Students outside on a field at band camp.

Band Camp

Band Camp

Band camp is a yearly event that takes place approximately a week before the start of the fall semester. It is intended to get members of the band acclimated, equipped, and ready to play before the first game of the season. Please refer to the schedule below for the most up-to-date info on this year’s coming camp.

Marching Band Camp Schedule 2021 (Updated 3.5.21)



Thursday, August 12 – Percussion Auditions and Camp begins; ends August 22

Friday, August 13 – Rehearsals

Saturday, August 14 – Auxiliary and Leadership Camp begins; ends August 22

Sunday, August 15 – Rehearsals

Monday, August 16 – All Winds Audition and Camp begins; ends August 22

Tuesday, August 17 – Rehearsals

Wednesday, August 18 – Rehearsals

Thursday, August 19 – Rehearsals

Friday, August 20 – Rehearsals

Saturday, August 21 – Rehearsals; Family and Friends Preview Show

Sunday, August 22 – Rehearsals/Camp concludes

Monday, August 23 – Classes begin

Band Camp Check In

Two new band students getting welcomed to band camp for the first time.
Photo: Georgia Tech School of Music


Thursday, August 12, 10 a.m. in COUCH 115


Saturday, August 14, 10 a.m. in COUCH 115


Monday, August 16, 9 a.m. in COUCH 115


11:30am – 1:00pm     Welcome Meeting and Lunch, 115 COUCH

1:00 – 3:00 pm           Free Time to move-in

3:00 pm                       Rehearsal Couch Room 115 COUCH


Monday, Aug. 16 1pm in COUCH 115- Check in

Percussion Camps

Percussion players practicing on Stamps field under an evening sky.
Photo: Georgia Tech School of Music

2021 - TBD

Summer Mini-Camp update: April 4, 2020

Given the state of public health, no plans have been made for 2020 percussion summer mini-camps. Any updates will be communicated to those who have filled out the percussion information form. In the meantime, feel free to contact Matt Groves with any questions about the repertoire. In addition, you are welcome to submit a video of yourself playing any of the material to if you would like to receive personalized feedback. Video submissions will not be factored into your placement audition on August 6, 2020.


There will be three highly recommended mini-camps for the entire percussion section (battery and front ensemble) TBA. These camps are not specifically required, but are recommended so that you can learn about playing style and ensemble development in the Georgia Tech Drumline.

This gives the staff an opportunity to work with you before the final auditions at the beginning of band camp in August. All students who live in the Metro Atlanta area should plan on attending, and if you live outside the Metro Atlanta area and can make it, we would love to have you there. Contact Chris Moore at if you have any questions. A FEW THINGS TO REMEMBER:

  • We have an unusually large number of percussionists auditioning for a limited number of physical instruments in the battery.
  • The performance level of the drumline is very high. We take pride in being one of the finest college drumlines in the country.
  • We will evaluate your progress from camp to camp.
  • All members audition for their spot, including vets! Everyone must practice.
  • We will move people around instruments to find your best potential spot on the line.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask any questions between camps. The experience will be amazingly fun no matter what you play. Everyone who auditions will have the opportunity to participate in the Georgia Tech Band program either in the battery or the front ensemble and be assigned a part at Band Camp.

If for some reason you can’t make one of the three summer percussion camps make sure you have the prepared music ready when you get to band camp August 6.

Band Camp Housing

PERCUSSION August 12 – *Out of town students will be housed at the Hampton Inn on North Ave. Personal belongings can be stored in a locked room in the Couch Building until Monday, Aug. 16.

COLOR GUARD August 14 – *Out of town students will be housed at the Hampton Inn on North Ave. Personal belongings can be stored in a locked room in the Couch Building until Monday, Aug. 16

ALL BAND MEMBERS August 16 – All Georgia Tech students will be allowed to move into THEIR assigned dorm room for the Fall.

*If you need out of town housing please contact Assistant Professor Benjamin Diden by July 1 at

Camp Food

We will provide one (1) meal per day. Usually lunch. Students will have the aid of veteran band members with transportation for the other meals.


Band members must have a Georgia Tech parking permit to park on campus.

Buzz and a student celebrating being at Georgia Tech.

What To Bring To Camp

1. Medical Insurance Company and policy number for check-in.
2. Your parents (if you are under 18).
3. Money for meals.
 4. What you need for your dorm.
5. Comfortable clothes.
6. Closed-toe athletic shoes for outside rehearsals. No sandals/ Crocs/ flip flops, etc…
7. Hat and SUNSCREEN.
8. Water bottle/ Jug
9. Instrument/ mouthpiece/ sticks/ equipment
10. Music
11. A GREAT ATTITUDE! – We are going to work hard!

Scheduling Conflicts

If you have a conflict with the Percussion Ensemble or Marching Band Class, DON’T PANIC.

Go ahead and show up for camp and we will help you adjust your schedule when Phase II registration opens mid-August. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Chris Moore or Benjamin Diden. We look forward to seeing you at Camp!

Chris Moore – Director of Athletic Bands 404-894-8977 Benjamin Diden – Assistant Director of Bands 404-894-8951


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