Brass Band of Battle Creek and its world-class musicians to host summer camps, concerts

Brass Band of Battle Creek and its world-class musicians to host summer camps, concerts

June 9, 2021 | Nick Buckley | Battle Creek Enquirer – High school and middle school-aged musicians in Calhoun County will soon have the opportunity to learn side-by-side from world-class performers and educators.

The internationally-recognized Brass Band of Battle Creek is hosting a pair of summer camps in July. The group, comprised of 31 brass and percussion musicians from around the globe, includes instructors from the renown Julliard School of Music as well as Grammy-award winning artists.

The five-day high school camp runs July 12-16 at W.K. Kellogg Auditorium and cost $50 to attend. It is open to brass and percussion players in grades 8-12, including 2021 graduates.

There will be a catered meal each day along with rehearsals, sectionals, master classes and question and answer segments with Brass Band of Battle Creek musicians. The camp concludes with a free concert open to the public at 6:30 p.m. on July 16 at W.K. Kellogg Auditorium.

For the first time, the Brass Band of Battle Creek is offering a middle school camp, ideally those with one-to-three years of playing experience. The three-day camp will be at the Marshall High School Auditorium from July 19-21, and costs $30 to attend.

The middle school camp will include catered meals and will conclude with a concert at 6:30 p.m. on July 21 that is open to the public. “This is an opportunity for students to learn from incredible professional musicians,” said Shannon Aikins, executive director for BBBC. “Not only are they world-class, but many are the top music educators. For us to provide this opportunity for students in our community to get to know musicians, for the organization to use the resources we have, we made this camp really affordable, we try to wrap our arms around accessibility.”

Scholarships are available to all students in Calhoun County, and the enrollment fee is waived for Battle Creek Public School students. Transportation also will be provided to and from Marshall for Battle Creek and Albion residents.

For more information, visit bbbc.net or contact BBBC Education Director Jerry Rose at 269-317-9339 or jrose@bbbc.net.