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Bands All-State Camp

Thank you to students, parents, teachers, section coaches, Travis J Cross, Betsy McCann and University of Minnesota Twin Cities for an awesome All-State camp week and concert!

Looking ahead: February Information
Check-in (Concert and Symphonic Bands): 10:30AM-12:30PM, Friday February 15, 2019
Rehearsals: Friday, February 15, 2019 1PM-7:15PM, Saturday before concert
Concert: 1:30PM at Orchestra Hall

August 6-11 at University of Minnesota (West Bank), Minneapolis

Symphonic Band, conducted by Travis J Cross, Wind Ensemble Conductor at UCLA
Concert Band, conducted by Betsy McCann, Assistant Director of Bands/Director of Marching and Athletic Bands at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities


  • Click here for a PDF of Schedule.(Updated 8.1.18)
  • Report between 11:00am – Noon on Mon, Aug 6th. Final concert at 11:00am Sat, Aug 11th.  

Arrival & Check-in

  • ​​Report to Middlebrook dorm between 11:00am - Noon Mon, Aug 6th. Campus map and directions to Middlebrook Hall, 412 22nd Ave S, Minneapolis.
  • You will have 10 minutes to park in small lot at front of Middlebrook to unload, then immediately move your car. 
  • Get room assignment, room key, and access key at main desk of Middlebrook Hall.
  • Do not lose room key (fee $60/key) or dorm access card (fee $15/key). Keep in safe place.
  • LUNCH ON YOUR OWN before reporting to Ferguson Hall between 12:15 - 12:45pm.

Transportation & Parking

There is limited parking on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota, at a cost of $4-12 per day. This is not included in your All-State camp fee. We strongly recommend you get dropped off, take mass transit, or carpool.

A separate email with details about parking will be sent this week. 

Students are prohibited from driving during camp. Any student wishing to leave campus must get approval from Jennifer Greupner, Band Vice President or Erin Holmes, Jazz Chair.

Your Music, Prep & Practice! 

Practice ALL the parts you were provided. Seating auditions will happen on Monday afternoon.
Links to download the music were sent late June. If you are having any problems accessing the music, let us know right away.

You will be playing for hours each day. Start playing regularly, practicing your parts, and listening to recordings online.

Housing & Facilities

  • Middlebrook Dorm is air conditioned. 
  • You will receive bed linens, a pillow, and blanket.
  • You will receive a washcloth and towel, which you can exchange throughout the week. You can bring your own towels and washcloth if you wish.

What to Pack

  • Comfortable clothing for range of temperatures. Extra towels and washcloth if you wish.
  • No alcohol, tobacco, or drug logos or slogans/messages. Think about language on clothing. 
  • Any prescription or over-the counter medications you use. Medications may not be shared.
  • If you need refrigeration for medication, contact no later than July 22nd.
  • Pack your music, instrument, folding music stand, all mutes, extra valve oil, and reeds. 
  • Concert Dress: Tops: Any color or pattern. Sleeveless not allowed. Bottoms: Dark colored slacks, pants or skirt, knee length or longer. Dark colored shoes. 
  • An alarm clock or app. You are responsible for getting to breakfast and rehearsal on time.
  • Bring your chargers. You are responsible for the safety of your devices.

Saturday Concert

  • Concert is Sat, Aug 11th at 11:00am at Ted Mann Concert Hall. Free and open to the public.
  • The concert is recorded and each student will receive a free CD. Additional CDs are available for purchase.

Eligibility & Rules

To be eligible for All-State, you must be enrolled in your school’s band next year. If you aren’t enrolled, contact Mary Schaefle, MMEA Executive Director immediately at

Read and review the All-State expectations before camp. It is your responsibility to know and follow them. Harassment and bullying of any kind are specifically prohibited.

What’s Coming Next

  • Complete: Preliminary schedule, housing & meals, concert dress, health & allergy info, what to pack.
  • Late June/Early July: Parking information, including fees.
  • July:  Music playlists, other info from conductors.
  • July 25: Final Camp balance due. (log back into parent dashboard to make payments:
  • Late July: Final reminders, check-in details.

Symphonic Band
Overture to Candide
, Leonard Bernstein, arr. Clare Grundman
The Grass Sings in the Meadows, 
Travis J. Cross

An American Elegy,
 Frank Ticheli

 William Schuman

Concert Band
 Ryan George
Timothy Mahr

Paris Sketches, Martin Ellerby
When the Sun Comes After Rain
, Mathew Emery

School or other organization paying? Use the All-State Payments from Schools, Booster & Community Groups Form

Eligibility Overview, full Eligibility Policies, and Rules and Regulations are available.

2019 All-State February planned start time: 10:30 AM Friday, February 15
2019 All-State February planned end time:  4:30PM Saturday, February 16

Mary Schaefle,
Aug 1, 2018, 8:44 AM