Youth Brass Band Camp

World-Class Experience!

The 2020 Youth Brass Band Summer Camp is an incredible “not to be missed” opportunity to work with and learn from the finest brass performers in the country!  The 2020 camp takes place from Monday, July 13 through Friday, July 17.


Hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Michael Garasi possesses extraordinary stage charisma and ease of connection with both students and audiences. With an intuitive and instinctive understanding of and passion for music, Mr. Garasi is one of the most engaging and exciting professional conductors of our day.


Our faculty includes renowned performers who teach in highly regarded institutions including the Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Michigan, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Also on the faculty are outstanding free-lance musicians who play in some of the world’s most prestigious venues and with some of the most sought-after ensembles. This year’s camp faculty are: Rex Richardson (trumpet), Rich Kelley (trumpet), Adam Unsworth (french horn), Gail Robertson (euphonium), Tony Baker (trombone), William Russell (tuba), Dave Coash (percussion), and John Beck (percussion).


Our camp is a day camp. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. 9 am to 8:30 pm on Thursday and Friday. Lunches and a snack are provided on the shorter days, and a dinner is also provided on the longer days. Local band directors assist camp faculty throughout the camp to ensure students get the most from the experience. Students achieve amazing growth in their musicianship over the course of the camp.


Our camp concludes with a capstone performance at 7 pm on Friday, July 17, 2020, at the beautiful Marshall High School Auditorium for the Performing Arts.


Tuition for the 5-day camp is $400. Scholarships and financial aid are available to those who qualify. For more information about scholarship or financial aid assistance, please contact the Brass Band of Battle Creek office at 269-789-2222 or by email at


All brass and percussion students currently in grades 8-12 are invited to apply. Click the following link, 2020-YBBC-Full-Application, for a printable PDF version of the application. The 2020 Application deadline is April 1, 2020.  A $100 nonrefundable deposit is due with the application. Camp participation is limited to 40 students. Once 40 students have been accepted, additional qualified students will be wait-listed. Please mail completed applications to: PO Box 556, Marshall, MI 49068.


Tuition for the camp is due, in full, Friday, June 26, 2020. Students awarded a scholarship or financial aid pay only what is left after applying the scholarship or financial aid. Acceptance to the camp is forfeit if tuition is not paid in full by the due date. Any refund of tuition is at the sole discretion of the Brass Band of Battle Creek.


If you have questions about the application, the scholarships available, the activities/hours of the camp, the faculty, or anything else, contact Shannon Aikins at 269-789-2222 or by email at