School of Music

Southern Maine Youth Band Day Camp

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For Incoming 5th and Outgoing 6th Graders

The USM Youth Band Day Camp is an exciting summer offering for elementary instrumental music students. This five-day music camp offers serious young instrumentalists a chance to sharpen their musical reading ability, instrumental skills, and concert band performance.

The Youth Band Day Camp will provide daily concert band experience, jazz, instrument sectionals, ensemble classes, guest presentations, non-musical recreational activities, and choral group experience.

Applicants for this program should be of elementary or middle school age - primarily incoming 5th graders through outgoing 6th graders. Applicants must have played their instruments for at least one school year and/or have written recommendations from their band director or private instructor.

Applicants should play one of these instruments:

  • flute
  • oboe
  • bassoon
  • clarinet
  • saxophone
  • percussion/set drums
  • french horn
  • trumpet
  • trombone
  • baritone/euphonium
  • tuba
  • guitar *
  • piano *

* guitarists and pianists should also play a wind or percussion instrument.

Instrumentation is limited, so placement will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.



The total cost of the program is $320. This is includes daily music instruction and activities during the week.

A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to process registration.



Students may be dropped off each day at USM's Corthell Hall on the Gorham campus as early as 8:00 a.m. and must be picked up by 5:00 p.m. The musical program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

A final concert will be held on the last day in Corthell Concert Hall at 4 p.m. Parents and family members are encouraged to attend; admission is free.



Melissa Shabo, Director of the Youth Band Day Camp

John Morneau, Band Director

Krystle Smith, Flute Coach

Adam Newton, Low Brass Coach and Activities Leader

Sophie Flood, Horn Coach

Chris Fletcher, Percussion Coach

Rachel Schoelkopf, Clarinet and Oboe Coach

Jen Precopio, Saxophone Coach and Jazz Band Director

Trevor Lavenbein, Trumpet Coach and Chorus Director

Academy Staff

The University of Southern Maine hires approximately 1 staff member for every 8 participants each year. Staff members are certified music teachers from around the state of Maine ,  School of Music faculty, or USM music education alumni.

The University of Southern Maine makes such inquiries as may be necessary to arrive at an appropriate employment decision. All hires are subject to reference checks, criminal history checks, and related matters to comply with legal requirements and public responsibility.


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