Summer Bands

July 6-17, 2020

Albert Montecalvo,  Program Director

Summer Bands offers participants at all levels the opportunity to play staples from the concert band and jazz band repertoire as well as the opportunity to learn a new instrument and to take part in STEAM-inspired projects and activities. Join us for a fun and inspiring two weeks with Albert Montecalvo and Anthony Nunes.

  Here’s what past participants have said:

“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.”


Program Information

Dates: July 6 –17th; 9 am – 3 pm

Program Location: Danbury Music Centre, 256 Main Street, Danbury, CT

Concert: July 17th at 7:30

Location: Marian Anderson Recital Hall at the Danbury Music Centre, 256 Main Street, Danbury, CT.

Handicapped entrance in the rear of building on corner of Main Street and Library Place.

Tuition: $400 if application is submitted  by May 31st, $450 if application is submitted after June 1st


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Ensembles & Schedule

All participants will experience a full-day program along with the following ensemble schedule.

Jazz Ensemble 9:00 – 10:15 am

Requirements – Participants will also be expected to play arrangements from the big band era through contemporary big band style, demonstrate beginning improvisational skills and solo playing, and also meet all of the Symphonic Band criteria listed below.

Symphonic Band 10:30 – 12:00 pm

Requirements – participants should meet the following criteria:

  • Ability to play major, minor, chromatics from two to three octaves
  • Ability to execute different styles of phrasing and articulation
  • Knowledge of complex time and key signatures
  • Ability to play syncopated rhythms

Lunch Break 12:00 – 12:30 pm

Concert Band* 12:30 – 1:45 pm

Requirements – participants should meet the following criteria:

  • Studied music for at least two to three years (or the recommendation of their private or school music teacher)
  • Ability to play two-octave scales in at least a few different keys
  • Have some understanding compound time signatures and key signatures with at least two flats or sharps.
  • Have a familiarity with repeat signs, dynamic and tempo markings

Preparatory Band* 2 – 3 pm

Requirements  – participants should meet the following criteria:

  • Studied music for one year
  • Have a familiarity with basic rhythm patterns, time and key signatures
  • Ability to play a one-octave scale

The bands above are also suitable for students proficient on a primary instrument who wish to pursue a secondary (or tertiary) instrument.

Exploratory Band 2 – 3 pm

Students will have instruction on assembling their chosen instrument to playing and reading beginning music. This is an amazing opportunity for novice students to work with Mr. Albert Montecalvo in a nurturing environment to truly develop a love of music and their instruments. Mr. Montecalvo will assist students in determining where to purchase/rent their own instruments. Students will need to purchase their beginning book, “Essential Elements”, for that instrument.

Band Placement Evaluations

  • Evaluations will be held Tuesday, June 2nd for participants wishing to participate in Symphonic Band and Jazz Band who have not previously done so as well as new participants wishing to be properly placed in an ensemble.
  • Please prepare music indicative of your highest skill level and bring a copy of the music with you. You will be asked to play a scale and sight read.

E-mail us at or call 203-748-1716 to schedule your evaluation. 

 Program Instructors

Albert Montecalvo, Director Summer Bands

Albert Montecalvohas 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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Anthony Nunes, Assistant Director Summer Bands

Antony 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 the Norwalk Public Schools 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.