Over the past couple years, we’ve been fortunate and camp has filled very quickly. We’ve also had a long waiting list of talented campers who have wanted to attend.
Camp is a terrific experience and our young musicians learn a lot. But, it is also a lot of work and the kids play a lot of music - all day long. (See our daily schedule.) It can be overwhelming for a young person who is not yet ready musically. Camp is not designed for someone who is just beginning to learn the fife or drum.
We want our campers to be happy and enjoy the experience. If they are sent to camp before they are ready musically, they will not be happy. In fact, they can be very unhappy and will be overwhelmed. Because we want camp to be a good experience for everyone, we have the following guidelines:
Age Camp is open to those who will be 9 years old by the start of camp and includes members of the graduating class of 2019. The maximum age is 18.
Campers must be playing, contributing members of their corps and not members of the color guard who are learning and trying to earn their corps instruments.
Campers must have marched in the line in their corps for a marching season playing the instrument they will be playing at camp. (If you have any questions about this, please ask.)
Campers must be able to play their corps’s street music (or basic corps music) proficiently.
Campers must be able to play the the general audition music (not the ensemble audition music) without considerable help and without a considerable amount of learning. Since this year’s General Audition Music is not yet posted, please look at last year’s music.
Audition Video - Slight change to audition process and new submission date A letter from our Director, Cap Corduan, about the change in the camp audition process for 2019
Dear families, We have made a slight change to the camp audition process for 2019. This year, your child’s audition video will not only be used for placement within camp, it will also be used for entrance to camp itself. If our musical team does not feel that your child is musically ready for camp, we will ask him/her to wait. This year, we are not grandfathering past campers.
Whereas Junior Fife and Drum Camp is an amazing experience, it is not a beginner/novice music camp. The day is far too long and intense for those who have not achieved beyond the novice level. The musicians who come to camp need to be able to play the standpiece music to be successful and happy.
In the past, we have used the honor system and have asked parents and directors not to send beginner musicians. Unfortunately, this has not always happened. Some novice musicians have attended and have struggled significantly at camp. Not only has this led to very miserable young musicians, it has affected people on the waiting list who might have attended successfully but were waitlisted.
How will this new process work? It is simple. By February 1st, you will register for camp online as you have done in the past. Here is the registration link. You will then be notified via email that you are provisionally registered. At that time, we will also release the audition music for both fifes and drums. Your child will then have a couple weeks to learn the music, video it, and turn it in. (Please see the website for information about how to turn in audition videos.) We are not looking for perfection and we are not looking for memorization. We want to know how your child plays.
Your child will turn in the general audition music piece by February 15. We will notify you/your musician by February 28th of acceptance with more information about payment and/or scholarship applications.
If you are feeling concerned right now, please know that this will not affect the vast majority of our campers who can easily learn and play the camp music. However, if you look at last year’s general audition music and you know that it will be a significant struggle for your child to learn that music (without significant adult instruction), please wait a year. Music from 2018 and 2017 can be found here
Because of this new policy, please do not send any tuition deposits as you have in the past. You will receive more information about payment and the scholarship application form in future correspondence.
As always, please feel free to contact me to discuss this change in policy or to discuss anything about camp. I welcome your feedback and look forward to an amazing year at camp! Cap Corduan, Director Company of Fifers and Drummers Junior Fife and Drum Camp
Questions about being ready to come to camp? Are you still not sure if your child or corps member is ready? Or, would you rather talk to someone about your child's readiness for camp? Sure! Please contact our Director, Cap Corduan.