Largest band camp in Northern Virginia!

43rd Annual

Monday through Friday

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM (tentative)

June 21 to July 14, 2023 (No camp July 3 or 4)

Longfellow Middle School

2000 Westmoreland Street

Falls Church, VA 22043

  • For Students from fourth to ninth grade
  • Special program for beginning students
  • Class lessons with instrumental specialists
  • Band levels grouped by ability
  • In-person and indoors following all current safety protocols
  • Culminating performance for all bands

CAMP FEE: $375 for all four weeks ** EARLY BIRD PRICING ENDS MAY 26 **


REGISTRATION DUE DATES: After May 26th (early bird pricing), registration will increase to $400 per student. Because of special staffing requirements based on camp registrations, tuition is not refundable after June 9. Fees cannot be prorated.

BEGINNING PROGRAM: For students with no previous band experience. The beginning band students will have two full band rehearsals, a full sectional, and a class with a specialist on each student’s instrument. All beginning students should purchase a copy of STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE, Book 1, at a local music store before the beginning of camp and should report to VBC with their instrument and the book. Due to instrumentation requirements in the elementary and middle school programs and physical considerations, the parents of each beginning student should contact their local elementary or middle school band director for assistance in selecting the appropriate instrument for their child.


REGULAR PROGRAM: For students with at least one year of band experience.  The class schedule will include two full band rehearsals, a full sectional rehearsal, and a class with a specialist on the student’s instrument.  The band music will be supplied by the camp.  However, the instrumental specialists may require students to purchase additional instructional materials. All regular program students will also receive virtual links to use when they are out/traveling.

QUESTIONS?  For further information and for assistance in the selection of a suitable instrument for a beginning student, please contact one of the following band directors:

Matt Baker (Co-Director) – Cooper Middle School (mcbaker1@fcps.edu)

Carina Gutjahr (Co-Director) – Longfellow Middle School (cgutjahr@fcps.edu)

Sharon Bonneau - Kilmer Middle School (sjbonneau@fcps.edu)

Pat Smith – Thoreau Middle School (plsmith1@fcps.edu)

Payment is accepted by credit card through PayPal.


The Band Camp Office telephone number during camp is 703-533-2647.