Band Camp for Adult Musicians

The Band Camp for Adult Musicians looks forward to its eleventh summer at Allegheny College. Allegheny’s picturesque campus is the perfect backdrop for a week of festive music-making. Online REGISTRATION will be available in January.

Two weeks of Band Camps for Adult Musicians will be held in 2015. Week One will be held from June 7 – 13; Week Two will be held from June 21 – 27. Join us for a week (or two!) of joyful music-making and enduring camaraderie.

NOTE: The full Concert Band will play different music during each week. Anyone who participates in both weeks of Camp will play more than 80 different compositions.


Music History
Operating A Community Band
Soloists of the Big Band Era
“The President’s Own” from a member’s perspective


Improve your technique on the instrument of your choice by spending afternoons with a master teacher.


Participate in afternoon groups, such as:
Woodwind Quintet
Dixieland Band
Jazz Band
And many more


Rehearse with the entire camp every morning and Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings.


If you are interested in receiving Act48 teaching credit for attending, please indicate this on the on-line registration form.


Orientation Dinner on Sunday
Mid-week Reception
Small Ensemble Recital on Thursday
Gala Concert on Friday


The conductor for the first week, Allen E. Beck, Commander, United States Navy Band (Retired), was the seventh leader of the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Catholic University in Washington, DC, and continued graduate studies at Catholic University and the University of Maryland. Commander Beck began his naval career as a clarinetist with the U. S. Navy Band. He has served as woodwind instructor at the Navy School of Music, leader of the Pacific Fleet Naval Air Forces Band, and with the Music Branch of the Bureau of Naval Personnel. He became Leader of the Naval Academy Band in 1979, and in 1983 was the first Navy Bandmaster to earn promotion to the rank of Commander through the Navy’s selection board process. He was selected Leader of the U. S. Navy Band in 1984. Commander Beck is a member of the American Bandmasters Association and Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity.

The conductor for the second week will be Colonel Timothy Foley, who served as the director of the U.S. Marine Band from 1996 until his retirement in July 2004. During his 36-year career, Colonel Foley has served The President’s Own as a clarinetist, assistant director, and as the Marine Band’s 26th director. As director of the Marine Band, Colonel Foley served as music advisor to the White House, regularly conducting the band at the Executive Mansion. During his tenure as director, the band celebrated its 200th birthday and was the only musical organization to be inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.


The principal players for each section of the Band Camp Concert Band will be faculty members from several colleges and universities. They will also teach master classes on their respective instruments. This distinguished group of performers will help camp participants improve their instrumental technique and musicianship.


Seventy guests may be housed in College Court, Allegheny’s air conditioned, townhouse-style residence hall. College Court consists of suites with four single bedrooms adjoining a common living room and kitchen. Space in College Court will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Campers not already organized into groups of four will be placed in suites with other campers.


The Meadville area has a large selection of hotels, motels, and alternative lodging options. For a complete list of recommended establishments, please visit


Program Fee
One week only, first participant ………………. $425
One week only, participating family member ……… $385
Both weeks, first participant …………………. $750
Both weeks, participating family member ………… $715


Lodging (linens NOT included) …………………. $150
Lodging with Linens……………………………. $165


Full Meal Plan………………………………… $140
Lunch & Dinner Plan………………………… $110
Lunch Only Plan ………………………………. $ 60

REGISTER in January! Bring a NEW friend, who attends a week, and receive your choice of a $25 Allegheny College Bookstore gift card or a $25 Visa gift card.

See the camp on Facebook.

For more information on these camps, please contact the Office of Conference and Event Services at or Camp Co-Directors Ron Stitt and Lowell Hepler, and John Fleming.