The Lamar University’s Marching Band hosted their two-week band camp June 18 – June 30 and finished with a concert showcasing what the campers learned.

The band camp provides instruction and practice to local high school band students to enhance their skills with their instruments.

“It is a complete 180 degree difference from the first rehearsal to the concert,” Alexander Langston, camp counselor, said. “It is a mind-blowing difference.”

Langston said the campers have about two and a half hours of rehearsal each day with an ensemble. They have three days to prepare for an entire concert, and they usually have three pieces of music to perform.

“The real challenge for them is that they are working with a director that they have never worked with before,” Langston said. “They just really work hard to prepare for the concert.”

Langston says several students were used to playing at their schools with their friends and the campers had to go in and work with people they’ve never met before.

The campers got acquainted with one another in their dorms, at meal times, and in their classes.

The camp gave master classes where campers break up with their individual instruments and are taught by faculty or local band directors on how to improve. In the afternoon, they had electives such as Jazz Improve, Music Theory, and more.

Campers selected electives to take while attending camp that would help them enhance their skills. The LU band camp also placed students in an hour-long leadership class, where they taught them the quality of leadership to take with them back to school.

“The goal is, since they’re all in high school, we try to give them (campers) leadership skills, so they learn to communicate better, trust each other in the hopes that they go back to their schools and start their ensembles,” Langston said. “The campers can use the things that they have learned to improve their students, become leaders of their band, and make their schools better.”

The band camp had a variety of students that were going into high school that had only participated in band one year, some students that have played since sixth grade or have taken lessons even before sixth grade. The faculty and staff were there to help further their skills with their specific instrument and what they desired to learn.

In addition, to campers learning faculty and staff also benefit from the camp experience.

Langston says as a hopeful future music educator, it really helps him get the feel of teaching. Learning things about different instruments is beneficial and rewarding. By learning different instruments, getting to work with campers, and getting to know the faculty members helps him with networking. The band camp is helpful for anyone who wants to be a band director.

Every year the music department has a summer band camp for local students. For more information for next year, go to


Karisa Norfleet, UP Contributor


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