The band camp is held in late July at various Universities which rotates from year to year. Annually, a total of 180 to 250 of Kansas’ best high school musicians are showcased, which includes pre-game and halftime performances. The band also performs before the Shrine Bowl Banquet on the Friday night prior to the game, and at a downtown parade the following morning.
Camp fees are sponsored by various Masonic Organizations throughout the state. All proceeds are used to support the Shriners Hospitals for Children. In addition, every year the Kansas Masonic Foundation also offers The Outstanding Musician Award ($1,500 Scholarship), The Jeff Atherly Inspirational Award ($1,000 Scholarship) and The Masonic Pride Award ($500 Scholarship) to a band camp student.
Tyler Laverdiere is graduating with a academic average. Laverdiere spent his time at Schuylerville High School committed to academics, extracurricular activities and giving back to the community. Laverdiere was involved in several clubs, including National Honor Society, French club and environmental club. He was also a member of the varsity basketball team and varsity track and field team. Laverdiere was the recipient of the RIT Computing Medal, given to students pursuing a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, who are leaders in their school and community and demonstrate an interest and ability in computing. Laverdiere volunteered his time to the Albany Ronald McDonald House, Hudson Crossing Park, the Special Olympics, Saratoga Film Festival and Revolution Café. Laverdiere is the son of Kathryn and Michael Laverdiere. He plans to attend George Washington University in the fall, where he will major in aerospace engineering.