Music at Aquinas College

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    Jazz Camp

Jazz Camp

2018 Jazz Camp Evaluation Form:

Who is Jazz Camp for?

The Aquinas College Jazz Camp is designed for musicians entering 8th Grade—finishing High School, BUT can be adjusted for the College Student looking for college credit or the Adult Musician looking to advance their skills!

View Brochure (pdf)

2018 Jazz Camp Instructors

Dr. Paul Brewer Camp Director, Trombone & Big Band
Tim Froncek Drumset & Percussion
Benje Daneman Trumpet
Jeff Ingraham


Bob Nixon Alto Sax & Big Band
Tom Lockwood  Electric & Acoustic Bass, Saxophone
Mike Hyde

Electric & Acoustic Guitar

Matt Brewer Electric & Acoustic Bass
Robin Connell Piano & Keyboards

The instructors listed above are all recognized jazz masters whose careers as teachers and players are well established and widely respected.

Additional Details

  • Camp Placement: Mandatory camp introductions, placement level auditions, theory test, and elective selections for all students will begin at 3 p.m.
  • 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.
    • Flute
    • Saxophones (You pick your tempo at audition.)
    • Trumpet
    • Trombone
    • Bass
    • Guitar (and other concert pitch instruments) 
    • Piano
      • Please use this as a guide to prepare for your audition. We realize that, depending upon your prior training, you may only be able to do some of what is on this list.
      • Students will be asked to demonstrate, as able:
        1. A short musical selection, or part of a longer one. Any style of music is okay.
        2. A jazz standard of your choice, melody/chords, optional improvisation.
          Suggestions: Now’s The Time (or other 12 bar blues), Autumn Leaves, Blue Bossa, All the Things You Are, So What, (or other 16 – 32 bar jazz standard).
        3. Major scale(s). You will be asked to play 2 – 3 major scales.
        4. Chords. You will be asked to demonstrate, as able: triads, 7 th chords, jazz piano voicings.
        5. Sight reading. You will be given a selection written in the grand staff, and also a selection with chord symbols to sight read.
        6. Improvisation, with accompaniment.

What are my options?

$300* for a Day Camper

What does that get me?
Camp T-shirt, lunch Monday-Friday, master instruction each day, 60+ new friends!

$500* for an Overnight Camper

What does that get me?
Everything a Day Camper gets PLUS breakfast and dinner (Sun. night-Fri.), fun evening activities, and overnight accommodations in our dorms.

*a $25 deposit is required to secure your spot and is included in your total fee!

Online Registration CLOSES on June 4, 2018**

**a $30 late fee will be incurred after this date for all registrations


What is the schedule?

Camp Check-In* will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 17th in the Art and Music Center.

Camp Introductions will begin at 3:00 p.m. in our Kretshcmer Recital Hall.

Mandatory auditions and theory testing will begin at 3:15 p.m.

Daily Schedule:
Classes 9—11:50 a.m.
Lunch Noon– 12:50 p.m.
Classes 1—5 p.m

Overnight Camper Schedule: Breakfast 8-8:50 a.m.
Dinner 5-6:30 p.m.
Evening Activity 7-10 p.m.
Lights Out 11:30 p.m.

*Dorm Check-In is from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 17th.


Email us:
Dr. Paul Brewer, Camp Director
616-632-2416 or
Betsey Ingraham, Administrative Assistant
616-632-2413 or