The GC campus has a long history of hosting music events and summer workshops. The early State Music Festivals were hosted by Georgia State College for Women (now GC) beginning in 1938. The first music teachers’ conference was hosted on the GSCW campus in 1939, and the first summer music workshops for teachers and camps for students were hosted on this campus in the 1940's.
The GC High School Band Camp/Drum Major Academy began in the summer of 1991 and has grown and evolved into the GC High School Band Camp and the GC Middle School Band Camp.
Georgia College is the perfect place for summer music camps. Perfect not only because of its location in the heart of Georgia, but also because of its beautiful 112-year-old campus, great facilities, excellent residential halls and exceptional food service.
GC High School Band Camp (rising 9-12 grades):
The GC High School Band Camp is a unique and exciting opportunity for high school students to get a head start on the upcoming year by spending a week of intense music study. This camp offers one of the best student/teacher ratios and a staff consisting of the most talented and professional musicians in the state. Students will choose two of the following tracks:
Drum Major Academy
Our Drum Major Academy is one the leading offerings in the state, and our clinician, Mr. Jeffrey Rowser, has been teaching this camp for over 25 years. The other tracks are designed to offer the student an education in an array of musical areas and study with experts. In addition, to the two chosen tracks, everyone will play in the large camp band and get instruction in musical leadership. Furthermore, we also offer recreation and special events to include movies, pizza parties, talent shows and swimming. This is an educational and fun time. Many long-term friendships have begun at this camp.
Dr. Clifford N. Towner is Director of Band Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Georgia College. His duties include conducting the Wind Symphony and Jazz Band, as well as teaching classes in conducting and music education. Dr. Towner holds a D.M.A. degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studied with Dr. Carolyn Barber. Additionally, he holds a Masters of Music degree in Music Education from Wright State University, having studied with Dr. David Booth, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Dr. Towner also taught in the public schools for ten years in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Towner maintains an active schedule as a popular guest conductor, clinician and drill writer. He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), The Association of Concert Bands (ACB) and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is also an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi. Cliff resides in the Milledgeville area with his wife Gina, and their daughter Laura and son Nathan.
Drum Major Clinician:
Jeffrey Rowser is a native of Attalla, Alabama and is a 1976 graduate of Etowah High School, where he lettered 3 years in band, basketball and track. Mr. Rowser later graduated from Auburn University with his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music Education. He was a saxophone major, studying with Lawrence Morgan. He also studied music arranging with Dr. Johnnie Vinson and Bob Richardson. Mr. Rowser, recently selected to be Director of Bands at Morgan County HS, brings 30 years of experience in music education. He was chosen in 2006 to lead the East Jackson Fine Arts Department in Jackson County Schools (GA). His hiring in 2006-07 was to prepare a Fine Arts Department that would begin its work in August 2007. He was chosen as “Teacher of the Year” for East Jackson in 2011. Prior to East Jackson, he served as a director in Dougherty County, Marietta City Schools (STAR Teacher 1988), with 15 years serving as the founding director at Salem HS (Conyers, GA), where he was “Teacher of the Year” in 1994 for Rockdale County Schools. During his career his bands received superior ratings in all marching, jazz and symphonic music events. In 1991, Rowser became a co-founder of the “Drum Major Leadership Academy” held annually on the campus of Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. His student management workshop, “Team Building Anywhere” is a featured session for band, chorus and student council groups around Georgia. He is a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association, National Association of Music Educators, Phi Beta Mu Bandmaster Honorary and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Tuition for High School Band Camp
Full-Time Camper $460 includes four nights in an air-conditioned residential hall, all meals, camp instruction and camp recreation.
Commuter Camper $325 includes Lunch, Dinner, camp instruction and camp recreation. Campers living more than 30 miles from the GC campus must register as a full-time camper.
Deposit and Application: A $100 non-refundable deposit for the camp must accompany the application and is due on May 30, 2016. The remaining balance will be due at registration. Please make check or money order payable to "Georgia College" and mail with application or include your credit card information: Music Camps, Georgia College, Campus Box 040, Milledgeville, GA 31061.
Scholarships and Discounts (High School Band Camp only)
1) All-State Band Scholarship
All members of the 2016 GMEA All-State Band may receive a special scholarship in the form of a $100 discount off the full-time tuition. To take advantage of this special scholarship, send a copy of the All-State program with your name highlighted along with your camp application and deposit.
2) 4 or more
You can earn 10% off of your tuition by recruiting three of your classmates from your school. Here's what you need to know:
The four students must be from the same school.
The four students need to be registered and have paid their $100 deposit by the registration deadline (this discount does not apply to late registrants).
The discount will be taken from your final payment.
GC Middle School Band Camp (rising 7-8 grades):
The GC Middle School Band Camp is a day camp that offers middle school students the opportunity to get a head start on the new school year by performing with small ensembles, a symphonic band, participating in master classes and having lots of music fun. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with a camp finale concert on Friday afternoon. The focus of the camp will be both on fundamentals and creativity. Instruction is from professional music educators from middle Georgia and Georgia College pre-service teachers.
Clinician: Dr. Tina Holmes-Davis
Dr. Holmes-Davis is formerly the band director at Woodland Middle School in Stockbridge, Georgia. Dr. Holmes-Davis holds bachelor degrees from Georgia College and State University in Music Education and Clarinet Performance, a master’s degree from Auburn University in Music Education, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Education degree from Boston University. Dr. Holmes-Davis is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Sigma Alpha Iota. She maintains a studio of clarinet and saxophone students, teaches various summer band camps, and performs in Tara Winds and the Tara Winds Clarinet Choir. Dr. Holmes-Davis’ professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) and the International Clarinet Association (ICA). Mrs. Holmes-Davis currently lives in Stockbridge with her husband, Jay Davis, and the wonder twins, Emma and Jonah.
Tuition for Middle School Band Camp
Camp Fee $125 includes t-shirt, lunch, camp instruction and camp recreation.
Application: Full tuition of $125 must accompany the application and is due on May 30, 2016. Please make check or money order payable to "Georgia College" and mail with application, or include your credit card information: Music Camps, Georgia College, Campus Box 040, Milledgeville, GA 31061
For camp questions, please contact Dr. Cliff Towner, Camp Director, at 478-445-4346 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For registration questions, please contact Continuing Education at 478-445-5277 or by email at: email@example.com
Department of Music
202 Porter Hall | Campus Box 66
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: (478) 445-8289
Fax: (478) 445-1633