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ETBU Summer Music Camp

June 10-14, 2024 – Middle School Band Camp (current 6th-8th graders for 2023-24 school year)

June 17-21, 2024 – High School Band Camp (current 9th-12th graders for 2023-24 school year)

About Camp

The Summer Music Camp at ETBU is accessible to students of all ability levels. During this camp, each student will have opportunities to increase their musical abilities, build confidence, and develop good musical habits.


Every camp activity will be supervised by one or more of the following:

  1. Camp Faculty – Faculty consisting of ETBU professors and band directors from the surrounding area.
  2. ETBU Band Camp Counselors – ETBU undergraduate students involved in the band program and/or recent graduates from ETBU


  • Resident Camp - $250 - fees include a t-shirt, housing, all meals, and evening activities
  • Commuter Camp - $200 - fees include a t-shirt, two meals daily, and evening activities

Registration Information

Registration and Deposits

Summer Music Camp opens on February 1. Click the Registration button below to sign up for camp this year!

Once your application for Band Camp has been accepted, you may pay online with a Visa or MasterCard or mail a personal check. A non-refundable deposit of $50.00 is required to secure your spot at camp and counts toward the total balance due. Failure to pay the deposit may result in the cancellation of your registration. The balance of all fees must be paid on or before May 31, 2024. To pay the remainder of your balance, please call the ETBU Business Office at 903.923.2055 or pay online here.



You may cancel your registration for Band Camp and receive a refund if the request is made two weeks prior to the opening of that week. No money will be refunded for any reason after the two-week deadline. Students arriving late for camp or leaving early are not eligible for a refund of any amount. Camp enrollment is not transferable to anyone else. The initial $50.00 registration deposit is not refundable for any reason.


All campers must have a signed medical, liability, and photo release form on file. In the unlikely event that a student would need to see a physician or visit a hospital, immediate transportation and an escort would be provided. Any injury, no matter how slight, will be reported at once to the parent. Costs resulting from a doctor visit, prescription medication, x-rays, lab work, or hospital treatment are the responsibility of the parent. Parents are called immediately if any illness is critical.


Resident Campers will be staying in Carlile Hall (#4 on Campus Map). Residential Camper check-in is on Monday from 8:00 AM until 10:00 AM and will be in the lobby of Carlile Hall along Rainey Street. Campers will be assigned a room and given a dorm key. If you would like to room with a specific person, simply go through the check-in process together and ask to be assigned as roommates. If a camper loses a key or fails to return it, a $40.00 fee will be charged to the camper for rekeying. If a camper damages a room, a fee commensurate with the repair estimate will be charged to the camper.

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Chair placements will take place though an audition process. Scroll to the bottom of this page for audition music information.

Sample Daily Schedule
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Assembly
9:00 a.m. Full band rehearsal
11:00 a.m. Music Elective Classes – Beginning instrument classes, music technology, conducting, etc.
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Sectional/Masterclass
3:00 p.m. Musicianship Class
4:00 p.m. Free time – practice, residence hall, basketball, volleyball
5:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Full band rehearsal
7:15 p.m. Evening activity
9:15 p.m. Back to the residence hall
10:30 p.m. Lights out

General Information

What to Bring
  • YOUR INSTRUMENT! Please bring your instrument with you! Most school districts are willing to check out school instruments for use at a summer camp like this. If your director has told you that you are NOT allowed to use your school instrument, please let us know as soon as possible. ETBU owns instruments, but not enough for every student! Percussionists: Please bring a set of drum sticks, marimba mallets, timpani mallets (if you have them), and a practice pad (if you have one)!
  • Modest, hot-weather, casual dress for rehearsals and camp activities (Bring school-appropriate clothes!)
  • A light jacket – the buildings can get cool!
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Twin-sized bedding and pillow for residential campers
  • Toiletries/towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Reeds, neck strap, valve oil, slide oil, etc.
  • Percussionists should bring concert snare drumsticks, xylophone mallets, and marimba mallets. Label your equipment!
  • Pencil and notebook for your classes
  • Umbrella, rain poncho – it can always rain!
  • Snacks – if wanted
  • Money for snacks

*Be sure to safeguard your personal belongings. Initial or label all your personal property. ETBU is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen articles. Cell phones are to be turned OFF during all classes and rehearsals.

What NOT to Bring
  • Refrigerators
  • Hoverboards
  • Skateboards
  • Scooters
  • Heelys
  • Boomboxes
  • Knives
  • Guns
  • Fireworks
  • Tobacco
  • TVs
  • Game systems

Students will participate in a range of classes, such as master classes, sections, musicianship classes, and elective classes. Master classes are divided by instrument and taught by a staff member. The students will focus on technique and repertoire that is unique to their instrument. Musicianship class teaches the students basic music theory and music history that they will be able to take home with them. Sectionals are larger instrument groups that focus on helping students learn and perfect their concert music.


Students will have a daily block of free time where they can select a range of activities. They can participate in a number of activities, including playing basketball, going back to their room, or practicing their instrument!

Evening activities include watching movies, a staff recital, and a pizza party/game night!


Commuting students will need to be dropped off at the Jenna Guest Music Building on ETBU's campus between 8:15 and 8:45 a.m every morning. The pick-up time will be after the evening is done—around 9:15 p.m on Monday through Thursday evenings. 

Final Concert

There will be a final concert on Friday, June 14 (Middle School Camp) and Friday, June 21 (High School Camp), that will begin at 5:00 p.m. This event will take place in Baker Chapel in the Rogers Spiritual Life Center at the corner of East Avenue and North Grove Street. Student attire for the final concert will be their provided camp t-shirt and jeans (minimal tears, rips, or holes).

Prior to the final concert, parents can retrieve the luggage of students during dorm check-out from 3:30-4:30 p.m. 

Camp Audition Information

Each camper will audition for chair placement on his/her instrument on the first day of Summer Music Camp. Please find the audition music for your instrument and prepare the excerpt. If you’d prefer to play something else, you may also prepare something different from what is provided here, such as your All-Region etude, a solo, etc. Please reach out to if you have a question about the audition music.

Name/Title Division Phone
Dr. Nathan Phillips
Chair, Department of Music and Theatre Arts
Director, Bands
Assistant Professor of Music
School of Communication and Performing Arts 903.923.2168 Send Message View Bio