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July event to feature top national performers in two days of instruction and music


The first ever Brass Camp slated for July 16-17 at Anderson University will feature several of the nation’s most acclaimed brass aficionados in a two-day event designed to help brass musicians from high school through professional hone their craft and navigate their way through the music business.

The camp will also include two concerts featuring camp attendees as well as the guest artists. Those events, on Friday and Saturday evening are open to the public.


Up to 200 brass musicians from the Carolinas and Georgia are expected to attend the camp, which offers expert training on practice methods, performance and the “ins” and “outs” of making it in the professional music business.


Camp organizer and noted brass educator Jeff Purtle has enlisted the services of Harry Kim, lead trumpet for American Idol and founder of The Vine Street Horns, Susan Slaughter, Principal Trumpet, St. Louis Orchestra and member of The Monarch Brass Quintet (also performing at the camp). Other guest lecturers will lead sessions on a variety of aspects of brass instruments and performance.


Harry Kim will share experiences in playing with the likes of Phil Collins, Quincy Jones and others. Susan Slaughter will share her experience as the only woman in the world to serve as principal trumpet in a major orchestra, while Jeff Purtle will show how to apply the innovative Claude Gordon brass teaching method that contributed to the successful careers of both featured musicians.


The cost for the camp is $200. Online registration is available at Attendees may register in person beginning at 5:00pm Thursday, July 15th. The website also features details about the sessions as well as full biographies on the presenters.


Harry Kim will be featured in a 7:30pm concert on Friday, while Susan Slaughter and the Monarch Brass Quintet will be the featured performers in a 6:30pm concert Saturday night at the Daniel Recital Hall of the Rainey Fine Arts Center on the Anderson University campus. The cost for the concerts is $15 for the general public. Tickets can be ordered on the website or by contacting the Anderson University box office at (864) 231-2080.


For more information, visit the website or contact Jeff Purtle (864) 292-3532.


Anderson University is a comprehensive university affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention offering bachelors and masters degrees. Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier (top 25) of colleges and universities in the South, and one of “77 Schools to Watch in America, by U. S. News & World Report.  Anderson has also been named one of “Americas 100 Best College Buys,” Located in The Upstate region of South Carolina near the foothills of the Appalachians, Anderson University features a rigorous education in a supportive Christian environment.



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