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EMCBand SaxophonesAbout the EMC Band Camp

Junior/Senior Band Camp is open to students entering the 6th grade through students who have just completed the 12th grade. Over the course of the week, students will meet as a band class with their assigned EIU band director to work towards preparing a variety of fun and entertaining pieces for the Saturday afternoon concert. During rehearsals students will improve listening skills; discuss intonation, balance, blend, and tone quality; and they will learn how to hone their ensemble playing skills through daily reinforcement and practice.

EMCBand TrumpetsIn addition to participating in a concert band, students will receive instrument-specific instruction from the EIU applied faculty who will focus on the technical details of improving each student's playing ability on his/her instrument. Students will also attend music-related classes throughout the day and spend the evenings participating in a variety of fun and social activities including: swimming, the camp talent show, attending concerts, Karaoke night, and attending the ever-popular dance on the final evening of camp.

Auditions for chair placement are held once students arrive on campus at the start of the camp.  For more information and the audition materials, please click here.

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About the Directors

Alicia NealDr. Alicia Neal joined the EIU faculty as Director of Bands in the Fall of 2012. Her teaching responsibilities include Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Conducting Classes, and overseeing the band area. Originally from Kingwood, Texas, Dr. Neal earned a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Colorado, where she graduated with honors. She completed her graduate conducting degree with Allan McMurray at the University of Colorado. Dr. Neal attended Northwestern University for her doctoral degree, where she studied with Mallory Thompson and graduated in 2007 with Conducting Program Honors.

Prior to her appointment at Eastern Illinois University, Dr. Neal served as the Assistant Director of Bands and Associate Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Minnesota, where she assisted with Marching Band, directed Pep Band, conducted University Band, and taught Basic Conducting Classes. Dr. Neal also spent one year at St. Xavier University in Chicago as the Interim Director of Instrumental Ensembles, and three years teaching high school and middle school band in the Humble Independent School District in Houston, Texas.

The EMC 2014 Senior Band will be conducted by Director of Bands, Dr. Alicia Neal.


J Corey FrancisDr. J. Corey Francis currently serves the Assistant Director of Bands at Eastern Illinois University, joining the faculty in 2012. His responsibilities at EIU include directing the Panther Marching Band, the Panther Basketball Band, and teaching courses in instrumental arranging.  Prior to this appointment, Mr. Francis served as Director of Athletic Bands at Indiana State University. There, he oversaw all aspects of the athletic band program. Under his direction the Marching Sycamores performed at the Bands of America Super Region in Indianapolis, as well as performed the National Anthem at the BOA Grand National Finals.

Recently, Dr. Francis completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Southern Mississippi, where he studied with Thomas V. Fraschillo. Mr. Francis also holds a Master of Music degree in Wind Band Conducting from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Murray State University (KY).

Prior to his arrival to USM, Mr. Francis served as Director of Pep Bands at Georgia State University. Under his direction, the Pep Bands earned the acclaim and praise of officials from the Colonial Athletic Association, as well as the administration and alumni of Georgia State University. Additionally, Mr. Francis served on the staffs of Alpharetta (GA) High School and Taylor County (KY) Schools.

The EMC 2014 Junior Band will be conducted by Assistant Director of Bands, Dr. J. Corey Francis.