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Phone: (509) 963-1216
Fax: (509) 963-1239

CWU Summer Band Camp

Come and join us for five days of incredible music making and leadership training! You will be working side-by-side with some of Washington's premiere music educators. Online registration is easy and will be available later this year.

2019 Rates:

  • Resident $525.00
  • Commuter $ 325.00

What can I expect?

  • Life in a Residence hall on campus!
  • Meals provided through the CWU dining hall!
  • Spending time with CWU music students, your camp counselors!
  • Conducting workshops, leadership training, and much more!
  • A culminating performance on July 16th

After your registration application and deposit are received, all campers will receive a packet of information that will include a detailed camp schedule.

We hope to see YOU this summer!

CWU Drum Major / Leadership Academy Director

Image of Jeffrey Rowser.Jeffrey Rowser is a native of Attalla, Alabama and is a 1976 graduate of Etowah High School, where he lettered 3 years in band, basketball and track. Mr. Rowser later graduated from Auburn University (AU) with his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music Education. He was a saxophone major, studying with Lawrence Morgan. He also studied music arranging with Dr. Johnnie Vinson and Bob Richardson. He performed his student teaching duties with the legendary Tommy Goff at Auburn High School in 1980. While at Auburn, he was drum major of the Auburn University Marching Band for three years. His appointment by Dr. Bill Walls made Jeffrey the first African American Drum Major at Auburn University and in the Southeastern Conference.

Mr. Rowser, recently selected to be Director of Bands at Morgan County HS, brings 30 years of experience in music education. He was chosen in 2006, to lead the East Jackson Fine Arts Department in Jackson County Schools (GA). His hiring in 2006-07 was to prepare a Fine Arts Department that would begin its work in August 2007. He was chosen as “Teacher of the Year” for East Jackson in 2011. Prior to East Jackson, he served as a director in Dougherty County, Marietta City Schools(STAR Teacher 1988), with 15 years serving as the founding director at Salem HS (Conyers, GA), where he was “Teacher of the Year” in 1994 for Rockdale County Schools. During his career his bands received Superior Ratings in all marching, jazz and symphonic music events. His bands have won over 500 awards, with 300 of those coming at Salem HS as “Superior, Best-in-Class and Grand Champion” awards in band, drum major, color-guard, and winter-guard and drum line. His bands have received special invitations to perform in London, Toronto, Hawaii, Orlando, Kansas City and NY. His groups have performed frequently in the Atlanta Children’s Healthcare Parade televised on WSB-TV2. He and his wife, Vernelle, established the Salem HS Dance Team that won 9-State Champion Awards in both Jazz and Pom style competition. During those years the group also earned a national ranking with the Universal Dance Association held annually in Orlando, Florida.

In 1991, Rowser became a co-founder of the “Drum Major Leadership Academy” held annually on the campus of Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. His student management workshop, “Team Building Anywhere” is a featured session for band, chorus and student council groups around Georgia. He is now the founder of “Premier Drum Major and Leadership Academy” in South Carolina, Alabama and recently established at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. He is also a frequent clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor of Regional and State Band events in the Southeast. He has served on the Georgia Music Educators Board of Directors and organized several district events.