High school students with a passion for color guard: You don’t want to miss the Music for All Summer Symposium. Music for All’s color guard curriculum provides time with leading instructors and immerses students in hands-on, experiential learning opportunities. The Symposium brings together the rock stars of color guard, the leadership in the marching arts activity of Bands of America, and Music for All’s mission to create positively life-changing experiences, in order to provide the ultimate learning environment.

Differentiated Instruction – The Color Guard division will offer different levels of instruction in both equipment and dance that will help students develop their skills at the level that best fits their needs. This learner-focused curriculum will help every camper come away feeling stronger and more confident!

Master Class Opportunity – Color Guard instructors base their instruction on the level of the students. They will work on advanced technique as well as choreography, which will be learned at a brisk pace – which is also a challenge! No need to pre-prepare anything – there will be on-site placement sessions where the staff will evaluate the best placement for each student.


Packing List/Final Performance Attire

Packing List

All students, regardless of division, should
bring the following items:

  • 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

Optional: money or debit card for incidental purchases such
as souvenirs, snacks, etc. $50-$80 recommended.

In addition to these items, color guard students must also bring:

  • 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.
  • 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)

Color Guard Division Faculty

Robbie Arnold

Lexis Winterguard
George Rogers Clark
Black Diamond Independent

Abigail Brown

Shannon Clark

Assistant Director, Designer, Choreographer Instructor for Lexis World Winter Guard, Instructor of the University of Kentucky Wildcat Marching Band Color Guard

Susie Harloff

Division Head
Avon (IN) H.S. Marching Band, Director of Avon Cadet Guard

Jared Littleton

Academic Advisor and Color Guard Director at Magnolia West High School (TX), Assistant-Color Guard Caption Head at Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps

Kali Marquart

Former Director of Fairfield H.S. (IN), Former Instructor of Penn H.S. (IN), Jenison H.S. (MI), and Rockford H.S. (MI).

Ricardo Robinson-Shinall

Color Guard Director and Fine Arts Department Chair at Braden River High School (FL), Designer for Medellin Gran Banda (Columbia)

Derek Smith

Interplay Winter Guard
Jenison HS

Bianca Wallace

Broken Arrow H.S., OK
Legends Drum and Bugle Corps

What are students saying about Color Guard at America’s Camp?

Not only do I have new skills, I have a new outlook on life and the way I interact with it as well.

What I learned this past week I will bring home with me to my guard and hopefully inspire them!

This camp truly is life-changing, and my only regret is that I didn’t come sooner!

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