JSU Marching Southerners

Marching Southerners

Band Camp


Everyone much register for the Marching Southerners class in order to participate in the band or band camp. If you are a member of the Marching Ballerinas, you must register for the Marching Ballerinas class for the fall semester in order to participate.

The online band camp registration form is required of all Members: Rookies & Vets.

For all of the woodwinds and brass players, we will be having a virtual music audition process. This video audition will be combined with a marching/visual audition that with take place at band camp for your overall audition score. Information on these video auditions can be found HERE.

If you experience any problems registering, please email your section leaders. Their email addresses are located on the Leadership Staff page.


All new members will attend Rookie Camp, which will begin on August 2nd. Dorm check-in for all rookies and vets staying in the dorm for camp will take place on August 2nd, from 9am-12pm. Anyone that will need to stay in a dorm for camp but not for the academic year will be housed in Dixon Hall (males) and Curtiss Hall (females), on the 3rd floor. Full band camp will begin on Tuesday, August 3rd. Anyone not living in the dorm for the full semester must plan to check out and move to your apartment or house by August 6th.


If you would like to be housed in a dorm room during band camp, here are a few things you will need to know. For those of you staying in a dorm as your permanent housing for the fall semester, you will move directly to your permanent dorm when you check in at camp. If you are not staying in the dorm for the upcoming academic year, you will be housed in Dixon Hall (males) or Curtiss Hall (females). You will need to check out of the dorm and move to your apartment, house, etc by August 6th. The dorms do not provide any of the basic necessities needed for overnight stays; therefore, you will need to bring your own linens and toiletries for band camp.


Food Services on campus will be open during band camp. The campus cafeteria will be charging $5 for meals during band camp. You might also plan to visit restaurants in town for your meals. Please note some local restaurants do not accept credit/debit cards, and others do not accept checks. Plan accordingly! Finally, some students will bring small refrigerators, buy food at the grocery store, and prepare their own meals. Whichever way you go, be sure to eat healthy, complete meals during band camp. You’ll need strength and energy to make it through rehearsal!


Our outstanding band organization did not gain its international reputation without the full attendance of its members. Accordingly, your perfect and timely attendance is expected to be the norm. Please print and keep the camp schedule for reference during band camp. Minor adjustments in the rehearsal schedule will occur as needed; however, the time parameters will not be expanded. Ask off from work NOW!


Your instrument and equipment should be brought to each rehearsal (including our first meeting). You will need a pencil to mark your music and drill charts, and a wire stand for all music rehearsals. During rehearsals it is very important to wear only quality athletic footwear. Long practice hours will take a toll on your feet, so be prepared!


Uniforms will be checked out during band camp. A representative from Dinkles marching band shoes will attend camp on August 5th to size everyone who needs performance shoes and to take orders. Marching Southerners performances require this type of shoes. (Winds & Percussion)

a. The shoes are $35 (which includes tax)

b. You may pay with cash or with credit card

c. If you pay with cash, you must have correct change ($35)

d. The shoes will be delivered and distributed before the first performance.


The Graduate Assistants will check out university-owned instruments on August 2nd (see camp schedule). All large instruments (20-Js, percussion, baritones and mellophones) are provided by the University free of charge. However, individuals are responsible for any damages. Please take care of our precious instruments!

Music & Charts:

Although the Southerners always memorize their music for performance, we prefer that instrumentalists carry their music for reference during all rehearsals. Also, please plan to carry a small notebook and pencil for drill coordinate notes. These items significantly improve the efficiency and productivity of our rehearsals. Download the stand music here. Due to the limited amount of music stands in the music department, all percussionists, woodwind and brass players are REQUIRED to bring their own wire music stand to camp.


Members will be required to purchase some personal items for use in the guard. Please be prepared to make these purchases upon arrival at camp. Please check the JSU Colorguard website for additional information.


Be sure to maintain contact with your Group Leaders for all other details regarding Ballerina preparations. Please check the Ballerina website for additional information.


You may contact the Band Office at (256) 782-5562 for general information. For more specific questions regarding your section, email the University Bands Graduate Assistants, or the Section Leaders. Their contact information can be found by clicking here. You can usually expect an answer fairly quickly.