Bishop McGuinness High School

Brass Camp

Camp Fortissimo

Our camp is designed for brass students of all ages, including middle, high school and college levels. Each day we work on playing techniques in individual along with working within large and small group settings. Classes include, rhythm, sight reading, ear training, theory, arranging and small ensemble rehearsals, as well as daily work shops with professional brass players. Our camp culminates with an informal performance on Friday.


Camp dates are June 17- June 21, 2019.  (Sixteenth Annual Camp)


Classes include:

  • Large brass ensemble Instructional classes (w/Karl)
  • Small brass ensemble Master classes with professional brass players
  • Music theory/Ear training
  • Arranging Composition Finale software techniques
  • Learn to improve Range Tone Quality Articulation
  • Sight reading Lip slurring Rhythm Multiple Tonguing and much more.
Karl Kassner is currently on the faculty at Greensboro College and is a member of the Winston-Salem Symphony the Greensboro Symphony, Halcyon Brass and is an active freelance musician in the triad area.



Program Description


Camp Fortissimo is a one week music camp open to all brass players from beginners to advanced. While small ensembles allow students of the same level to work together, our arranger makes it possible for everyone involved, regardless of their level, to learn and have fun together. Camp ends Friday with a free concert that is open to the public.


In previous years students have ranged from as young as 3rd grade to adults in their 70's. Our goal at Camp Fortissimo is to help improve every student, regardless of his or hers level, through work on every aspect of brass playing. We are currently going into our 13th year of existence with attendance growing steadily each year.


The daily schedule is organized as follows:

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Brass techniques, ensemble rehearsals,  theory/ear training
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Workshops and ensembles with Clinicians

The tuition for a single week attendance is currently $220.



Clinicians have included:


Roy Poper, Trumpet Professor at Oberlin 

Robert Nagel, New York Brass Quintet

Tim Hudson, Carolina brass

Bob Campbell, Principle Horn Winston-Salem and Greensboro Symphonies

Winston-Salem Symphony Brass Quintet

Mark Clodfelter, UNCG

Paul Randal, Principal trumpet North Carolina Symphony
Anita Cirba, Principal trumpet Winston-Salem and Greensboro Symphonies
Benjy Springs, Band Director of Greensboro College high note specialist
Ken Wilmot, Jazz specialist
Erik Salzwedel, Bass Trombone Winston-Salem and Greensboro Symphonies
Matt Ransom, Tuba Winston-Salem Symphony
Barry Bauguess, Early Music Specialist
Robert Moody, Conductor Winston-Salem Symphony
Bob Clark, Tuba Professor Appalachian State