A marching band camp is an intensive event, often held in the summer, in which individual members of a marching band (usually for a school) practice for upcoming performances during the year. Generally, he marching band camp includes all of the components of the actual marching band, so that the band can simulate its entire performance itinerary, and get ready for actual school events. This includes drummers working with horn players, woodwinds, and all of the other musicians who usually contribute to performances.
Many marching band camps are affiliated with schools and universities. These schools rely on marching bands to provide part of the overall attraction for school related sporting events. This means that schools may fund marching bands, or that students in music departments may participate in this extracurricular activity. The various marching bands are often known by their affiliation with a specific school.
As a general summer activity, the marching band camp is one of many extracurricular summer activities for students. Marching band participation can help students in some areas of study to get additional credits or experience that can look good on a resume or a future academic application. These are also ways to fill the summer days for students who are in hiatus from the academic year, and it can also provide a beneficial social experience.
Funding for band camps is an issue that schools often address. A school may provide the majority of funding for a marching band camp and other operations from its general budget, under its own specific category of allocated funds. Many times, a band booster organization provides funding for a marching band camp, and other marching band related activities. Individuals may also pay fees to attend these camps, and merchandise that is sold can also help with funding. Generally, the money for marching band camps and similar activities comes in through general donations to the school or university, where some donated amounts may be earmarked for different activities in different departments.
Often, school leaders or band camp managers need to look at the total operating costs of the camp as a line item in a school’s music budget. Creative approaches help some music teachers and other related professionals to keep a marching band summer camp working well. These include extra fundraising activities throughout the year, such a car washes or bake sales.