Music at Aquinas College

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    Jazz Camp

Jazz Camp

Jazz Camp 2020

Sunday, June 14 – Friday, June 19, 2020

Summer Jazz Camp Mission Statement

Since 1985, the Aquinas College Summer Jazz Camp (SJC) has taught the American art form of jazz to hundreds of youth and adults throughout Michigan and the Midwest. The SJC strives to be an inclusive one week summer camp that challenges the advanced musician while simultaneously providing opportunities for growth to the developing musician through a many faceted curriculum with highly qualified instructors of the Music Department.

Camper Options

Day Camper: Includes all materials, classes, lunch dalty, and a camp T-shirt.

Overnight Camper: Includes all day camper benefits, plus room and board.

All Campers will need to bring: their instrument (with the exception of piano), a water bottle, and an eagerness to learn!


January 1 - April 1 $275 Day Camper
$475 Overnight Camper
April 2 - May 15 $300 Day Camper
$500 Overnight Camper
May 16 - June 1 $325 Day Camper
$530 Overnight Camper

*After June 1st registrations will be accepted on a case by case basis.

**Aquinas College Course Credit OR Michigan State Continuing Education Clock Hour (SCECH) Credit is available for an additional cost. Email us at for more information.


Dr. Tom Polett, Camp Director
616-632-2416 or

Camp Instructors are:

  • Dr. Tom Polett, Camp Director, Trombone
  • Benje Daneman,Trumpet
  • Tim Froncek, Percussion
  • Seth Ebersule, Saxophone
  • Nathan Borton, Electric & Acoustic Guitar
  • Tom Lockwood, Electric & Acoustic Bass
  • Jeff Ingraham, Education Specialist,Trombone
  • Dr. Robin Connell, Piano
  • Dr. Paul Brewer, Trombone

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