The GDYB Summer Band program is an immersive experience for young band musicians to meet, play, and perform with other talented students from the Decatur area.  The program will be led by experienced faculty from the Millikin University School of Music and will include rehearsals, group lessons, guest performers, masterclasses, and recreational activities.  Students are able to register for either week of the program or both, and there will be opportunities for students to perform during both weeks.

Faculty for the GDYB program will include Corey Seapy, Director of Bands at Millikin University, and Neal Smith, Chair of Music Education at Millikin University and Director of the Decatur Youth Symphony Orchestra.  Other faculty and staff will include Millikin teachers and students, as well as experienced professional musicians who will help students learn and develop their musical skills over the course of the program.  This is the perfect opportunity for young band students who want to catch up on some musical opportunities they may have missed during this past school year.

Lunch will be provided and the location and parameters for rehearsals and classes will be determined based on the guidelines established by the Macon County Health Department at the time the program is held.


June 7 – 11 Week 1

June 14 – 18 Week 2


Corey Seapy – Director of Bands at Millikin University, Director Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Neal Smith – Chair of Music Education at Millikin University, Director Decatur Youth Symphony Orchestra

Fee: $150R/$160NR for one week, $250R/$260NR for both weeks

Registration Deadline: May 31