About

The Penn Band Summer Music Camp

The Penn Band Summer Music Camp is a week-long instrumental music program conducted on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Currently in its 13th year, the camp exposes high school instrumentalists to music and mirth on our historic college campus. We perform a diverse repertoire of music, ranging from jazz to concert band fare to current songs that are on everybody’s playlists right now! Campers live in a Penn dormitory, experience life on an Ivy League college campus, mingle with current members and alumni of the University of Pennsylvania Band, explore their Philadelphia surroundings, and learn valuable leadership and group-building skills. Most importantly, they learn and play music together at various venues on and around the Penn campus.

Music & Mirth – All of the Fun & Just the Right Amount of Work

We know that there are many Band Camps available each summer. We also know that these camps tend to mirror the tone and focus of competitive high school marching bands. The Penn Band Summer Music camp is different. Campers practice in a low-stress, fun-filled environment. We strive for (and achieve!) musical excellence, but our fervent wish is that the music not be a source of stress for any of the campers. At the Penn Band Summer Music Camp, you will find no competitive chairing/seating and no long hours marching “eight-to-five” in the hot, summer sun. Rehearsals are relaxed and fun, with frequent breaks for group activities, staff-run discussions, sectional break-out sessions, and more.

Leadership & Group Dynamics

Even great music and a relaxed atmosphere can get monotonous after a while, so we take the opportunity to pepper our rehearsal time with interesting and fun activities, developed over the years by our counselors and clinicians, and refined by camper feedback! Past campers have enjoyed conducting clinics, music arranging activities, discussions on the physics of music, “make your own music video” projects, music instruction and Skype discussions with professional jazz musicians, and talks on music and leadership from experts ranging from famous conductors to members of the Penn faculty. Campers enjoy these breaks so much, they often fail to realize that they’ve inadvertently learned something (and during the summer, no less!)

“College Lite”

When rehearsals are over, the real fun begins. High-school musicians are, after all, high school students, and most are excited/nervous about the rapidly approaching start of their own college experience. Campers at the Penn Band Summer Music Camp get a realistic taste of college life in a safe and supervised environment. We take full advantage of the Penn campus – campers live in the dormitories, eat in campus dining halls and popular student hangouts, and explore the wide variety of available campus facilities. In past years, there has been movie night in the dorms, game night in the Platt Performing Arts Center, Scramble Band Simulation (and some touch-football & ultimate frisbee) on historic Franklin Field, tours of the University’s famous Museum of Archeology & Anthropology, 3-D printing of mouthpieces and small wind instruments at Penn’s Education Commons, and even a few Wawa runs!

The Band Camp of Brotherly Love – Exploring Philadelphia

The University of Pennsylvania is located in the great city of Philadelphia, which affords the Penn Band Summer Music Camp the opportunity to explore the city and surrounding area. Each year, the campers take a walking tour of the city, including visits to the Philadelphia Art Museum (and its famous “Rocky” steps), the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, dinner in Chinatown and more! We have also ventured out to the Franklin Institute, Fairmount Park, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, the National Constitution Center, and the Navy Battleship U.S.S. New Jersey. Campers have a chance to get out of the band room and into the rich culture and history that Philadelphia has to offer.

It’s Showtime!

The Penn Band Summer Music Camp usually culminates in a camp-end concert at the Iron Gate Theater on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, typically attended by family, friends, and members of the Penn community. We also put on a children’s concert earlier in the week for some younger campers who attend another Penn program. But the highlight of 2016 promises to be our last performance of the week, when the Philadelphia Phillies take on the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on July 16th, and the Penn Band Summer Music Camp Band takes the field to perform the National Anthem! Family and friends are invited to join us for tailgating before the game and for the game itself. We will have a block of tickets so everyone can sit together and root for . . . . the Band?!?

Connecting Through Music

Just as there are many band camps available each summer, we know that there are many college programs available as well. We believe the Penn Band Summer Music Camp is one of the best because it gathers together people with common talents and interests – music and performance – puts them into a relaxed, friendly learning environment and encourages them to accomplish a series of goals together. Over the past twelve years, we have seen many campers return to camp for multiple summers, and many who make lasting friendships in just one week (as evidenced by the social media group chats that continue after camp ends and throughout the school year). Some have even matriculated to Penn and joined the Penn Band!

Serving the Community

In addition to the musical, cultural and educational opportunities provided by the Penn Band Summer Music Camp, there is also the opportunity to give back to our local community. The Philadelphia public school system has struggled in recent years to provide consistent musical education and opportunity to many of its students. Partnering with Musicopia (www.musicopia.net), Penn Band students, alumni, faculty and friends come together each year to provide several of these students the opportunity to experience all that the Penn Band Summer Music Camp has to offer. Whether you plan to join us for camp or not, we encourage you to go to this link and help us achieve this worthy goal.

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INSTRUMENTATION

The performance ensembles will accommodate the following instruments:
Piccolo
Flute
Oboes
Bassoon
Clarinet (Eb or Bb,soprano, alto, bass)
Saxophone (alto, tenor, baritone, bass)
Bb Trumpets/Coronets
French Horns/Mellophones
Trombone/Baritone/Euphonium/Bass Trombone
Tuba
Percussion (including pitched and miscellaneous percussion)
Electric/String Bass

A limited number of instruments are available on loan; inquire with Dr. Gupta upon registration.

THE STAFF

Assistant Director of the Penn Band, Kushol Gupta, Ph.D. (Penn '97 & '03) has been with the organization for 24 years and has directed the camp program for the last 14 years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry & Music and his Ph.D. in Pharmacology, all from the University of Pennsylvania. His other "cap" here at Penn is as a member of the faculty at the Perelman School of Medicine. Kushol is an avid arranger and plays the tuba and the trombone. Between 1993 and 1999, he was a staff member and drill writer for the Allentown (NJ) High School marching band program. Among his other responsibilities with the day-to-day operation of the University Band, he oversees the Band's high school outreach efforts. Over the past 14 years this has included three different high school honor bands: The Palestra Honor Band, Band Extravaganza Day, and the Welcome America 4th of July High School Honor Band. In 2006, he was the lead author of Images of America: The University of Pennsylvania Band (Arcadia Publishing), which details the first 100 years of the organization's history and more recently contributed to the Songs of Penn by Bruce Montgomery (2013). Kushol resides in South Jersey with his wife Meryl (Penn '97 & '01) and his two children, Chloe and Deven.

