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Open to middle school and high school students, Summer Band Camp at St. Mary’s University is a fun and educational opportunity for students passionate about music to advance their musicianship during their summer break. Students will work with industry professionals with an aim for producing a high quality final performance.

Operating on the beautiful St. Mary’s campus, the camp offers camp participants a full day of rehearsals, sectionals, technique classes, and elective classes. Students will learn from top teachers and musicians about their specific instruments and experience working with the camp’s featured artist.

Camp Dates

June 10-15, 2019

St. Mary’s is pleased to announce Michael Markowski will be our featured artist at the 2019 Summer Band Camp.


Michael Markowski graduated magna cum laude in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in ‘Film Practices’ from Arizona State University. While Markowski never studied music in college, he did study privately with his mentors, Jon Gomez and Dr. Karl Schindler, and has continued his education by participating in a number of extracurricular programs, such as The Art of Orchestration with Steven Scott Smalley (2008), the National Band Association’s Young Composer and Conductor Mentorship Project (2008), and the NYU/ASCAP Foundation’s Film Scoring Workshop (2014) where he was named one of ASCAP’s Film & TV “Composers to Watch.” Mark Snow, composer of The X-Files and one of the workshop’s guest mentors, says Michael’s music was “extremely sophisticated” and “complimented the mood and emotion of the scene with unusual maturity and sensitivity.” Most recently, Markowski was invited to join the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop (2015) as a composer/lyricist.

Shadow Rituals, one of Markowski’s first works for concert band, was awarded first prize in Manhattan Beach Music’s Frank Ticheli Composition Contest in 2006. Over the last ten years, Markowski has composed nearly twenty-five original works for wind band, nine of which were recently recorded in collaboration with the Brooklyn Wind Symphony, now available on iTunes. Joyride for Orchestra (2015) recently won the Arizona Musicfest’s young composer fanfare competition, and You Are Cordially Invited (2016) recently won a fanfare competition with the Dallas Wind Symphony. He has received commissions from a number of organizations including CBDNA, The Consortium for the Advancement of Wind Band Literature, The Lesbian and Gay Band Association, the Duke Medicine Orchestra, the Florida Music Educator’s Association, and has received performances from the United States Air Force bands, The Phoenix Symphony, the Arizona Musicfest Symphony Orchestra, and from hundreds of bands around the world. He has been the composer-in-residence for the ‘Music for All’ organization (2015), the ‘Mid Europe’ international wind band festival in Schladming, Austria (2013-2015), and frequently visits junior high schools, high schools, universities, and community bands around the country to share stories about his music.

He is a member of ASCAP, the Society of Composers & Lyricists, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

To learn more about Michael Markowski, visit his website.

Summer Band Camp Services

Full Band Rehearsals

During rehearsals, students will work with Matthew Mireles, D.M.A., Chair and Assistant Professor of Music, and Director of Bands at St. Mary’s, and learn important skills involved with making high quality music in a collaborative ensemble.

Technique Classes

Technique classes will be taught by top teachers and musicians and will involve the advancement of student abilities on their instruments. Fundamentals taught include musicality, technique, posture, breathing, articulation, intonation, warm-ups and more.

Ensemble Sectionals

Sectionals will provides students the opportunity to focus on intonation, pitch and rhythmic accuracy, style, and other details while working on music programmed for the camp concert.

Elective Classes

Elective classes are designed to afford participants a new skill, experience, or lesson. Every student will participate in an elective class of their choice. Each course will take place over a period of four-days, with the aim of producing a final project on the final day of class. Elective classes allow students to leave camp with a great learning experience and something tangible to keep when they leave.

Elective Class Options

  • Music Theory
  • Jazz Band
  • Composition
  • Sight-reading/Ear Training
  • Introduction to Piano (this class is currently full for the 2019 Summer Band Camp)
  • Conducting
  • Drum Major Techniques

Camp Dates and Times, Cost, Meals and Auditions

2019 Camp Dates and Times

June 10-15, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Saturday Summer Band Camp Performance
Saturday, June 15
10 a.m., Blue Band Performance
10:30 a.m., Gold Band Performance
St. Mary’s University
Treadaway Hall, Guadalupe Chapel

Parking is free and available in Lot C.

Students must be seated in Treadaway Hall, Recital Hall by their assigned call time. Call time for the Blue Band is 9:30 a.m., and 10 a.m. for the Gold Band. Students may leave their cases in the Recital Hall during the performance. Parents and guests arriving early may be seated in Guadalupe Chapel at this time.

Each performance will be followed by a Paleta Social in Pecan Grove, Alumni Pavilion.
10:30 a.m., Blue Band Paleta Social
11 a.m., Gold Band Paleta Social


$275 per student


Lunch will be provided by St. Mary’s Summer Band Camp.


Students will audition for part assignments after registration and camp welcome sessions.

Students should bring two contrasting pieces to audition.  Music should be representative of student’s performance level and abilities.

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Solo repertoire
  • All/region/state audition etudes
  • Etudes/method books
  • Parts performed in school

Percussion provided: Timpani, Marimba, Snare Drum, and Xylophone

Percussion students should bring their own sticks and mallets.

Students should bring music of their own choosing. The placement auditions will help our teachers place students on appropriate parts that will allow them to have the best experience at camp.

Solo Competition

The Solo Competition is open to all brass and woodwind instruments. The winner of the competition will receive a $150 discount to the 2019 Summer Band Camp at St. Mary’s University, and will have the opportunity to perform as a featured soloist in front of the San Antonio Brass Band at the Summer Band Camp Opening Monday Concert.

Congratulations to this year’s Solo Competition winner, Seth Sandoval, who will perform with the San Antonio Brass Band at the Opening Monday Concert at Summer Band Camp.

Seth Sandoval rehearses with the San Antonio Brass Band.
Seth Sandoval rehearses with the San Antonio Brass Band.


Registration for 2019 Summer Band Camp is closed. We hope you’ll join us next year!

Contact Us

For more information about the St. Mary’s University Summer Band Camp, contact Matthew Mireles, D.M.A., Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands.

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