Texas A&M University-Kingsville

More Than 325 Coastal Bend Students Attend A&M-Kingsville Band and Auxiliary Camp

KINGSVILLE - June 28, 2007

Contact: Jason Marton
or 361-593-4143

Largest attendance in past three years

Hundreds of area middle and high school music students are spending June 24-29 on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus studying conducting patterns, speed spins, sight-reading and more at the university’s annual Band and Auxiliary Camp.

According to A&M-Kingsville associate director of bands Jeff Stone, more than 325 students from area middle schools and high schools enrolled in the camp this year, making for the largest number attending the camp in the last three years.

Stone said the camp began specifically for drum majors before growing into its current form 10 years ago.  Today, “the camp exposes students to specialists on their instruments,” he said. “They also have the chance to experience lessons in conducting and music theory. By the end of the camp, we hope that the students will return to their home group with stronger skills.

“We also want the campers to have an enjoyable time on our campus, and see how much fun band and music can be.”

In addition to specialized instruction from university-level teachers, every camper will participate in at least one concert band. Those groups range from jazz bands to brass choirs, woodwind ensembles to percussion ensembles. Students may also take lecture courses, color guard classes, drum major classes, or other electives offered at the camp. Students can either stay on campus or commute for the camp.

In addition, a host of non-music activities will be a part of the week, including a skit and talent competition, a dance and a Camp Olympics, where campers compete in events like an egg toss, balloon race and more.


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