What to Bring
What to Bring

What to Bring

All Camp Participants Need to Bring the Following Items

June weather in Indiana is often unpredictable. Historical averages for this area range from 60°F-90°F and often include high humidity. Please keep that in mind when packing for camp.

All Ball State University Residence Halls will have air conditioning for the duration of camp. The rooms tend to be a bit cool at night, so plan accordingly. Also, please make sure all of your belongings are clearly marked with your name, address, and school.

Please also be sure to scroll down to read your Track-Specific packing lists below!
  • Comfortable shoes for walking around campus

  • Light jacket/sweatshirt for cool weather

  • Backpack

  • Rain gear for inclement weather

  • Personal toiletries

  • Sunscreen

  • Water bottle

  • Alarm clock

  • Pens/pencils and notebook

  • Sunglasses/hats

  • Towels, washcloth, blanket (sheets, pillow & pillowcases are provided)

  • Laptop, software, drill and music arrangements (Director's Track Only)
  • Instruments and accessories to participate in the Director’s Jazz or Concert Band ensembles (Director's Track Only)
  • All dorms will have air conditioning for the duration of the camp week. The rooms tend to be a bit cool for sleeping so plan accordingly.
  • Due to the large number of camp participants, please make sure all of your belongings are marked with your name, address, and school.

Prohibited Items: The following items will be confiscated by MFA and not returned.

  • Rollerblades

  • Skateboards

  • Scooters

  • Coffee Makers

  • Bicycles

  • Non-performance weapons of any type, such as pocket knives/swiss army knives, etc.

Track Specific Packing Lists

LEADERSHIP WEEKEND EXPERIENCE

•    Comfortable clothes and TENNIS SHOES
•    Sunglasses/hat, water bottle, SUNSCREEN
•    Pens/pencils and a notebook

DRUM MAJOR INSTITUTE

•    If you wish to have instruction on twirling baton or mace skills, bring a stick or mace equivalent to 44” long
•    Appropriate conducting baton, if desired
•    Musical score for current or previous year, if available
•    Comfortable clothes (shorts & T-shirts). Please know you will be outside for the majority of your time at camp
•    Sunglasses/hat, water bottle, SUNSCREEN
•    Lace-up athletic shoes with proper arch support for all practices, NO SANDALS ALLOWED
•    Spiral notebook and pen/pencil MUST be brought to all sessions
•    Copy of Drum Major Packet (provided at registration) must be brought to all sessions
•    Participants in Drum Major Institute are NOT required to audition

MARCHING BAND TRACK

•    Your marching instrument (in good working condition) with your name, address and school marked on the case.
•    A fold-up music stand marked with your name, address and school. This is required of ALL marching band members.
•    Any necessary supplies or accessories, such as reeds, neck straps, valve oil, etc.
•    Comfortable/appropriate clothes (shorts & t-shirts). Please note that you will be outside for a majority of camp.
•    Sunglasses/hat, water bottle, LOTS OF SUNSCREEN!
•    Lace-up athletic shoes with proper arch support and athletic (or thick) socks for all practices.
•    Khaki shorts for DCI show and Final Performances

PERFORMANCE ATTIRE: For the DCI show and Final Performance, each student should wear khaki shorts, athletic shoes, and the FJM T-shirt that will be given to them during camp. Minimal jewelry is okay, but no hats or sunglasses will be worn for these performances.

JAZZ BAND TRACK

•    Your instrument with your name, address and school marked on the case.
•    Any necessary supplies or accessories, such as reeds, neck straps, valve oil, etc. Muncie Music Center will be on campus during the week to sell reeds, oil, etc. should you need anything.
•    Comfortable attire (shorts, jeans & shirts): please note that you will be in air conditioning for the majority of your day.
•    Guitar and Bass students do not need to bring amplifiers. These will be provided. However, Guitar and Bass students should bring a cable to connect their instrument to the amplifiers provided. No cables will be available for your use.
The Muncie Music Center will be on campus should you need to purchase one.
•   JAZZ DRUM SET STUDENTS: A drum set will be provided, but bring your own sticks, brushes, a practice pad, HI-HAT CLUTCH, and cymbals if possible (Hi-hat, Crash, Ride)

PERFORMANCE ATTIRE: Blue jeans, white button-down shirt, tie, and black shoes
 

CONCERT BAND TRACK

•    Your instrument with your name, address and school marked on the case.
•    A fold-up music stand marked with your name, address and school.
•    Any necessary supplies or accessories, such as reeds, neck straps, valve oil, etc. Muncie Music Center will be on campus during the week to sell reeds, oil, etc.
•    Comfortable attire (shorts, jeans & shirts): please note that you will be in air conditioning for the majority of your day.

