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Camp Information

Battery Percussion / Yamaha Sounds of Summer Camp - June 8-10, 2018

CrownLEARNING is an educational program of the Crown organization and part of our ever-growing mission to help young performers reach their potential while developing excellence in music and visual arts.

These camps/clinics have a side-by-side format where the experience involves interaction with some of the best educators in the country in brass, percussion and color guard from both the band and drum corps communities.  Students will have an active curriculum that will enable them to return to their schools with a deepened experience and confidence.

The students will also have the ability to watch the Carolina Crown rehearse and interact with the members all while staying in a safe and secure campus life environment. What better way to help train the young adults in your organization to become leaders and quality performers.

Registration Information

Cost for the Weekend Camp
$295 per student (which includes tee shirt, all meals, housing & instruction)

Click Here to Register for the Battery Percussion Camp


Gardner-Webb University is located at 110 S. Main St. Boiling Springs, North Carolina 28017 and can easily be Google mapped or input into your GPS system. It is approximately 52 miles west of downtown Charlotte, NC, 30 miles west of Gastonia, NC, and 77 miles southeast of Asheville, NC.

Airport - Charlotte Douglas International Airport - - is served by 11 airlines, countless daily departures, which many are nonstop from major US destinations. The airlines that fly direct include:

  • AirCanada
  • American Airlines
  • AirTran
  • Northwest
  • Continental
  • Delta
  • United
  • US Airways
  • US Airways Express
  • Jet Blue
  • Lufthansa

Student Housing - for the students attending the weekend camps, housing is included in their tuition and is located on the campus of Gardner-Webb University. You will be housed in rooms with shared bathrooms on each floor. You will need to bring your own sleeping linens and/or sleeping bag, pillow and general toiletries. Students can arrange their roommate either before the camp or while waiting to check-in on Friday. Simply let the Camp Director know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Parent Housing - Parents are welcome to travel with you and visit anytime during the camp. Gardner-Webb will not be providing dorm rooms for parents. Parents can find great hotel rates near the Gardner-Webb Campus such as:

Americinn of Boiling Springs, NC(closest to the campus) - (800) 396-5007

Holiday Inn Express - (704) 480-0881

Econo Lodge - (704) 482-3821

Days Inn - (704) 482-1800

Super 8 Motel - (704) 484-2101

Affordable Suites - (704) 471-0441

Holiday Inn Express Shelby Hotel @ Hwy 74 - (877) 863-4780

Value Place - (704) 487-1001

Value Place - (704) 487-1001

Town House Motel - (704) 482-1616 
All these hotels are near the Gardner-Webb campus. Asheville and Charlotte are also close by and offer additional hotels, along with restaurants and attractions to visit while you're in the area, including The Biltmore House, The Great Smokey Mountains, and the Grove Park Inn. Plus, if you stay in the Charlotte area make plans to visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Aviation Museum, and the incredible downtown where you can enjoy exceptional shopping or even take in a Triple A Baseball game. 



Jim Ancona

Crown Percussion Staff

Lesson Plan

The curriculum for the weekend and day camps will walk the students through all the necessary facets of the fundimentals of their particular skill, helping them grow toward a moderte to advanced level of knowledge. The students will be empowered with the information to take these basic techniques and training and enhance them with tried and true coaching that will enable them to become the best performers possible.

DID YOU ATTEND CrownLEARNING LAST YEAR? Don't worry, the groups will be broken into smaller groups based on your abilities. You will be able to refresh your memory and continue where you left off from your last CrownLEARNING experience.

Percussion Camp - Curriculum for the weekend will include:

  • Stick and Mallet Choices
  • Grips
  • Sound Production
  • Stroke Techniques
  • Dymanic Control
  • Proper Warm-up routines
  • Knowledge of check paterns and the purpose
  • Listening responsibilites
  • Ensemble Timing and Balance
  • End the weekend performing a musical selection from Carolina Crown's 2016 encore show with the drum line!

FOR ALL CAMPS & CLINIC DAYS - students will receive prizes and giveaways provided by Carolina Crown sponsors including Yamaha, Vic Firth, Remo, Zildjian, and more.

What to Bring

Below is a list of things to bring:

Weekend Camp

  • Bedding (i.e. sleeping bag/blanket, pillow - you will have a dorm room bed, but need your own bedding) 
  • Toiletries/Shower stuff 
  • Towel 
  • Warm clothes for night 
  • Cool clothes for day 
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Alarm clock (you will wake on your own)
  • Any sort of medications that you might take on a regular basis
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and hat for when we are outside.
  • A water cooler that you can fill regularly
  • All Participates will need to bring your own instrument (ie...brass instrument, drum, stand and carrier or a drum pad when you are not playing on the drum

No dress code is enforced. Students should dress comfortably while keeping in mind an atmosphere of professional learning must be allowed to exist and your attire cannot interfere with your fellow participant's ability to experience the camp curriculum to its fullest.

Much of the camp will take place outdoors. We encourage proper sun protection at all times. The weather in North Carolina at this time of year is very unpredictable, so students should bring clothing for all weather extremes.

AN IMPORTANT NOTE - The campus of Gardner-Webb is a non-smoking campus and so will this clinic. Please refrain from smoking while anywhere on campus grounds. Also, any activities by any of the camp attendees that might be deemed as illegal will be treated appropriately. No warnings and no calls home before action is taken. Please make sure that we all act as professional young adults and there will be no issues. Students that do not adhere to this policy might face dismissal from this clinic and will not be reimbursed their tuition.



5:00 PM - Check In

8:00 PM - Session #1 - Group Placement

10:30 PM - Snack

12:00 AM - Lights out


8:00 AM - Breakfast

9:00 AM - Session #2 - Basics I

10:15 AM - Break

10:30 AM - Session #3 - Basics II

12:00 PM - Lunch

1:00 PM - Session #4 - Check Patterns & Purpose

1:45 PM - Break

2:00 PM - Session #5 - Playing & Moving

5:00 PM - Dinner

6:00 PM - Session #6 - Break Out Music

8:00 PM - Crown Ensemble Rehearsal

10:00 PM - Snack

12:00 AM - Lights Out


8:00 AM - Breakfast

9:00 AM - Session #7 - Break Out Music

10:15 AM - Break

10:30 AM - Session #8 - Full Ensemble

12:00 PM - Lunch

1:00 PM - Performance Prep, Show and Tell

3:00 PM - Clean Up, Check Out


But we can't do it without your support.

Carolina Crown, Inc. is a 501(c)3 approved charity by the Internal Revenue Service. Our mission is "Developing Lifelong Excellence in young people". We achieve this through performance opportunities and a commitment to education in the performing arts with core values of Integrity, Commitment, Respect and Excellence.

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