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  • UC Santa Cruz (1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95064)

  • Camp Dates:

    • Drum Major Camp is July 7 – July 10, 2017
    • Band Leadership Camp is July 8 & 9, 2017
  • Parking — any cars staying overnight will park at Crown/Merrill.  All others should follow the parking directions on the map.

  • Every attendee is required to complete and bring a Varsity Spirit Release and Waiver Form, as well as a university required Release and Waiver Form. The university waiver form is coming soon. Please check back approximately one week prior to camp. Thank you!

  • For Drum Major Camp, registration is at Merrill/Crown College. It runs from 9 a.m. until noon on July 7. Please see the map button linked on this page for the best route. Please get to the Opening Ceremony meeting location by 1:30 p.m. for a 2 p.m. start.

    For Band Leadership Camp, registration is at Merrill/Crown College at 9 a.m. on July 8. Please keep in mind that the first class begins at 10 a.m., so give yourself enough time to register and get to your first class.

    Be sure to look for the Varsity Camp Administration (VCA) staff wearing the red polo shirt for assistance upon arrival.

  • Meals start with dinner on night 1 and end with breakfast on the last day.

  • Wifi will not be available to attendees while on campus.

  • Keep in mind that this is a closed camp. Parents/guardians, family and friends are welcome to support the students during closing ceremonies on the last day beginning at 11:30 a.m. Thanks!

  • As a reminder, if you are commuting, you will follow the same schedule as our overnight students.  The only difference is that you are not staying in the dorms each night.


We look forward to seeing you at camp at UC Santa Cruz!

Due to construction at Stevenson College and the Cowell Dining Hall, we will be moved to Merrill/Crown College for housing and meals.

Please see the map button for the best routes to take on day 1 for registration and for the last day of camp. Share this information with parents or others who may be dropping off/picking up campers. Have a great time at camp!

Prepare and develop your leadership and performance skills with a customized camp experience led by the professional USA Drum Major Staff!

We can’t wait to see you at U.C. Santa Cruz!

Drum Major Camps

Map to Registration at Merrill/Crown College
Varsity Spirit Release & Waiver Form
Drum Major University Required Wiaver
Drum Major Camp Program Information
Field Conductor Camp Schedule
Mace/Military Camp Schedule
Band Leadership University Required Waiver
Band Leadership Camp Information
Band Leadership Camp Schedule

Other Camp Notes

Overnight Participants:

  • Sleeping bag or blankets, pillow, linens and towels
  • Fan/Snacks/Water for Dorm Room (optional)
  • Toiletries and Shower Shoes
  • Alarm clock

All Participants:

  • Completed and signed Release and Waiver Form
  • Practice clothes, comfortable shoes, sweatshirt or jacket (Dressy clothes not necessary)
  • Sunscreen and Bug Spray
  • Notebook and pen/pencil
  • Water bottle to keep with you during class times
  • Spending money to use at the Varsity Spirit Shop (optional)
  • Most participants bring $50 – $55 for snacks, water, t-shirts, souvenirs, etc. (optional)
  • Mace or Military Baton, Gloves, and Whistle – Drum Major Camps Only

For rules and procedures (including camp rules, videotaping policy, etc.), please visit the Event Paperwork tab of My Team Registrations in the Varsity Portal.

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Join USA as we take the field for a memorable on field performance during the UCLA vs. Hawaii football game on September 9, 2017, at the historic Rose Bowl. For one low price, you get practice time with USA Staff, a game day ticket, a commemorative souvenir and an amazing on field performance opportunity — oh, a TON of fun! For more information, check out:

USA Camp Grows Success in Leadership and Performance

  • USA’s Leadership program is relevant, practical and designed to support the Band Director
  • Complete and balanced program: Leadership, Spinning, Conducting, Specialty Sessions and Private Coaching Session
  • Designed for beginners to the most advanced skill levels, including 11 levels of instruction and technique rooted in fundamentals and tailored for your region’s style 3 different performance evaluations with feedback and award

USA Provides a Customized Camp Experience Rooted in FUNdamentals

  • Personalized instruction with a 12 to 1 Teaching ratio
  • Choose from 9 different types of camp to fit any style or budget
  • 11 different levels of instruction and technique rooted in fundamentals and tailored for your region’s style
  • Specialty sessions give the opportunity to focus on topics for personal interest or growth
  • Unique opportunity to connect and network with other Drum Majors and Leaders over 4 days

Professional, Experienced Staff Backed By a Strong 68 Year Tradition

  • Instructors are a diverse range of professionals including Credentialed Teachers, University Drum Majors, Adjudicators, Band Directors, Private Instructors and Professional Conductors chosen for their superior technical skills and teaching abilities.
  • Instructors participate in year-round program development and training, qualifying them to teach all styles of spinning, conducting, and peer leadership
  • Every camp comes complete with a full time support staff and main office contact

For questions on registration or equipment, please contact:

Ben Schroeder, USA Band Sales (


For questions on camp curriculum or program needs, please contact:

Acey Blanco, USA Band Program Director (