Where else can you learn from some of the best conductors than at the Phantom Regiment? We are known for producing some of the best conductors on the field. We also provide outstanding leadership training whether you are a first year or four year drum major. Not only do you learn from some of the best educators in the country, but as with all of our educational camps, you will have interactive sessions with the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps. You may even be lucky enough to be chosen to conduct the world famous horn line through a musical piece you learn during the camp.
The Phantom Regiment Drum Major Camp is designed for musicians and aspiring conductors from all high school grade levels. The focus of the camp will include conducting skills ranging from basic beat patterns to musical styles, score study, and interpretive conducting gestures. Students will learn techniques of conducting with and without a baton. Additionally, students will engage in leadership sessions focusing on the role of the drum major and the development of effective leadership strategies and techniques. Other related topics will include, but are not limited to, vocal commands, teaching and cleaning drill and field and parade etiquette.
All camp participants will engage in “group” conducting and leadership sessions throughout the camp. They will also have the opportunity to experience the “techniques” of the Phantom Regiment through interactive sessions with the visual & music staff members. Students will observe the Phantom Regiment hornline, drumline and drum majors in an interactive rehearsal environment.
For one low price, your camp fee includes:
- Housing in a dorm room on campus
- All of your meals
- Camp T-Shirt
- Instruction from nationally recognized instructors and professors
- PR Educational Camp book
- Phantom Regiment conductors baton
- Interact with the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps
- Someone will get the chance to conduct the Phantom Regiment Hornline
- Experience what it’s like and what it takes to be a performer in the Phantom Regiment
- AKRON & LEBANON only: ticket to the DCI competition being held on campus
- You’ll have a fun, educational and rewarding experience
Drum Majors…are you ready?
Pretty soon you will be hearing a different sentence than the one above over the public address system at your first show. That would be – “Drum Majors, is your band ready?”. What better way to get prepared for that first show, whether this is your first or fourth year as drum major, to spend 4 days going through the Phantom Regiment drum major camp! This camp will have you motivated and confident to answer that question as to whether or not your band is ready.
All sessions are geared toward teaching the Phantom Regiment approach to conducting, leadership and rehearsal techniques. Instruction will include basic and intermediate conducting fundamentals, and leadership theory and application.
For those interested in furthering your career as a drum major in college or with the Phantom Regiment (or another drum corps), this camp is a great way to prepare for those highly regarded positions.
Areas of concentration include:
- Posture, Baton Grip, Basic Beat Patterns
- Preparatory / Release Gestures
- Time Beating Patterns, Divided Patterns
- Left Hand Cueing, Expressive Gestures
- Gesture of Syncopation
- Dynamics and Phrasing
- 5 Musical Styles
- Score Study
- Role of the Drum Major
- Spheres of Influence
- Leadership vs. Followership
- Management vs. Leadership
- Field Application
- Field Commands
- Rehearsal Technique
- Sound Delay and The Big Stage
- Showmanship – Salutes, Stage Presence
- Marching/Drill Fundamentals
In addition to group and individual instruction, this camp includes interactive sessions with the Phantom Regiment brass and percussion sections. You will receive hands on experience with the Phantom Regiment.
Come ready to learn, conduct, and have fun!
The camp staff is made up of highly talented and creative people who have been teaching at all levels for many years. Not only has our outstanding staff produced outstanding results, they are also very dedicated to the positive educational experience to all of our students.
You will be housed in dorms that are normally a capacity of 2, but certain rooms can accommodate up to 4, with shared bathrooms. Students will need to provide their own linens and/or sleeping bag and pillow as well as general toiletries. You can pick your roommates ahead of time, or meet new people when you arrive. We will do our best to accommodate you.
All meals will be provided either by the Phantom Regiment food service program or by the college cafeteria, so therefore, you will not have to leave campus.
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Registration and Consent Form
After you register, the student & parent/guardian will receive an email with the consent form that needs to be signed by the student, or the parent/guardian if they are under 18 years of age. If you can’t find that email, you can sign & send an online version at regiment.org/consent or download a hard copy below. You must bring the consent form with you to check-in if you have not signed it online.
Registration and Consent Form
Maps, Schedules and other Forms
For each camp’s location below, you will find:
- Map of the university campus – this will help familiarize yourself with where you will need to be for check-in as well as for the different places used on campus.
- Daily schedule – this schedule will say tentative or sample until the final version has been posted (no later than 10 days before camp begins).
- Any other forms specific for that location.
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Below is a list of things to bring:
- Bedding (i.e. sleeping bag/blanket, pillow – you will have a dorm room bed, but need your own bedding)
- Toiletries/Shower stuff
- Warm clothes for night
- Cool clothes for day
- Backpack to keep your valuables with you during the day
- Refillable water bottle
- Bug spray
- Rain gear
- Spending money for souvenirs
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