Steven Birmingham (Trumpet) has a BA in Economics and an MSE in the Management of Technology from UPenn. He has lived in Switzerland and France, and currently resides in Harrisburg, PA where he serves as Information Technology Director at a small regional college. Steven is a former Vice-president of the Penn Band and a member of the Band's honor society, Fanfare. He often teaches college courses and gives seminars on communications, leadership, negotiations, and project management. When not traveling, speaking, or working, Steven can be found in the kitchen, in an online game, or hanging out with friends.

Brian Greenberg (Trumpet) graduated from Penn in 1991, but has yet to successfully leave the Penn Band (not that he's trying). He is a familiar face at Homecoming, Alumni Day, the occasional Penn Basketball game and yes, Band Camp. When he's not finding excuses to break out his trumpet in Philadelphia, he serves as a Director in Bank of America's IT organization. And while he maintains he had nothing to do with all that Wall Street unpleasantness a couple of years ago, it's entirely possible that he knows the PIN number on our ATM card, so we try to leave him alone about it. Like last year, he hopes to combine his technical know-how with his love of the Penn Band to simulate an actual Penn Band halftime show on Franklin Field with the Band Camp campers. The Penn Band Directorship

THE PLATT STUDENT PERFORMING ARTS HOUSE

In the Fall of 2006, the Penn Band moved into its new rehearsal facility, the R. Greer Cheeseman III Band Room, within the Platt Student Performing Arts House.

The Platt Student Performing Arts House is a 13,000 square foot facility which includes:

The Penn Band rehearsal room, including its office and storage space
A dance rehearsal room with sprung floor, mirrors, and sound system
A theatre rehearsal room
Two music rehearsal rooms with pianos
Six administrative and student offices
A bank of computers with set, lighting, sound, poster design and music composition software
A cabaret stage with lights and sound
A comfortable lounge and resource area
The Penn Band is well-equipped and staffed for offerings of the highest quality. The Penn Band maintains a large and varied repertoire of musical instruments, flexible enough to serve any performance situation and equip any visiting student.

The Penn Band music library contains over 1000 pieces of music in its library of music, including over 200 customized arrangements of contemporary pieces. The band’s rehearsal room is equipped with a 7.1 surround sound system, DLP projector, 8-ft. projector screen, and audio recording capabilities.

PENN ATHLETICS

Via its association with the Department of Athletics, the band has access to athletic facilities at historic Franklin Field and the Palestra.

HOUSING

Participants will be residing in the high-rise dormitories located at 39th and Locust Walk (the high rises at the corner of 40th and Walnut Streets). These recently renovated dormitories features air conditioning, 3-bedroom quad accommodations with bathroom, kitchenette with refrigerator, 24-hour security and maintenance, study/TV lounges on various floors and the Underground Lounge, which features music practice rooms, and large-screen TVs. Camp Counselors will reside on each floor occupied by program participants and will be on-call. In the lobby of the dormitory an ATM machine is also available, if needed.

DINING

All camp meals (except for special meals (ie: Pizza, Hoagies) that will be provided by the Camp during the course of the week) will be served at either the Class of 1920 Commons, which is located on campus at 38th Street and Locust Walk, or Houston Hall, located at 36th and Spruce Streets. In order to receive meals, a dining/identification card will be issued to each camper at registration—this card is necessary to gain access to the cafeteria. The cafeteria offers a wide-variety of menu items designed to accommodate any dietary needs. In addition, there are several restaurants and grocery stores conveniently located within a few blocks of the dormitory, in case other provisions are needed.

Testimonials
  • "The University of Penn Band Camp. What can I say about it? This camp was fun, something new, and a great tour of one of the best colleges in Pennsylvania and an Ivy league school, this camp also showed me two important aspects of being a great musician: musicianship and inspiration for my instrument(s)."
    -- Markees M.,Camper

  • "When I first started coming to the camp during my freshman year of high school, I was pretty nervous about everything camp had in store for me. What I didn't realize at the time was I have made so many friends from this camp. To go to camp was the best decision I ever made. I have amazing memories that I will remember forever."
    -- Samantha R., past camper and counselor

  • "Hi I'm my name is Ilian, and I wanted to say how awesome the Penn Band Camp was for me. The experience I had for that week was really great. I got to experience meeting new people, socializing, and learning how to become more responsible. I can't express how much more responsible this Camp made me, and taught me how to become more independent. I became friends with people that I didn't even know! However, the Penn Band Camp didn't just teach me how to become a better person, but it also made me become better at reading music without needing to write the letter of each note on top of it. I became better with my tempo on how to come on time. Furthermore, my favorite thing that I became better as was playing higher notes than I originally could! To conclude, I enjoyed the experience the Penn Band Camp had, and I hope I can do it again."
    -- Ilian J., Camper

  • "My daughter has done two years of band camp and honor band and I am so happy that Penn Band has welcomed her into the fold. Both my husband and I are proud Penn Band alums, and love that she has had such a positive experience. They provide a week of music instruction that is both challenging and fun. The band campers have opportunities to play in a variety of settings, from a museum concert to a minor league baseball game. The end of session concert always sounds great! We are looking forward to sending both her and her younger sister to band camp this summer."
    -- Barbara M., Parent

  • "It has been very rewarding over the years to meet so many musicians and aspiring musicians at Penn Band Camp. I've seen struggling students become better students, good students go on to great colleges, and shy kids come out of their shell. The camp is a perfect mix of fun, serious music, and camaraderie. Highly recommended!"
    -- Steve B, Resident Clinician

  • "This camp is awesome. You play a lot--improving your endurance quite a bit over the week. You also get a ton of practice sight-reading, a very important skill. The dorms are fantastic, the program--especially the outstanding campus and city tours--and the entire leadership, especially Kush, but all of the counselors and everyone, is extremely intelligent, fun, and real. They take music seriously, but also know how to have a good time. Also, our final concert incorporated a theatrical side which you don't get in most band concerts. Of course, the Phillie's game was unbeatable!"
    -- Luke R., Camper

  • "I am a high school sophomore and hope to return for the third time to Penn band camp this summer. I commuted the first year, because I didn't know anybody and was apprehensive about the experience. However, I felt at ease the very first day. The students were from all walks of life, but had a common love of music. I keep in touch with my band friends throughout the year, and the week that I spend with them is the highlight of my summer. Camp has improved my musicianship, and deepened my love for Philadelphia and the Penn campus."
    -- Hailey K., Camper

Registration

TUITION
2017 Tuition Rates:

$925 for Overnight Residents: The fee includes tuition, room, board, t-shirts, and all the amenities and programming for the week.

