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Kansas State Bands

Summer Music Camp

June 11 - 15, 2017


What to Bring, Camp Rules 2017

2017 Music Camp DETAILED Schedule

2017 Camp Map

2017 Medical Form

CD Order Form

2017 Photo Order Form

A note to parents and Campers for the 2017:

Dear 2017 K-State Music Camp Participants,
We are very excited to have you on campus this summer and we are in our final preparations for the biggest and best camp ever. We are very excited about another great summer with all of you and Dr. Gilbert and Dr. Blocher. New for this year, due to the enormous popularity of camp, we will be adding another band and we a proud to have Dr. David Betancourt from Cerritos College in California directing it!
Linked above you will find:
1. Medical form - please send this in if you do not already have it completed. ( same as flyer registration medical info)
2. Detailed Camp Schedule: This may go through slight changes. The final version will be given to campers when they check in at McCain on Sunday.
3. Campus Map: Has all the important buildings used for Music Camp labeled.
4. Camp Picture Order Form: Order camp photos at registration and they will be available for pickup at the concert on Thursday
5. CD Order Form: CDs will be $15 and will be mailed 4-6 weeks after camp
A few reminders for you:
1. Dorm registration begins at 1pm June 11th at Derby Dining Hall for all resident campers. Our dorm this year will be Haymaker Hall and we are very excited about this! Please check in at Derby before checking in at McCain if you are a resident.
2. Camp Registration begins at 1:30pm in McCain Room 204 (Kirmser) on the Music Department side of McCain Auditorium. This will be your chance to check in, get your camp t-shirt, complete medical forms, and make payment if you haven't already.
3. We will be going to the Manhattan City Pool on BOTH Wednesday and Thursday this year! Please plan accordingly with appropriate swimwear, pool towels, sandals, and plenty of sunscreen!
4. Our first camp meeting will start Sunday at 2:45pm in All Faiths Chapel. You should be checked in before this time. Parents are welcome to attend this meeting
5. Percussionists - Don't bring instruments - Just bring your sticks and mallets: We will provide all instruments for you.
6. Don't forget - Comfortable Camp clothes, toiletries, soap, washcloths, and nice concert clothes for Thursday.
7.  You may bring your Jazz instrument with you (ex. Electric bass) if you wish to try out for the jazz band.
8. Auditions – Auditions will consist of simple major scales (to check tone and range) and sight reading as appropriate for your level. Campers do not have to have any music prepared ahead of time. Auditions will take place right after the camp meeting at 2:45 pm.
9. If you have not paid yet, please bring your check or cash to registration, credit cards are not accepted.
10. The final camp concert will be June 15th (Thursday) at 6:30pm at MANHATTAN CITY PARK at the Larry Norvell Band Shell (East Side of the Park). This is a beautiful outdoor band shell with seating for the public. You are also welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and even food. This is a change from previous years. Rain location will be All Faiths Chapel on Campus.
Link to City Park Info and Map: http://mhkprd.com/175/City-Park
City Park features amenities including a pool, splash park, shelter houses, tennis courts, playground, ball diamonds, trail and more.


Google Maps Link to Larry Norvell Band Shell: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Larry+Norvell+Band+Shell/@39.1837266,-96.5792961,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xe70f2587eaf73582!8m2!3d39.1820134!4d-96.5741677
11. We will be taking money for CD and Camp Photo orders at the Sunday McCain registration. CDs will be $15. Attached to this email are order forms for both.
12. We will be having a camp pizza dinner on Sunday after auditions. If your camper has special medical needs or dietary requirements, make sure you have indicated that in your registration or call us at the band office at 785-532-3816 by Friday morning so we can make arrangements.
13. You are welcome to help you child check out of Haymaker Hall at 3:30 pm on Thursday June 15th. It is a good idea if you put their luggage in your vehicles at this time. If you cannot be there at 3:30 to help, that is fine – we will store Camper luggage in McCain 201. You may also dine with your child in Derby Dining Hall if you wish at 5pm but we ask that all campers meet with their cluster groups at 5:30pm in the Derby Lobby. No exceptions. Please do not take your child out to dinner so we can keep track of supervision and not worry about late children (parents). Campers will walk to the Band Shell at 5:30pm. You should pick up your child after the final concert at the Larry Norvell Band Shell at City Park. The concert should be finished by 8pm on Thursday. If your child’s luggage is still stored in McCain 201 after the concert, please do not forget to come back to McCain 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. 
Thank you all so much. The staff and I can't wait to see you on June 11th!
Mr. Don Linn

The 2017 Kansas State University Summer Music Camp will be held on June 11-15th and is open to all band students grades 5 through 12. A typical daily schedule during camp includes a full group rehearsal in the morning, followed by a sectional (small group) rehearsal with instruction by a specialist. Lunch is followed by supervised recreation time at either the K-State Union or the brand new Manhattan City Water Park, another full group rehearsal, then small group instruction. The campers perform with the Manhattan Municipal Band on Tuesday evening and camp culminates with a final performance by the camp ensembles Thursday afternoon.

The guest conductors for the 2017 KSU Music camp will be Dr. Jay Gilbert, Director of Bands at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, Dr. David Betancourt, Director of Bands at Cerritos College in California, and Dr. Larry Blocher of Troy University (Alabama). The five-day camp exposes students to a variety of ensemble and rehearsal settings, including concert band, small ensembles, and jazz ensembles.

The staff of the Kansas State Music Camp is comprised of the finest musicians and teachers from the area who are chosen for their interest and ability to inspire and teach talented young musicians. College music students complete our staff. A minimum of two staff members reside on each floor of the residence halls with the resident campers, and all staff members supervise student rehearsals throughout each day and evening.

Resident campers will stay in a university residence hall. Cafeteria-style meals are served in the university dining center. Students who choose not to stay in university housing have the option of purchasing a commuter meal card which includes four lunches and four dinners. They may also choose to pay cash for each individual meal.

For more information regarding the Kansas State Music Camp, call (785) 532-3816

Resident Camper ($400.00)


  • 2 students per room in university residence hall
  • Instruction
  • Camp T-Shirt
  • Meal Card
Non-Resident Camper ($235.00)
  • Instruction
  • Camp T-Shirt

    Optional Meal Card available for $105.00
    (4 breakfasts/4 lunches / 4 dinners)


The Summer Music Camp is directed by
Dr. Frank Tracz, Director of Bands

In addition to their rehearsal and classroom experiences, campers were provided with ample social and recreational activities, including recreation time at the KSU Student Union, campus tours, a concert performance with the Manhattan Municipal Band, and a student talent-show.

After completing online registration, Checks and Medical Forms can be mailed to:

K-State Bands Music Camp
Kansas State University 
226 McCain Auditorium
Manhattan, Kansas 66506

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

Future Dates:

2018 - JUNE 10 - 14, 2018
2019 - JUNE 9 - 13, 2019
2020 - JUNE 14 - 18, 2020