Tech to Celebrate 50 Years of Band Camp

Ask most any musician at Arkansas Tech, and they will be able to tell you about an experience at one of Tech’s band camps.

Whether teaching a class, taking a private lesson, or studying under the tutelage of a great composer, the camps have inspired thousands of students over the years to consider music as part of their life.

Arkansas Tech will pay homage to that history this summer when it celebrates 50 years of Arkansas Tech University Band Camp.

The first camp was held in the summer of 1963, and Gene Witherspoon, longtime director of bands, oversaw the first camp.

The summer celebration is slated for Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13.

On Friday, July 12, alumni and friends will gather at the Lake Point Conference Center for a reception.  The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $15.

At 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 13 a campus tour will be offered for those wishing to see how the campus has changed over recent years.

Saturday afternoon, musicians will gather at 3 p.m., in the Witherspoon Building Auditorium for a reading band to sightread a variety of music.

The festivities will culminate with an anniversary celebration Saturday evening at the Lake Point Conference Center.  The celebration starts at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $20.

Learn more about the 2013 camps.

Learn more about the Department of Music at Arkansas Tech.

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