Summer Band Camp 2017

Parents - Friday's camp schedule is from 8:30am-6:30pm. We will have the regular lunch but will also have a pre-concert reception at 3:00pm. Thanks to those who have replied to Liz Carnes-Wight and are donating food for this fun event!

Students bring your nice concert dress, any color, with you Friday morning. You will have time to change before the concert begins.

It has been a pleasure to work with your children this week! We look forward to seeing you all at the Friday 5pm concert in Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, ASU School of Music.  

Invitation to the concert;

It is my great pleasure to invite you to the Friday, June 16th MEF/ASU Band Camp Concert! The 5:00pm concert will be in the Evelyn Smith Music Theatre at the ASU School of Music, 50 E. Gammage Pkwy, Tempe.

It has been a fantastic week at ASU and the students are sounding wonderful!  The concert is free and will feature the two camp concert bands and several outstanding student chamber ensembles.

There is metered parking in the Gammage lot, but you must choose a parking space around the perimeter with a number painted in the space. There is also a parking lot on 10th St., east of Mill Avenue and more visitor parking that isn’t too far away.  

We hope you can attend this fabulous camp concert by the 108 talented youth attending MEF/ASU Band Camp!

Carol Mellis

MEF/ASU Band Camp Artistic Director


MEF/ASU Band Camp June 12 - 16, 2017.

MEF/ASU Band Camp is an educational and motivational experience for band students entering 6th through 12th grade. Camp activities include full band rehearsals, small sectional rehearsals, masterclasses, electives, guest speakers, recitals and social activities. The week culminates in a free concert for family, friends and the community in the beautiful ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre. 

Camp hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm

and Friday 8:30am-7:00pm.

Camp student performance - FRiday June 16th, 5:00PM

 Current openings for MEF/ASU Band Camp are listed below:

 High School Leadership Team (HSLT): This volunteer position is available to exceptional high school juniors and seniors, fall 2017. The HSLT will attend daily leadership training sessions with David and Arlie DuPlessis, camp band directors, and will have multiple leadership opportunities throughout the camp week. Although the leadership team students pay no tuition, they will participate fully in the MEF/ASU Band Camp, rehearsing and performing with the top camp band and participating in sectionals and masterclasses taught by ASU faculty and exceptional community music educators. Presently there is one HSLT position available for percussion. Interested students should apply online at Click on Band Camp 2017 on the menu bar and then click on High School Leadership Application. 

Regular MEF/ASU Band Camp openings available for high school students: The following high school campers’ positions are still open for the MEF/ASU Band Camp: 1 bass clarinet, 1 trombone,  and 2 percussionist. Camp tuition is $200.

Regular MEF/ASU Camp openings available for middle school students: 1 baritone saxophone, 3 horns, 1 euphonium and 1 tuba. Camp tuition is $200.


MEF/ASU Camp Faculty Roster:

Sectional Instructors: 

Flute: Tracy Werner

Oboe: Charlotte Heiner 

Bassoon: Jordanna Matlock  

Clarinet: Dr. Joshua Gardner 

Saxophone: Dr. Christopher Creviston 

Low Woodwinds: Dr. Stefanie Gardner

Trumpet: Emery Harvison 

Horn: Gabe Kovach 

Trombone: Dr. Charles Hopkins

Low Brass: Dr. Deanna Swoboda 

Percussion: Joseph Goglia 

Elective Instructors: 

Dr. Joshua Gardner: Chamber Ensemble 

Dr. Heather Landes: Chamber Ensemble

Emery Harvison: Chamber Ensemble

Dr. Jill Sullivan: Chamber Ensemble 

Dr. Jody Rockmaker: Composition 

Zachary Wiggins: Music History and Improvisation 

Joseph Goglia: Drumming Class


Dr. Deanna Swoboda 

Dr. Joshua Gardner 

Dr. Christopher Creviston 

Dr. Brad Edwards

Band Directors:

David DuPlessis 

Arlie DuPlessis 

Artistic Director:

Carol Mellis

----------------------  Other Upcoming MEF Projects ----------------------

  • High School Woodwind Quintet (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon and horn): Rehearsals begin Fall 2017, please contact Carol Mellis if interested in auditioning. or 602-301-3641

  • High School Saxophone Quartet (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxes): Rehearsals begin Fall 2017, please contact Carol Mellis if interested in auditioning. or 602-301-3641

  • MEF/ASU Band Camp 2018 (dates tba)

  • MEF Music Festival (tba)