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It’s just about time to dust off the suitcases, grab some sunblock and start packing for camp!

Personally, I cannot survive without my lists. I cannot even begin to tell you how many lists I have made in preparation for camp. But one of the most important lists in my opinion is a packing list!

Not only do we use packing lists at Music for All to help make sure all event related supplies get loaded to the truck and make their way to camp, but I’m also an advocate of a packing list when I’m packing for myself to get to camp! By the time the night before camp rolls around, my brain is so full of my to-do lists, I HAVE to have that packing list to make sure everything makes it into my suitcase. How else would I make sure I remember to pack every MFA polo I own, my hair dryer and my phone charger?

So in celebration of my love of lists and the Music for All Summer Symposium, I am compiling yet another packing list. This time, it’s for you!

There are seven student tracks- and each track has some varying “needs” for what to bring.  So first I’ll give you the overall- what EVERYONE should bring list. And then I’ll give you additional lists for track specific items!

So here we go!

Summer Symposium Packing List

  • Comfortable Clothes for your whole camp stay (no time for laundry-so pack enough!)
  • Light jacket/ sweatshirt for cool weather
  • Backpack
  • Rain gear in case of inclement weather
  • Personal Toiletries
    •     Shampoo
    •     Conditioner   
    •     Soap
    •     Toothbrush
    •     Toothpaste
    •     Deodorant
  • Sunscreen (this is very important- DON’T FORGET IT)
  • Water bottle
  • Alarm Clock
  • Pens/ Pencils
  • Notebook
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Towels
  • Washcloths
  • Blanket (sheets, pillow and pillowcases are provided, but you may want a blanket as the dorm rooms are fairly cool in the evening)
  • An awesome attitude
  • Lip balm

 

Leadership Weekend Packing List
Leadership Weekend students will have several sessions outside- so make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • Comfortable clothes
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Notebook (there will be a lot of sessions in which you are encouraged to take notes- don’t forget this!)

Drum Major Institute Packing List
Make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • Twirling baton or mace if you wish to have instruction. Bring a stick or mace equivalent to 44” long
  • Appropriate conducting baton, if desired
  • Musical score for current or previous year, if available
  • Comfortable clothes (shorts & Tshirts- you will be outside for a majority of your time at camp)
  • Lace-up athletic shoes with proper arch support for all practices (NO SANDALS ALLOWED)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen

Marching Packing List
Make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • Your marching instrument (in good working condition, please mark your name, address and school marked on the case)
  • A fold-up music stand marked with your name, address and school. This is required of ALL marching band members
  • Any necessary supplies or accessories, such as reeds, neck straps, valve oil, etc
  • Comfortable clothes (shorts & Tshirts- you will be outside for a majority of your time at camp)
  • Lace-up athletic shoes with proper arch support for all practices
  • Athletic (or thick) socks
  • Khaki shorts for DCI show and Final Performances
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen

Jazz Packing List
Make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • Your instrument (please mark your name, address and school marked on the case)
  • Any necessary supplies or accessories, such as reeds, neck straps, valve oil, etc
  • Comfortable clothes (shorts, jeans & shirts- you will be in air conditioning for the majority of the day)
  • Performance Attire (blue jeans, white button down shirt, tie and black shoes)
  • Guitar and Bass students: You do NOT need amplifiers (they will be provided), but please bring a cable to connect your instrument to the amplifier- cables will NOT be available for you to use,  but the Muncie Music Center will be on campus should you need to purchase one
  • Jazz Drum Set: A drum set will be provided, but please bring your own sticks, brushes, a practice pad and cymbals (hi-hat, crash, ride)

Concert Band Packing List
Make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • Your instrument (please mark your name, address and school marked on the case)
  • A fold-up music stand marked with your name, address and school.
  • Any necessary supplies or accessories, such as reeds, neck straps, valve oil, etc
  • Comfortable clothes (shorts, jeans & shirts- you will be in air conditioning for the majority of the day)
  • Performance Attire (Girls- long black skirt (below the knee) or slacks with a white blouse and black shoes. Boys- black pants, white shirt, dark colored tie, black socks and black shoes)

