Summer Music Camp



The McDaniel College Summer Music Camp will be held from Sunday, June 22, through Saturday, June 28, 2014. Students entering grades 7-12 are eligible to register for the camp. Tuition for commuting students with the meal plan is $575.00 (this includes lunch and dinner from Sunday evening through Friday night); tuition for camp residents is $725.00 (room and board). A non-refundable deposit of $100.00 is due by May 31, 2014 in order to hold a place for you in the camp. The balance will be due by June 10, 2014. Please make note of these dates. Make all checks payable to: McDaniel College

Click here to download the 2014 McDaniel Summer Music Camp application.

Students will be housed in the Blanche Ward Dormitory on campus. Two students will be assigned to each room. If you have a roommate preference, please indicate so on the application. Jay Bocook and Bryan Eber are the band directors. The groups are identified by the college's school colors, green and gold. The green band plays medium-level music, and the gold band more advanced literature. Auditions will be held for both groups after students check in for camp. This will determine in which group the student will participate, as well as their check out time and concert time for the final day of camp.

Family Discount: We offer a family discount of $50.00 off the tuition fee for a second student who wishes to attend the camp.

**Check-in time will be between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. for resident campers. Commuters will check in between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m. Check out will be on Saturday morning before the final concerts. The concerts are scheduled for 9:00 and 10:15 a.m. on June 28, 2014. Students will not know their check out or concert times until after they have auditioned and been placed into an ensemble the opening day of camp.

Scholarship Info

*Please read all of the information below if applying for a scholarship.

ANY APPLICANT THAT IS APPLYING FOR A SCHOLARSHIP MUST SUBMIT THEIR COMPLETED APPLICATION, $100.00 deposit, and a program dated for this year (2014) in one envelope indicating the student's participation in an All-County or All-State Band. Students who participated in either an All-County or All-State band will automatically receive a scholarship. There is a limit of one scholarship per student; i.e., if you participated in both county and state band, you will receive the higher amount of financial assistance. Do not send the program separately; students will not be considered for a scholarship if the program arrives separately.

ALL-COUNTY BAND SCHOLARSHIPS – $75.00 each; student has to have participated in his/her respective All-County Band or Jazz Band during this year (2014). Please provide proof (photocopy of a program). If this is not provided, the student will not be considered for a scholarship.

ALL-STATE BAND SCHOLARSHIPS – $100.00 each; student has to have participated in his/her respective All-State Band or Jazz Band during this year (2014). Please provide proof (photocopy of a program). If this is not provided, the student will not be considered for a scholarship.


The following is a sample of the usual schedule for a camper. Commuting students are expected to arrive at camp by 8:45 a.m. They are allowed to leave for the dinner break (2-3 hours), but are expected back in the evening. All evening classes are required. Commuters are also allowed to swim in the evening.
Typical Daily Schedule *



12:00 - 12:50 LUNCH

1:00 - 2:00 THEORY CLASSES

2:30 - 4:00 BAND

4:00 to 7:00 DINNER BREAK


9:30 - 10:30 SWIMMING

* Subject to change

Opening Day Schedule

Once you have registered, you will have a seating audition to determine in which ensemble you will participate. Resident campers may move their gear into their rooms first (DO NOT UNPACK!), and then proceed back to the audition area.

Parents should wait to find out which ensemble their camper is in–this determines when they check-out and when their concert will be held (9:00 or 10:15)

Dinner will be served on the dining porch (pizza party) at 5:30. At 6:15, all students will take a theory placement exam to determine their class level. We will have rehearsals immediately following the theory placement exam from 7 until 9 pm. Class schedules will be handed out for the week at our Sunday evening rehearsal. Campers will be allowed to swim from 9:30–10:30 p.m. (including commuters).


Jay Bocook
Jay Bocook is a native of Clearwater, Florida, a Furman University graduate and is recognized internationally as a composer, arranger, conductor and educator. Bocook's work has been heard during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta and the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. In the summer of 2003, his music transcriptions of noted film composer John Williams were premiered by the U.S. Marine Band in a concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and conducted by the composer. An encore performance with Mr. Williams and the “President’s Own” took place in the summer of 2008.  In addition, Mr. Bocook was a contributing arranger to a new musical CyberJam that opened in London to rave reviews in the fall of 2003 at the Queens Theater. His arrangements were also featured in “Mix”, a new show that opened in Fall 2008 in Japan.

