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Winds and Percussion Summer Camp
  • June 9-13, 2014

    Quality instruction for band students in grades 7-9 (fall of 2014)

    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 
    • Special appearance by Larry Neeck, guest composer 
    • 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 13 at 3 pm 
    • Information and maps will be sent the week of May 26. 

    Limited Enrollment 

    Although the deadline for registration is May 9, students are encouraged to register 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, registration for certain instruments may close early, once the optimal number of students registered for that instrument is reached.  


    Should registration for your child's instrument be closed, please contact Debby Guild at 614-236-6201 to be placed on a wait list. Last year, several students on the wait list were contacted to fill positions of others who had canceled their registration.  



    The camp fee of $230 includes instruction, lunch and a camp T-shirt.

    There is a discount for multiple children from the same immediate family. Cost is $165 per child. Please note: Discounted registration for multiple children cannot be done online. Please contact Debby Guild at 614-236-6201 to register more than one child from the same immediate family.

    Scholarships are not available.



    1. PAYMENT submitted by parent/guardian 
    2. REGISTRATION FORM submitted by parent/guardian 


    Step 1

    You must complete the payment process first to determine instrument availability.
     the payment form here. You will receive an online confirmation of payment. Acceptance of payment form does not mean your registration is complete nor does it guarantee that there is a spot available for your child's instrument.


    Step 2

    Once you have completed the payment process, you must immediately complete the online registration form. Get registration form here. Acceptance of registration form does not mean your registration is complete nor does it guarantee that there is a spot available for your child's instrument. 


    Step 3

    Once your payment and registration form 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 registration 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 that your child has been enrolled in the camp. 


    Meet the Conducting Staff

    James Swearingen

    Division Head of Music Education 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 his music is received enthusiastically by student musicians and band directors from all parts of the world. 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 Japan, Australia, Europe and the People’s Republic of China.

    Angela Davoll

    Hilliard Memorial Middle School Band Director
    Angela Davoll, in her 21st year of teaching, currently is the band director at Hilliard Memorial Middle School. Along with her duties at Memorial, she instructs beginning music at four 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.

    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 currently is working with the Junior Winds at Capital and also plays clarinet in the Grove City Community Winds.


    For more information, contact James Swearingen at (614) 236-6261 or by e-mail at jswearin@capital.edu

    Sponsored by Capital University's Conservatory of Music.