Student Profile: Intermediate to advanced, ages 11-18

This fun, challenging workshop is designed to give keen music students an opportunity to work with specialist music teachers and performers to learn more about their instrument, gain experience playing with large or small ensembles and enjoy the thrill of performing in front of a large audience. Students should have at least one year of music instruction in school band, private lessons, or equivalent.

Boarding School Band

Programs conclude with an outdoor performance.

Switch Band

June 29 - July 10, 2020

9:00-10:15 am

Ages 11-18
Schaffter Hall

This two-week program is designed for students with at least one year of band experience who would like to try switching to a new instrument. The first week will be spent in small groups with teachers specializing on their ‘new’ selected instrument. After the first few lessons, students will form a band on their new instruments and perform a concert at the end of week two. The ability to read music is a necessity.

Big Band Jazz Level 1

July 6-10, 2020

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Ages 11-18
Schaffter Hall

The Jazz Band workshop is for students who would like to experience jazz in a Big Band. This workshop not only provides excellent instruction in a positive and fun environment, it is also a wonderful opportunity for young rising stars to meet and develop their skills in a traditional big band setting. In addition to daily rehearsals, there are also master classes and improvisation sessions. The music will be energized with swing, latin, and rhythm & blues, and is open to saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, vocalists, and drums students. Clarinet or flute players can also be accommodated through special arrangement. Subject to enrollment, there will be both intermediate and advanced ensembles. Open to Middle School age and students with 1 to 2 years of playing experience.

Big Band Jazz Level 2

July 6-10, 2020

1:00-2:30 pm

Ages 12-18
Schaffter Hall

Each afternoon begins with students in a Big Band exploring advanced jazz arrangements in a wide variety of styles. For the last hour of the day, students will be placed in trios, quartets, or quintets, with each group under the direction of a professional musician. Students will learn how to solo and play with a small ensemble that focuses on fun. Students will be placed in combos that suit their level of experience. The instrumentation is the same as Big Band Jazz Level 1, but the combos can include almost any other instrument, including voice. Open to High School age and students with 3 or more years of playing experience.

SummerBand Faculty Directors

Marianne Ing, BMus, BEd, MMusMarianne Ing

Marianne has been playing trumpet in Victoria for over thirty years. Since obtaining her education degree in 2008 she has been teaching music at Central Middle School. She is principal trumpet of the Palm Court and Sooke Philharmonic Orchestras, and often plays with the Gilbert and Sullivan and Victoria Operatic Societies. Marianne enjoys working with the SummerBand team and the summer students to continue music education through the holidays.

Jeff Weaver, BMus, BEd, MA Jeff Weaver

Jeff Weaver is the Director of Bands and Jazz Studies at Oak Bay High School. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria and a Master of Arts from Sam Houston State University. Jeff is a recipient of the Premier's Award for Teaching Excellence in British Columbia. He is the Past President of the British Columbia Music Educators Association and is a Director for the Canadian Music Educators' Association. Jeff believes that all students have the capacity to make music and that schools are complete with strong Fine Arts Performance programs.

Gordon Clements BMus, MMus, Cert.EdGordon Clements

Gordon Clements is a classical and jazz performer on clarinet, saxophone, and flute, and holds a Master of Music in Performance from the University of Victoria. He also has enjoyed a long career as a conductor, educator and clinician, and recently retired as Senior School Director of Concert and Jazz Bands at St. Michaels University School. He has performed in numerous recordings and released six of his own on the international market. He has shared the stage as a jazz soloist with many of Canada's top musicians. In classical performance, Mr. Clements is well known for his bass clarinet and saxophone work with the Victoria Symphony. He has been a clinician for Keilwerth Saxophones and Buffet Crampon Clarinets, and in 2009 was inducted into the Victoria Music Hall of Fame.

Summer Academies Refund and Cancellation Policies

Refund and Cancellation Policies

In the event that a program is cancelled by St. Michaels University School (SMUS) for any reason, SMUS will issue a full refund of the program paid. If participants or families wish to cancel at any time before programs are approved to operate, they will receive a full refund.

Once camps have been approved to operate, families will be notified and cancellations from that point may be made up to 10 business days before the program start date. Cancellations made 10 business days before the program start date will receive a full refund, less a $20 administration fee.

All requests for cancellations must be made in writing via email to [email protected], or letter mailed to or dropped off at St. Michaels University School, 3400 Richmond Road, to the attention of the External Programs Coordinator.

Programs run subject to minimum enrolment, and we reserve the right to cancel a session or camp if the minimum enrolment is not met within one week prior to the start of the program. Parents will be notified immediately, and a full refund will be given.