To check into your residence hall at the start of camp, you must be registered for marching band as a class and you must notify the marching band office using the online form. Once you have completed both steps, you will be placed on a list for early check-in at no cost to you.
Make arrangements with your landlord to move in on or before the start date of camp. Band camp starts that evening, so please take care of your moving arrangements so you are ready for rehearsal that night. Get confirmation from your landlord in writing that you will be able to move in as specified to avoid last minute complications.
The Huskie Marching Band will provide evening meals for the band on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night. You are on your own for breakfast and lunch. All campus dorm rooms come equipped with refrigerators and microwave ovens. Residence Hall meal plans are not active until the Thursday of band camp, so plan ahead!
Instruments and Lockers
If you need to check out a university instrument, they will be available starting at 5:30 pm. Storage lockers for instruments will be available during regular business hours from the large ensemble office for a small fee. NIU can only provide sousaphones, marching baritones, mellophones and a few tenor saxophones. Members should provide all other instruments. Once you are registered for marching band as a class, you can contact the band office to check out an instrument during the summer so you can start practicing.
We have several performances during band camp. It is always hot, so rather than wear our entire uniform, we perform in our summer uniform. We provide you with one free Huskie Marching Band t-shirt - you provide a pair of khaki shorts. Cargo shorts are ok as long as they are a solid khaki color.
Marching Band Full Uniform
All members of the woodwind, brass and percussion section need to provide your own pair of black MTX marching shoes as part of your marching band uniform.