The Island University Hosts Band Camp for More than 100 Middle, Junior High and High School Students

Published: June 10, 2015

The Island University Hosts Band Camp for More than 100 Middle, Junior High and High School Students

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas –Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi held its 11th annual Islander Band Camp from June 8-12 for middle school, junior high, and high school students. The 110 participating students had the opportunity to come to the Island University for a week of music and fun, and perform in an end-of-camp concert at the Performing Arts Center.

“This is an opportunity for music students from all over the state of Texas to experience life on ‘the island’ and learn from our outstanding faculty,” said Dr. Brian Shelton, Band Camp Director and Assistant Professor of Music.  “It is a great event for everyone involved.”

The Middle School and Junior High School Camp and the High School Camp were open to all students with at least one year of experience on a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument.

Students experienced music-making with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi faculty and outstanding area music artists and educators. Classes consisted of group lessons, sectionals, full ensemble rehearsals, and music electives, including jazz band, conducting and chamber music. Students also enjoyed activities every evening, including games and concerts. 

“I enjoy meeting new people while learning about music at the same time,” said Amelia Mixon, a saxophone student from Flour Bluff High School who participated in the camp.  “These are skills that will help me in music for years to come.”

All band camp students gave an audition for band placement. In addition, scholarships were offered to various students. High school students who made the All-State bands and participated in the concerts at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio, Texas, all received a $200 scholarship to attend the TAMU-CC Islander Band Camp. The University also gave a $75 band camp scholarship to students that made the All-Area bands. All double reed students (oboe and bassoon) also received a $100 scholarship.