The Center Stage Brass Summer Camp provides a fun and educational week for middle and high school brass musicians to take their playing to the next level. Students receive individualized instruction from professional musicians, play in small and large ensembles, learn more about music, and participate in the annual Brass Camp Olympics! Come join us to make memories, friends, and music!
All students are placed in two ensembles based on their age, skill level, and instrument. Some ensembles will only have one instrument (ex: four trumpets), while others may be mixed instrumentation. Each group will receive daily coaching sessions from our exceptional staff of professional brass musicians!
Students will give their chops a break while they learn more about other musical subjects. Classes include music theory, conducting, jazz improvisation, brass history, a performance anxiety seminar, and more!
Throughout the week, campers will participate and compete in a series of musical games in the annual Brass Camp Olympics. Games include a musical spelling bee, rhythm bowling, Jeopardy, and more! The winning section gets the opportunity to play on the infamous Brass Olympic Hose-a-Phone and bragging rights for years to come. Who will reign superior this year?!
The camp concludes with a recital so the campers can show off what they’ve learned over the week to their friends and family. Performances will be given by the student ensembles, faculty ensemble, and this year’s guest artist, Dr. Kent Eshelman.
A typical camp day schedule is:
9:00 am - Group Warm Up (led by faculty)
9:30 am - Small Group Rehearsal
10:15 am - Large Group Rehearsal
11:00 am - Elective Class 1 (Music Theory, Conducting, Jazz Improv, and more)
11:45 pm - Lunch (provided by camp)
12:30 pm - Elective Class 2
1:15 pm - Large Group Rehearsal
2:00 pm - Brass Olympics Training Session
2:45 pm - Small Group Rehearsal
3:30 pm - Wrap Up + Faculty Recital