Band Camp

The Pride of the West believes that a strong show starts with a successful band camp.  As such, attendance at Band Camp is mandatory for students to receive a marching spot in the show. Drill spots are assigned at camp, so students simply must attend to earn a spot. Students who do not attend Band Camp will not receive a spot in the show and will be placed on “alternate” status.

Band camp is held just prior to school starting at the end of summer break, normally starting the last weekend of July.  It is five days in duration with students arriving on Saturday and returning home the following Wednesday.  The camp is staffed with a high chaperone to student ratio.  The cost includes transportation, accommodations, food, and marching show shirt.

Camp Activities / What to Expect

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A typical day at Band Camp includes a variety of activities to help the band members learn the show and grow as a team.  The season’s show music and drill are practiced daily.  Sectional rehearsals and drill clinics help with specific skills.  It’s not all work and no play though!  Team bonding events such as sectional skits, class color day, and bonfire s’mores roast give the band members some welcome breaks.

  • Expect to work and to work hard
  • Expect to develop stamina – both mental and physical
  • Expect to be pushed towards excellence by the directors, your peers and yourself
  • Expect to make great new friends
  • Expect to be proud of the hard work you will put into making the Pride Of The West Band one of the best bands around


The Band Aides provides parent chaperones at a minimum of a 1:10 ratio. Volunteers need to have completed DVUSD volunteer training, submit DVUSD volunteer paperwork and request to get fingerprinted at DVUSD. Over the summer, the school district verifies all chaperones and by mid-July the final list of chaperones will be distributed. Please email with any volunteering questions.

Parent Performance

On the last day of camp, (usually a Wednesday), the students will be giving a marching exhibition and music performance for families and friends. It’s always fun to see the kids at this early stage of the marching season and compare it with what you see and hear at the ABODA State Marching Band Championships™! Hope to see you there!

Details, Details, Details…

  • Band Camp is normally held at the Pine Summit Camp outside of Prescott, AZ.  Dates and other specifics will be provided closer to the start of camp.
  • The cost for Band Camp is typically $250 per student and $200 per chaperone.  This covers all expenses, including meals while at camp.
  • There will be a mandatory parent/student meeting held at MRHS on the morning of the first day of camp
  • Students with schedule conflicts should contact Mr. Vogel as soon as possible.
  • Please note that limited Band Camp scholarships are available, based on financial need. Contact Mr. Vogel for more information.