We are looking forward to having you here to spend a week making music with some of the finest young musicians in South Texas! Throughout the week, students meet for ensemble rehearsals with highly experienced directors from the region, sectional rehearsals and daily masterclasses with applied faculty, attend elective classes, and can sign-up for lessons with the faculty for $30 per lesson. We have a limited number of spaces available for on-campus resident students. Once the initial number per instrument is filled, we will waitlist all other applicants on a first come, first serve basis.
When registering prior to check-in day, the cost of the camp is $350 for on-campus resident campers and includes three meals. For those preferring to stay off-campus, tuition is $200 and includes one meal.
For students wanting to attend both the System Blue and TAMUK Summer Band Camps, the tuition is $500 for on-campus resident campers and $300 for off-campus commuters. All-State students receive a 20% discount on tuition.
Upon arrival, each camper will have auditions and is placed a concert band (middle school or high school), depending on his or her ability. These bands range from the Middle School band (for our youngest campers) to the Wind Ensemble (for our more advanced players). Each band rehearses 2 times a day. Between rehearsals, the campers attend elective classes, chamber ensembles, or jazz band rehearsals – never a dull moment! The camp provides all meals, and a supervised recreational activity is planned every evening. Curfew is determined by the individual camp counselor, but will be no later than 11:00.
At the TAMUK Summer Band Camp, it is our mission:
• To create and maintain a positive, structured, disciplined environment which promotes learning, growth, and artistic development;
• To ensure that our campers are safe, secure, and supervised by responsible adults at all times, but without suffocating them in the process;
• To foster and promote social growth as well as musical growth.
Check-in for the Band Camp will be on Wednesday, June 13th from 2:00-4:30 pm at Turner-Bishop Dormitory at 1210 W. Santa Gertrudis Ave., Kingsville, TX 78363.
Following this time, students will be taken for auditions to band placement if at the high school level, and chair placement. Saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and rhythm section students interested in choosing the Jazz Band or Latin Jazz Band for their elective will also have the opportunity to audition for those ensembles at that time. To prepare for the audition, students should bring in a prepared TMEA/ATSSB etude, other appropriate etude, solo selection, or band piece. The will also be asked scale(s) up to and including four accidentals and/or a chromatic scale. Jazz/Latin Jazz Band auditions may be asked to sightread a short selection.
Dormitory check-out time on Sunday, June 17th will be at 1:00 pm. The final concert will be at 3:00 pm and will last approximately 75 minutes. Student pick-up from the camp will begin immediately following the concert at 4:15 pm in the Memorial Student Union Building (SUB).