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Symphonic Band Camp

Mary Jo Leahey Symphonic Band Camp


For the 20th year, the Department of Music at UMass Lowell is offering a residential camp for talented instrumental music students who have a passion for music. The Mary Jo Leahey Symphonic Band Camp is a one week long, residential, immersion into music, held Sunday to Saturday: July 17-23, 2016.

Student instrumentalists who play Flute, Piccolo, Oboe, Electric Bass, Guitar, Bassoon, French Horn, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Upright Bass, Piano, Euphonium and such are welcome to participate. At the camp, students will improve their individual skills and broaden their own musical experience in a shared environment of teamwork and learning. With more than 30 faculty and staff, instructors from UMass Lowell and throughout New England, our program is for those who love making music and discovering this with high schoolers just like you! [Our Percussion is full for 2016: (marimba, xylophone, concert snare, etc) as of February 20, 2016].

Registration, Payment Information and Tentative Schedule

Ensembles and Classes include:

  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Ensembles
  • Flute Choir
  • Clarinet Seminar
  • Brass Choir
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Introductory classes to:
    • Percussion
    • Sound Recording Technology
    • Writing Music
    • Conducting
    • Music Notation using Finale
      Rockstars of Classical Music
      Colors of Sound
      Music History
    • And many more


Students who have completed grade 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 by June may enroll.


Accepted through June 15 (125-130 students only). To secure a spot, register online!

Camp dates: July 17-23, 2016.

Finale Concert: Saturday July 23, 2016 at Noon in Durgin Concert Hall, South Campus.
A brief reception will follow. There is also a special reception for camp alumni at Allen House from 2 - 4 p.m. on July 23, 2016. (By invitation only - go to to register & for details).


UMass Lowell Department of Music
Symphonic Band Camp
35 Wilder St.
Lowell, MA 01854
Debra-Nicole Huber, Executive Director

NEW! Commissioned Work for Symphonic Band Camp

2016's World Premiere is a commissioned work by a favored composer of Mary Jo Leahey ’37

Symphonic Band Camp Finale Concert

Past Commissioned Works for Symphonic Band Camp

2012 world premiere of "Earhart; Sounds of Courage" at the Mary Jo Leahey ’37 Symphonic Band Camp Finale Concert!

In 2012 our finale concert featured the world premiere of the commissioned composition "Earhart: Sounds of Courage" by Robert W. Smith, dedicated in memoriam to Mary Jo Leahey. Mr. Smith joined us for an unforgettable rehearsal and truly inspired us all to "paint the sky orange." Students were thrilled to learn from this master educator whose compositions are well known in the wind band world.

2009 world premiere of "Reminiscent Rhapsody" at the Mary Jo Leahey ’37 Symphonic Band Camp Finale Concert!

James Hosay, international wind-band composer and decorated veteran (staff arranger for Pershing’s Own), was the special guest conductor at the 2009 Mary Jo Leahey Symphonic Band Camp concert. Commissioned to write a work for the ensemble by Executive Director/Conductor Deb Huber, Hosay wrote the Gershwin-styled original composition “Reminiscent Rhapsody” and conducted the world premiere at the concert.

Read Quotes from Symphonic Band Camp

Huber Conducts Ensemble

Future Camps Dates:

  • 2016: July 17-23 (Our 20th year!)
  • 2017: July 16-22
  • 2018: July 15-21
  • 2019: July 14-20
  • 2020: July 12-18
  • 2021: July 18-24 (our 25th year)

Robert Smith and SBC Band Camp 2013 (pdf)

Robert W. Smith joined Conductor and Executive Director Debra-Nicole Huber and Conductor Daniel P. Lutz during the 2012 band camp Huber premiered the commissioned composition Earhart: Sounds of Courage, written by Robert W. Smith.

The Camp's founding visionary, Mary Jo Leahey, was a truly unique individual, one who inspired many, and who has left a legacy that will touch so many more in the future. Those of us who had the honor and pleasure of meeting her could think of no better way to celebrate her life, though, than with music. We endeavor to continue to honor her legacy.

Mary Jo Leahey 1916-2011