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The McDaniel College Summer Music Camp will be held from Sunday, July 15, through Friday, July 20, 2018. Students entering grades 7-12 are eligible to register for the camp. Continuing this year: students who will be entering 6th grade in the fall of 2018, that have taken private lessons on their instrument, are eligible to attend the camp. Please include the name of the private instructor, with contact information, when applying for admission.


Tuition for commuting students with the meal plan is $650.00 (this includes lunch and dinner from Sunday evening through Friday night); tuition for camp residents is $850.00 (room and all meals). A non-refundable deposit of $100.00 is due by June 29, 2018 in order to hold a place for you in the camp. The balance will be due by July 6, 2018. Please make note of these dates. Make all checks payable to: McDaniel College

Applications are accepted for all instruments on a first-come, first-served basis. To insure a spot in the camp, please include your deposit with your application. Once a section is filled, those who have not made a deposit will lose their spot as a camper.

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

Application and Required Medical Forms

Additional Information

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 Brian Drake are the 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.

Check-in and Check-out dates and times.

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 Friday evening after the final concerts.

The concerts are scheduled for 7pm and 8:15pm on Friday July 20, 2018. 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 (2018) 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 (2018). 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 (2018). 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 at 7pm and 8:15pm on Friday July 20, 2018. 

Dinner will be served in the dining hall at 5:30. At 6:15, all students will attend an orientation session, followed by a theory placement exam to determine their class level. At 7:30 pm, we will have rehearsals immediately following the theory placement exam. 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
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.

Brian Drake

Brian Drake
Brian Drake, a Maryland native, is currently a secondary instrumental music teacher for Carroll County (MD) Public Schools [2001-present]. Mr. Drake also held the band director position at Johns Hopkins University [2001-2008]. Most recently, he was selected as the McDaniel College Pep Band Director. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD.

As an educator, Mr. Drake has been nominated several times as the “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” for Carroll County Public Schools and was a top eight finalist for the honor in 2011. He was the inaugural recipient of the Music Advocates of Carroll County “Music Educator of the Year” Award in 2012.

Mr. Drake serves as a guest conductor, clinician, festival judge, award-winning arranger, and commissioned composer for several organizations in the Baltimore-Washington area. His works have been performed by the Peabody Wind Ensemble, Peabody Chamber Winds, the Towson University Concert Band, and the McDaniel College Concert Band, to name a few. Mr. Drake’s compositions are released by Grand Mesa Music Publishers and Bandworks Publications.

Linda KirkpatrickDr. 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 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, Nicholas Reider, and Robert Sirois, faculty members at McDaniel College;  Brian Frazier, instrumental music director at Westminster High School, Carroll 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;and 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 LifeThe Blanche Ward Dormitory rooms are furnished for occupancy by two students per unit. No bedding is provided. Laundry facilities are available within the building. A microwave/refrigerator will be available in each room.

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 $56.00.

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 Visitors Entrance off of Pennsylvania Avenue. Follow the MUSIC CAMP signs to the Gill Center Lobby.

Arrival Times
Camp residents are expected to arrive at McDaniel College between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, 2018. 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 ActivitiesAll students will have individual auditions immediately following their check-in. Dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. There is no additional cost to camp commuters for this function. Students will attend an orientation session at 6:15pm, then take a theory placement examination. All students will attend a band rehearsal on Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m.

Departure Times and Final Program
Parents and friends are invited to attend a final program that will begin at either 7:00 p.m. or 8:15 p.m. on Friday, July 20st, 2018. The concerts will be held in WMC Alumni Hall. Residents in the "green" band must check out of their rooms after the 7:00 p.m. concert has concluded. Students in the "gold" band must check out of their rooms after the 8:15 p.m. concert. Check-out will take place at the North Village Apartments.

Theme Party

Talent Show
The talent show will be held on the stage of Alumni Hall at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 20, 2018.  

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 Friday night. 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 Talent Show. All parents are welcome to attend this event which will be held in Decker Forum at 3:00 p.m. This has become one of the highlights of our week for the past 30 years!! Students are encouraged to participate and/or attend this event. It will include skits, comedy acts, and musical selections by students and staff.

2018 Camp Info

Camp Week:
- Sun July 15 -- Fri July 20

- July 15, 2-4pm

Theme Night:
- July 19 - TBA

Final Concerts:
Friday July 20:
- 7:00pm - Green Band
- 8:15pm - Gold Band

- Green Band immediately after their 7pm concert.
- Gold Band immediately after their 8:15pm concert.


Linda Kirkpatrick