Color Guard
Color Guard

Color Guard at the Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha

Join Us in 2016

2016 Music for All Summer Symposium
Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
June 27 - July 2, 2016 • Leadership Weekend June 25-27


 Flag, Rifle, Sabre–all levels

  • Master Class for Advanced Students (audition required)

  • Faculty: instructors of nationally-celebrated color guards

  • Hands-on opportunities with Carolina Crown, 2013 DCI World Champion, corps and guard-in-residence

  • A safe, away-from-home experience in the premier facilities of Ball State University, including outstanding residence halls and dance studios

High school students with a passion for color guard: You don’t want to miss the Music for All Summer Symposium. Music for All’s color guard curriculum provides time with leading instructors and immerses students in hands-on, experiential learning opportunities. The Symposium brings together the rock stars of color guard, the leadership in the marching arts activity of Bands of America, and Music for All’s mission to create positively life-changing experiences, in order to provide the ultimate learning environment.

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Music for All Associate Sponsor DSI will provide complimentary items for color guard students, including equipment for selected Master Class participants!


What You’ll Learn:

CG FacultyThroughout the week, you will receive extensive and intensive instruction and technique classes in all levels of flag, rifle and sabre; daily dance and movement sessions; performance opportunities; and hands-on experience with talented young performers from the country’s top drum and bugle corps. The color guard curriculum also includes a “master class” for advanced students. Students meet and get to know others from across the country and spend time with students from a variety of backgrounds who share their love of color guard performance.

Leadership is the theme that runs throughout the camp curriculum.

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For Color Guard Instructors, too!

The Director's Academy features the Color Guard Instructor Academy, providing professional development for color guard instructors. Directors and instructors, bring 12 students and attend TOTALLY FREE! Bring 6 students and attend TUITION FREE! 

What Do You Need to Bring?

  • It is REQUIRED that ALL students (including weapons) have a flag pole height at 6 feet. Beginning weapons will not need flag poles. 
  • Students wishing to spin rifle and/or sabre should bring these pieces of equipment with them to camp.

  • Mark your flag pole, rifle, and/or sabre with your name, address and school on each piece of equipment. 

  • TWO solid-colored silk (flag, NOT show or performance) for the 6 ft. pole, with the following size: 35’’ x 50’’ - minimum, 35’’ x 60’’ - maximum. If you do not have these dimensions, please bring a flag closest to: 35’’ x 50’’

  • It is recommended that all students bring white and black electrical tape in case of any needed repairs.

  • TWO 1’’ carriage bolts (length from 1-2" from a local hardware store). These bolts will be used to weight your flag pole. If your poles are properly weighted, still bring these as extra!

  • Recommended and appropriate clothing includes: Athletic shorts and t-shirts or tops, warm-up suitesor outside dancewear. Layers are recommended because of the extreme weather at times. (Sports bras may be worn under shirts ONLY.)

  • Not allowed: Boxer shorts, spandex shorts, short shorts, halter or tube tops. (Sports bras may be worn under shirts ONLY).

  • If you spin with gloves on, feel free to use them.  They are not required.

  • Please note: We WILL be outside for the majority of your day. PLEASE bring head covers like hats, headbands and scarves and sunglasses. Bring plenty of sunscreen, water bottles, a small towel and more sunscreen!

  • Bring two (2) pairs of lace-up athletic shoes with proper arch support for ALL sessions for good and inclement weather. Dance shoes may be brought for our daily dance classes, but are not required. Sandals/Flip Flops are NEVER acceptable for any color guard session!

  • Please bring dark shorts (black, dark gray, dark blue), white top or t-shirt and tennis shoes for final performances.  

  • Multiple equipment students should bring their equipment in a simple equipment or flag bag. This equipment bag should have enough space for all of your equipment, be labelled properly with your name, address and school and be made with a strong, durable and waterproof fabric. If possible, borrow your guard’s equipment bag for the week.

Auditioning for the Master Class

  • Master class auditions will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday of Summer Symposium. This will be a group audition, so please arrive on time. If warm-up time is needed, arrive by 9:30 a.m. The location will be given at registration. 

  • Master class audition skills and choreograpgy are available online at Students who wish to participate in the Master Class are strongly encouraged to view the the videos, learn the skills and choreography, and be prepared to demonstrate mastery of these during the audition. The master class will only accept 12-16 students. Students who are accepted into the Master Class will be given a free Excalibur Sabre, a free Elite Rifle, and a free pair of Ever-Dri gloves.

  • If students are not accepted into the master class, they can choose a flag, rifle or sabre class to join. 

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