Concert Percussion Packing List
Make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • Concert sticks
  • Keyboard mallets for orchestra bells
  • Xylophone, vibes, marimba and timpani mallets
  • Practice pad
  • Hand towel for a stand cover
  • A tuning key
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle with clip
  • Beater(s)
  • Woodblock
  • If you do not own any of the items listed above, please try to borrow them from your school. LABEL ALL PERSONAL ITEMS!
  • Performance Attire (Girls- long black skirt (below the knee) or slacks with a white blouse and black shoes. Boys- black pants, white shirt, dark colored tie, black socks and black shoes)

Marching Percussion Packing List
Make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • Your instrument & carrier marked with your name, address and school
  • Bring stadium hardware and carriers if possible
  • Sticks/ Mallets (extra pair if possible)
  • Tuning key- a high tension key if you own one
  • Practice pad
  • Hand towel for a stand cover
  • White stick tape
  • Lace-up athletic shoes
  • Sunglasses/hat
  • Backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Khaki shorts for the DCI show and Final Performance

Orchestra Packing List
Make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • Your instrument
  • Bow, rosin, mute, music stand, shoulder rest (for violin and viola players)- clearly label your equipment with your name, address and school.
  • Extra strings
  • Cello/Bass Students: bring your rock stops
  • Comfortable clothes (shorts, jeans & shirts- you will be in air conditioning for the majority of the day)
  • Final Performance attire: Concert Black
  • Girls: long black skirt (below the knee) or slacks are acceptable, white blouse and black shoes
  • Boys: dark suit, white shirt, tie, black socks and black shoes

Color Guard Packing List
Make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • You are encourages to bring ALL THREE pieces of equipment: Flagpole, rifle and/or sabre
  • Multiple equipment students should bring their equipment in a simple equipment or flag bag- please mark each piece of equipment with your name, address and school
  • Most weapons are acceptable. Rifles must range from 36-39” and should be taped. White is the preferred color and straps are optional. Sabres vary based on experience, but most band supply company sabres are in range of 36-39”. Metal or plastic hilt will be accepted for use. All weapon students may want to bring an additional weapon to Symposium in case of any breakage.
  • It is REQUIRED that ALL students (including weapons) bring a flagpole (6 feet in height). Students should bring two solid colored silks(NOT show or performance flags) with the following size dimensions: 35’’x 50’’ (min) or 35’’x 60’’ (max). If you do not have two silks with these dimensions, please try and stay closer to 35”x 50”. One flag will be your primary practice flag for the week and the other will be available to use in case of inclement weather.
  • TWO 1” carriage bolts(found at local hardware store, 1-2” in length) to weight your flagpole. Your flagpole needs to be weighted, as students WILL BE tossing throughout the week. If your poles are already properly weighted, please bring extras if possible.
  • It is recommended that all students bring white and black electrical tape in case of any needed repairs.

Color Guard Appropriate Items (Please bring)

  • Athletic shorts
  • T-shirts/tops
  • Warm-up suits/outside dancewear
  • Hats/headbands/scarves
  • Small towel
  • Sunglasses and SUNSCREEN
  • Water bottle
  • 2 pairs of lace-up tennis shoes with proper arch support
  • Dance sneakers
  • Layers are recommended with the possibility of extreme weather
  • Sports bras/swimwear (ONLY allowed if worn under t-shirts)
  • Final Performances: bring dark (black, dark gray, dark blue) shorts, white top or t-shirt, and tennis shoes

Color Guard Inappropriate Items (Don’t Bring)

  • Boxer/spandex/short shorts
  • Halter/tube Tops
  • Sports bras/swimwear (not unless worn under shirt)
  • Flip Flops/Sandals
  • Dance shoes (we are outside most of the week

Did I miss anything? If you have any recommendations of items that should not be forgotten, leave a comment. We will see everyone in just a few days for a week of postively life-changing experiences!

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Erin Fortune is the Marketing Coordinator focusing on digital marketing at Music for All, and has been working with Music for All for nearly three years, first in the Participant Relations department and now in marketing. She is a graduate from the Music Industry Management program at Ferris State University in Michigan and is a former Percussive Arts Society Intern and a Yamaha Corporation of America, Band and Orchestral Division Intern.