General Information

WELCOME to the Sycamore Drum Major Clinic! Each year we work hard to give Drum Majors all the specific skills they need to be successful in front of their bands in the fall and throughout their lives.

We encourage you to compare us to other drum major camps in the following areas:
Individual Attention in Conducting Skills 

Through the use of small instructional teams, each student is able to experience a curriculum of skills that will apply to what they’re doing with their bands at home. We make it a priority to put students in groups that allow them to grow while keeping the groups small enough that students get plenty of individual attention. In addition to the instructional teams, students get around two hours of private instruction on music they bring from home. Another priority for us is that the Drum Majors spend time conducting live musicians in several different settings. This gives students experiences leading in very real musical situations.

Usefulness of Skills

In designing the curriculum, we concentrate on the things that students actually need, not on the things that are convenient for us to teach. We try to focus on other real-life skills that many Drum Majors will be asked to perform – from executing salutes to motivating their peers to teaching drill. Our leadership curriculum tries to get Drum Majors to consider many of the questions they’ll encounter as student leaders while putting them in many realistic situations that they may experience on and off the field.

Dates and Cost 

This year's clinic will take place during four separate sessions. The regular weeklong session will take place on July 6-12 with check-in beginning on the morning of the 6th. We will also be hosting three weekend “mini-camps” on the weekends of June 7-8, June 28-29 and July 26-27. These weekend sessions will be basic presentations of conducting technique, leadership, and salutes, but will not include most of the many other distinctive features of the weeklong clinic. The mini-clinic on June 7-8 has sessions designed especially for drum majors of band doing track shows. The cost for the full week session is $510 for resident students and $300 for commuters. Included in the cost are a camp T-shirt and camp picture, a personalized certificate of achievement, and all instructional materials. For the weekend mini-camp, the cost is $325 for resident students and $225 for commuters. Enrollment is limited to 120 students for the full week session, so please submit applications and deposits early. The deadlines for each event are listed on the application form. Full payment of fees will be due upon listed deadlines.

Our History 

Over twenty years ago, the Sycamore Drum Major Clinic was founded with one idea in mind: prepare students to be leaders in real-life settings. Since 1990, our curriculum has been continually refined to offer students the optimal balance between technical instruction and practice in situations that drum majors will actually experience on the field with their high school bands. Our staff works hard to ensure that every student receives extensive individual and small-group instruction that simply cannot be matched by any other drum major camp in the country. Students leave the Sycamore Drum Major Clinic with a set of skills they can immediately use to lead their bands when they get home.

Our Instructors

The Sycamore Drum Major Clinic is staffed by dozens of exceptionally qualified music educators and former drum majors. Each of these individuals uses their unique blend of skills and strengths to help develop students’ abilities to lead their fellow band members both musically and logistically. 

We hope you will consider attending the 23rd annual Indiana State University Drum Major Clinic and look forward to seeing you this summer!