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Brass Band Camp

2014 Brass Band Camp in Conjunction with the Endless Mountain Music Festival

The Mansfield University Brass Band Camp focuses on performing in the traditional brass band setting and smaller brass ensembles – experiencing the unique sound of the brass band, exposure to a wide variety of brass band and brass ensemble repertoire, and 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 world-class brass musicians from the Endless Mountain Music Festival Orchestra in master-classes, sectionals, and chamber ensembles.


Students interested in attending Mansfield University's Brass Band camp must submit a Student Recommendation Form completed by a teacher or director at the time of registration. Recommendation Forms should be emailed to at the time you complete the online Registration Form and pay the $75.00 deposit.

Placement Auditions will be held during check-in on Wednesday, July 33, 2014. All campers should be prepared to play a variety of major/minor scales and an etude or solo of their choice. Campers should also expect to sight-read a selection that will be made available at the audition.

Note regarding treble-clef parts:

ALL BRASS PLAYERS (with the exception of bass trombone) reads transposed treble-clef parts in a traditional brass band. Low brass campers who are unfamiliar, or less-experience, with this practice should prepare with trumpet etudes or solos - utilizing "trumpet fingerings" (ie., open C's). Trombone players should know 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.

Camp Staff:

Dr. Nathan Rinnert, Assistant Director of Bands, Mansfield University

Nathan RinnertDr. Rinnert is the 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, as well as coordinating administrative aspects of the camp.

Endless Mountain Music Festival Orchestra members will be teaching master classes and coaching chamber ensembles.  These internationally-recognized musicians include Luis Engelke (Kennett Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Mid-Atlantic Symphony, and trumpet professor at Towson University) teaching trumpet/cornet, Rebecca Dodson-Webster (Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Williamsport Symphony, and horn professor at Mansfield University) teaching horn, David Sciannella (Annapolis Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, National Philharmonic, and trombone professor at George Washington University) teaching trombone/baritone/euphonium, and Kevin Ladd (Baltimore tubist and former principal tuba with the Syracuse Symphony) teaching tuba.

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 as needed. The counselor to camper ratio is 1:10.Campers and counselors live in the campus residence halls and eat in the campus cafeteria.

For more information contact Dr. Nathan Rinnert at or call the Music Department at (570) 662-4710.

Brass Band Camp

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Student Recommendation Form

Dates: July 23 - July 26, 2014

Ages: 14-19
(must have completed 8th grade)

Residential Fee: $310
(includes instruction, all meals, & lodging)

Commuter Fee: $260
(includes instruction, lunch, & dinner)

Non-refundable Deposit: $75
(Required at the time of registration along with the Student Recommendation Form)

Balance of Payment Due:
July 16, 2014

Check-in: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 1 - 3pm

Typical Daily Schedule
(subject to change)

Camp Performance:
Final concert will be held Friday, July 25, 2014 at 3:30 pm.