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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 to produce a high-quality final performance.

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

Camp Dates: June 8-13, 2020

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 provide 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

  • Brass Ensemble
  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Drum Major Techniques
  • Improvisation
  • Introduction to Piano
  • Jazz Band
  • Leadership Fundamentals
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Sight Reading/Ear Training

Camp Dates and Times, Cost, Meals and Auditions

2020 Camp Dates and Times

June 8-13, 2020
8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Saturday Summer Band Camp Performance
Saturday, June 13
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 the 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 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 2020 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.

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

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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