Music Camp 2018

Between Apache Days and the first day of class, AHS Band, Orchestra, Color Guard and Choir members

will gather in the mountains of Idyllwild on

Sunday, August 5th through Friday, August 10th, 2018 for the 61st Annual Music Camp.

Update on Cranston Fire:

The town of Idyllwild reopened Sunday, July 29th. No burn areas are visible from camp. Air quality has not been compromised in the Idyllwild area. The fire was south and east of town and is anticipated to be fully contained by Thursday. Camp will be held as planned in a green environment with good air quality.

Click on the Registration and Payment tab above, then "Time Schedules for Departure" to see the departure schedule. Click on More tab above and choose "Packing List" to be sure you have the needed items.

At a large school such as AHS, every student needs to find their niche--a quality place to belong. The Music Program is just that place for nearly 1,000 students who blend together as a whole, with sectionals, and in small groups of friends within. The dynamic beginning of the year is Music Camp—our most valuable activity. It is essential for achieving our highest potential as individuals and as a group. This is the only time during the season intense training is available from numerous top music instructors who work with small groups. Music sessions are held from 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. along with early evening drills and activities to complete the comprehensive daily training. Our own directors coordinate the program, hold combined sectionals, and total group drills. From 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. the student leadership conducts activities to help all get better acquainted while having a great time. Without this intense training, band/guard would not be ready for the fall competitions. Since over 90% of those members attend, any student who missed camp would be at a tremendous personal disadvantage and place a burden on others who later would need to bring them along. Orchestra and Chorus seasons peak later, but student leadership, music skills, and dance technique developed at Camp start the school year at a high level with growth expanding from there. With concentrated music skills, team-building, new and renewed friends, Music Camp is not to be missed by anyone registered for AHS music classes.

Music Camp is intense musically, but not really camping. Indoor beds, hot showers, and hot meals are enjoyed at the 5,000-foot site in the San Jacinto Mountains overlooking Palm Springs. There are breaks and free time to swim, play basketball, ping pong, cards or sit under a tree. All are involved in evening games and activities planned by the students to get everyone acquainted and having a great time. It’s fun! Team skills are developed--essential for working in groups throughout life. After being at camp for a few hours, you will have many new friends. By the time school starts, you are not a stranger. When you arrive for your first class at Arcadia High School, you will have 600 new friends to greet.

Visitors’ Day, Wed, August 8th, parents, alumni, and friends are encouraged to be a part of the experience.

The total cost of instruction, transportation, lodging, and meals is $440 per student—a real bargain compared to any other such camp. This can be made in one payment or in installments. If financial assistance is needed, contact the camp coordinator now. See Registration and Payment page for details.

Register today! Cabin assignments are made in the order of completed registration. Although registration is open until Saturday, July 14, please register NOW so the music directors can plan the exact number of instructors needed and section leaders can plan their pre-camp activities. Other pages of this site give more details. ID numbers of those registered will be posted and updated. Also, check this website for any last-minute loading/unloading information.