$463 for Commuters: The fee includes tuition, lunches, and t-shirts. Evening activities are provided at no additional cost. This option is offered concurrently with the overnight option.

*children of Faculty/Staff of University of Pennsylvania are eligible for 10% discount!

ENROLLMENT

The Summer Music Camp Program at the University of Pennsylvania does not require an audition for admission.

Students must complete the online registration by July 1st, 2017. The deposit is non-refundable and does apply to your tuition. You may submit the full payment for tuition.

Full payment (less the deposit) is due by July 1st, 2017.

In addition to the registration form, a recommendation form must be completed by the student’s school music director or private instructor and mailed to the address below by July 1st, 2017. This information will be kept confidential and used to guide part assignment in the band and the program curriculum for the week.

Checks must be made payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. Written correspondence can be sent to the following address:

Kushol Gupta, Ph.D.- Summer Music Camp
The University of Pennsylvania Band
Platt Student Performing Arts House
Room 182 Stouffer Commons
3702 Spruce Street
Philadelphia PA 19104
kgupta@.upenn.edu
T: 215-898-8719

An email confirmation will be sent to you after your registration has been received. Please be certain to supply the correct e-mail address. If you do not provide an e-mail address, this confirmation will not be received. If you do not receive any notification within two weeks of mailing your payment, please call 215-898-8719 to confirm payment, or email kgupta@.upenn.edu.

DEPOSIT AND REFUND POLICY

Deposit: The required $50 deposit is non-refundable except for students awarded full tuition scholarships; the deposit directly applies towards your tuition payment.
Tuition Refund: If a student is unable to attend a camp session, a written request for any tuition paid (less the deposit) must be received at the address above before the session begins, otherwise, no refund will be granted.

PROGRAM HANDBOOK

A Program Handbook providing details on schedules, payment, housing needs, clothing, what to bring, medical forms, and other pertinent information will be sent to each participant beginning in June (as well as made available here).

HOUSING AND FOOD

All boarding students are housed in the University High Rises, air-conditioned residence halls which offer many amenities. Additionally, a resident staff of musician counselors supervises the students. Rooms house three or four campers, and each room has its own bath and kitchen. All meals will be provided for from the University Dining Services and other special arrangements.

Program Handbook
This program will feature public performances by all students in a large and small ensemble.
During the session, the Summer Music Camp will take advantage of the array of cultural and recreational opportunities that the University of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia has to offer, including Historic Philadelphia and the beautiful campus of the University of Pennsylvania.

INSTRUMENT SIGN-OUT

A limited number of instruments are available to loan to participants during the week of the camp. If you need to borrow an instrument for the program, contact the Camp Director at kgupta@upenn.edu at least two weeks before the start of the program. All percussion instruments (including pitched percussion) will be provided for by the camp.

INFORMATION HANDLING POLICY

All personal information supplied by music students and parents will be used only by the University of Pennsylvania for the purposes of mailing Summer Music Camp literature and application forms to those interested in our summer music programs and will not be sold, given, or lent to any other parties outside of the Penn Band or Conference Services Offices.

INSURANCE AND HEALTH CARE

The Student Health Services and numerous other local hospitals are available for any camper who may experience health problems. Health forms will be sent to you along with your handbook. These forms must be completed and returned on or before the first day of camp. Parents should provide health insurance for campers. For more questions on insurance coverage, please contact us at 215-898-8719.

ACCOMODATIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

If you have a disability requiring accommodations, please call (215) 898-8719 at least ten days prior to the start of the program. The University of Pennsylvania is accessible to persons with disabilities, and accessible parking is available at all sites.

Counselors

CAMP COUNSELORS WANTED

The Summer Music Camp seeks motivated and talented college students to serve as camp counselors for the Summer Music Camp in 2017. Benefits include stipend, room, and board for the week of the camp. Counselors are required to reside on campus during the week of the camp. Requirements for a counselor position include a good and fun-loving attitude, college-level proficiency in a musical instrument and considerable experience in ensemble performance.

Applications and related references for positions are due back on March 1st, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by March 15th, 2017.

See the application for more details:

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2016 COUNSELORS

Nora Lueth (Alto Sax) is 2016 graduate from Penn's nursing program, originally hailing from Sioux Falls, SD— yes people live in South Dakota! In her free time, she enjoys singing, musical theatre, reading good books, drinking iced coffee, watching copious amounts of television, and of course, playing the saxophone in the Penn Band. During her time at Penn, she served as president of the Penn Sirens (an all-female singing group), was the coordinator of the PennArts pre-orientation program, and was involved in multiple Stimulus Children's Theatre Productions. Nora starts her job as "a real nurse" at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania this summer, just days after band camp is over, and her hope is to one day become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Last but not least, she is SUPER jazzed to be a part of camp again this year and can’t wait to welcome you to the Penn Band family!

Linnea Phillips (Percussion) is also a 2016 graduate from Penn's nursing program. She will be working as nurse this year, and then returning to Penn to pursue a masters degree to become a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Midwife. Linnea joined the Penn Band as a sophomore, and abandoned her upper-woodwind ways in favor of the Drumline, where she was primarily a cymbal player. Linnea was co-section leader of the drumline, and the Secretary of the Penn Band Honor Society, Fanfare. Linnea hails from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, and is in Philly for the summer working for Residential Services. This is her second year being involved in Band Camp, and she is excited to be back!

