Summer Band Camp 2017

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:

Woodwind Quintet: This MEF/ASU Band Camp chamber ensemble will be coached by two dynamic ASU staff members, Dr. Heather Landes, Director of the ASU School of Music and Dr. Joshua Gardner, Associate Clinical Professor of Clarinet. Woodwind Quintet members are All-State level high school students from across the valley. The quintet meets daily during the camp week and will be featured in the camp concert on Friday, June 16th at 5pm. The quintet members also participate in the top camp band, sectionals and masterclasses. Current opening for Woodwind Quintet are flute and oboe. Camp tuition is $200. Financial aid may be available, if needed.

 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 horn and one 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 trumpet, 5 horns, 3 trombones, 1 tuba and 1 percussionist. Camp tuition is $200.

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


ASU's BAMM Workshop, June 8-9. Additional free opportunity for registered junior and senior band campers and High School Leadership team members.

Dear MEF/ASU Band Camp Juniors and Seniors,

In addition to attending the MEF/ASU Band Camp this summer, you are invited to participate in the BAMM! workshop June 8-9 on the campus of Arizona State University. BAMM! (Be a Music Major!) is a two day event for juniors and seniors, fall 2017, that you can attend for FREE, because you are currently registered for the MEF/ASU Band Camp.

If you have ever wondered what it might be like to attend college as a music major, BAMM! will have answers for you. Additionally, you will get to meet with ASU music faculty, get tips about the application process and auditioning, and explore career options in music. Check out for more information.

If you are interested in attending BAMM, please email Hannah Creviston,, for the free attendance registration code. Be sure to mention you are attending the MEF/ASU Band Camp. Please register soon if you plan on attending. Thank you!

We hope that you will consider this exciting opportunity!

Carol Mellis


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 

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 


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)