Shark Summer Symposium

Long Island University is excited to announce the inaugural LIU Shark Summer Symposium - a summer music camp like no other. Discover your potential as you learn from internationally renowned music educators and professional performers. Unleash your passion by surrounding yourself with like-minded high-achieving musicians in the picturesque landscape of the Post Campus. Find your family amongst the “Fins” as members of the LIU Marching Band serve as your camp counselors. The camp consists of two separate week-long day camp experiences:

Week 1 - High School Band Camp - July 8-12, 2024
Grades: Rising 9th - Rising College Freshman


Spence Howell - LIU Director of Athletic Bands / Professor of Trumpet
Dr. James McRoy - LIU Director of Wind Studies / Chair, Department of Music

Enjoy a hybrid summer music camp experience consisting of a dual curriculum in concert band and marching band! Study under the baton of esteemed conductor, Dr. James McRoy, as you prepare a memorable concert performance. Go for a “Deep Dive” with instrument-specific masterclasses and lessons from LIU faculty and professional guest musicians. Unleash your inner Shark as you move and groove to the LIU Fight Song and spirit sequences with LIU Marching Band Director, Spence Howell. The camp concludes with a culminating performance consisting of concert band and marching band elements. For the grand finale, campers will join forces with their counselors for a unified performance of the LIU Fight Song! Go Sharks!

Week 2 - Middle School Band Camp - July 15-19, 2024
Grades: Rising 6th - Rising 8th


Spence Howell - LIU Director of Athletic Bands / Professor of Trumpet
Alyssa Sitler - Band Director at Howard T. Herber Middle School / Assistant Director of Malverne High School Marching Band

Looking for a meaningful summer music experience for your middle schooler? Look no further! Long Island University is excited to join hands with esteemed Long Island middle school band director, Alyssa Sitler! Don’t worry, this camp is designed with your middle schooler in mind! Students will start each day sharpening their skills in breakout masterclasses that highlight important instrument fundamentals. Starting the day with a smaller classroom size will ensure individual student engagement and rehearsal efficiency. Breaks will be planned intently and often. Each day will end with a combined full-band rehearsal with Mrs. Sitler where individual sections will show off daily progress as they piece together music for Friday’s send off concert! This camp will have you and your student coming back year after year!

Camp Session: Date: Time:
Week 1 July 8th - 12th (9th - 12th grade) 10 AM - 3 PM
Week 2 July 15th - 19th (6th - 8th grade) 10 AM - 3 PM
Camp Cost:
$500/per week


Spence Howell

Spence Howell is excited to join Long Island University as the Marching Band Director in 2023. Mr. Howell brings to LIU an impressive array of experience as a performer and staff member in nationally recognized athletic band programs including The University of Alabama’s “Million Dollar Band” and the “Pride of the Mountains” Marching Band of Western Carolina University. Heavily involved in Drum Corps International, Spence holds the position of High Brass Coordinator at The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps of Rosemont, Illinois, and from 2020-2022 served as a High Brass Instructor at the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps of Denver, Colorado. As a DCI performer, he marched four years in Carolina Crown of Fort Mill SC, serving as a section leader, and was awarded Brass Member of the Year in 2018.

Mr. Howell comes to Long Island from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he has served the 400-piece Million Dollar Band for five years as a graduate teaching assistant and staff musical arranger, with responsibilities encompassing numerous operational, educational, and creative aspects of a premiere collegiate band program. Spence is accustomed to working under pressure at the most high-profile collegiate sporting events including multiple NCAA Football National Championships, postseason bowl games, and NCAA March Madness basketball tournaments. He has been involved in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade twice, as a performer with Western Carolina University in 2014, and as staff for Alabama’s Million Dollar Band’s appearance in 2021.

An accomplished performing musician, Spence Howell holds a Master's degree in trumpet performance and is currently completing his Doctoral studies at The University of Alabama. He plays regularly in professional orchestral, wind band, chamber music, and solo settings, with performance experience including the Tuscaloosa Symphony and Alabama (Birmingham) Symphony. As a trumpet player at Western Carolina University, he was featured as a soloist at the Bands of America Grand National Finals in 2015 and embarked on a performance tour of South Africa in 2017 with the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet. As Principal Trumpet of The Alabama Wind Ensemble, Spence’s premiere performances have included appearances at the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) Conference in 2020 and the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Conference in 2023. Spence Howell is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, and Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.

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