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2019 Leadership and Auxiliary Camp: July 14-17,2019

Register for the 2019 Leadership/Auxiliary Camp - HERE!

Student Schedule-What to Bring

Detailed Camp Schedule

Campus Map

Challenge Course Form

Medical Form

Photo Release Form

Photo Order Form

2019 Final Reminders:

  1. Dorm Registration/check-in will occur at the West Hall for resident campers on July 14that 1:00pm. Resident campers must check-in at the dorms before going through Camp Registration at McCain 201.
  2. Camp Registration begins at 1:30pm in McCain 201. This is on the Music Department side of McCain Auditorium (enter through the Loading Dock Doors, designated by the “red star” on the attached map). This will be your chance to check-in, get your camp t-shirt, complete forms (Medical, Challenge Course, Photo Release), and make payment if you have not already.
  3. There will be an All-Camp Meeting on Sunday at 3:30pm in All-Faiths Chapel. Campers should be checked-in by this time. Parents are welcome to attend this meeting. Dinner will not be provided to prior this meeting.
  4. Drum Majors, Section Leaders, and Percussionists do not need to bring their instruments! Percussionists will only need to bring your sticks/mallets! We will provide all instruments for you. Color Guard equipment will be provided, you do not need to bring your own equipment to camp!
  5. Because of renovations/construction, Leadership-Auxiliary Campers will be eating at the Kramer Dining Center (which is REALLY nice by way…high end food court nice)! This will mean a lot of walking and punctuality to remain on schedule. Please be prepared for a lot of walking.
  6. Weather: Warm temperatures are projected for the week of camp (upper 90’s and above). Please comb through the schedule, anticipate events, and pack/plan accordingly for heat and the possibility of rain. There will be a lot of walking. Everyone needs to bring a labeled water bottle with them, comfortable clothes for being outside, sunscreen/aloe, a hat, and anything else you might need to be walking/being outside in the heat (bandaides, creams for skin irritations caused by walking, etc.).
  7. On Tuesday, we will be attending 7:30pm Manhattan Municipal Band Concert at the Larry Norvell Band Shell in City Park (right next to the Wefald Pavilion). This concert will be broadcast/livestreamed on 91.9 KSDB-FM (https://ksdbfm.org)! Parents are welcome to attend, parking is first come, first serve and the address is below:
    • 1101 Fremont Street
    • Manhattan, KS 6650
  8. We will be going to the Manhattan City Pool on Tuesday this year! Please plan accordingly with appropriate swimwear, pool towels, sandals, and plenty of sunscreen!
  9. Do not forget comfortable camp/walking clothes, toiletries, soap, bandaides, sunscreen/aloe, labeled water bottle, a hat, and bug spray (for the Challenge Course)!
    You are welcome to help you child check out of West Hall at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, July 17th. It is a good idea if you put their luggage in your vehicles at this time. If you cannot be there at 1:00pm to help, that is fine, we will store camper luggage in McCain 201. You may also dine with your child in the Kramer Dining Hall if you wish at 11:30am ($11.00) but we ask that all campers meet with their Troops at 2:00pm in the Kramer Lobby; no exceptions. Please do not take your child out to lunch so we can keep track of supervision and not worry about late children (parents). Campers will walk to McCain at 2:00pm. You should pick-up your child after the Final Performance in All-Faiths Chapel. The concert should be finished by 5:00pm on Wednesday. If your child’s luggage is still stored in McCain 201 after the Final Performance, please do not forget to come back to McCain 201 to pick that up. We ask that you park in the registration parking lot as indicated on the map in order to pick up luggage. We ask that you do not clog up the McCain Circle Drive with traffic.
  10. The Final Camp performance will be in All-Faiths Chapel. Paid parking will be available in the parking garage on Anderson. General university lots will be ticketing until 5:00pm. Dorm check-out will be at 1:00pm on Wednesday, we encourage you to help your camper check-out of West Hall. Any extra luggage can be picked up at McCain Room 201 after the Final Performance.

