The McNeese Summer High School Band Academies

2020 Dates TBA

Registration deadline is JUNE 1.  (Forms, checks/credit card payments must be received no later than June 1)


Click Here to Register for the 2019 Summer High School Band Academies!

Registration Payments are non-refundable.

Registration deadline is June 1.  (Forms, checks/credit card payments must be received no later than June 1)

High School Band Academy Handbook

The McNeese Summer High School Band Academies provide an intense and exciting four days of education and preparation for high school marching band, concert band, or jazz band in the fall.  Three focus tracks are available including:

Instrumental Music

Drum Major

Color Guard

Our summer academies are staffed by clinicians from across the eastern United States, McNeese Faculty, area band directors and student leadership of the McNeese Bands. Evening activities include sports and recreation, swimming, and a movie night. Students may participate as commuters (day campers) or on-campus residents.  Dorm rooms and meals are available as part of the packages.

We request that students/parents register and pay online with a credit card. CLICK HERE to pay by credit card, using the "My Online Camp" secure payment system. 

If you prefer to pay by check, please CLICK HERE and complete the form for each attending student. Checks must be made payable to McNEESE FOUNDATION-BAND.

Directors, Coaches and Sponsors

Directors, coaches and sponsors are welcome to attend the full week of the academies, or stop by to observe individual instructional sessions.  Our summer band academies are designed to immerse the participants in a focused instructional and social environment for the week.  While we definitely welcome full leadership teams and color guards from any school, this is individual-based, as opposed to team-based (such as those hosted for athletic teams, cheerleading, etc.).  While it is certainly fine to interact with students during meal times, coaches/sponsors should remain in the observational role throughout the academy.  We believe this allows the students to learn in a low-stress environment and allows them to more readily meet and interact with new friends.  As is the case with our hired academy staff, adults attending or working the academies should never be in any kind of one-on-one situation with a student.  Adults are not permitted to be in student dorm rooms for any reason.  Resident students attending the academies are not permitted to leave campus for any reason.

The academy fee for a director, coach or sponsor staying on campus for the week is $225.  Anyone interested in attending for the week should call the McNeese Band Office to make arrangements.  337-475-5004 

Academy Requirements

  • Participants must have attended grades 8-11 in the ’18-’19 school year (will be in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 in the fall of 2019)

  • Graduating seniors, who are attending McNeese in the fall as music majors or as color guard members, may attend at the discounted rate of $235 as a resident, or attend as a commuter for $100. Please just select that pricing option.

  • Color guard participants may range from beginners to advanced performers

  • Instrumental Musicianship participants must have at least two years of school instruction or equivalent private instruction on their primary instrument

Academy Tuition & Fees

Residents:                                  $350 (includes tuition, housing, all daily meals, academy shirt & recreation)

Commuters:                              $235 (includes tuition, daily lunch, academy shirt & recreation)

Graduated high school seniors (class of 2019) who will be attending McNeese as music majors in the fall: $100 (commuter)  $235 (resident)

Graduated color guard seniors (class of 2019) who will be attending McNeese in any major in the fall: $100 (commuter)  $235 (resident)


2019 Texas All-Area Band/Orchestra Musicians subtract $100 (Resident Cost: $250 / Commuter Cost: $135)

2018 LA All-State Band/Orchestra Students (Baton Rouge in November) subtract $250 (Resident cost: $100 / Commuter Cost: Free)

2019 Texas All-State Band/Orchestra Musicians (San Antonio in February) subtract $250 (Resident cost: $100 / Commuter Cost: Free)

10-19 students from the same school: $20 off full cost per student*

20+ students from the same school: $25 off full cost per student*

* Multiple-student discounted tuition: All tuition/fees must be paid on one check (subtract the appropriate amount from stated tuition)

General Academy Schedule

Sunday, June 16

3:30 P.M. Check-in for residents (on-campus, overnight)

4:30 P.M. Check-in for commuters (day) 

5:00 P.M.  Academy Meeting

5:30 P.M.  Dinner for all students (Resident and Day)

9:00 P.M.  Dismissal for commuters


8:30 A.M.  First Session Begins

12:30 P.M.  Lunch (included for all academy students)

5:30 P.M.  Dinner (not provided as part of the commuter package for Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday, but commuters are welcome/encouraged to attend the evening activities & awards sessions)

9:00 P.M.  Wrap up & Daily Awards

Thursday, June 20

8:30 A.M.  First Session Begins

Noon  Lunch

1:15 P.M.  Afternoon prep for finale performances

4:00 P.M.  Dinner for resident and commuter students / Dorm cleanup & packing

5:30 P.M. Pre-finale performances in Grand Gallery

6:00 P.M. Finale performances in Tritico Theatre

6:45 P.M. Dorm Checkout

Click the links below for more information & curriculum

for each Academy

Instrumental Music

Drum Major

Color Guard