In 1982 Bocook was appointed director of bands at Furman University where remained until 1989. Jay rejoined the Furman faculty in 2000 as Director of Athletic Bands. He has served as Assistant Conductor of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and remains a principal composer and arranger for Hal Leonard Corporation, where he has published over 600 compositions and arrangements. He is the music arranger for the nine-time World Champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps.

Bryan Eber
Bryan Eber is the band director at Hammond High School in Howard County, MD. He has taught all levels of instrumental music in Carroll County and Howard County at the following schools: Mt. Airy Middle School, Liberty High School, Bushy Park Elementary School and Lisbon Elementary School. His major instrument is tuba, and he is the organist at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Anne Arundel County, MD. He received a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree in Music Education from Towson State University, and a Certificate in Administration and Supervision from Loyola College. At camp, Bryan teaches theory, beginning conducting class, and directs the Green Band. His wife, Marybeth, plays the flute and teaches at the camp and his children, Elizabeth (oboe), Sarah (Flute), and Andrew (French horn) love participating at the camp and look forward to attending every year!

Steven "Bo" Eckard
Bo Eckard is the Director of Jazz Studies at McDaniel College, McDaniel College Electric Bass and Jazz ensembles, and is regionally known as a performer, songwriter, and studio musician. He was the recipient of the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) award for best Pop/Rock group for two consecutive years, and has performed in a variety of settings, including the Kennedy Center. Mr. Eckard directs the McDaniel College Music Camp Green and Gold Jazz ensembles.

Dr. Linda Kirkpatrick
Dr. Linda Kirkpatrick is Senior Lecturer in music at McDaniel College as an instructor of flute, chamber music, and instrumental conducting and directs the McDaniel College College Band. Dr. Kirkpatrick (Doctor of Musical Arts degree in flute performance and conducting from University of Maryland) is the founder/administrator of the McDaniel College Summer Music Camp and is Director of the Community Music Program. She has been guest conductor and adjudicator for county, regional, and state band festivals in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Other Staff

The Summer Music Camp staff will include David Duree, Don Horneff and Jon Seligman, faculty members at McDaniel College; Brian Frazier, instrumental music director at Franklin High School, Baltimore County; Marybeth Eber, flute instructor, adjudicator, and band and string teacher at Clemens Crossing Elementary School in Howard County; Michael Hirsh, instrumental music director at North Carroll Middle School; George Smith III, instrumental music teacher in Carroll County elementary schools; Jeff Hiner, instrumental music teacher in Carroll County elementary schools. Your time outside class will be supervised by a fine staff of counselors who are either college students or graduates with experience in the arts and music.


Additional Info

Resident Life
The Blanche Ward Dormitory at McDaniel College is furnished for occupancy by one or two students per room. No bedding is provided. Laundry facilities are available within the building.

McDaniel College
McDaniel College is an independent, liberal arts college founded in 1867. The 160 acre campus in Westminster, MD, overlooks the scenic Carroll County countryside, yet it is only an hour drive from Baltimore and a 1-1/2 hour drive from Washington, DC.

Room Keys
Room keys will be available for your dorm room. To obtain a room key, you must have a check for $5.00 (or cash) made out to McDaniel College. The deposit will be returned when the key is returned. No key will be issued without a deposit. The charge for a lost key is $75.00.

Travel Directions
From McDaniel College to:
Baltimore - 31 miles
Columbia - 36 miles
Washington - 56 miles
Gettysburg - 24 miles
Philadelphia - 136 miles
Wilmington - 100 miles
New York - 218 miles
Northern Virginia, Fairfax/Arlington - 70 miles
Richmond - 86 miles

Please enter the campus at the Visitor's entrance off of Pennsylvania Avenue. Follow the MUSIC CAMP signs to Decker College Center on the enclosed map. Cars may not be kept on campus by resident students.

