School of Music

Southern Maine Youth Band Day Camp


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For Incoming 5th and Outgoing 6th Graders

2014 SMYBDCMonday through Friday, June 22 through June 26, 2015
Registration opens at 9 a.m. on Monday, February 2

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 $310. This is includes daily music instruction and activities during the week.

A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to process registration.



Southern Maine Youth Band Day CampStudents may be dropped off Monday, June 22 through Friday, June 26 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 Friday, June 26, in Corthell Concert Hall. Parents and family members are encouraged to attend; admission is free.



George ShaboGeorge Shabo , Director of the Youth Band Day Camp, was born and raised in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, earning a bachelor of science degree in music education from Rhode Island College and is currently enrolled in the educational administration graduate program at the University of Southern Maine. Shabo serves as music director of Loranger Middle School of Old Orchard Beach where his marching, concert, and jazz bands have been recognized for their excellence for the past 26 years. Shabo was named a state finalist for the 2008 Maine Teacher of the Year Award. He enjoys entertaining throughout New England as the sax player with the professional music group, The High Ryder Golden Oldies Show.

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.