LOWELL -- This week's Mary Jo Leahey Symphonic Band Camp is bringing 125 high-school students from across the country to UMass Lowell, where they will participate in honors classes and ensembles that will enhance their musicianship and performance skills.
The program culminates in a free public concert on Saturday, July 19, at noon, at Durgin Concert Hall, 35 Wilder St. Free parking will be available across the street from the venue.
Participants hail from Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut and Lowell, along with Londonderry, Nashua, Pelham and Salem, N.H., as well as Connecticut, Missouri, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. The students are living in a UMass Lowell residence hall during their stay, getting an early taste of university life. Approximately 10 percent of participants will begin as freshmen at UMass Lowell in the fall, pursuing a variety of majors.
Now in its 18th year, the band program was established by Mary Jo Leahey '37, a UMass Lowell graduate who went on to become a beloved music teacher and philanthropist.
The program is led by UMass Lowell music faculty and students overseen by Debra-Nicole Huber, director of instrumental music outreach and associate director of university bands.