for Leadership Weekend
  • Comfortable clothes and closed toed shoes for walking around campus
  • Sweatshirt or light jacket for cooler weather
  • Rain gear for inclement weather (jacket, poncho, or umbrella)
  • Personal toiletries (bath soap, tooth brush, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Towels and washcloths. Sheets, pillow, pillowcases, and blanket are provided by Ball State Housing
  • Sunglasses, hat, water bottle, and SUNSCREEN
  • Backpack, a spiral notebook, and pens/pencils
Marching Band
  • Lace-up athletic shoes (two pairs recommended) with proper arch support for all sessions, NO SANDALS ALLOWED
  • Your marching instrument and fold-up music stand marked with your name, address, and school. A music stand is required of ALL marching band members.
  • 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.
  • Khaki shorts for DCI Show Performance and Final Performance

Final Performance Attire

  • Each student should wear khaki shorts
  • Athletic shoes
  • White Fred J. Miller T-shirt (provided) for both the performance with Carolina Crown on Friday night and the final performance on Saturday.
  • Hats, sunglasses, or jewelry may NOT be worn for these performances.
Marching Percussion
  • Lace-up athletic shoes (two pairs recommended) with proper arch support for all sessions, NO SANDALS ALLOWED
  • Instrument & case marked with your name, address and school
  • Please bring both a drum stand and carrier if possible
  • Sticks/mallets (extra pair if possible) and practice pad
  • Tuning key- a high tension key if you own one
  • Hand towel for a stand cover
  • White stick tape

Final Performance Attire

  • Khaki shorts
  • Athletic shoes
  • Zildjian T-shirt (provided) for both the performance with Carolina Crown on Friday night and the final performance on Saturday
  • Hats, sunglasses, or jewelry may NOT be worn for these performances.
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