USBands Summer Education Series

This summer, USBands is paving the way back to the band room with our Summer Education Series, powered by The Blue Devils! With multiple live, in-person events scheduled across the country, we are on a mission to get students ages 8 and up back with their peers, doing what they love, and getting them excited about music and the marching arts!

Performing Arts programs have taken a major hit in the past year, but at this summer’s events, we are providing the best education in music, movement, color guard, and leadership that students have been craving. Participants will have the opportunity to enroll in various programs designed for ages 8 and up, ranging from a few hours to full week-long camps. The culminating experience at the end of their event will be a special show-and-tell performance for families!

We are building this series with the health & safety of the students & educators in mind by complying with all public health department guidelines as they pertain to our events. Currently, that means we will be operating with mask protocols and social distancing guidelines, but we will continue to update our health & safety policies and procedures as we move closer.

USBands and the Blue Devils will provide local youth an in-person outlet to learn from some of the best minds in the performing arts industry. The Summer Education Series we provide will jump-start their middle or high school performing experience and start them off on an enthusiastic note. For those already in a performing arts program, we want to help you prepare for your upcoming adventure by giving you the skills needed to excel in any program.

We are so excited to provide these opportunities to empower you to reach the next level.

NorCal Summer Series
Texas Summer Series
SoCal Summer Series

From young kids who are picking up their instrument for the first time to students with special needs and even educators who have been teaching for years, we’ve got something planned for everyone!

Additional details are provided in the sections below.

Music and Marching Arts Camp - 9am-6pm (lunch provided daily 1-2)

Young People’s Music Experience - 2pm-5:30pm

United Sound Music and Color Guard Camp - 2pm-6pm

NorCal - Foothill High School - 4375 Foothill Rd, Pleasanton, CA 94588

Texas - LD Bell High School - 1601 Brown Trail, Hurst, TX 76054

SoCal - Riverside City College - 3890 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92501

Director

Efrain Hinojosa

Asst Director / Leadership

Marvin Reed, Jr.

Color Guard Designer and Caption Head

Jazz Legaspi

Visual Designer and Caption Head

Chris Carrasco

Music Caption Head

Nick Garcia

Percussion Battery Designer and Caption Head

Sean Clark

Percussion Front Ensemble Designer and Caption Head

Chavadith Tantavirojn

Young People’s Music Experience

Kristen Lichtenthal

United Sound Music and Color Guard Camp

Julie Duty

This inclusive 4-6 day camp is for middle or high school brass, percussion, color guard, woodwind, and drum major students. Curriculum is customized for each camp and will benefit students of all performance levels with daily activities including master classes, ensemble studio’s, leadership training, and technique classes.

This program offers 2 education tracks to help meet the specific educational needs of each student. Participants will submit a pre-camp evaluation to determine their placement in either the Beginner or Intermediate track for this camp. Those participating in this program must have at least 1 year experience on their instrument.

Throughout this week-long training camp, students will work with expert educators to perfect their technique and master fundamentals. All students will also participate in daily training sessions centered around Leadership, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging.

Music and Marching Arts Camps include:

  • All instruction and training seminars
  • Lunch each day
  • PPE (musician mask, bell covers)
  • Camp T-Shirt
  • Drum sticks for percussionists
  • Gloves for color guard
  • Instrument/equipment use for those who need it (some limitations may apply)

This single afternoon event is designed to introduce young children to Music and Dance! Participants are not required to have any musical experience and we will provide all materials needed to make this a short but fun experience. Participants will engage in bucket drumming, explore movement and dance, receive a t-shirt, and enjoy a front row seat to watch the older students rehearse and perform. We want to get them excited about what is possible in their immediate future!

We’re extremely excited to partner with United Sound in offering a modified camp experience for students with special needs. This is an excellent opportunity for musicians and color guard students to experience and learn from United Sound and the Blue Devils. No prior experience is necessary! This experience will be 2 days, taking place during the last rehearsal block (4 hours each day). Each student will be paired with a peer mentor for an unforgettable experience and given a t-shirt to remember the day by.

Register / Learn more about United Sound.

The USBands Educator Experience is for directors and instructors who are interested in the design and instructional aspects of the Marching Arts.

Please join us for a day (together in the same room) built for educators! Whether you’re a band director or an instructor of a performing arts group, this day will help fuel your passion and leave you with more tools in your educator toolbox!

Multiple sessions to choose from during the day, featuring: Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Frank Troyka, Shirley Dorritte, Todd Ryan, Scott Johnson, TJ Doucette, John Meehan, Brian Dinkel, and Jaime Holly! (Note: a few sessions may be presented virtually).

With the widespread restrictions of COVID almost behind us, this is the perfect time to make changes concerning rehearsal procedures, show design, and possibly the timeline for learning the show. You may not be thinking of them right now, but be guaranteed that when the season begins, those changes you wish you’d made will haunt you for another season. Now is the time to think through what you want to do differently, develop a plan for change and action, and play to your strengths.

