Other than individual home practice there are many options for band students to continue playing their instruments during the summer and throughout the school year.    Regardless of the type of instruction or the genre of music focused on, the activity of continuing to play an instrument and read music is what will help keep players "chops" in good shape and reading skills on an appropriate level.
    Private lessons with a director recommended instructor is always recommended and will help students of any ability level.  
    Involvement in a summer music camp is also a great option.  These group performance opportunities are often the most enjoyable to students.  Below is a list of recommended music camps in our area listed in alphabetical order.
    • Cannon Music Camp - www.cannon.appstate.edu  - This Appalachian State University music camp is for rising 9th graders only and is the most intensive of the summer music camps listed on this page.  This camp is a three week long, sleep away camp that is only for the most advanced rising 9th grade musicians.  Scholarships are available for those that qualify for all-district, all-region and all-state ensembles.  Acceptance is based on application and audition.  Ensemble placement auditions take place the second day of camp.
    • Camp Fortissimo - www.karlkassnermusiccamp.com - The Karl Kassner Brass Camp is for players of brass instruments only (Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium and Tuba).  It is a fantastic camp for all brass players regardless of their experience and ability level.  The one week day camp is held on the campus of Bishop McGuinness High School.  Acceptance is based on application.
    • John Coltrane Jazz Workshop - www.highpointarts.org/arts/arts-education-programs/john-coltrane-jazz-workshop - The JCJW hosted by the High Point Arts Council is the perfect summer jazz camp for the emerging jazz musician.  The week long day camp is hosted at the Penn-Griffin School for the Arts.  Acceptance is based on application.  Scholarships are available.
    • Mars Hill Summer Music Camp - www.marshillsummermusiccamp.weebly.com - The Mars Hill Summer Music Camp is a great comprehensive music camp for middle school age musicians regardless of their ability level or years of experience.  This week long, sleep away camp is held on the campus of Mars Hill University located near Asheville, in the mountains of North Carolina.  Acceptance is based on application.  Ensemble placement auditions take place on the first day of camp.
    • UNCG Summer Music Camp - www.smcamp.org - The UNCG Summer Music Camp is advertised as "America's Most Popular" summer music camp because it is the most heavily attended.  This is also a comprehensive week long camp that is open to students of any experience and ability level.  Our students would have the option of attending as day campers (cheaper) or residential campers.  Acceptance is based on application.  Ensemble placement is by director recommendation.
    • UNCW Summer Jazz Workshop - www.uncw.edu/music/smc/smcjazz.html - Held on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, this summer jazz camp is for musicians with some jazz experience.  This week long, sleep away camp is great for students that have participated in jazz band, especially for those that would like to have a better understanding of and improve their ability to improvise.
    • Winston-Salem Youth Flute Ensemble - This ensemble is for flute players of any experience and ability level and it rehearses one day a week for eight weeks during the summer with a flexible attendance policy that accommodates vacations and other camps.  The instruction provided is unequaled because of the specific instrumentation and outstanding teachers.  The ensemble has several performances.  Acceptance is based on communication with the ensemble organizers.  Contact ljokopny@yahoo.com  or call 336-406-9906 for more information.


    In addition to the music camps/ensembles listed above, there are several community bands that would welcome students and parents that have at least two years experience playing a wind or percussion instrument.  Membership requirements vary from ensemble to ensemble.  Even if you can't make the commitment to become a member of one of these ensembles, maybe attending one of their concerts would be a activity for your family this summer.

    • The Salem Band - www.salemband.org - Established in 1771, the Salem Band is the nation's oldest continuous mixed wind ensemble.
    • The Winston-Salem Community Band - www.wsband.org - This ensemble gives amateur musicians the opportunity to continue to use the skills learned through participation in school band.
    • The New Horizons Band - www.newhorizonsmusic.org/new-horizons-groups/north-carolina-new-horizons - Originally created for musicians over 50 years of age, the New Horizons Band now welcomes participants of any age, experience and ability level.


    There are also a few local youth honor bands that some of our students may be interested in.

    •  The Wachovia Winds - www.piedmontwindsymphony.com/wachovia-winds - This youth honor band would be atainable by our more advanced second year and third year students.  There is an application process and membership fee.  The ensemble rehearses/performs in the Spring each year.
    • The North Carolina Youth Brass Band - www.ncbrassband.org/ncybb.html - This youth brass band is composed of some of the most talented middle school/high school brass musicians in the Triad.  There is an application and audition process and a membership fee.  This ensemble would only be for the most advanced middle school brass players.
    • The Piedmont Honor Band - www.seannelson.homestead.com/PHB.html - This youth honor band has a two day clinic and concert using a similar format to that of the all-county and all-district bands.  There is a registration and acceptance process but no audition or minimum ability requirement.  The PHB clinic event takes place in March each year.