Youth Brass Band Camp

World-Class Experience!

The 2019 Youth Brass Band Summer Camp is a “not to be missed” opportunity to work with and learn from the finest brass performers in the country!  This year's camp takes place from Monday, July 15 through Friday, July 19.


Hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Michael Garasi possesses extraordinary stage charisma and ease of connection with both students and audiences. With an intuitive and instinctive understanding of and passion for music, Mr. Garasi is one of the most engaging and exciting professional conductors of our day.


Our faculty includes renowned performers who teach in highly regarded institutions including the Juilliard School of Music, Indiana University, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Also on the faculty are outstanding free-lance musicians who play in some of the world’s most prestigious venues and with some of the most sought-after ensembles. This year’s camp faculty are: Chris Jaudes (cornet), Rich Kelley (cornet), Adam Unsworth (french horn), Demondrae Thurman (euphonium/baritone), Dennis Wilson (trombone), Stacy Baker (tuba), Dave Coash (percussion), and John Beck (percussion).


Our camp is a day camp. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. 9 am to 8:30 pm on Thursday and Friday. Lunches and a snack are provided on the shorter days, and a dinner is also provided on the longer days. Local band directors assist camp faculty throughout the camp to ensure students get the most from the experience. Students achieve amazing growth in their musicianship over the course of the camp.


Our camp concludes with a capstone performance at 7 pm on Friday, July 19, 2019, at the beautiful Marshall High School Auditorium for the Performing Arts.  This performance is free and open to the public.


Tuition for the 5-day camp is $1,200. Students who are accepted to the camp are eligible for an Affordability Tuition Reduction (ATR) grant of $850, if they are residents of Calhoun County. Residents of other counties may be able to secure scholarship assistance by contacting the Brass Band of Battle Creek office at 269-789-2222 or by email at


Click the following link, 2019 YBBC Full Application, for a printable PDF version of the application. Applications will be considered at two times: Early and Regular. The due date for early applications is March 1, 2019. The due date for regular applications is May 1, 2019. Camp participation is limited to 40 students. Once 40 students have been accepted, additional qualified students will be wait-listed. Mail completed applications to: PO Box 556, Marshall, MI 49068 or drop them at the Brass Band of Battle Creek office at 34 W Jackson St, Suite 4B, Battle Creek, MI 49017.


Tuition for the camp is due, in full, June 3, 2019. Students awarded a scholarship or scholarships pay only what is left after applying the scholarship(s). Acceptance to the camp is forfeit if tuition is not paid in full by the due date.


If you have questions about the application, the scholarships available, the activities/hours of the camp, the faculty, or anything else, contact Shannon Aikins at 269-789-2222 or by email at