Letter from the Director - January 2017 Dear campers and families,
Plans for the 17th season of the Junior Fife and Drum Camp are currently underway! The Camp Committee is once again hard at work lining up instructors and presenters, preparing musical selections, planning schedules and menus, and myriad other tasks in order to provide you as satisfying a camp experience as possible.
Below, you will find important information. You’ll also find important information throughout our website and on our Facebook page. However, if you can’t find the information you need here or have additional questions, please ask. We are here to help.
Age and Musical Requirements Camp is open to those who will be 9 years old by the start of camp and includes members of the graduating class of 2017. The maximum age is 18. Campers must have performed with their corps for a full season prior to camp on the instrument they will be studying at camp. If your child has considerable difficulty playing the general audition piece without help, please consider waiting until next year to come to camp. If you have any questions about whether or not your child is ready for camp, please contact me.
Registration Registration opens on February 1st. Please register as soon as possible so that the committee can plan. Don’t wait! Last year, camp filled up long before the official end of registration and there was a long waiting list. Parents - don’t let your child be an unhappy fifer or drummer. To register, go to the “Register” tab on the website. Our registration is online and very easy.
Audition video information Very soon, we will have audition music on the website. Each camper must supply an audition video no later than May 1st, but please don’t wait until then! Get audition videos in as soon as possible. The audition video does NOT need to be sent at the same time as your registration.
Audition videos are not for entrance to the camp. Our musical staff use them merely to assess the playing level of the musicians and to group our campers in the best way. There will be one "general" audition piece that everyone must play and submit.
Here is helpful information about the audition videos:
All music will be found under the "Music" tab on this website. The general audition music will be posted very soon and the ensemble audition music will be posted around March 1st.
The video should be sent via YouTube or Facebook.
Please send your YouTube or Facebook video link to:
All videos - Cap Corduan - firstname.lastname@example.org
Fifes - Jason Malli - Jason@jasonmalli.com
Snare drummers - Mark Reilly - email@example.com
Bass drummers - Cap Corduan - firstname.lastname@example.org
Please don't set your YouTube link to "private" or we will not be able to view the audition.
The audition video must include the standard music piece that everyone will use to audition.
When you submit your audition videos, please use a couple audition notes: Introduce yourself on your video. For instance, you might say, “I am Cap Corduan. I am auditioning for the bass drum line.”
You must audition on your instrument. If you are a drummer, you cannot use drum pads.
If you are auditioning for the ensemble, you must play both audition pieces and state that you wish to be considered for the ensemble group. (See below.)
Everyonemust submit an audition video. Parents, even if you think that your child will be in the beginner group, he or she must submit an audition video. This is not just for the Ensemble group.
If you have a legitimate reason to submit a late audition - for example, a broken arm - you must contact me, the director, to obtain permission for a late video. Nobody else can give permission to submit a late audition video. Being busy is not a legitimate reason to be late with your video.
Ensemble Musicians Those experienced musicians who want an intense musical challenge during camp may wish to consider auditioning to be an Ensemble musician. To do this, you must play the general audition piece and the required ensemble audition piece. You must also state on your online registration that you wish to be considered for the Ensemble musician program. Those chosen for the Ensemble musician program will perform the Ensemble piece, written for this year’s camp, at the Deep River Ancient Muster Tattoo on Friday night, July 14. The Ensemble musician spots will be limited to 4 bass drummers, 6-8 snare drummers, and 12-15 fifers. Those chosen will be notified by me personally.
Parents, are you trying to determine if your child is ready to audition for the Ensemble group? Please be realistic about your child's abilities and help him or her make a good decision. There is always next year to audition! Being in the Ensemble is more than just musical ability; it is an intense experience. Our Ensemble group is typically older because we expect those in the group to have maturity, be able to meet deadlines, and be leaders.
Here are some good guidelines:
Ensemble musicians should be able to sight read the ensemble music, and all audition music, without help.
Ensemble musicians should be able to play all the music independently.
Ensemble musicians should be able to stay focused for long periods of time as a productive member of the group.
Ensemble musicians should be able to accept constructive criticism about their playing.
If this is difficult (or impossible) for your young musician to do this year, no worries! Audition to be an Ensemble musician next year - or the year after.
If you do not submit both of your audition videos by May 1st, you will not be considered for Ensemble Musician placement.
Fee structure Full overnight camp - $325 Day camper - $225 - A very limited number of day camper places are available. They are intended for people who live within a 45 minute drive and wish to return home at night.
What does the camp fee cover? This fee covers all meals, instruction, lodging, and snacks. In addition, all campers will receive a camp T-shirt to commemorate their participation.
Camp location Camp will be held at The Incarnation Center in Ivoryton, CT. This camp is located in coastal Connecticut, on 700 wooded acres surrounded by a mile-long private lake. The campers will be housed in three beautiful wooden lodges with all the comforts of home. Campers are responsible for bringing their own bedding, though. (For a full list of what to bring, please see the menu tabs “About Camp” and “What to Bring to Camp.”) Instruction will take place in the lodges as well as the beautiful surroundings we have available to us.
Other information Parents and campers, please review the camp rules carefully prior to signing the online form and be sure to send in your registration fee as directed. Once we receive your online registration, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please email email@example.com. You will receive additional details about camp throughout the spring and summer. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding your stay at camp, please feel free to contact me by phone or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sincerely, Cap Corduan, Director Junior Fife and Drum Camp