Summer Music Camps

C-N Summer Music Camps

The 2024 Carson-Newman Summer Music Camps 2024 offer two distinct divisions in one exceptional program — the Drum Major Camp and the Marching Band Leadership Camp. These camps are meticulously crafted to foster the next generation of leaders in school marching bands through a focused improvement in conducting, leadership, musicianship, and marching fundamentals.

The Drum Major Camp, ideal for current and aspiring drum majors, offers a deep dive into the nuances of conducting and effective leadership. Participants will learn from seasoned professionals like Chase Jones and Alex White, both of whom bring a rich background in musical leadership and educational excellence. The camp’s curriculum includes individual help sessions, basic and advanced techniques of conducting, score reading, basic teaching strategies, and the creation of salutes. This comprehensive training will empower drum majors to lead their bands with confidence, enhancing musical precision and performance cohesion in the upcoming season.

Similarly, the Marching Band Leadership Camp tailors its focus towards developing leadership skills for section leaders and band officers. The camp covers critical aspects such as role expectations, group motivation, communication enhancement, personal strengths development, and the crucial role of goal-setting. With interactive methods like role-playing and group discussions, the camp ensures that participants not only learn theoretical concepts but also apply them in practical settings, preparing them to motivate and manage their peers effectively.

Both camp divisions aim to instill a sense of confidence, dependability, and integrity among participants, ensuring they are well-equipped to elevate their respective marching bands’ overall performance and morale in the forthcoming seasons. Participating students will return to their bands as more effective leaders, ready to inspire excellence and foster a positive, enthusiastic environment!

General Info

Arrivals will be scheduled (by camp) between 2:00pm-4:00pm on Sunday (the first day of camp). Camp begins at 5:00pm and meals begin with dinner on Sunday.

Classes generally run from 8:00am-11:30am, 12:30-4:30pm & 6:00-9:00pm. Class times vary slightly for each camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the camp cost.

Overnight Participant Fee
Early Bird: $300 (until May 10th)
Regular Fee: $350 (starting May 11th)
Includes 3 nights lodging, meals, and instruction.

Day Participant Fee
Early Bird: $200 (until May 10th)
Regular Fee: $250 (starting May 11th)
Includes instruction and 3 meals a day


Make School and Band Parent Association checks payable to:Carson-Newman University Music Department and send to:

Carson-Newman Summer Music Camps
Attn: Ashby Goldstein
2130 Branner Avenue
C-N Box 72048
Jefferson City, TN 37760

Until May 10
Carson-Newman Summer Music Camps will refund 50% of the registration fee. The remaining 50% will be retained as a non-refundable deposit.

Starting May 11
Carson-Newman Summer Music Camps will retain 100% of the registration fee — no refunds

DIRECTORS: Click here for group registration

ALL CAMPS: Poncho or rain coat, twin bed sheets, pillow, blanket, bath towel & wash cloth, soap, shampoo, and other personal hygiene items. All campers will have some outside sessions and should wear athletic clothing (shorts, t-shirts, and sneakers) and bring spending money for snacks.

LEADERSHIP CAMP: Students need to bring their marching instrument

DRUM MAJOR CAMP: Students need to bring a recording device (a phone is fine)

The Grand Finale Camp performances will begin at 3:00pm on Wednesday, June 12th, (location TBA) and will include all camp sections! These performances will be immediately followed by the Final Camp Awards Ceremony.

Once the Final Awards Ceremony is over, parents and campers return to the dorms to pick-up the camper’s personal items & RETURN THEIR ROOM KEY before heading home. All campers must be checked-out and picked up by 4:30pm.


For more information, please contact Ashby Goldstein at or (772) 696-4001

Ashby Goldstein

Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Music Education and Director of Bands