Band Leadership Camp Update

May 21, 2020

5/21/2020 (10:10 AM CDT):  Please see the following letter from Frank Nelson, director of bands and assistant professor at HPU, regarding information about the HPU Band Leadership Camp: 

Dear Friends of the HPU Band Leadership Camp,

At this time of continued uncertainty, and out of an abundance of caution for students and staff of the Howard Payne University Band Leadership Camp, we will be postponing the Band Leadership Camp until next year. We were anticipating being able to continue with the camp this year, but as the time grows closer it is evident that it is not tenable.

I want you to know that the camp is in a very stable position and will be held next year from Monday, June 14, 2021, through Friday, June 18, 2021. We will maintain the same format as was scheduled for this year with the emphasis on marching, leadership development, skills development (conducting, guard, and percussion), and recreational opportunities. We will also continue to offer clinics for Directors and Sponsors that will offer Continuing Professional Education credit.

If we owe you a refund for this year’s camp, that will be processed next week and mailed directly to you. We will maintain communication with you throughout the coming year and hope that you will join us for your leadership training next summer.

If you have seniors who are looking for a great place to continue their education in a Christ-centered environment, please help them consider Howard Payne University. If you would send me their contact information, or give them mine, I will communicate with them right away and discuss the opportunities we have for them. We have many scholarships available for music majors, minors, and band participants. I would enjoy visiting with your interested students and help them understand why Howard Payne University is the best place for them to continue their education.

In closing, I pray that you and your family are safe and healthy, and remain so as we each battle through this pandemic.

Blessings to all!

Frank Nelson

Director of Bands
Assistant Professor of Music
Howard Payne University
1000 Fisk St.
Brownwood, TX  76801
(325) 649-8502

COVID-19 UPDATE: Howard Payne University continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and prioritizes all student and personnel safety. At this time, registration will remain open for our Band Leadership Camp (June 8-12, 2020) and any updates on alterations of the camp date or camp format will be communicated immediately.

47th Annual HPU Band Leadership Camp June 8-12, 2020 Howard Payne University Brownwood, Texas

Clinics for directors to include:

  • Drill Design
  • Retirement Planning
  • Guard Design and Development 
  • The Latest Music Tech 
  • Picking a Travel Company 
  • Emergency Instrument Repairs
  • and many more!

Leadership is the focus for all seven tracks:

  • Drum Major
  • Section Leader/Squad Leader
  • Band Member
  • Color Guard
  • Percussion
  • Beginning Marcher
  • Intermediate Marcher

Events/activities include:

  • MegaBand – Full Camp Marching Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Instruction
  • Marching Winds Pedagogy
  • Leadership Instruction
  • Conducting Instruction
  • Mega Games
  • Aquatic Center Party

FAQs, Packing List and Schedules

Thank you for considering the Howard Payne University Band Leadership Camp. We are celebrating our 47th year to serve the band students of Texas by providing the highest quality leadership training in the areas of Drum Major and Section Leader/Officer training. Additionally we offer training in basic marching skills, marching percussion and color guard.

The camp will take place on the Howard Payne University campus in Brownwood, Texas, from Monday, June 8, 2020 – Friday, June 12, 2020.

Each of the camp’s track areas are staffed by highly regarded public school and university band professionals. Along with a dozen university student assistants, we are here to make this leadership camp experience the best it can possibly be for your student.

Below is a link to a frequently asked question section to help with your planning. Also included is a packing list that should help in the preparation to attend the camp. Sample schedules from all tracks of the camp are also featured, so students can see they will be very engaged during the week.

Where will the students be staying while at camp?

Students will be housed in Howard Payne University’s residence halls, with two students to each room.

Does the camp have medical help available?

Yes, on-campus assistance will be provided 24/7.

How about food service for the students?

The dining hall is in close proximity to the residence halls, so there is easy access.

How well are the students monitored throughout the day?

We have a 1-to-10 ratio of staff to students. Plus, the track leaders take attendance at all sessions. If a student is missing, the staff will be sent to follow up on where the student is. If the student is sick, the student will be monitored throughout the day. With sickness or injury, we will alert the parent(s). Additionally, we have a full-time Department of Public Safety on campus to aid with security.

Where is the camp located?

HPU is located in Brownwood, Texas, on State Highway 377. The campus itself is located at the intersection of Austin Avenue and Center Avenue. The first building you encounter is the Davidson Music Complex. Registration is in the band room of that building.

When does camp start and stop?

Camp begins on Monday, June 8, with registration starting at 9 a.m. Camp ends on Friday, June 12, after the All-Camp Exposition (approx. 11 a.m.).

· Linens (twin size) or sleeping bag

· Pillow

· Bath towel/hand towel/washcloth

· Toiletries

· Necessary medicines (prescription, inhalers, etc.)

· Bug spray/sunscreen

· Hat – Head covering of some type

· Comfortable clothing (no bare midriffs – shorts should be school appropriate in length)

· Must have tennis shoes/socks for marching

· Comfortable footwear for relaxed times

· Camera/phone

· Swimsuit if swimming – extra towel

· Umbrella/rain gear (just in case)

· Sunglasses

· Paper/pen/pencil to take notes

· Instrument – unless on Color Guard Track

· Color Guard bring all of your equipment that you will use – pole/silk/rifle/sabre/etc.

· Money for extras (snack bar, HPU clothing items, etc.)

· Personal listening devices

Schedules will be available March 1, 2020.


Note: The following forms must be completed to finalize registration. If you have any questions, please contact Frank Nelson at the phone number or e-mail address listed below.

Step 1: Register Now

Step 2: Band Leadership Camp Payment Form 

Step 3: Camper’s Waiver Form

Step 4: Student Medical Release Form PDF (Please print and mail to address listed on form. Faxed or emailed medical release forms will not be accepted.)

  • Student Rate – Full-Time (on campus housing) – $385
  • Commuter Student Rate (Off-campus plus 2 meals daily) – $285
  • All-State Member Rate (Current Year) – $285
  • Director/Sponsor Rate – $340
  • Director/Sponsor Rate (with 10 or more students attending) – $240.00

Final Note

Make sure to bring:

  • Medical forms, if you have not already submitted them;
  • Camp fees, if you have not already taken care of those; and
  • Release of Liability form (if you did not electronically submit that).


Frank Nelson
Director of Bands at HPU; Assistant Professor of Music