Registration Underway for TAMIU Summer Band Camp

Registration Underway for
TAMIU Summer Band Camp

Registration is now underway for the first-ever Texas A&M International University Summer Music Band Camp in July. Set to be one of the most innovative camps in America, it is divided into two, two-week sessions and features some of the finest band directors in the nation.

“Band camps are a part of university life across the nation. Laredo has a rich heritage of bands at all levels. Summer band camp at TAMIU is an extension of an already fantastic program,” said Dr. Frank Grzych, department of fine and performing arts chair and professor.

Dr. Michael Stone, director of bands, explained the multi-week format and the quality of directors.

“This is only one of the only band camps of its kind in the entire state of Texas. Most band camps in Texas are one-week affairs. Ours is in two multi-week camps. Session A runs from July 2 – 15 and Session B runs from July 16 – 29. Students may sign up for one session or both,” stated Dr. Stone.

“Few band camps have the high quality of music directors that we have procured. Both Professor Christopher Izzo and Col. Arnald Gabriel are world-renowned directors. We also have directors for the middle school campers who are at the top of their high school professions and have directed at numerous band camps around the state, too!” exclaimed Stone.

“This camp is an excellent opportunity to bring students on campus, meet the faculty, expand their talents and experience a little bit of college life,” added Dr. Grzych.

The camp is open to students who have completed 6th grade (by the time band camp starts) through students who have just graduated from high school. Because spaces are limited, students need to apply as soon as possible.

Applications are available for download at  tamiu.edu/coas/fpa

“This camp is designed specifically for Laredo and Rio Grande Valley residents, but the camp will be advertised nationally and internationally as well,” added Stone.

Among the courses offered are fundamentals of musicianship, sight-singing and aural skills, forms and ideas, music appreciation, instrumental conducting, introduction to post tonal music, and jazz band.

Camp fees vary. Commuter cost is $470 for one session (two weeks) and includes tuition and meals. Resident cost is $620 for one session (two weeks) and includes tuition, room and meals. Two one-hour private lessons cost $50 extra.

Students attending Sessions A and B receive a special rate. Commuter cost is $880 and resident cost is $1,140. Four one-hour private lessons are an additional $100.

There is also a $25 non-refundable application fee required when submitting the application. All campers’ fees must be received by the TAMIU band office by Friday, June 9.

“Everyone benefits, from the community getting to hear four outstanding concerts during the ‘bleak’ month of July, the students keeping their instrumental skills in fine order during the summer months’ and the University community getting to show what college is about,” Stone said.

For more information, please contact Stone at 956.326.2640, e-mail mstone@tamiu.edu or visit offices in the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, room 233B.

University office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at prmis@tamiu.edu