Brooke Yanovich (Trombone and Flute) is a rising senior in the College of Arts and Sciences from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. As a Music major, she has set out to learn all of the instruments; so far, she knows flute, trombone, trumpet and clarinet. At Penn she is involved with PennFlutes, Penn Baroque Ensemble, the Christian Association and the Harrison Anime Club, the latter of which she leads as president. When she graduates, she plans to perform and compose. She can't wait to meet this year's talented students!

Emily Smith (Alto Sax) - 'counselor-in-training,'just graduated from Friends Select School and she will be attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall. She has been playing the alto saxophone for 8 years and the tenor saxophone for 2 years. She has been to Penn Band Camp for the last 5 summers. She cannot wait to be a CIT this summer and is looking forward to having another great week at band camp! Natalia Grosso (Trumpet) - 'counselor-in-training,' is a rising freshman at Philadelphia University with continuing study at Thomas Jefferson University to secure a BSN in nursing. She has been playing trumpet for eight years in various school bands under the direction of Joe Gehring who also conducts the West Chester Band, the Chesco Pops Orchestre and the Immaculata Symphony. Natalia participated in the Penn Honors Band for three years at the suggestion of her private trumpet instructor, Ron Durbin. She attended Penn Band Camp last year. Loved it! Wants to feel the spirit again! Great music! Great people! Great fun! Natalia is a certified First Responder, Lifeguard and volunteers with her local ambulance corps and cat shelter. She enjoys going to concerts (especially alternative rock) and making any kind of music. Loves her cat (Milo), the beach and playing rugby. Meow!!!.



2015 COUNSELORS

Nora Lueth (Alto Sax) is a incoming senior in the Penn Nursing, originally hailing from Sioux Falls, SD— yes people live in South Dakota! In her free time, she enjoys singing, musical theatre, reading good books, drinking iced coffee, watching copious amounts of television and movies, and of course, playing the saxophone in the Penn Band. At Penn, she serves as president of the Penn Sirens (an all-female singing group), is the coordinator of the PennArts pre-orientation program, and is a general member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. Nora hopes to one day become a Family Nurse Practitioner and plans to work in the emergency department of any major city when she graduates (ah!) next year. And last but not least, she is SUPER jazzed to be a part of the Penn Band Summer Camp this year and can’t wait to give back to a group who has given so much to her. Welcome to the Penn Band family!

Linnea Phillips (Percussion) is a rising senior at Penn, pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing. After graduation she hopes to further her education to specialize in maternal/newborn health and midwifery. Linnea joined the Penn Band as a sophomore, and abandoned her upper-woodwind ways in favor of the Drumline, where she is primarily a cymbal player. Linnea is a co-section leader of the drumline, and a member of the Penn Band Council. Though she has lived in several states, Linnea currently resides in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, and is in Philly for the summer doing research on a Lung Resuce ECMO program and working in the School of Nursing. This is her first year being involved in Band Camp, and she is excited to be involved!

Brooke Yanovich (Flute and Trombone) is a rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania planning to major in Architecture and minor in Jazz. She has played flute for 9 years, trombone for 5 years, the ocarina for 3 months and the sitar for one weekend. She has been able to take part in the Pennsylvania All-State Wind Ensemble and other ensembles. She looks forward to being a counselor at the camp!

Matthew Buchberg (Trombone) - 'counselor-in-training,' is starting a Nuclear Energy Technology program at Salem Community College after transferring from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has played trombone for 9 years in various groups including ensembles, bands, and marching bands. He has been attending Penn Band Camp for 5 years. Some of his favorite activities at Band Camp are playing games, cooking, reading, and of course playing music. He wants to wish everyone a happy band camp.



2014 COUNSELORS

Amy Kaiser-Jones (Trombone) is a rising sophomore at Gettysburg College. She has played trombone for 9 years, participating in marching band and wind ensemble in high school and in college. Amy is majoring in Computer Science with a minor in piano performance. Originally from Columbia, Maryland, Amy was introduced to the Penn Band (and Penn Band Camp) by her brother and band member David, and quickly grew to love the Penn Band Camp. In order to make sure that she never had to leave her week of summer fun, Amy decided to be a counselor and hopes to be one for as long as she can

Brooke Yanovich (Flute and Trombone) is a rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania planning to major in Architecture and minor in Jazz. She has played flute for 9 years, trombone for 5 years, the ocarina for 3 months and the sitar for one weekend. She has been able to take part in the Pennsylvania All-State Wind Ensemble and other ensembles. She looks forward to being a counselor at the camp!



2013 COUNSELORS

Joe Becker (Tuba) is a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been playing the tuba for 8 years and has been part of prestigious groups such as the All-South Jersey Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. Joe is from Voorhees, New Jersey which is a half hour away from Penn. He was part of marching band and wind ensemble at his high school. As a student, Joe majors in Biology and minors in Music with the hopes of eventually finding something to do with these degrees. He is a dedicated member of the Penn Band and its tuba section acting (pretending?) as the Low Brass Section Leader!

Danielle Greenwald (Percussion) is a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in bioengineering. With that degree, she hopes to make something that changes the world…or something. She played violin for nine years before starting college, and in high school she decided to join marching band where she drum majored and hit stuff in the pit. At Penn, Danielle ditched the violin and focused on hitting stuff in the Penn Band drumline. She’s extremely excited to be a counselor at PBHSSMS and teach Penn’s love of acronyms (among other things).

Samantha Rehrig (Flute) is a rising junior at Misericordia University. She studies occupational therapy with a minor in psychology. When not at school, Sam loves to watch movies, listen to music, and randomly drop in to Philadelphia to spend time with her friends in the Penn Band. Starting out as a camper herself, Sam grew a love for the Penn Band Camp and over the years decided she would stay for as long as possible. Sam has been playing the flute for 10 years now in Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, and Pit Orchestra in high school and college. She hopes for yet another amazing week of Penn Band Camp and can't wait to meet everyone!

