UToledo Band Program

UToledo Drum Major Camp
June 17-20, 2024

The UToledo Band Program is excited announce the return of our High School Drum Major camp this summer on the UToledo main campus , June 17-20.  The camp is designed with a dedication to strong fundamentals, guiding students toward excellence in developing their own unique style compatible with their home programs. The result is growth in individual creativity, identity, and diversity. The program enables us to train strong teachers, conductors, leaders, and even capable assistant band directors. Coupling the power of positive attitudes and high energy with values-based leadership principles is an unmatched recipe for success.

The 4-day camp is intended for local high school students entering grades 9-12, with multiple sessions running each day, 9am-4pm.  Session topics will include:

    • Incorporation of “chair” or “glide” step
    • Conducting with or without some type of baton
    • With or without use of mace or signal baton
    • All conducting taught by professional university conductors
    • Instruction at all levels of conducting and showmanship
    • Fundamentals of drill design
    • Squad drills with signals and commands
    • Daily individual evaluation of fundamentals
    • Leadership and motivational techniques
    • Individual help with score study
    • Teaching and cleaning drill
    • Developing individual styles in conducting and showmanship
    • Methods for teaching marching fundamentals
    • Elective sessions on: multi-drum majoring, salutes, showmanship, choreography, various marching styles, and twirling mace/signal baton

Every student receives personalized instruction and feedback - from our UToledo Band Directors and current/past Drum Majors - and will experience live practice in teaching & commanding their peers.

Participation fee will include a provided lunch each day.  We ask that the band director register their participating student(s) by completing the online form: https://webforms.utoledo.edu/form/21100618253  Once we receive this initial registration, we will:

    • confirm receipt and send the required health/safety forms to the student via email, copying the director on all correspondence. 
    • generate an invoice and provide detailed payment information to the director.

This is an excellent opportunity for new and returning drum majors to develop and strengthen the skills they will need to be productive and effective members of their band leadership teams. To reserve a spot for your student, complete the initial registration today.

Any Questions? Contact Dr. Andrew Rhodes - Associate Director of Bands & Director of Athletic Bands - at andrew.rhodes@utoledo.edu or by phone at 419-530-2217.


Last Updated: 3/30/24