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July 15, 2021

K-State Bands hosts successful Leadership and Auxiliary Camp

Submitted by Alex Wimmer

The K-State Bands hosted its annual Leadership and Auxiliary Camp from July 11–14. Almost 80 high school drum majors, section leaders, percussionists and color guard members were on campus to learn drum major conducting, leadership skills, percussion techniques and guard techniques. The students represented 36-high schools from Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

The students participated in several activities that helped strengthen their leadership skills, teamwork development, work ethic, communication, conflict resolution and fostering a thriving and positive culture. The camp was process-driven with the goal that each student would come away with the knowledge and confidence necessary to become stronger leaders within their own band programs.

The camp concluded with a performance on July 14 in All Faiths Chapel. Each captain got a chance to demonstrate what they learned in the couple of days spent under the instruction of K-State band staff, graduate assistants, drum majors, Kansas State University Marching Band leadership and Kansas music educators. The camp was open to all students currently in grades 9-12. They represented the finest high school student band leadership in Kansas and the surrounding states. What a great way to bring 80 potential Wildcats to campus.

Next year's camp will be July 10–13, 2022.