2012 COUNSELORS

Joe Becker (Tuba) is a rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been playing the tuba for 6 years and has been part of prestigious groups such as the All-South Jersey Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. Joe is from Voorhees, New Jersey which is a half hour away from Penn. He was part of marching band and wind ensemble at his high school. As a student, Joe plans to major in Biology and possibly minor in Music with the hopes of eventually becoming a doctor. He is a dedicated member of the Penn Band and its tuba section!

Ari Bray (Clarinet) is a rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania.

Samantha Rehrig (Flute) just graduated from Camden Catholic High School and will be attending Misericordia University in the fall. Misericordia has a great academic program, but it's Band Camp is sorely lacking, so Sam decided to return to Penn and harass the trumpet players for yet another summer. The fate of the newly instituted "junior counselor" concept at camp rests in her hands, and quite frankly, she is reveling in the power this fact grants to her. When she's not in camp, Sam can be found watching movies (mostly about vampires and wizards), learning an audible instrument (the alto saxophone), and reviewing the Benajmin Moore color wheel in search of shades she has not yet colored her hair.



2011 COUNSELORS

Robin Acker (Flute) is a rising Senior at the University of Pennsylvania. She finds herself with a full schedule of classes and work between majoring in Nursing and minoring in Music, but she spends all of her free time with the Penn Band. She is one of the current Drum Majors of the Penn Band, and when not conducting she generally dances and sings until she either can't move anymore or doesn't have a voice. Robin is from Hamden, Connecticut, and is super excited to be a counselor for the first time, and can't wait to have an awesome time in Philly with everyone! Joe Becker (Tuba) is a rising Sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been playing the tuba for 6 years and has been part of prestigious groups such as the All-South Jersey Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. Joe is from Voorhees, New Jersey which is a half hour away from Penn. He was part of marching band and wind ensemble at his high school. As a student, Joe plans to major in Biology and possibly minor in Music with the hopes of eventually becoming a doctor. He is a dedicated member of the Penn Band and its tuba section!

Jen Sackowski (Alto Sax) Jen Sackowski is a rising Junior at the University of Pennsylvania. After two years of being tormented by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, she has recently transferred to the School of Arts and Sciences and is a Biology major and a Math minor. Along with her whirlwind love affair with the Penn Band, Jen also enjoys being on the Synchronized Swimming team and running various Newman Catholic Center events. She plays the alto saxophone and is crazy super excited for this summer's Band Camp!

Emily Dunay (Oboe) is a rising Freshman at the University of Pennsylvania. She has played the oboe for 7 years and also plays the piano. Emily is from Nashville, Tennessee, and plans to major in Biochemistry and minor in Music. In the future she hopes to become a wildlife veterinarian. She also plays tennis and plans to play on the campus tennis team at Penn.

Samantha Rehrig (Flute) just graduated from Camden Catholic High School and will be attending Misericordia University in the fall. Misericordia has a great academic program, but it's Band Camp is sorely lacking, so Sam decided to return to Penn and harass the trumpet players for yet another summer. The fate of the newly instituted "junior counselor" concept at camp rests in her hands, and quite frankly, she is reveling in the power this fact grants to her. When she's not in camp, Sam can be found watching movies (mostly about vampires and wizards), learning an audible instrument (the alto saxophone), and reviewing the Benajmin Moore color wheel in search of shades she has not yet colored her hair.



2010 COUNSELORS

Joe Becker (Tuba) is a rising Freshman at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been playing the tuba for 5 years and has been part of prestigious groups such as the All-South Jersey Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. Joe is from Voorhees, New Jersey which is a half hour away from Penn. He was part of marching band and wind ensemble at his high school. As a student, Joe plans to major in Biology and possibly minor in Music with the hopes of eventually becoming a doctor. He is eager to join the Penn Band and become part of the Penn community and all it has to offer. Joe Coyne (Trumpet) is a Masters Student at the University of Pennsylvania, studying to become an Electrical Engineer. This Past President and Secretary of the Penn Band hails from the desolate streets of Audubon NJ (856- Represent). Entering his 14th year of Trumpeting, Joe has performed with musical acts such as The Hold Steady and Broken Social Scene at concert venues along the East Coast. Generally he and Dr. G will disagree about all topics of administration and rule following... so get excited.

Jen Sackowski (Alto Sax) is a rising sophomore at Penn. Along with playing the best instrument in the world, her other hobbies include synchronized swimming, volunteering in New Orleans (saving the world, and playing with dogs). She majors in Bioengineering and plans to graduate fluent in sign language. From the city that never sleeps, Jen also never sleeps, and can be found late at night studying (but really playing Anagram Magic). She is very excited to be a counselor for the first time and hopes that everyone else is excited too!



2009 COUNSELORS

Jaci Rifkin (Percussion) is a rising junior at University of Pennsylvania. She majors in Psychology and plans to minor in French. In the Band, she is a member of the eternally-good-looking, ever-foxy Drumline. This year, she played a more nomadic role in the Band, dabbling not only in snare drum, but also in the bells, cowbell, tamborine, and even trying her hand[s] at conducting. Besides being in the Band, she is also a tour guide, where she claims her job is to encourage students to go to UPenn; in reality, however, it is an opportunity to gush about/recruit more kids to the Band. She is looking forward to (read: completely terrified about) this year's experience as the only female (read: only sane) counselor. Michael Wojcik (Trumpet) is a rising senior at Penn. He is majoring in Philosophy and minoring in German. Michael got bored with his Philosophy major (because Socrates kept asking too many annoying questions), so he decided to learn German (because Spanish had also gotten boring). Unfortunately, Michael started his minor a bit late (He’s already a senior now!). So, to help complete his German minor, he had to fly all the way to Germany this summer, to study for 6 weeks at the Freie Universität Berlin. When not studying in Berlin (i.e., partying in techno-clubs with crazy German people), he spends a lot of time playing music at Penn. He plays trumpet in both Penn Band and Penn Jazz (The former, for fun. The latter, for serious!) He’s been playing trumpet for almost 12 years now (at his peak, reaching #57 on the Mexican charts for his 2002 cover of Herb Alpert’s classic hit “Spanish Flea”).

