Frequently Asked Questions
Gramercy Brass Band Camp is the official summer music institute presented by the award winning Gramercy Brass Orchestra of NY. 2017 marks the 13th consecutive season of Gramercy Brass Band Camp. (See below: Who is Gramercy Brass Orchestra of NY?)
Monday, August 7 through Sunday, August 13, 2017.
Gramercy Brass Band Camp was designed as an introduction to traditional brass band techniques and performance style. We encourage students with experience in all brass or percussion instruments in grades 4 through 12 to apply on our web site; www.gramercybrass.org
Gramercy Brass Band Camp is held at the Metropolitan Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. FDU provides the perfect setting and facility for all our daily needs at an accessible location from most areas of NY/NJ.
FDU is located just west of the George Washington Bridge off of Route 4. It is a beautiful suburban university campus set between the bustling towns of Teaneck, NJ and Hackensack, NJ. Here is a link to campus maps and directions.
Basic tuition for the full week of Gramercy Brass Band Camp is $750, which includes all materials and instruction (except instrument), daily lunch, on campus recreational activities, official GBBCamp T-shirt, and two complementary tickets to the Brass Spectacular Finale Concert for each student. (see also “Are there scholarship opportunities..”)
Overnight accommodations are currently not available at FDU, although, this may change in the future. If you are from out of town and have no option of a place to stay, please bring this to our attention and we will make every effort to connect with a local family who may be willing to host you for the week at a small accommodation charge. High quality, nearby hotel accommodations are possible but rather expensive, even with a discount through our organization. Please communicate with us if this is of interest.
Yes. Scholarship or tuition assistance may be available. If this is of interest to you, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a scholarship request, further outlining the need. You may also reach us by leaving a message on our hotline at 212.229.7607, and someone will respond to your message.
Yes. The camp invoice will also indicate several ways to make your tuition payment, such as, by check or by PayPal, or by a payment plan over time. We will do our best to make tuition payment as easy as possible for our GBBCamp families.
Yes, depending on the scope of enrollment levels. Given the diverse skill levels of attending students, we may offer three levels of brass band participation;
- Junior Brass Band / Limited experience to Intermediate Experience
- Senior Brass Band / Middle School – High School Levels
- Premier Brass Band / Advancing High School – College Levels
At Gramercy Brass Band Camp, we invite the following brass and percussion students:
- Flugel horn
- French horn
- Tenor horn
- Baritone horn
- Tenor trombone
- Bass trombone
- All percussion *
*Percussion is considered “conventional percussion” as with orchestra or concert band. If your experience is exclusively rock/pop drum set playing and your music reading skills are limited, Gramercy Brass Band Camp may not be the right situation for you at this time. Please inquire further with questions on this so we can assist with your decision.
For Premier Brass Band applicants:
If possible, we hope that you might have access to a traditional brass band instrument, but this is not mandatory. These instruments include:
- Flugel horn
- Tenor horn (alto)
- Small bore baritone
Standard orchestral brass instruments are of course acceptable, but to have a true brass band experience, a true brass band instrument would be great, if possible. Again, email us with any questions.
Yes and no. If you are a new camp student, we want to be sure you are placed in the right spot for you to maximize your experience with us. According to age and experience, we can place students wherever we feel it is appropriate without a placement audition. However, to ensure proper placement we suggest submitting an audition video via YouTube. For example, a young student who might be placed in the Junior Band by age may wish to audition for the Senior Band. Students in this category or who desire the challenge of the Premier Band will need to send an audition video.
Please email a link to a brief YouTube video of 4-7 minutes in length demonstrating your knowledge of at least 4 scales (major or minor) as well as an excerpt of a piece of your choice. It may be possible that we will respond with a request for you to additionally send us a recording of an excerpt of a piece we will send you as sight reading.
Yes, for new students. We require a recommendation from your school band director or private lesson teacher. We do not require a recommendation if you have attended Gramercy Brass Band Camp previously. However, if you are seeking advanced placement from a previous year, an updated teacher recommendation would be appreciated, along with an audition video for advanced placement. (See, “Is there an Audition…”)
YES! We welcome college level brass/percussion students to take leadership assistant roles throughout the camp session. Please go to our web site at www.gramercybrass.org and submit an online intern application.
Yes, we encourage adults to participate! There are a couple possible ways:
You can spend a day or the entire week with us as an adult volunteer assistant.
We also encourage adults to join us on Saturday morning (Aug 12) for our “Alumni – Adult Open Reading Session.” This special event was successfully created in 2014 as an opportunity for adults and GBBCamp alumni to spend the morning with us, reminiscing about days spent at GBBCamp or getting to know us as a newcomer. This is the perfect opportunity for a school band director to share some time with us and see what GBBCamp is all about.
Following a morning continental breakfast starting at 8:30am, the reading session will begin at 9:30am. It will include a variety of challenging compositions for brass band. Alumni and adult guests will be joined by current GBBCamp faculty to create an excellent full brass band for the occasion. Lunch will be open to all participants following the reading session, and we invite guests to stay with us for the afternoon as GBBCamp students arrive for afternoon sessions.
Please go to our web site – www.gramercybrass.org and submit a registration form to attend the Saturday Alumni - Adult Brass Band Reading Session. There is no cost for attending and you will enjoy good music, a welcome spirit among friends, lunch and a GBBCamp T-shirt!
