Summer Bands

 

Don’t miss the greatest Summer Band program in town! Expert teachers Albert Montecalvo and Anthony Nunes lead bands for all levels of experience – from absolute beginner to advanced jazzer. In this program, many advanced students choose to learn new instruments by diving right into Beginning or Concert band with them. Beginning students round out their day with STEAM-inspired projects, such as building instrument, and an outstanding introduction to Afrikan Drumming with drummer Ase AmenRa Kariamu. Summer Bands is a true community of musicians. There’s no better way to have a fun and inspiring two weeks!

 Students say:

“Every year I learn something new about my instrument.”

“I enjoy the music, for sure.  Also, you can pick up new instruments!”

“If you’re looking to learn new instruments or have more friends who have the same experiences you do with music, and have the same passion that you do, I would definitely come here for summer.”

 

2017 Information:

Dates:

  • July 3 –July 8  (no July 4th) July 10-14 
  • Program Location: Portuguese Cultural Center, 65 Sand Pit Rd, Danbury, CT 06810
  • Concert: July 14th, 7:30 pm
  • Placement Auditions will be held  Tuesday June 6, 2017 , call 203-748-1716 for appointment

 

Preparatory Band

Participants should:

  • be entering grade 5 or higher
  • have at least one school year of instruction
  • be familiar with basic rhythm patterns, time signatures, key signatures
  • be able to play a one-octave scale

Concert Band
Participants should:

  • be entering grade 7
  • have two or three years of study (or the recommendation of their private or school music teacher)
  • play several two-octave scales
  • understand compound time signatures, key signatures with at least two flats or sharps
  • familiar with repeat signs, dynamic and tempo markings
  • (This band is also suited for students who are proficient on a primary instrument and wish to pursue a secondary instrument.)

Symphonic Band

Requirements:  Participants should:

  • be in High School and beyond
  • be advanced level
  • be able to play major, minor, chromatics from two to three octaves
  • be able to execute different styles of phrasing and articulation
  • have knowledge of complex time and key signatures
  • have the ability to play syncopation

Jazz Band

Requirements: Participants should:

  • be in High School and beyond
  • be advanced level
  • be able to play major, minor, chromatics from two to three octaves
  • be able to execute different styles of phrasing and articulation
  • have knowledge of complex time and key signatures
  • have the ability to play syncopation

Participants will:

  • play arrangements from the big band era through contemporary
  • improve improvisational skills and solo playing

 

 Auditions:

June 6, 2017 3:00 pm onward

For audition information, please contact the Danbury Music Centre at 203-748-1716  contact us  here by email.

Register now here

 

Tuition:

  • $350.00 On Or Before May 31, 2017
  • $375.00  Beginning June 1, 2017 

Payment:

Submit payment online here or send check to the Danbury Music Centre, 256 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810

Pay online below or send check payable to “Danbury Music Centre” to Danbury Music Centre, 256 Main St, Danbury, CT.


Tuition




Faculty

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Director: Albert Montecalvo has directed the Danbury Music Centre Summer Band Program since 2002.  He retired from the Carmel School District in 1998 as director of music K-12 and director of bands.  He has performed as drummer and percussionist with many local orchestras, theater groups and big bands.  He conducted the Danbury Symphony Orchestra in Charles Ives’ Third Symphony in 2011, at the Danbury Music Centre Grand Gala in 2012, and at the Pops Concert hosted by CityCenter Danbury in 2013.

Mr. Montecalvo has served as adjunct music professor at WCSU where he taught music education, conducted the Symphonic Band and supervised student teachers.  He directs the Western Connecticut Youth Wind Ensemble and has conducted Broadway Shows for Ridgefield High School since 2004.

 

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Assistant Director: Anthony Nunes was born and raised in Danbury and now resides in New Fairfield. He has been teaching private trumpet lessons since 1999 and has been teaching in Norwalk since 2011. He performs in various musical groups in the area, including the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, and has his Master’s degree in Music education from WCSU. Mr. Nunes has directed the summer Concert and Preparatory Bands since 2008.