Gordon Watkins (Percussion) is a rising junior at Penn and, as a pre-med student, plans on majoring in Biology with minors in Chemistry and the Biological Basis of Behavior. Gordon hails from the City of Champions, Pittsburgh, PA, and insists that he is a champion of the bells, as well. In addition to playing percussion, he also has played the piano for 10 years and plays the organ every week for his church. Gordon is also treasurer of the Penn Band serves as the official Penn Band meteorologist. Outside band, Gordon is a member of the Alpha Phi Omega community service fraternity and a volunteer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He will get his geekiness on while working in a CORE tissue lab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the fall.



2008 COUNSELORS

Rebecca Aaberg's (Clarinet) love affair with the clarinet began her senior year of high school when she put aside the oboe to try a crazy little thing called marching band. She and the single reed were quickly attached at the lips (one of "those" couples), and now she's rarely seen on the field without it. Rebecca has been in the Penn Band since Fall 2006 and section leader since Spring 2007. In the coming fall, she'll continue on as head clarinet and start as Assistant Drum Major. Aside from band (there's life outside of band?), Rebecca swing dances in the West Philly Swingers and works in Harnwell College House as the Office Manager. Oh, and in her spare time she's a rising junior studying International Relations and Hispanic Studies (though she's been too lazy to declare that second major so far). Tory Gobat (clarinet) cannot believe she will be a junior at Penn already. Majoring in Digital Media Design, she also hopes to complete minors in Music and Psychology (with the help of a few petitions). A member of the Penn Band and the Penn Wind Ensemble over the past two years, in her spare time she enjoys all-nighters of programming homework...wait, what? Tory has played the clarinet for 11 years (and dabbled with the alto saxophone in high school jazz band for a year) and is excited to help out at a band camp for the first time since her high school marching band.

Sandra Mazlagic (French Horn) is halfway done with college at Penn, and feels pretty strange about it. She has at times been known to be a devoted band member, but also sometimes not, because she is too passionate about mathematics, Romance languages, and swing dancing. She has had a blooming romance with the French horn for ten years, a continuing affair with mellophone for the past six, with a four-year fling with jazz trumpet in high school. She's also had a pretty boring relationship with piano for thirteen years or so, but it's not her favorite. Although her life sounds like all music and dance and flowers, it is also a lot about exploring the world. She was born in former Yugoslavia, and she is going to study abroad in Cuba (!!!) in the fall. So you can probably ask her about like socialism or being Slavic, if you'd like!

Jaci Rifkin (Percussion) is a rising sophomore at University of Pennsylvania, and she plans on majoring in Psychology. Besides playing the snare drum on the Penn Band Drumline, she loves to play anything that involves hitting, plucking, or crashing, including the drums, piano, guitar, and various other percussion instruments. Besides the band, Jaci is involved with a few neuroscience labs on campus, giving her the official Drumline title "The Brain". In the future, she hopes to somehow find to a way to incorporate music (and hitting things) into her research of the many mysteries of the brain.

Michael Wojcik (Trumpet) is a rising junior at Penn. He plans to major in philosophy, while minoring in unemployment. Currently, he is working at the Adolescent Risk Communication Institute of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. He enjoys this job because the name sounds impressive. More importantly, Michael plays trumpet in Penn Jazz and Penn Band. However, Michael often must deflect insults, from fellow Penn Jazz members, concerning his membership in the Penn Band. He usually mumbles something about "musical community service" to avoid embarrassment. Michael is in his 10th year of playing the trumpet, but has recently picked up the guitar, claiming that "girls dig guitar, man."



2007 COUNSELORS

Noah Becker (Trombone) is an enthusiastic junior-to-be at the University of Pennsylvania and he someday hopes to decide on a major, maybe even this year! Along with playing trombone with the Penn Band, Noah is also a brother in the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, a member of the Pennsylvania Six-5000 a cappella group and a founding brother of Penn’s mysterious and exclusive FabFive™. Noah is entering his 12th year of trombone playing. Mel Foreman (Trombone) - Mel is a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania, double majoring in Political Science and American History. Back from a one year hiatus from the Penn Band Camp, she is excited to be once again being able to share her love of music with high school students. She has been a "bonehead" for the past twelve years and looks forward to contributing to the shenanigans of the Penn Band during her final year at Penn.

Carly Weiss (Percussion) is a rising sophomore in the College, hoping to major in both political science and economics, but who knows at this point. She is a percussionist through and through, having played for five years now. Carly mostly monopolizes the quad toms, but occassionally dabbles in some snare, bass, and whatever else needs filling in. Penn Band percussion is all fun and games, but her main interest is writing her own music, for piano. She is also a member of Penn's Club Ice Hockey team.

Michael Wojcik (Trumpet) is a rising sophomore at Penn. He plans to major in philosophy, while minoring in unemployment. Currently, he is working at the Adolescent Risk Communication Institute of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. He enjoys this job because the name sounds impressive. More importantly, Michael plays trumpet in Penn Jazz and Penn Band. However, Michael often must deflect insults, from fellow Penn Jazz members, concerning his membership in the Penn Band. He usually mumbles something about "musical community service" to avoid embarrassment. Michael is in his 10th year of playing the trumpet, but has recently picked up the guitar, claiming that "girls dig guitar, man."



2006 COUNSELORS

Noah Becker (trombone) is an enthusiastic sophomore-to-be at the University of Pennsylvania and he someday hopes to decide on a major, maybe even this year! Along with playing trombone with the Penn Band, Noah is also a brother in the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, a member of the Pennsylvania Six-5000 a cappella group and a founding brother of Penn’s mysterious and exclusive FabFive™. Noah is entering his 11th year of trombone playing.

Brooke Prashker (flute) - Brooke is entering her junior year at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is majoring in Biological Basis of Behavior with a minor in Health Care Management. She is the flute section leader of the Penn Band, but when needed, she plays the alto saxophone as well. She works in a Psychiatry laboratory that studies the genetics of mental disorders and is also a Big Sister in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. Brooke has been playing the flute for eleven years, piccolo for nine years, and the saxophone for three years.

