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Camps and Clinics

Camps and Clinics for students and directors are available at Tarleton. We believe in a first-class setting to give high school students and their directors an educational and entertaining clinic/camp experience that they will remember. Please explore some of our offerings below.

All-Region Clinic (ATSSB/TMEA Concert & Jazz)

This clinic provides audition preparation and performance assistance for high school students auditioning. The clinics are specially designed for high school ATSSB and TMEA band students. Clinics will be provided for all instruments.

Date: September 16th 

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Clinic Coordinator: Dr. Brian Walker

Brass Day

Brass Day gives high school and college students the opportunity to collaborate in a concentrated environment that allows for advanced study on trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, or tuba. Master classes and other creative environments assist in a positive experience for all brass musicians.

Brass Day 2018: Saturday, February 3, 2018

Brass Day Coordinator: Dr. Brian Walker

Jazz Festival

Every year since 1962 the university hosts the Tarleton Jazz Festival. The event is designed for high school and junior high groups to perform for and work with outstanding jazz educators and to hear our amazing guest artists.

53rd Annual Tarleton Jazz Festival, featuring the amazing trumpeter Terrell Stafford: March 24, 2018

Festival Coordinator: Dr. Andrew Stonerock

Invitational Band Festival

Each year, a guest composer is invited to the Tarleton campus to work with the students involved with the music program and with band programs throughout the State of Texas who participate in the festival. While each composer brings similar professional practices, every experience can differ from year to year.

After each band’s concert presentation, the guest composer will give a clinic on stage. This experience brings each student’s music making to life and gives the performer the opportunity to experience a composers intentions and interpretation. In addition to the guest composer, a panel of adjudicators will offer pre-festival audio and written comments. In this regard, the Invitational also serves as preparation for the UIL Concert and Sight Reading Festival.

Invitational Band Festival: March 6 - 7, 2018

TIBF Coordinator: Dr. Gary Westbrook

Percussion Festival

Tarleton hosts a two-part series of special percussion events. The first is a series of concerts for young people entitled All About Percussion, which feature the Tarleton Percussion Ensemble and are designed to inspire young percussionists in elementary and middle or junior high schools, and the second is the Percussion Festival, which features percussion clinics and performances, master classes, regional and all-state clinics, and a finale with the featured guest artist.

Tarleton Young People’s Percussion Ensemble Concert: Saturday February 3, 2018

Percussion Ensemble Festival, featuring the Olson Lyons Duo, local High School Percussion Ensembles, and Dr. Greg Lyons, clinician:  Saturday, February 3, 2018

Festival Coordinator: Dr. Ben Charles