Jazz Camp: June 15 - 20, 2014

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2014 Jazz Camp Students

The camp is open to all music students entering eighth grade through college, adult musicians, and music educators with all levels of skills and abilities.
Location: Aquinas College Art & Music Center
Classes: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Lunch: Noon - 12:50 p.m.)
Showcase Performance: Friday, June 20 at 2 p.m. (Admission is free.)
Camp Fees: The fee for day campers is $250, which includes all materials, classes, lunches, and a camp T-shirt. The fee for overnight campers is $450 total, which includes all of the above in addition to room and board.
Dorm Check-In: Dorm check-in is from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 15.
Camp Placement: Mandatory placement level auditions, theory test, and elective selections for all students will begin at 3 p.m. in the Art & Music Center on Sunday, June 15.
College Credit: College students may apply for college credit.
Auditions for Jazz Camp: The students may choose any prepared piece, classical or jazz, with which to audition. The excerpt doesn't have to be more than one minute long. The piece they choose should be something they've had prepared for a while and something they feel very confident about. The point is to hear them play something they feel confident about, whatever that might be. We will be able to tell quite a lot about their proficiency from the pieces they choose and how well they play them. We need to hear each student playing in a confident manner before we ask them to read music and improvise over a B-flat blues for us. When we ask them to read music and improvise for us, we will get a perspective on how they handle unprepared material.
  • Camp Classes, Activities, & Curriculum: Continuous from 9 to 11:50 a.m.; Lunch - Noon to 12:50 p.m.; resuming from 1 to 5 p.m.
    Combos, big bands, faculty concerts, concerts featuring students with faculty, master classes, and electives: jazz theory & analysis, jazz composing & arranging, jazz styles & rhythmic exploration, jazz keyboard accompaniment, and jazz styles & performance techniques (interpretation and improvisation). Connect with us on Facebook & MySpace.
  • Overnight Camper Schedule:
    Breakfast: 8 to 8:50 a.m.
    Dinner: 5 to 6:30 p.m.
    Evening Activity: 7 to 10 p.m.
    Lights Out (taps): 11:30 p.m.
Dr. Paul Brewer - Camp Director, Trombone & Big Band Jeff Ingraham - Trombone
Matt Brewer - Electric & Acoustic Bass Tom Lockwood - Electric Bass
Max Colley III - Trumpet Jonathan Nichol - Tenor Saxophone
Robin Connell - Piano, Keyboards & Composition Bob Nixon - Alto Saxophone & Big Band
Mike Hyde - Electric & Acoustic Guitar Jon Wert - Drum set & Percussion
The instructors listed above are all recognized jazz masters whose careers as teachers and players are well established and widely respected.
Camp Enrollment
To enroll, mail a $25 (non-refundable) deposit (or the full amount) payable to “Aquinas College” with the camp registration form (pdf).
>Download the 2014 Jazz Camp Brochure and Registration Form (pdf)
Please Note: An additional administrative fee of $30 will be applied to late registrations received after June 2, 2014. Full payment is required at the time of registration for the Summer Jazz Camp. We accept Visa or Mastercard (please include full name stated on credit card, complete address, expiration date and 3 digit V#).
Need Additional Information? Contact the Music Department at (616) 632-2413 or
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