John Palusci (trombone) – John is entering his sophomore year at the University of Pennsylvania with a major in chemistry and a minor in music. Over the summer he will be playing with lasers, oops, he means researching with lasers. Although John has only been playing trombone for 4 years, don’t let that fool you: he participates in many University ensembles such as the Penn Symphony Orchestra, Penn Wind Ensemble, and of course the Penn Band.



2005 COUNSELORS

deMauri Mackie (french horn) -- deMauri is entering her senior year at the University of Pennsylvania where she is a biochemistry major and German and psychology minor. Her on-campus activities include the Penn Band and Sigma Kappa Sorority. Next year deMauri will serve as the Drum Major and CD production manager for the Penn Band. The rest of her 'free' time is spent doing research in Childrens' Hospital of Philadelphia's Departement of Immunology. deMauri has played French horn for eleven years and this is her second summer with UPSMI. Jacqueline Scena (clarinet) - Jackie is entering her senior year at the University of Pennsylvania, and is earning a major in Psychology and minors in English and Chemistry. In addition to playing clarinet and bass clarinet with the Penn Band, she works in a Psychiatry laboratory that studies the genetics of mental illnesses and tutors high school students. Jackie has played the clarinet for twelve years.

Mel Foreman (trombone) -- Mel is entering her sophomore year at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Political Science and minoring in History. Over the summer she is working at Van Pelt Library and the Penn Fund. She has been a "bonehead" for the past ten years and looks forward to contributing to the shenanigans of the Penn Band over her remaining years at Penn.



2004 COUNSELORS

Jessica Neiterman (trumpet) -- Jessica is entering her junior year in the College of Arts and Sciences where she is majoring in History and Sociology of Science. She has played the trumpet for the past eleven years, and enjoys contributing to the antics of the Penn Band. deMauri Mackie (french horn) -- deMauri is currently a junior studying Biochemistry and German at the University of Pennsylvania. Her on-campus activities include the Penn Band and Sigma Kappa Sorority, as well as being a research assistant in the Penn Medical School's Division of Rheumatology where she studies the genetics of auto-immune diseases. deMauri has played French horn for ten years.

Allison Fandl (percussion) -- Allison is entering her second year at the University of Pennsylvania's College of Arts and Sciences. She is majoring in Classical Studies, with a concentration in the languages, Classical Greek and Latin. On campus she plays with the Penn Band, and off campus she teaches as the pit instructor for the Penn’s Grove High School Marching Band in South Jersey. Allison has been playing percussion for eight years and plans to continue playing well into her nursing-home years.

Jason Beiger (trumpet) -- Jason is a rising junior in the College ('06) from Kings Park, NY. He has been playing trumpet for eleven years, and is a member of the Penn Band, Brass Choir, and Quadramics Pit Orchestra. Jason is both a Vagelos Scholar and University Scholar, and is a chemistry and biochemistry double major. This summer, he will be working as an organic chemistry researcher.

Forms

Important Dates

Enrollment Materials and Deposit due July 1st, 2017
Director Evaluations Due July 1st, 2017
Counselor Applications Due March 15th, 2017
Counselor Decisions Mailed April 1st, 2017
Scholarship Applications Due May 1st, 2017
Scholarship Decisions Mailed May 15th, 2017


Important Forms

2017 Camp Forms

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2017 Director's Evaluation Form

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2017 Scholarship Application Form

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2017 Counselor Application Form

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2017 Counselor Application Form

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Camp Handbook

2017 Commuter Handbook and Forms
Contents

The 2017 Camp Counselors
The 2017 Resident Clinicians
The Camp Schedule
Registration
Dining
Balance Due
Driving Directions, Parking, Public Transportation
Things to Bring to Camp
Contact Information
Rules of Conduct
Important Forms
Other Important Information

The Camp Schedule

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Pick-up each day in front of the Platt center.

The Sunday and all evening activities are *optional* for commuters - commuters are welcome and strong encouraged to participate, but attendance is not required. 2nd Pick-up for these activities will be at later in the evening (see schedule), each at the Platt Center. Breakfasts are not provided.

Registration

The commuter track is scheduled to run from Sunday, July 9th to Saturday, July 15th. Registration begins at 2:00PM on July 9th at The Platt Student Performing Arts House on the University of Pennsylvania Campus

At this time, all formsand payments will be due. Daily Pick-up will be from this location. The 37th Street stop on the Septa Green line is several meters away from the front door of the Platt Center.

Enter the Platt Center and proceed down the stairs. Walk past the cabaret space and proceed down the hallway. At the end of the hallway is Room 182 - the Penn Band's Rehearsal Room. If you get lost, call 215-898-8719!

Map of the Penn Campus

Directions to the Platt Student Performing Arts Center at 3702 Spruce Street (Google Maps)

Dining

Conference Dollars. Overnight students will receive an ID card charged with “Conference Dollars,” giving them the opportunity to dine at different locations here on the Penn Campus (the number of meals depending on whether they are on the "Commuter" or "Overnight" track). Students will be informed in detail on how to enjoy these options at camp orientation. Also important to note is that Penn Dining does strive to accommodate people of all dietary restrictions and needs – all you simply need to do is ask!

Below are links that describe the options in more detail
1920 Commons (cafeteria-style dining options - Breakfast and Dinner)
Houston Market (ala carte Lunch options)
In addition, there are several restaurants, grocery stores, and convenience stores conveniently located within a few blocks of the dormitory, in case other provisions are needed.

Institutional dining options are supplemented with food provided by the camp (ie: pizza, subs, continental breakfast, etc.).If you have ANY dietary restrictions, please inform Dr. Gupta (kgupta@upenn.edu) as soon as possible.