Arrival Times
Camp residents are expected to arrive at McDaniel College between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, 2014. We request that you not arrive on campus before 2:00 p.m. Registration will not take place before this time. Commuters are expected to arrive between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m. to register for camp.

Opening Day Activities
All students will have individual auditions immediately following their check-in. At 5:30 p.m., there will be a pizza party on the Dining Porch of Decker Center. There is no additional cost to camp commuters for this function. Students will take a theory placement examination at 6:15 p.m. All students will attend a band rehearsal on Sunday evening from 7 until 9 p.m.

Departure Times and Final Program
Parents and friends are invited to attend a final program that will begin at either 9:00 a.m. or 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, June 28th, 2014. The concerts will be held in Decker Forum. Residents in the "green" band must check out of their rooms between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m., finishing with a concert at 9:00 a.m. Students in the "gold" band must check out of their rooms between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m., finishing with a concert at 10:15 a.m. Check-out will take place in the lobby of Blanche Ward Dormitory.

Theme Party
On Wednesday, June 25, 2014 we will have an indoor picnic and "Hawaiian Luau" theme party in Decker Forum - prizes will be awarded for the best costumes! This event will begin at 5:00 p.m., and attendance is required of both residents and commuters. (There is no additional cost to commuters for this function.) If a camper is unable to attend this function, notification of this must be given to the staff before June 11th. If not, we are still charged for the event. In the past, several campers did not attend our theme night, and the camp still had to pay a fee for each student. Please be courteous and inform us well in advance if you must be absent from this event. Jazz ensembles will meet after the party at 7:30 p.m.

Health Care
There will be a full-time nurse in residence during the camp week. In the event of emergency health problems, parents will be contacted and students will be taken to Carroll County General Hospital, located 1-1/2 miles from campus. Parents will be billed for services.
For a McDaniel College Summer Music Camp Medical Form, please contact Linda Kirkpatrick.

What To Bring
The following is a list of items intended as a guideline. Your personal needs should help you add or delete from this list.

6 sets underwear
single sheets
jacket or rain gear
toilet articles (soap, shampoo, etc.)
4 pair shorts
laundry soap
1 pair jeans
towels and washcloths
5-6 pairs socks
2 pairs shoes or sneakers
5-6 shirts or T-shirts
change for laundry and soda machines
swim suit
toothbrush and toothpaste
alarm clock
pocket money for game room
snack food/soda
NOTE: no water soakers - staff only!

Please bring whatever instrument you play. (Percussion instruments are provided. Make sure you have sufficient supplies of reeds, valve oil, mutes, etc. Bring a piece of music you have been working on and be prepared to take a seating AUDITION on the first day. The audition determines in which band you participate-take this seriously.

Dress for the Final Program
All campers will be provided with a music camp T-shirt which should be worn for the final concert on Saturday morning. Shorts or pants are appropriate – it is not necessary to "dress up."

We assume that students attending the Summer Music Camp will practice good manners at all times. Unacceptable behavior may result in dismissal from camp.

"Learn a New Instrument" Class
Students will have the opportunity to "learn" a new instrument with the guidance of our staff during an evening class. If you have an instrument at home that belongs to a sibling or is just gathering dust in the closet, please bring it with the appropriate "stuff" (reeds, etc.). Only band instruments will be taught--please, not piano, guitar or stringed instruments. We are hoping that some of our students will be willing to display their new found "talent" on our annual Friday evening Talent Show. All parents are welcome to attend this event which will be held in Decker Forum at 7:00 p.m. This has become one of the highlights of our week for the past 27 years!! Students are encouraged to participate and/or attend this event. It will include skits, comedy acts, and musical selections by students and staff.

McDaniel Free Press Weekly Meeting
October 22, 2014, 8:30 pm
October 25, 2014, 12:00 am
Holloway Lecture at McDaniel Lounge
October 28, 2014, 7:30 pm
Graduate Open House at Hoover Library
October 30, 2014, 5:30 pm
Terror Trot & Block and Roll at Gill Center
November 1, 2014, 12:00 am
Spring Undergraduate Registration
November 3, 2014, 12:00 am
Fall Open House at WMC Alumni Hall
November 9, 2014, 11:00 am