Stately Oaks & Junior Oaks Band Festival

February 2 – 4, 2023 // LSU Baton Rouge Campus

Stately Oaks and Junior Oaks are multi-day camps designed for high school (grades 9 – 12) and middle school (grades 7 and 8) band students. Students will participate in full band rehearsals, receive a group masterclass on their instrument, and have the exciting opportunity to engage with one of the LSU concert ensembles in an interactive rehearsal. Camp participants will also attend the LSU Collage Concert, which features students and faculty of the LSU Department of Bands and LSU School of Music, and perform in a final concert of their own on Saturday afternoon, which will be free and open to the public.

 

Meet Our Guest Clinician

Amy Bernloehr Wacksman

Amy Bernloehr Wacksman

Band Director
Hamlin Middle School (Winter Garden, FL)

Amy Wacksman is in her twelfth year as a band director in Orlando, FL and first year opening the new Hamlin Middle School in Winter Garden, FL.

Prior to her new position, Mrs. Wacksman taught at Southwest Middle School (Orange) for ten years where she led the bands to superior ratings at both concert and jazz music performance assessments every year. Mrs. Wacksman was awarded the Tom Bishop Award in 2018 for growing the program at Southwest Middle School, as well as the Linda Mann Five Year Superior Awards for Concert and Jazz. Mrs. Wacksman was also named teacher of the year in 2019 for her school.

In addition to teaching, Mrs. Wacksman serves as the middle school all county jazz chairperson for Orange County Public Schools (OCPS), and serves on the Jazz Committee for the Florida Bandmasters Association.

Mrs. Wacksman has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Louisiana State University and is a graduate of OCPS in Orlando, FL.

In her free time, Amy loves to visit Disney World with her husband, Jared, and one-year old daughter, Gwen.

 

Registration & Cost

Registration will open December 1, 2023 and close on January 23, 2023, at 11:59 p.m.

The cost for the festival is $75, which includes:

  • All rehearsals and classes
  • Concert performance in the state-of-the-art LSU Union Theater
  • Masterclass sessions or group lessons on your specific instrument
  • Attend the LSU Collage Concert
  • Some meals are included – please refer to official event schedule for more details
  • Official Stately Oaks letterman patch for high school students

An optional LSU visitor parking pass can be purchased for $15. This pass will be valid for the gravel lot at Tiger Band Hall. If you are dropping off or picking up participants only, a parking pass is not needed.

If you are unable to eat the meals provided, please plan to bring a packed meal. No special meals will be provided.

Audition Materials

At the start of the camp, students will perform audition excerpts for our faculty, allowing us to assess tone quality, rhythm, style, technique, and musical expressiveness. This information will be used to place students in the appropriate chair position within our band(s).

Download the audition materials using the buttons below. Be sure to select the appropriate excerpts for your current school grade.

JUNIOR OAKS (GRADES 7 - 8) AUDITION EXCERPTS

STATELY OAKS (GRADES 9 - 12) AUDITION EXCERPTS

Event Schedules

The festival itinerary is split between the Junior Oaks (grades 7 - 8) and Stately Oaks (grades 9 - 12) tracks. Be sure to review the appropriate schedule which applies to you.

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Registration & Auditions (TBH)
4:00 - 5:45 p.m.

Hungry Howie's Pizza Dinner Provided (TBH)
6:00 - 6:45 p.m.

LSU Collage Concert (TBH)
7:00 - 7:45 p.m. 

Rehearsal (TBH)
8:00 - 8:45 p.m. 

Student Pick Up (TBH)
9:00 p.m.

 

Friday, February 3, 2023

Rehearsal (TBH)
9:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Lunch Provided (The 5 Dining Hall)
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 

Observe LSU Symphonic Winds (TBH)
12:30 - 1:15 p.m. 

Masterclasses (MDA or SOM Classrooms)
1:30 - 2:15 p.m.

Rehearsal (TBH)
2:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Dinner Break (LSU Student Union)
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

This dinner is on your own, so bring money for the food court! Options include Chick-fil-a, Panda Express, Sonic, and more.

Rehearsal (TBH)
6:30 - 8:45 p.m.

Student Pick Up (TBH)
9:00 p.m.

 

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Rehearsal (UT)
9:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Lunch Provided - Jambalaya Shoppe (GT)
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Change Into Concert Attire (UT)
12:30 - 1:00 p.m. 

Junior Oaks Middle School Concert #1 (UT)
1:00 p.m. 

Junior Oaks Middle School Concert #2 (UT)
2:00 p.m. 

Stately Oaks High School Concert #1 (UT)
3:00 p.m. 

Stately Oaks High School Concert #2 (UT)
4:00 p.m. 

Students will be placed into a band following auditions on Thursday evening, February 2nd. Each band should plan to attend the other ensemble concerts. Please stay for the entirety of the performances and support your peers!

Student Pick Up (UT)
5:00 p.m.

 

Room Key & Directions

Select any of the buildings below to open driving and walking directions.

MDA – Music & Dramatic Arts Building

GT – Greek Theatre

SOM – School of Music Building

TBH – Tiger Band Hall

UT – Union Theater

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Registration & Auditions (MDA)
4:00 - 5:45 p.m.

Hungry Howie's Pizza Dinner Provided (OBH)
6:00 - 6:45 p.m.

LSU Collage Concert (TBH)
7:00 - 7:45 p.m. 

Rehearsals (OBH or UT)
8:00 - 8:45 p.m. 

Student Pick Up (MDA)
9:00 p.m.

 

Friday, February 3, 2023

Rehearsals (OBH or UT)
9:00 - 11:45 a.m.

Lunch Provided (The 5 Dining Hall)
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Observe LSU Wind Ensemble (OBH)
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. 

Masterclasses (MDA or SOM Classrooms)
2:30 - 3:15 p.m.

Rehearsals (OBH or UT)
3:30 - 5:20 p.m.

Dinner Break (LSU Student Union)
5:30 - 6:15 p.m.

This dinner is on your own, so bring money for the food court! Options include Chick-fil-a, Panda Express, Sonic, and more.

Rehearsals (OBH or UT)
6:30 - 8:45 p.m.

Student Pick Up (MDA)
9:00 p.m.

 

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Rehearsals (OBH or TBH)
9:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Lunch Provided - Jambalaya Shoppe (GT)
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Change Into Concert Attire (UT)
12:30 - 1:00 p.m. 

Junior Oaks Middle School Concert #1 (UT)
1:00 p.m. 

Junior Oaks Middle School Concert #2 (UT)
2:00 p.m. 

Stately Oaks High School Concert #1 (UT)
3:00 p.m. 

Stately Oaks High School Concert #2 (UT)
4:00 p.m. 

Students will be placed into a band following auditions on Thursday evening, February 2nd. Each band should plan to attend the other ensemble concerts. Please stay for the entirety of the performances and support your peers!

Student Pick Up (UT)
5:00 p.m.

 

Room Key & Directions

Select any of the buildings below to open driving and walking directions.

MDA – Music & Dramatic Arts Building

GT – Greek Theatre

SOM – School of Music Building

TBH – Tiger Band Hall

OBH – Old Band Hall
Note: the Old Band Hall is connected to the west side of the Music & Dramatic Arts Building and does not have its own street entrance.

UT – Union Theater

Ready to get started?

Click the button below to submit your registration. If you encounter any issues with the process, please email bands@lsu.edu or contact the Department of Bands office at 225-578-2384.

***Sorry, registration has closed. Check out one of our upcoming summer camps, or join us for the next Stately Oaks Festival in 2024!***

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