2017 Schoener MusicMan Camp featured many new experiences! 80+ campers investigating the Science of Sound with Digital Looping, exploring Brazilian percussion, performing with Master Trumpeter, Al Chez, and our new MusicMan Camp Song composed by Dr. Drew Shanefield – “Brad’s Big Band Boogie Woogie Brass Brigade in B Flat!”


Thanks to huge support from Mayor Tom Micozzie and the Upper Darby Township – in 2017 the Schoener MusicMan Campers offered 9 days of incredible musical opportunities daily from 9am-3pm Monday, June 19th through Friday, June 23rd, AND Monday, June 26th through Thursday, June 29th in Beverly Hills Middle School AND performed in the Brad Schoener Auditorium! The MusicMan Camp featured daily lessons in small group/individual settings catering to each student’s experience level, large ensemble experiences, and exploration of music highlighted by workshops including:

Digital Looping — Song Writing

World Drumming —– Ukelele  & Guitar

Jazz Improvisation —-Instrument Exploration Day

For Young Band & String Musicians Who Have Completed Grades 3-8


A limited number of scholarships are available for Upper Darby School District students. To apply for a scholarship to the Schoener MusicMan Camp, please check with your Upper Darby School District music teacher for their recommendation. *Students MUST have their music teacher’s recommendation in order to receive a scholarship.

Camp Registration Fee: $179.00

Out of District Fee: $199.00

(Attendees will be responsible for their own lunch each day.)


Thanks to a Grant Partnership with Musicopia – We Welcomed Special Guest Musicians for 2017!


Caryn Lin

Caryn Lin is a classically trained violinist who became an electric violinist, composer, and education innovator who literally transforms sound. She has performed everywhere from Lincoln Center to the Crayola Crayon Factory; the Kimmel Center to Six Flags; a monastery in the French Alps to hundreds of thousands of kids in 2500 schools and community venues. Caryn’s mesmerizing music is created by using electric violins, looping and a myriad of other sounds and effects, and is described as “the musical equivalent of light traveling through a prism”. She has been featured on MTV’s The Real World and on 150 international radio stations including Sirius/XM satellite.


Minas takes Brazilian and American roots to create a sound that is fresh and innovative, from ballads tinged with melancholic traits of Blues and Choro, to Folk coasting on the subtle coolness of a Bossa Nova pulse, to upbeat Sambas elaborated with instrumental jazz improvisation, scat singing and whimsical whistling. With recordings of original music and a collection of over 100 songs, Orlando and Patricia’s compositions have been compared to classics by Cole Porter and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Capturing the essence of great songwriting with memorable melodies, inventive harmonies, and poetic lyrics, the music of Minas is engaging for audiences of all ages.
Orlando Haddad and Patricia King formed Minas in 1978 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. They proceeded to play all over the eastern United States before moving to Brazil, where they lived, entertained and traveled, absorbing the essence of Brazilian culture. In 1984, Orlando and Patricia returned to the United States and raised a family while performing and recording extensively, building their reputation as one of the most sought-after Brazilian groups of its kind. Multi-talented as composers, vocalists and instrumentalists, and equally comfortable in Brazilian festive music and jazz, folk and classical genres, Minas has developed various performance styles which have placed them in front of every kind of audience and venue. Orlando and Patricia have over 30 years of educational experience, having both taught full-time in the School District of Philadelphia. Orlando and Patricia hold degrees from University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Drexel and Temple Universities, and The University of the Arts.

MusicMan Camp Director – Rachel Brown (UDSD)

Camp Administrator – Linda McCoy (Upper Darby)

 Brass Instruction:

Al Chez                 Ted Chaney                Alex Goodman

Woodwind Instruction:

Chris LaBonde            Kristin Nelson

Percussion Instruction:

Ken Eidinger

String Instruction:

Kathy Dougherty

Guitar Instruction: 

Anna Gentile               Alex Goodman


Al Chez – Musicianship/Improvisation

Alex Goodman – Improvisation/ Guitar

Moe Jerant – World Drumming

Doug Raines – SmartMusic/Composition

Katie Juliano – Ukelele

Sheli Hali – Yoga


Eric Guzy, Jake McDonald, Stephen McCarrick, Stephen Abbate, Catherine Barr, Lydia Tirfe


Questions? Contact:

Upper Darby Department of Leisure Services


Thanks to a 2013 grant from Phillies Charities, Inc. — The Brad Schoener Music Fund teamed up with the Upper Darby Township Department of Leisure Services, the Upper Darby School District, and the Upper Darby Arts & Education Foundation to deliver a brand-new summer enrichment camp for young music students who reside in and around Upper Darby.

The 2013 Inaugural “Schoener MusicMan Camp” was geared toward students entering grades 4-8, with beginner and intermediate levels of experience on their musical instruments. The Schoener Fund and MusicMan Camp Director, Justin Heimbecker, assembled an all-star staff of professional music educators from within the district and from surrounding states and countries, supported by local music education majors and Upper Darby High School band students.

This program is a partnership of Upper Darby Township, Thomas N. Micozzie, Mayor, the Brad Schoener Fund, and the Upper Darby School District. The Schoener MusicMan Camp is sponsored by Zeswitz Music, Inc.. and J.W. Pepper, Inc.  The camp is made possible by a grant from Phillies Charities, Inc.

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