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Middle school students to attend NOVA Summer Band Camp 2010 at the Alexandria Campus

June 30, 2010

Instrumentalists entering sixth grade through ninth grade will participate in the second annual 2010 NOVA Summer Band Camp on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. The students will partake in large and small group rehearsals and attend daily classes on such topics as audio recording, jazz improvisation, performance skills and African/Latin drumming. The camp is led by music faculty member Wendy Matthews and faculty adjuncts John Kocur, Mike Creadon and Karen Koner. Four free public concerts will take place as part of the week-long camp.

Join us the week of July 12 to 16 for these great free concerts:

Wednesday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m.
CapitalSound, an exciting component of “The Band of the Nation’s Capital,” will perform at Ft. Ward Park on July 14 at 7:30 p.m. The band will play selections from the Big Band Era as well as hits of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s which will inspire some serious toe tapping. Vocal selections will showcase the talents of Sergeant Vicki Golding. The NOVA Band Camp students will perform selections with the Capital Sound.

Thursday, July 15 at noon
Capital Messengers Jazz Combo (257th Army Band) will perform on the patio of the Bisdorf Cafeteria. Sergeant Jamal Brown leads this traditional jazz ensemble which will weave through the intricate music of Duke Ellington, Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter and Freddie Hubbard. 

Thursday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m.
The 257th Army Band, “The Band of the Nation’s Capital,” will perform patriotic music, marches and entertainment suitable for all ages. "The Band of the Nation’s Capital,"will play at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on the NOVA Alexandria Campus. For this special concert, Warrant Officer Sheila M. Klotz assembled a program which will inspire patriotism as well as educate and entertain audience members of all ages. This performance is in conjunction with the NOVA Band Camp. Come hear the young musicians as they perform on stage with "The Band of the Nation’s Capital."

Friday, July 16 at 2 p.m.
The Northern Virginia Community College Band Camp will present a concert by the students featuring marches, jazz, popular music and African/Latin drumming. The program will be under the direction of faculty member Wendy Matthews (Concert Band), John Kocur (Jazz Ensemble) and NOVA music student Mark Sawasky (Percussion Ensemble).

NOVA’s Alexandria Campus, 3001 Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311

Please contact Wendy Matthews at or 703-845-6252 for more information.