Balance Due

If you would prefer to pay your remaining balance on the same card that you used for your non-refundable deposit, you do not need to do anything. It will automatically be charged on July 7th, 2016.
If you would prefer to pay the remaining balance with a different credit card, please contact Kushol Gupta at 267-259-0082 with your new card information.
If you would prefer to send a check for your remaining balance, please make the check payable to "Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania" and send the check and a print out of your registration to the following address:

Kushol Gupta c/o The Univ of PA Band
Rm 182 Stouffer Cmns Platt SPAH 3702 Spruce Street
Stouffer Commons
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6026

Please note that if a check is not received by July 7th, 2017 and we have not heard from you regarding a different form of payment, your credit card on record will be charged.

Things to Bring to Camp
  • Cell phones are permitted, with the stipulation that they are turned off and not used during rehearsals and other camp activities.
  • Shorts/T-shirt/sneakers for the walking tour, the Philadelphia Soul, and Franklin Field Night, as well as mosquito repellent!
  • Sunblock and comfortable walking shoes for tour of Philadelphia
  • Spending money for incidental expenses (snacks, soda machine,etc.)
  • Concert Attire for the Saturday Performance: Men - Black pants, dress shoes, white collar shirt, dark tie. Black jacket is optional. Women: Black pants, dress shoes, and white blouse, or dark dress.

The camp t-shirt distributed at Registration will be the 'uniform' for the Philadelphia Soul performance; jeans and shorts with sneakers can complete the ensemble. The attire for the Friday Children's concert will be casual.

Your Instrument, including valve oil/slide cream, reeds, and other accessories. If possible, brass players should bring mutes (not required, but preferred). Percussion and Tubas will be available for use. A Collapsible Music Stand is advisable but not required.
A limited number of instruments are available to loan to participants during the week of the camp. If you need to borrow an instrument for the program, contact the Camp Director (Kushol Gupta) at kgupta@stwing.upenn.eduat least two weeks before the start of the program.

Contact Information

Before Camp:
The University of Pennsylvania Band
Platt Student Performing Arts House
Room 182 Stouffer Commons
3702 Spruce Street
Philadelphia PA 19104
T: 215-898-8719 or 267-259-0082
 
Kushol Gupta, Ph.D.
Camp Director, Penn Band Summer Music Camp
Assistant Director, Penn Band
kgupta@stwing.upenn.edu

Kushol Gupta
Cell Phone Number : 267-259-0082 (call at any time)
Band Office Phone Number: 215-898-8719
Harrison College House Front Desk: (215) 573-3576

Rules of Conduct

These rules have been drawn up to ensure the comfort and safety of all students and to provide a secure, stable environment for the program as a whole.

PLEASE NOTE: These rules will be strictly enforced during the program. Disciplinary action, which may results in immediate dismissal from the camp, may be taken by the Program Director against any student found guilty of committing, attempting to commit, or intentionally assisting in the commission of any of the following prohibited forms of conduct:

1. Failure to observe curfew and lights out by being outside of the room or building past designated times without specific permission from counselors.

Curfew: 10PM; Lights Out: 11:30PM

2. Unauthorized entry into University-related living units that disrupts sleep or study, that damages the physical facility or that invades the privacy of others.

No boys in girls’ rooms or girls in boys’ rooms under any circumstance

3. Failure to attend camp activities.

4. Failure to attend scheduled performances in which the individual is a participant or other scheduled performances that are designed for the Camp participants.

5. Failure to demonstrate a cooperative, positive attitude.

6. Tampering with fire-fighting equipment, turning in a false alarm or engaging in behavior that constitutes a significant fire hazard.

7. Use of unreasonably loud stereo equipment in the housing units during the course of the program.

*8. Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages, or the furnishing of alcoholic beverages, on University-owned or controlled property or at University-sponsored or supervised activities.

9. Intentional disruption or interference with the process of instruction.

10. Damage, destruction, theft, or unauthorized use of personal property located on or off the Penn Campus.

11. Unauthorized entry into or use of University property, including facilities, residence halls, equipment, or resources.

*12. Possession, use, or threatened use of firearms, knives, explosives, or dangerous chemicals.

*13. Illegal use, possession, or furnishing of dangerous or narcotic drugs on University-owned or controlled property or at University sponsored or supervised activities.

14. Indecent or unacceptable conduct on University property or at University sponsored or supervised activities.

15. Physical abuse or conduct that threatens imminent physical harm or endangers the health or safety of any person on University property or at University sponsored or supervised activities.

16. Smoking is prohibited for campers under the age of 18.

*We have zero tolerance for drugs, alcohol and weapons. Offending students will be sent home immediately.

Important Forms

The forms must be submitted at the time of Registration.

PDF Forms

Before Registration, all materials forms can be sent to:
Kushol Gupta c/o
The University of Pennsylvania Band
Platt Student Performing Arts House
Room 182 Stouffer Commons
3702 Spruce Street
Philadelphia PA 19104

Other Important Information

Information Handling Policy

All personal information supplied by music students and parents will be used only by the University of Pennsylvania for the purposes of mailing Summer Music Camp literature and application forms to those interested in our summer music programs and will not be sold, given, or lent to any other parties outside of the Penn Band or Conference Services Offices.

Insurance and Health Care

The Student Health Services and numerous other local hospitals are available for any camper who may experience health problems. Health forms will be sent to you along with your handbook. These forms must be completed and returned on or before the first day of camp. Parents should provide health insurance for campers. For more questions on insurance coverage, please contact us at 215-898-8719.

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

If you have a disability requiring accommodations, please call (215) 898-8719 at least ten days prior to the start of the program. The University of Pennsylvania is accessible to persons with disabilities, and accessible parking is available at all sites.

Scholarships


SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

**Application deadline is May 1st, 2017. Awardees will be notified by May 15th, 2017.**
Your application should consist of an audition tape – 32 bars of from a piece of your choice which best demonstrates your talents. Please write your name, the name of the work being performed, and the date on the cover to the audio tape.
The application, linked below.

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Mail Applications to:
Kushol Gupta, Ph.D.- Summer Music Camp
The University of Pennsylvania Band
Platt Student Performing Arts House
Room 182 Stouffer Commons
3702 Spruce St
Philadelphia PA 19104
T: 215-898-8719
kgupta@upenn.edu

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