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Summer Band Camps 17 (to be updated for 2018)

Band students – here are three local summer concert band camps if you are interested.


George Mason University Academies

Each program is lead by a member of our Mason faculty and guest artists who are active educators, soloists, chamber musicians and symphonic performers. Residential housing options are available for week, and we encourage all students to take advantage of the on campus housing options! For more information, please visit


Or you can click any of the links below for program specific details:

Percussion Academy       Prof. Jon Bisessi, program director

Trumpet Academy          Dr. Kevin Gebo, program director 

Composition Academy  Prof. Mark Camphouse, program director

Clarinet  Academy           Prof. Catina Sweedy, program director


Low Brass Camp (flyer attached)

My name is Mark Thiele and I am a tuba player with the U.S. Marine Band here in Washington D.C. I also teach private lessons in Fairfax County. For the past ten summers, I have directed a high school and middle school low brass ensemble to try and encourage students to continue to play over the summer. It has always been a fun time to make music and perform a concert with just tubas, euphoniums, and trombones! We rehearse in the band room at McLean High School on Tuesday evenings starting June 27 through Aug. 1.


Woodwind Camp (flyer attached)


In its 23rd year, the 2017 Judith Lapple Summer Woodwind Camp is an intensive summer camp for flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon and French horn. The dates are Monday, July 17 – Saturday, July 22, with our Final Showcase Concert on Saturday, July 22 at 7:00p in Harris Theater at George Mason University.  The camp meets daily from 10:00am – 4:00pm at Trinity Christian School in Fairfax, VA (just down the road from GMU). Camp activities include large ensemble playing, instrumental choirs, studio classes, private lessons, and specialized workshops in topics on sight-reading, performance etiquette, solo repertoire, instrument repair, conducting, orchestral excerpts, master classes, music theory, and world music.  Class levels range from beginner (1 year or less of playing experience) to intermediate (1-3 years playing experience) and advanced (3 or more years of playing experience).  Class size and type of instruction vary by level depending on the needs/experience of the students.  Classes are kept small to facilitate individual attention.






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