The McNeese Summer Band Academy

Sunday June 11th - Thursday June 15th, 2017

Registration deadline is June 1.  (Forms, checks/credit card payments must be received no later than June 1)


 

Click Here to Register for the 2017 Summer Band Academy for High School Students!

Registration deadline is June 1.  (Forms, checks/credit card payments must be received no later than June 1)

The MSU Summer Band Academy provides an intense and exciting four days of education and preparation for high school marching band, concert band, or jazz band in the fall.  Three focus tracks are available including:

Instrumental Music

Drum Major

Color Guard

Our summer academy is staffed by clinicians from across the eastern United States, McNeese Faculty, area band directors and student leadership of the McNeese Bands. Evening activities include sports and recreation, swimming, and a movie night. Students may participate as commuters (day campers) or on-campus residents.  Dorm rooms and meals are available as part of the packages.

We request that students/parents register and pay online with a credit card. CLICK HERE to pay by credit card, using the "My Online Camp" secure payment system. 

If you prefer to by mailing a check, please CLICK HERE and complete the form for each attending student. Checks must be made payable to McNEESE FOUNDATION-BAND.

Directors, Coaches and Sponsors

Directors, coaches and sponsors are welcome to attend the full week of the academy, or stop by to observe individual instructional sessions.  Our summer band academy is designed to immerse the participants in a focused instructional and social environment for the week.  While we definitely welcome full leadership teams and color guards from any school, this is an individual camp, as opposed to a team camp (such as those hosted for athletic teams, cheerleading, etc.).  While it is certainly fine to interact with students during meal times, coaches/sponsors should remain in the observational role throughout the academy.  We believe this allows the students to learn in a low-stress environment and allows them to more readily meet and interact with new friends.  As is the case with our hired academy staff, adults attending or working the academy should never be in any kind of one-on-one situation with a student.  Adults are not permitted to be in student dorm rooms for any reason.  Resident students attending the academy are not permitted to leave campus for any reason.

The academy fee for a director, coach or sponsor staying on campus for the week is $225.  Anyone interested in attending for the week should call the McNeese Band Office to make arrangements.  337-475-5004 

Academy Requirements

  • Participants must have attended grades 8-11 in the ’16-’17 school year (will be in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 in the fall of 2017)
  • Graduating seniors, who are attending McNeese in the fall, may attend at the discounted rate of $225 as a resident camper, or attend as a commuter camper for $100.  Please just select that pricing option.
  • Color guard participants may range from beginners to advanced performers
  • Instrumental Musicianship participants must have at least two years of school instruction or equivalent private instruction on their primary instrument

Academy Tuition & Fees

Residents:                                  $350 (includes tuition, housing, all daily meals, academy shirt & recreation)

Commuters:                              $225 (includes tuition, daily lunch, academy shirt & recreation)

Graduated high school seniors (class of 2017) who will be attending McNeese as music majors in the fall: $100 (commuter)  $225 (resident)

Promotions:

2017 Texas All-Area Band/Orchestra Musicians subtract $100 (Resident Cost: $250 / Commuter Cost: $125)

2016 LA All-State Band/Orchestra Students (Baton Rouge in November) subtract $250 (Resident cost: $100 / Commuter Cost: Free)

2017 Texas All-State Band/Orchestra Musicians (San Antonio in February) subtract $250 (Resident cost: $100 / Commuter Cost: Free)

10-19 students from the same school: $20 off full cost per student*

20+ students from the same school: $25 off full cost per student*

* Multiple-student discounted tuition: All tuition/fees must be paid on one check (subtract the appropriate amount from stated tuition)

General Academy Schedule

Sunday, June 11

3:30 P.M. Check-in for residents (on-campus, overnight)

4:30 P.M. Check-in for commuters (day) 

5:00 P.M.  Academy Meeting

5:30 P.M.  Dinner for all students (Resident and Day)

9:00 P.M.  Dismissal for commuters

Monday-Wednesday

8:30 A.M.  First Session Begins

12:30 P.M.  Lunch (included for all academy students)

5:30 P.M.  Dinner (not provided as part of the commuter package, but commuters are welcome/encouraged to attend the evening activities & awards sessions)

9:00 P.M.  Wrap up & Daily Awards

Thursday, June 15

8:30 A.M.  First Session Begins

11:30 A.M.  Lunch

2:00 P.M.  Academy Finale Performances (Performing Arts Theatre; open to all parents, directors, relatives, etc.)

3:45 P.M.  (approximate) Academy dismissal & dorm checkout

Click the links below for more information & curriculum

for each Focus Track

Instrumental Music

Drum Major

Color Guard

Pre-Academy Final Information Letter