The Dallas Winds Band Camp is the result of a decade long collaboration between The Dallas Winds (formerly Dallas Wind Symphony) and the Dallas ISD. Dallas Winds Band Camp is a summer band camp like any college or university offers, but custom tailored for the students of Dallas ISD. Conductors are typically College Professors for the High School Bands and renowned public school directors for Middle School Bands. Instrumental instructors are usually performing members of The Dallas Winds.
For a tuition fee of $25.00 students receive transportation to and from select local schools, breakfast, lunch, camp shirt, professional instruction, and a final performance in the Meyerson Symphony Center. Tuition for the camp has remained the same since the first year.
- 10 years of camp beginning in 2007 and servicing over 4,200 Dallas ISD Band students since inception
- Over 38,900 lunches/breakfasts have been served over 10 years
- Original 2007 camp was 105 students and 2 bands
- The current Camp model typically serves 600-700 registered participants in 6 bands
- Typical camp faculty is 56 personnel: 21 Instrumental Musicians, 2 Theory/Enrichment Instructors, 6 Band Conductors, 19 Coordinators, and 8 Administration/Support Staff
- 16 buses serve 10 routes covering virtually every feeder pattern and geographical area of the District
- 85% of campers usually ride the bus - approximately 40 riders per bus
- All students regardless of ability are taught in like instrument classes by front line members of The Dallas Winds
- Students hear performances by members of The Dallas Winds small ensembles and Dallas ISD Director’s Jazz Band
- College Day features both local college and military recruiters visiting with High School campers in a forum and a college mini-fair
- High school students participate in one of 8 instrumental ensembles and give a performance to the entire camp student body
- All students have a daily enrichment class of either Drum Circle or Music Appreciation on a rotational basis
- Final camp concert occurs in the Meyerson Symphony Center for a capacity crowd of over 2,000 patrons and musicians