2015 Band Camp


Please see the schedule below for dates & times regarding the 2015 Boston University Marching Band Camp. When reporting to BU to check in for Band Camp, students can bring their dorm room supplies directly to the BU Band Room where they will be kept in secure storage during Band Camp. (The actual camp is held in western Massachusetts – see below.)  When we return from Band Camp, we will then move into the BU dorms together.

Any members that cannot attend the full Band Camp should contact us at bands@bu.edu.

We will return to campus on the morning of Thursday, August 27th to move into the dorms. (Student helpers will be available for this!) This move-in date is still before the regular move-in session on campus begins for most students.

2015 Band Camp Schedule

Friday 8/21

Anytime between 2-5 PM – Percussion, Color Guard, & Drum Majors open check-in (BU Band Room, 300 Babcock St.)  [Winds check in tomorrow]

5 PM – Welcome meeting and load bus / Depart for Tanglewood (Lenox, MA)

8 PM – Arrive / Move into rooms / Pizza

Saturday 8/22

Anytime between 2-5 PM – Winds open check-in (BU Band Room, 300 Babcock St.)

5 PM – Welcome meeting and load bus / Depart for Tanglewood (Lenox, MA)

8 PM – Arrive / Move into rooms / Pizza

Sunday 8/23 Percussion & Color Guard Camp day #2 / Regular Band Camp day #1

Monday 8/24 Band Camp day #2 (Percussion & Color Guard join the Winds)

Tuesday 8/25 Band Camp day #3

Wednesday 8/26 Band Camp day #4 (Scarlet Band members depart midday for BU)

Thursday 8/27 Full Marching Band departs in morning for BU / Arrive in Boston in afternoon / Move into dorms

Friday 8/28 DAY OFF!!

Saturday 8/29  Morning Off / Rehearsal 1-6pm with a break

Sunday 8/30 Morning “Matriculation Walk” / Freshmen then attend Matriculation Ceremony / Afternoon Off

Monday 8/31 (FRESHMEN OPTIONAL) Perform at “Terrier Tailgate” BU vs BC soccer game, Nickerson Field bleachers only


The next Marching Band event is rehearsal from 6:30-9pm on Thursday 9/3, the second night of classes


At Tanglewood, the band will live and work together while getting the marching season started. All transportation from Boston to Tanglewood and back will be provided. Tanglewood is the summer home of both the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. It is a beautiful and expansive campus with large fields and facilities for our rehearsals, dorms to stay in, and a fully functional cafeteria. All meals during Band Camp are provided.

After band camp, there will be ample time for band members to take care of personal business like buying books, setting up your room, exploring campus, and more before classes begin on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015.

How to Best Prepare for Band Camp


As the show music becomes available, we will upload it to our website’s restricted access Members Only area for you to listen to and download. We will also add this year’s technique book and some stand-still pep tunes. Downloading and learning your individual part prior to Band Camp will keep the band on schedule and make for great rehearsals during September and October. If you have trouble downloading the audio file or parts, please call the Band office (617-358-2263) so we can send you your parts and a MIDI recording of the show.

Packing for Band Camp

Here is what you will need to pack for Band Camp:

  • hat
  • sunscreen
  • athletic shoes for rehearsal
  • flip flops/sandals for outside of rehearsal
  • athletic shorts, t-shirts, pants, and a sweatshirt
  • undergarments
  • light jacket (preferably rain resistant, just in case)
  • personal hygiene items (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, towel, flip-flops, etc.)
  • sheets or sleeping bag
  • pillow
  • instrument
    • (Remember to indicate on the Marching Band Registration Form if you will need to borrow a BU instrument)
  • insect repellent
  • instrument towel (to set your horn on during rehearsals)
  • cell phone & charger

Please do not hesitate to contact us at 617-358-2263 or bands@bu.edu with any questions.

We are planning for a fun and enjoyable season and are looking forward to seeing you soon!