Cancelled due to low enrollment
2015 Brass Band Camp
This is a side-by-side camp. Students will get opportunities to
play side-by-side with members of the Mansfield University Brass Band in all
settings – full band rehearsals, chamber ensembles, sectionals, and master
classes. The focus on this camp is the traditional brass band – experiencing
the unique sound of the brass band, gaining exposure to a wide variety of brass
repertoire, and engaging in an overview of some of the history and common
practices of traditional brass bands. Campers will spend up to four hours each
day in brass band rehearsals, as well as time working with faculty and staff in
master classes, sectionals, and chamber ensembles. The
finale concert on July 15 will feature the full brass band as well as a variety
of smaller brass ensembles. Campers, faculty, and staff will also have an
opportunity to perform solo repertoire at the camp solo recital, Tuesday, July
Students interested in attending the Mansfield University Brass Band Camp
must submit an audition video via YouTube. For those who do not
have access to brass band instruments (cornets, tenor/alto horns, etc.), please
use the instrument you normally play on (trumpet, French horn, etc.). A
link to the YouTube audition video should be included on the student's
registration form at the time the form is submitted with the $75.00 deposit.
Instructions for submitting YouTube audition videos:
yourself playing the following:
"technical" solo excerpt, exercise, or ensemble excerpt demonstrating your
technical facility on your instrument. 16-32 measures.
"lyrical" solo excerpt, exercise, or ensemble excerpt demonstrating your
lyrical playing. 16-32 measures.
major scales – 1 flat key, 1 sharp key – over your range.
minor scales – 1 flat key, 1 sharp key – over your range.
your video using your full name as the title.
a YouTube account:
on "sign in"
directions to "create an account"
your video to your account. Be sure to select "unlisted" in the video
and paste the URL of your video onto your registration form.
auditions will be held during check-in on Sunday, July 12, 2014. All
campers should be prepared to play some sight-reading excerpts provided by the
Brass Band Instruments:
Campers will utilize instruments commonly found in traditional,
British brass bands. This means that trumpet players will play cornets
(and, possibly, flugelhorn), French horn players will play alto horns
(sometimes referred to as E-flat tenor horns), euphonium players will play both
euphonium and baritone, and tuba players may get to play E-flat tuba.
Campers who own (or have access to) these traditional brass band instruments
are encouraged to bring those instruments with them. Mansfield University
owns a full complement of these instruments. Traditional brass band instruments
(cornets, alto horns, baritones, E-flat tubas) will be made available for
campers to use in the full ensemble. Campers may also have opportunities
to play their own instruments (trumpets, French horns, euphoniums) in small
chamber ensembles (quartets, quintets, etc.). All campers should
bring with them the instrument that they regularly play.
Note regarding treble-clef parts:
ALL BRASS PLAYERS (with the exception of bass trombone) read transposed
treble-clef parts in a traditional brass band. Low brass campers who are
unfamiliar, or less-experienced, with this practice should prepare with trumpet
etudes or solos - utilizing "trumpet fingerings" (i.e., open C's).
Trombone and euphonium/baritone players should note that reading B-flat, treble-clef
trombone parts in visually very similar to reading tenor clef parts.
While this is not a requirement for participation in
the camp (bass clef parts can easily be made available), reading treble clef
parts is highly recommended.
Dr. Nathan Rinnert, Assistant Director of Bands, Mansfield University
Dr. Rinnert is the Music Department Chair and Assistant Director of Bands at MU where he directs the MU Brass Band & Symphonic Band, co-directs the marching band, teaches the tuba studio, and serves as an instrumental music education specialist. He will be conducting the camp band, teaching master classes and sectionals, coaching chamber ensembles, as well as coordinating administrative aspects of the camp.
Camp counselors are selected Mansfield University music majors and will also serve as teaching staff by assisting with master classes and chamber ensembles. Counselors will also play with the band. The counselor to camper ratio is about 1:5.Campers and counselors live in the campus residence halls and eat in the campus cafeteria.
For more information contact Dr. Nathan Rinnert at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Music Department at (570) 662-4710.