Missouri Western will host two music camps this summer: National Youth Brass Band of America (NYBBA) Camp June 16-22 and Drumline Camp July 14-17.

The NYBBA is a newly founded group, and its inaugural camp will be held at Missouri Western. The camp is open to brass and percussion musicians ages 23 and under.

The camp will allow students to explore the brass band genre while providing them with the opportunity to perform at the highest standards, improve their musicianship and explore future musical horizons.

Students will spend time during the course with some of the country’s leading performers and educators in the forms of lessons, clinics, and sectionals.

They will also have the amazing opportunity to rehearse under the baton of its Founding Musical Director, Professor David King.

The group was founded by Dr. Lee Harrelson, associate professor of music and department chair, and his wife, Helen.

The camp, which aims to put the emphasis on the whole student experience, will provide the best possible training within the genre as well as enhancing each students’ vision and awareness of both the U.S. and international brass band movements.

Cost is $650 for those staying on campus and $400 for commuters. An auditor option is available for parents staying with out-of-town students for $550 and includes meals and accommodations.

Drumline Camp is designed to give percussionists in grades 7-12 a hands-on experience with contemporary marching percussion while focusing on fundamentals of technique and playing, timing, phrasing, visual uniformity, ensemble interpretation and musicality. Guest clinicians include Bill Bachman and Clif Walker.

Cost is $355 for those who want to stay on campus throughout the camp, and $295 for commuters. For more information, contact Dr. Joshua Knight at jknight4@missouriwestern.edu or call him at (501) 269-1369. A registration form is available here.