Join us on:
Saturday, June 12 - Foothill High School in Pleasanton, CA or
Thursday, July 1 - LD Bell High School in Hurst, TX

Register at: https://usbands2021-educators.eventbrite.com/

When filling out your registration, be sure to choose the correct date.

Members of WBA or USBands have special membership pricing available.

Southern California educators - plan a trip up to NorCal to attend this one-day event! We will provide discounted hotel rate options on our website.

Are there age restrictions?

  • USBands Young People’s Music Experience → 8-10 years old
  • USBands Music and Marching Arts Camp (MMAC) → 11+
  • USBands United Sound Music and Color Guard Camp → ages 12+ of students with special needs

Do I have to have experience playing my instrument?

  • For USBands Music and Marching Arts Camp, yes; 1 year minimum.
  • All others, no.

What is an example of the daily schedule?

  • USBands Young People’s Music Experience → 1-day (2pm-5:30pm)
  • USBands Music and Marching Arts Camp (MMAC) → Number of days varies, estimated 9am-6pm (lunch provided daily 1-2)
  • USBands United Sound Music and Color Guard Camp → 2-day event (2pm-6pm)

How long will the camp be?

  • USBands Young People’s Music Experience → 1 day
  • USBands Music and Marching Arts Camp (MMAC) → Varies by location
  • USBands United Sound Music and Color Guard Camp → 2 days

Do we stay overnight?

  • No, students should head home after each camp day.

I have questions about the United Sound Music and Color Guard Camp for Students with Special Needs, who can I contact?

I registered for the Music and Marching Arts Camp but didn't get the email confirmation/information, what do I do?

  • Please check your Spam folder. If you don’t see there you're welcome to email us at eduction@usbands.org.

I registered for the Music and Marching Arts Camp, what is the evaluation?

  • The pre-camp evaluation helps the instructional team identify each participant's track prior to each camp iteration. Each MMAC iteration will offer two simultaneous education tracks to provide our participants the best individualized educational experience. After submitting their evaluation, participants will receive links to their summer camp music files.

How do I upload a video to YouTube?

  • Create an unlisted (not private) video on YouTube for us to review. You may submit up to three videos. Please review this information from YouTube.

How do I submit my video(s)?

  • Once you have your audition video(s) prepared and uploaded to YouTube, sign into your Blue Devils account, click on "Audition Info", and submit the url(s) of your videos. (sign in using the same email address you used when paying for your registration)

Do you accept walk-ups or late registrations?

  • Unfortunately, due to planning needs, we are not able to accept walk-up or late registrations. You must register before the deadline. Registration closes for each series 1-week prior to the first day of the event.

Can parents/spectators stay at a camp and watch?

Are snacks or meals provided?

  • The Music and Marching Arts Camp will have lunch provided daily. Please review the event packet for your specific event for details.

What should I wear/bring?

  • Clothing suited for movement and for outdoor activates
  • Shorts and light-colored T-shirts are best suited for outdoor activities. Freedom of movement is essential for stretching and visual block (marching/movement technique).
  • Please do not wear jeans.
  • Proper footwear is a must for health and safety during visual rehearsals (marching technique sessions).
  • Sandals, flip-flops, boots, and other non-athletic footwear is not permitted.
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Cap or visor

Are there forms I need to complete and turn in on arrival?

Do I need my instrument or guard equipment for the Music and Marching Arts Camp?

  • Please bring your instrument if you have it, this question will be a part of registration.
    • Brass - If you have it, bring it.
    • Woodwinds - If you have it, bring it.
    • Battery - If you have it, bring it, including drums, stands, carrier.
    • Front ensemble - Bring any mallets you have.
    • Color guard - If you have it, bring it, this includes, flag (with pole), rifle, and saber.

Do I need my instrument or guard equipment for the Young People's Music Experience?

  • No, you do not need to bring any equipment.

Other items for health and safety?

Are you offering a discount for groups?

Who do I contact if I have any issues with registration or have other questions not included here?

  • We will provide a detailed packet of information before the event, it will contain all the information you need before you arrive, maps, and details while you are in attendance. You can always reach out to us at education@usbands.org if you have any additional questions.

BD Performing Arts is committed to creating opportunities to participate in our programs that are more equitable for the communities we serve. To this end, we will be offering a fee waiver for the USBands Music and Marching Arts Experience. This fee waiver aims to ensure that any young person who wants to participate has the chance to do so regardless of their financial situation.

Qualification for a fee waiver is not talent-based. It is based on the desire and motivation of a young person to become better through the hard work and lessons learned through participation in marching arts activities. The USBands Summer Education Series is designed to be an opportunity for a new or experienced marching arts performer to learn, grow, and become a leader of tomorrow.

Selection for a fee waiver will be based on financial need and a series of written statements from an applicant regarding their motivation and desire to become a better person…on and off the field.

For those interested in an application, please request an application from education@usbands.org.

For any additional questions please contact education@usbands.org.
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