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                                                               Music Camp

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W.C. Handy Music Camp Director Ken Watters announces that applications are being accepted for the 24th W.C. Handy Music Camp, June 12-15, 2017.  The day camp, which will be held on the campus of the University of North Alabama, is designed anyone interested in music theory, private lessons, sectionals, combo, big band, and improvisation performance history.  This year’s instructors will be Director Watters, a trumpeter with five internationally released top 50 jazz albums; Gary Wheat, saxophonist and jazz improvisationalist and teacher who has performs across the country with internationally-acclaimed musical acts; Mark Lanter, drummer, known as one of the top players in the southeastern region who performs, teaches, and travels internationally; Robert Dickson, bassist and guitarist, found strumming regularly in and around New Orleans and Atlanta; Bill Huber, a free-lance trombonist, teacher, and writer in Nashville, TN, with over thirty years’ experience; Josh Couts, a guitarist who specializes in both jazz and classical, and who educates and performs; and Ray Reach, jazz pianist and Director of Student Jazz Programs at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.  Drew White, Big Band member and the Shoals own Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, will assist in organizing the camp. 


The faculty and some students will perform at a Handy Camp Lunch jam session at Rosie’s Cantina Wednesday, June 14th, from noon until 1pm.  The camp will culminate with a concert featuring students and their instructors, Thursday, June 15th at 6:00 p.m. in the University of North Alabama Band Room.  The public is invited to attend the concert at no charge. 


Deadline for completed Handy Music Camp registration is June 8, 2017.  Information regarding a limited number of scholarships for youth can be had by calling the Handy Festival office at 256-766-7642.  For the music camp registration forms, click here 2017 Handy Camp Brochure or check with local school systems.  The annual W.C. Handy Music Camp is sponsored by the Music Preservation Society and the University of North Alabama Department of Music.  For more information, contact Handy Camp Director Ken Watters at:  256-660-5059.



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