History of Dixie Band Camp

Dixie Band Camp, the oldest camp in the South and the second oldest in the nation, is in its 76th year and 24th year on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas. The overriding philosophy of Dixie is to give the participating students a meaningful as well as fun musical experience. In addition to the musical activities, Dixie includes a full activity calendar, with multiple afternoon and evening social activities planned for the students. Night activities such as concerts, movies, dances, swimming, tennis, and basketball,  plus an optional off-campus evening Water Theme Park excursion makes for a well rounded social experience for all campers.

Dixie Band Camp, founded in 1937 by Lee Wallick, the band director at Arkansas A&M College in Monticello, and R.B. (Scrubby) Watson, former director at Pine Bluff High School. The camp moved to Arkansas State University in Jonesboro in 1965 and was held on that campus through 1988.

Over 1360 students registered last year composing 6 high school bands and 10 junior high bands. The 2011 Session of DBC was the largest in the camp's history. The students participated in band rehearsals, sectionals, master classes, theory classes, conducting classes, college prep class, sightreading classes, leadership class, ensembles, jazz improv class, Jazz Band, auxiliary/color guard instruction, and many recreational activities. All bands are featured in concert on the final day of camp.

Dixie Band Camp is a private camp governed by a board of directors made up of active and former  public school and college band directors.  Since the camp was founded by band directors and continues to be operated by band directors, the emphasis is, and always has been, on what the board feels is in the best interest of the students ...their students. Dixie was founded on these principles and continues to support this student-oriented philosophy.

The Dixie Board funds an extensive scholarship program to help offset the cost of camp. In excess of $28,300.00 was issued in scholarships to deserving students last year. The scholarships varied in amounts from $40.00 to $295.00 and are awarded through Dixie and the individual school band programs. For more information on scholarships, see your local school band director.

We believe our combination of challenging musical experiences (both in the area of concert band as well as jazz band) and the varied social activities make for a well-rounded camp experience for our students.

Don't miss your opportunity to become a part of this great Southern Tradition........

 A Look At Our Past...

Dixie Band Camp celebrated its 75th Reunion during the 2011 Session of the Camp.
Enrollment at the 2011 Session of DBC was the largest in the camp's history with over 1,360 students registered. The following states were represented: Arkansas, Alabama,
Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee and Virginia. In excess of $28,300.00 was issued in scholarships to deserving students. Robert W. Smith served as guest clnician for the Senior Blue Band.

A reception in honor of the 75th Anniversary was held for DBC alumni on Saturday, June 18, at the UCA Student Center Ballroom following the Final Senior High Camp Concerts.  Dixie Band Camp welcomed former campers as they enjoyed a time of fellowship with old and new friends, shared memories, saw pictures from past camps and enjoyed a slide show of favorite Dixie memories of the past. Attendants were treated to refreshments and various memorabilia celebrating the 75th Anniversary.

                   Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe presents
                     75th Anniversary Proclamation to Dixe Band Camp Board Members
        (Steve Warner, vice-president; Robin Nix, president; Governor Mike Beebe; Cathy Williams, Secretary; Phil Burns, Associate Board Member)


                            1938 Dixie Music Camp at Arkansas A & M College    



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