PERFORMANCE ATTIRE: CONCERT BLACK
Girls: long black skirt (below the knee) or slacks are acceptable with a white blouse and black shoes.
Boys: black pants, white shirt, dark colored tie, black socks and black shoes.

NATIONAL PERCUSSION SYMPOSIUM

CONCERT PERCUSSION STUDENTS:
•    Concert sticks, keyboard mallets for orchestra bells, xylophone, vibes, marimba and timpani mallets
•    Practice pad
•    Hand towel for a stand cover
•    A tuning key
•    Tambourine
•    Triangle with Clip
•    Beater(s)
•    Woodblock
*If you do not own any of the items listed above, please try and borrow them from your school. LABEL ALL PERSONAL ITEMS!

PERFORMANCE ATTIRE: CONCERT BLACK
Girls: long black skirt (below the knee) or slacks are acceptable with a white blouse and black shoes.
Boys: black pants, white shirt, dark colored tie, black socks and black shoes.

MARCHING PERCUSSION STUDENTS:
•    YOUR INSTRUMENT & CARRIER marked with your name, address and school
•    Bring Stadium hardware and carriers if possible
•    Sticks/mallets (extra pair if possible)
•    Tuning key- a high tension key if you own one
•    Practice pad
•    Hand towel for a stand cover
•    White stick tape
•    Lace-up athletic shoes
•    Sunglasses/hat, backpack, water bottle, SUNSCREEN
•    Khaki shorts for the DCI show and Final Performances

PERFORMANCE ATTIRE: For the DCI show and Final Performance, each student should wear khaki shorts, athletic shoes, and the FJM T-shirt that will be given to them during camp. Minimal jewelry is okay, but no hats or sunglasses will be worn for these performances.

ORCHESTRA TRACK

•    Your instrument, bow, rosin, mute, music stand, shoulder rest (for violin and viola players). Clearly label your equipment with your name, address and school. Please bring extra strings.
•    Cello/Bass Students: bring your rock stops.
•    Comfortable attire (shorts, jeans, and shirts): please note that you will be in air conditioning for a majority of your day.

FINAL PERFORMANCE ATTIRE: CONCERT BLACK
Girls: long black skirt (below the knee) or slacks are acceptable with a white blouse and black shoes.
Boys: dark suit, white shirt, tie, black socks and black shoes.

COLOR GUARD TRACK

EQUIPMENT
•    Students are required to bring any equipment they wish to spin during the week. They should bring their equipment in a simple equipment or flag bag. Each piece of equipment should be marked with student’s name, address and school.
•    Most weapons are acceptable. Rifles must range from 36- 39“ and should be taped. White is the preferred color and straps are optional. Sabres vary based on experience, but
most band supply company sabres are in the range of 36-39“. Either metal or plastic hilt will be accepted for use. All weapon students may want to bring an additional weapon to Symposium in case of any breakage.
•    It is REQUIRED that ALL students (including weapons) bring a flagpole (6 feet in height). Students should bring two solid colored silks (NOT show or performance flags) with the following size dimensions: 35’’x 50’’ (min) or 35’’x 60’’ (max). If silks with these dimensions are not available, please try and stay closer to 35”x 50”. One flag will be the primary practice flag for the week and the other will be available to use in case of inclement weather.
•    Please bring TWO 1” carriage bolts (found at local hardware store, 1-2” in length) to weight your flagpole. Flagpoles need to be weighted, as students WILL BE tossing throughout the week. If poles are already properly weighted, please bring extras if possible.
•    It is recommended that all students bring white and black electrical tape in case of any needed repairs.

APPROPRIATE ITEMS (BRING)
•    Athletic shorts
•    T-shirts/tops
•    Warm-up suits/outside dancewear
•    Hats/headbands/scarves
•    Small towel
•    Sunglasses and SUNSCREEN
•    Water bottle
•    2 pairs of lace-up tennis shoes with proper arch support
•    Layers are recommended with the possibility of extreme weather
•    Sports bras (ONLY allowed if worn under t-shirts)
•    Dance shoes (not required, but can be used during dance classes)
•    Final Performances: bring dark (black, dark gray, dark blue) shorts, white top or t-shirt, and tennis shoes

INAPPROPRIATE ITEMS (DON’T BRING)
•    Boxer/spandex/short shorts
•    Halter/tube Tops
 •    Swimwear
•    Flip Flops/Sandals
•    Clothing with inappropriate/offensive language
 
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