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Greenville University's Drum Major and Leadership Camp

Greenville University's Drum Major & Leadership Camp

General Information

June 10th - 15th, 2018

Drum Major Camp
This camp will be led by Professor Will Fairbanks and Sarah Fairbanks.

Campers will work on leadership skills, including: how to motivate your band; how to lead warm-ups, how to lead sectionals; how to help develop espirit de corps.

Campers will learn score reading, score sight-reading, musical interpretation. If they bring music for their band, they will also get time, instruction and ideas on how to conduct that music as well.

Campers will develop and or continue to develop field conducting skills including: various meters, dynamics, cueing and the like, as well as learning how to read and teach from drill charts (created from Pyware Java 3D).

Campers will work on voice commands, roles and responsibilities of a drum major, both on and off the field, personal discipline.

Campers will demonstrate what they have learned at the end of the camp (directors, parents, relatives and friends are welcome and encouraged to come).

In addition to your drum majors, we invite you to send your section leaders and drill leaders to learn how to work with other students, teach music and marching, handle conflict and more.

Leadership Camp

This camp will be led by Professor Will Fairbanks.

The leadership camp is for section leaders, squad leaders, officers, and any other band members who plan to take a leadership role in marching or concert band. Basic conducting skills will be covered in addition to leadership techniques and how to teach music. Those coming for the leadership camp should plan to bring their instrument and their music for marching band.

Location: Greenville University is located in Greenville, Illinois, off of I-70, 45 miles east of St. Louis. Greenville is a small, safe, idyllic hometown. All camp events will take place on the GU campus.

Housing/Roommates: All on campus campers will stay in dorms located on the GU campus. All events and meals are within a very short walking distance of the dorms. Students wishing to room together can make a request by June 1 to the camp staff by e-mailing We will do our best to accommodate all requests for roommates.

Camper supervision: All camp activities will be supervised and attended by one or more of the following: camp faculty, camp counselors, approved and trained GU student leaders.

For further information, contact:
GU Music Camps
Attn: Will Fairbanks
315 E College Ave
Greenville, IL 62246