What should I bring to camp? [NOTE: be sure to consult the full list of items to bring on the registration confirmation mailed upon receipt of your deposit.] Alarm clock, radio, swimsuit, towel, tennis rackets and footwear, rain gear, board games for free time, solos or etudes for practice, and spending money. Don't forget your instrument (have it checked over by a good repair person before you come), plenty of extra reeds, valve oil, etc. Bring a padlock so you can use one of the lockers in Mason Hall to store your instrument and avoid carrying it back and forth to the dorms.
What do we wear for concerts? For the chamber ensemble recital and final concert: nice clothes (no sneakers).
How much spending money should I bring? This will vary from student to student. The college bookstore is open daily for toiletries, snacks, and Fredonia t-shirts and sweatshirts. Some students order pizza during evening free-time to be delivered to the dorm and there are snack machines in the dorms. The camp discourages students from bringing large amounts of money, and recommends somewhere in the neighborhood of $20-30 for the week.
How old must I be to attend the camp? Students currently enrolled in grades 9 through 12 are accepted to camp.
What about health care while attending the camp? Participants will be taken to nearby Brooks Memorial Hospital if the need arises. Please bring your health insurance card, and supply a copy with your registration.
What about housing at the band camp? Students will be housed in a campus residence hall, with resident counselors. Each double occupancy dorm room contains two standard size twin beds, two dressers, two desks, a large mirror and closet. Bed linens, pillows and towels are provided. The residence hall has a recreation room, kitchenette, and vending machines for snacks. Please indicate on the Application Form if you wish to share your room with a specific roommate, as last minute requests cannot be honored.
What Concerts Will I Hear? Fredonia School of Music Faculty Brass and Woodwind Ensembles, guest artists, and professional musicians will be featured in nightly concerts. On Friday night, the Festival students will perform a chamber music concert.
Can I Play in the Jazz Ensemble? Yes! The jazz ensemble is open to students by audition. It rehearses daily and performs on the final concert on Saturday. Students who, in addition to their regular band instrument, play electric bass, keyboard, or guitar are encouraged to bring these instruments to camp and participate in the jazz ensemble. Percussionists who own trap sets should make arrangements to bring them to camp.
What is Chamber Music, and will I enjoy it? Chamber music consists of smaller ensembles such as brass trios, woodwind quintets, and percussion ensembles. These groups perform music with one on a part, and usually without a conductor. Every student will be placed in two chamber groups that will rehearse daily with coaching from the camp faculty. These groups will perform on the student chamber concert on Friday evening.