June 24-29, 2024
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana

The Middle School Color Guard Camp at the Music For All Summer Symposium offers a week-long, immersive camp experience for
middle school color guard students. Students will spend a fun, exciting, and educational week with expert instructors and fellow middle school campers from around the country. Designed from the ground up with the middle school student in mind, students will grow as spinners, dancers, performers, and individuals. Their experience will be positively life-changing!

The middle school color guard camp is designed for students entering Grades 6-8 who are relatively new to the color guard activity. Beginners and students with one season of experience are encouraged and welcome to attend.

Highlights include:

• Professional, student-centered faculty
• Daily instruction in flag and dance technique
• Leadership workshops
• Evening concerts including DCI Central Indiana Show
• Separate dining/dorm facilities for Middle School students
• 24-hour supervision by counselors/SWAG Team*
• Low student-to-counselor ratio
• A positive, caring environment to meet the needs of the middle school student
• Two FREE camp shirts for every student

Parents: Our middle school color guard camp coordinator, Susie Harloff, lives the mission every day, as a middle school guard director and also as a parent. We know you are looking for a safe environment for your child, with exceptional teaching from a distinguished faculty. You also are looking for value. The Music for All Summer Symposium provides lodging, meals, tuition, materials, teachers, and concerts for a reasonable cost that is far exceeded in value and impact.

What age/grade level can attend the Middle School Concert Band Division
The Middle School Concert Band Camp is designed for students entering 7th or 8th grade, with at least one year of performance experience on their instrument.
Sample Schedule

7:oo a.m. – Breakfast & Morning “Huddle” (students prepare for their day with a healthy breakfast and a quick small group check-in led by their assigned SWAG Team member)

8:30 a.m. – Full Band Rehearsal

10:15 a.m. – Team Building Sessions (active learning experiences led by the Symposium Student Leadership faculty)

11:15 a.m. – Lunch

12:15 p.m. – Sectionals

1:30 p.m. – Masterclass (led by professional musicians, students explore topics like tone quality, practice habits, instrument-specific techniques)

2:30 p.m. – Full Band Rehearsal

4:00 p.m. – Rec Activity/Track Visit (structured “free time” to explore other areas of camp, and to build lifelong friendships with fellow campers through fun activities)

5:15 p.m. – Dinner

6:15 p.m. – Full Band Rehearsal

8:00 p.m. – Evening Concert (Many things set the Music for All Summer Symposium apart from other camps, and one of those is the nightly concert series, one of our student campers’ favorite parts of the experience!)

What about percussion?

Percussion students participating in the Middle School Concert track will participate in a three-day percussion-focused experience before joining the concert bands. During the first three days of the camp, percussion students will attend masterclasses and clinics, participate in concert percussion sectionals and percussion ensembles, and attend a rehearsal with the percussion section from Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps, in addition to all of the team-building and social activities with the other concert band participants. This hybrid percussion and concert band camp is designed to give percussion students the best of both worlds!

Tell me more about the Middle School Concert Band Division

The Middle School Concert Band Camp at the Music for All Summer Symposium is the perfect combination of music, fun, and friendship. Students interact with nationally recognized middle school centered educators, make new friendships from students around the country and the SWAG team*, the camp’s counselors, teaching assistants, and superheroes. Rec time, team-building activities, and evening concerts round‐out an exceptional summer music camp experience. The Middle School Concert Band Camp is designed for students entering 7th or 8th grade, with at least one year of performance experience on their instrument.

Are there camp counselors?

* The SWAG Team members are the Music for All camp’s counselors, teaching assistants, and superheroes. They are selected by vigorous application process, undergo a background check, and carry forward the 35-year tradition of ensuring a safe, positively life-changing experience.

Parent/Booster Institute

Music for All’s parent/booster training and advocacy programs and resources are key elements in Music for All’s vision to be a catalyst to ensure that every child across America has the opportunity and access to participate in music making in his or her scholastic environment.

What Should Your Child Bring?

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.

Staying in Touch with your Student

The Music for All Headquarters staff is unable to receive and deliver messages to students by phone, unless an emergency requires immediately delivery. If you wish to speak with your child during the week, plan your calling schedule before your child leaves home.

Supervision and Health Info

Your child’s safety is our utmost priority. While at camp, your child is required to attend all classes, meals, concerts, and nightly floor meetings, where attendance is taken.

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