Winds Percussion Camp | Capital University


  • It’s time to start making plans for the summer, and Capital University’s Conservatory of Music is pleased to announce the dates for their always-popular Winds and Percussion Camp. Available to middle school students (grades 7-9 starting August of 2017), this day camp will be held June 5 – 9. Participants will experience an awesome opportunity to perform with talented young musicians from many area schools. You will also have the privilege of working with four outstanding conductors, including renowned composer James Swearingen. Registration begins on Wednesday, March 1. For further information, you may contact James Swearingen at or Megan Hennes at

    June 5-9, 2017

    Quality instruction for band students in grades 7-9 (fall of 2017)

     A comprehensive day camp for woodwind, brass and percussion students designed to assist in the improvement of performance skills that relate directly to the positive experiences of playing in a large ensemble.

    • 9 am to 3:30 pm (lunch provided) 
    • Internationally known composer James Swearingen, camp director/conductor 
    • Outstanding music educators Angela Davoll, James Dowdy and Nancy Youse, camp conductors 
    • Final concert, which is open to the public, will be held in Mees Hall on June 9 at 3 pm 
    • Information and maps will be sent the week of May 22. 

    Limited Enrollment 

    Although the deadline for registration is May 8, students are encouraged to apply early. Because of the size of the performance facility and the need to balance instrumentation, registration is limited. To maintain the proper balance of instrumentation, requests for certain instruments may close early, once the optimal number of students registered for that instrument is reached. 

    Camp Instrumentation   Current Availability
    Flutes  5
    Oboes  0
    Bb Clarinets   0
    Bb Bass Clarinets 5
    Bassoons 2
    Eb Saxophones  1
    Bb Tenor Saxophones 4
    Eb Baritone Saxophones  1
    Trumpets  1
    F Horns 0
    Trombones  1
    Euphoniums/Baritones  0
    Tubas 0
    Percussionists 0
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    • Cost

      The camp fee of $250 includes instruction, lunch and a camp T-shirt. There is a discount for multiple children from the same immediate family. Cost is $190 per child. Please note: Discounted registration for multiple children cannot be completed online. Please contact to register more than one child from the same immediate family

      Scholarships are not available.

    • Registration in Two Steps

      Step 1:
      APPLICATION FORM and PAYMENT submitted by parent/guardian 

      Please complete the online application form

      You will need the following information to complete the form:

      • Current Director's name
      • School name and Address
      • Shirt size of student (adult size)
      • Medical Information
        - Parent/guardian, Physician name, phone and date of your child's last tetanus, medical issues

      Immediately after you submit the form, you will be directed on how to make your payment. Remember, your application is not complete without finishing the payment 

      Step 2:

      Once your application and payment have been received, Capital University will begin the process of verifying instrument availability in the camp.

      As we near fulfillment of an instrument category, the number of applications may exceed the number of available spots. At that point, placement in the camp will be determined by the time stamp on your application form. 

      If capacity has been reached for a particular instrument and we are no longer accepting registrations, your money will be refunded and you will be notified that your child will be placed on a wait list. Should a spot become available, we will notify you and you will need to resubmit the payment form. If you would prefer that your child not be placed on the wait list, please let us know.

      Once it has been determined that your instrument is still available, you will receive notification via email that your child has been officially registered in the camp.



    • Meet the Conducting Staff

      James Swearingen
      Professor Emeritus at Capital University
      James Swearingen is unquestionably one of the most performed composers of band music in the world today. A recipient of numerous ASCAP awards, his trend-setting compositions and arrangements have a style and energy that truly are exceptional. It should come as no surprise that year after year student musicians and band directors from all parts of the world receive his music enthusiastically. His busy schedule includes many engagements as a guest conductor, adjudicator and educational clinician. Appearances have included trips throughout the United States, as well as Canada, Japan, Australia, Europe, Norway, Singapore, and the People’s Republic of China.

      Angela Davoll
      Hilliard Weaver Middle School Band Director
      Angela Davoll, in her 24th year of teaching, currently is the band director at Hilliard Weaver Middle School. Along with her duties at Weaver, she instructs music at two additional schools in the district. She also provides private clarinet instruction for area students. She received her bachelor’s degree in music from the Conservatory of Music at Capital and her master’s degree in music education from The Ohio State University. She is a member of ASBDA.

      James Dowdy
      Capital University Junior Winds Band Director
      James Dowdy has retired after having taught for nine years in the community of Canal Winchester and 21 years as a teacher of middle and elementary bands in the Worthington School System. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Conservatory of Music at Capital University and has earned his master’s degree from The Ohio State University. He presently serves as director of the Capital University Junior Winds and is past president of OMEA. He is also a member of ASBDA and Phi Beta Mu.

      Nancy Youse
      Brookpark Middle School Band Director (retired)
      Nancy Youse recently retired after 30 years as a middle-school band director. Her bachelor’s and master’s degrees were earned from The Ohio State University. Developing outstanding ensembles was a trademark of excellence that she established during her distinguished career. Youse is currently teaching private lessons and also plays clarinet in the Grove City Community Winds. She is also an active member of ASBDA and Phi Beta Mu.

      For further information, contact James Swearingen at or Megan Hennes at

      Sponsored by Capital University's Conservatory of Music