Leadership & Auxiliary Camp

The 2019 edition of the Leadership and Auxiliary Camp was the K-State Band's most successful yet. Last July, 140 Drum Majors, Section Leaders, Percussionists, and Colorguard members from all over Kansas and beyond came to the KSU campus to learn conducting, leadership skills, guard technique, and percussion technique. The students at Leadership and Auxiliary Camp participated in a number of large and small group activities that helped strengthen their leadership skills, teamwork, positive attitudes, and work ethic. The camp was "process driven" with the goal that each student would come away with the knowledge and confidence necessary to be leaders within their own band programs. The camp was concluded with a wonderful performance where each student group got a chance to perform and demonstrate what they had learned in the couple days spent under the instruction of K-State Band Staff, Graduate Assistants, Drum Majors, Band Leadership, and Kansas Music Educators.

Camp Features

Drum Majors/Section Leaders/General Leadership Training: 

  • develop conducting skills with a live ensemble
  • obtain instant feedback through the use of video critique
  • conflict/resolution training to maximize your role as a leader
  • develop leadership skills through hands-on experiences
  • network with students in the Midwest region in similar positions within their band program

Section Leaders/Leadership Candidates:

  • develop leadership skills through hands-on experiences
  • network with students in the Midwest region in similar positions within their band program
  • obtain instant feedback
  • conflict/resolution training to maximize your role as a 
  • Open to all students interested in learning about band leadership. You do not have to be a current leader in your band to attend this track.

Percussion Camp:

  • develop percussion techniques that will maximize your performance for the upcoming year
  • refine fundamental techniques that will assist in your everyday playing
  • perform on a variety of battery and/or melodic percussion for a well-rounded percussion experience
  • network with students in the Midwest region in similar positions within their band program
  • obtain instant feedback
  • understand the role of a percussionist to assist with team building within your program

Color Guard:

  • develop guard techniques that will maximize your performance for the upcoming year
  • refine fundamental techniques that will assist in your everyday activities
  • perform on a variety of flags/weapons for a well-rounded color guard experience
  • network with students in the Midwest region in similar positions within their band program
  • obtain instant feedback
  • understand the role of the color guard to assist with team building within your program


Camp is open to all students currently in grades 9 through 12. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. All applications must be accompanied by a check with the registration form ($325.00 Resident Camper/$170.00 Non-resident Camper/Optional $90.00 Meal Card for Non-resident). If you are filling out a registration online, please send a check to K-State Bands Leadership Camp, 226 McCain Auditorium, Manhattan, Kansas, 66506. You may also fill out your camper's medical release form to send in to the office. Campers will receive notice of acceptance by July 1, 2019. A full refund minus a $25.00 handling fee will be given if notification is given by June 1, 2019.

Camp Staff

The staff of the Kansas State University Leadership and Auxiliary Camp is comprised of the KSU Marching Band (KSUMB) Drum Majors, Color Guard, and various KSUMB staff. A minimum of two staff members live on each floor with the campers and all staff members supervise student rehearsals through the day and evening.

Daily Schedule

Daily activities include team building exercises, breakout/leadership sessions, sectional rehearsals (drum majors, leadership sessions, percussion, color guard), recreational time, and full ensemble rehearsals. A final performance by the Drum Major & Leadership Candidates, Percussion, and Color Guard campers will be given at the conclusion of the camp.

Members of the camp staff also serve as the students' counselors during their four-day stay in the plush accommodations of Haymaker or Boyd Hall Dormitory on the K-State Campus.

Camp Fees

Resident Camper ($325.00)


  • 2 students per room in university residence hall
  • Instruction
  • Camp T-Shirt
  • Meals Provided
Non-Resident Camper ($170.00)
  • Instruction
  • Camp T-Shirt

    Optional Meal Card available for $90.00

The Leadership and Auxiliary Camp is directed by:
Dr. Frank Tracz, Director of Bands
Dr. Alex Wimmer, Assistant Director of Bands

For more information, contact:
K-State Bands
Department of Music
Kansas State University
226 McCain Auditorium
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785) 532-3816
(785) 532-3817 - fax

Future Dates:

2020 - JULY 12 - 15, 2020
2021 - JULY 11-14, 2021
2022 - JULY 10-13, 2022
2023 - JULY 9-12, 2023