Once we receive your enrollment application through our web site online, you will receive an acknowledgement that your application has been received. You will also receive a welcome letter and an invoice by email Your invoice will indicate any of the scholarship programs you may have been accepted into. (See payment options and scholarship opportunities.)
Sample Daily Schedule:
8:30 – 9:00am / arrivals
9:15am / outdoor (weather permitting) full camp warm up sessions
10:00am / Rehearsal Session I
11:00am / Rehearsal Session II
12:15pm / Lunch Break
1:15pm / Faculty or guest artist presentation
2pm / Rehearsal Session III (with breaks as needed)
4:15-4:30pm / Departure
Generally no. Our program is based on traditional brass band training in full ensemble format. However, there may be free time in the afternoon where a lesson or coaching can be scheduled with one of our leading faculty members. Just ask us during camp..
Generally no. Our program is based on traditional brass band training in full ensemble format. However, there may be free time in the afternoon where a chamber music coaching can be organized with one of our leading faculty members, or even on your own. Just ask us during camp..
Yes, especially for our younger students. Students participating in the Junior and Senior Brass Band part of our program will have afternoon free time and organized recreational time. Options will include supervised outdoor activities and life guard monitored indoor swimming pool (if a pool becomes available to us.)
Yes!! For 2017, we are pleased that Welsh Composer and Conductor, Tom Davoren will be with us. Tom will be bringing some of his own music, along with his vast expertise in brass band training. Extensive information about Tom Davoren can be found on his web site: http://www.tomdavoren.co.uk/
In past years we have had tremendous guest artists:
- Trumpet Star – Allen Vizzutti
- Saturday Night Live Trombone Boss – Steve Torre
- Renowned Euphonium Soloist – Jason Ham
- World Acclaimed Composer and Conductor – Johan de Meij
- Former Principal Trumpet of the NY Philharmonic – Phil Smith
- Principal Trombonist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra – Jim Scott
- Acclaimed Jazz Trumpeter – Freddy Hendrix
- Legendary Commercial Lead Trumpet and Soloist – Tony Kadleck
- NYC Freelance French Horn Artist and member of Philadelphia Brass – Tony Cecere
- American Ballet Theater French Hornist and Alp Horn Specialist - Virginia Benz
- NYC Freelance Percussionist and Director of Percussion at MSU – Barry Centanni
- NYC Opera Principal Trumpet and Head of Brass at MSU – Don Batchelder
- NJ Symphony Orchestra Principal Tuba, Derek Fenstermacher
We encourage our alumni and interested adults to get involved. Please see Can adults participate in Gramercy Brass Band Camp?
We welcome your questions. You can email us at email@example.com Or you can call our NYC Hotline and Message Service at 212 229 7607.If you leave a clear message, someone will return your call who will be happy to answer any questions you may have
Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York was founded in 1982 by trumpeter/cornetist John Henry Lambert, while still living in the Gramercy Park community of NYC. The group, employing the instruments of the traditional brass band, set out to operate as a professional brass concert organization, with membership drawn from the vast pool of highly skilled professional brass and percussion performers in the NY Metropolitan area.
Members of Gramercy Brass Orchestra of NY also appear with major ensembles such as the NY Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, American Ballet Theatre, to name a few, as well as many Broadway show orchestras and prestigious chamber ensembles.
For over three decades, Gramercy Brass Orchestra of NY has carved a reputation as a pioneer in the North American Brass Band movement. This effort was launched by way of winning First Place in the 1984 and 1985 newly established North American Brass Band Championships.
Gramercy Brass Orchestra, a non-profit arts organization (Gramercy Brass of NY, Inc.) has appeared at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Bard Music Festival at the Fisher Center along-side the American Symphony Orchestra, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Gettysburg Festival, The National Arts Club, World Trade Center, South Street Seaport, many years of performances in collaboration with the NYC Department of Park and Recreation, and more.
Gramercy Brass Orchestra has been featured in major corporate events of companies such as; British Airway, Avon Products, Nike, Bristol Myers Squibb, Volvo, Ogilvy & Mather, NBC News, Hermes of Paris, Advertising Educational Foundation, Jewish-American Foundation, National Parks Service, Ronald McDonald House, American Museum of Natural History, Arts & Business Council, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, and has appeared at the legendary Waldorf Hotel, Plaza Hotel Ball Room, University Club, Manhattan Center, Javits Center, Gotham Hall, Pierre Hotel Ball Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and many other major event venues.
Always mindful of the extreme importance of music education, Gramercy Brass Orchestra offers its annual GRAMERCY BRASS BAND CAMP, where young brass and percussion students have the opportunity to be coached by and perform side-by-side with Gramercy Brass Orchestra’s professional leading members. Gramercy Brass Orchestra has also appeared as “artist in residence” in many schools in NYC, Long Island and New Jersey.
Gramercy Brass Orchestra of NY records on the EntertainmentOne record label (formerly Koch Records) and has three commercial records available; AMERICAN ANTHEMS, CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE, and BRUBECK: BOLD & BRASSY, all of which can be found at music outlets such as iTunes and Amazon.
To reach Gramercy Brass Orchestra of NY about concert bookings or other questions, please email our Director of Concert Booking, Carly Mcilvaine-York at firstname.lastname@example.org or John Henry Lambert at email@example.com.
Messages can be left for us on our Voice Hot Line at 212 229 7607.