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800 West Main Street

Room 2005 Roseman Hall
Whitewater, WI 53190 
Phone: (262) 472-3165 
Fax: (262) 472-5241

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music-noteMiddle School Band Camp

We help campers enjoy and strengthen a solid base of musical knowledge. Additional attention is given to the acquisition of knowledge on their specific instrument and to broaden their definition of “music.” We create a positive, safe and fun learning environment that assists the camper in meeting and making friends. Our philosophy is designed to nurture the camper as a whole with a focus on fun.


Daily Schedule

During the course of the week there is some variation to our camp’s routine. We try to create a balance of music and other activities. There is so much more to camp than music!

A Typical Day

  • Breakfast
  • Morning Band Rehearsal
  • Music Class (Theory, Explore Music, etc.)
  • Lunch
  • Band Rehearsal
  • Break (art time, bookstore trips, recreation center, etc., supervised by staff)
  • Chamber Music (one for each family of instrument or Jazz Ensemble)
  • Dinner/Free Time (planned activities to choose from; supervised by staff)
  • Rehearsal or Similar Instrument Sectional
  • Evening Recital (different each night)
  • Free Time (swimming, movies, games)
  • Bed Check/Lights Out

Meal Arrangements

Meals will be served in a University dining center. There will be a welcoming picnic on Sunday evening and a final banquet on Thursday evening.

Elective Classes Selection

  • Theory 1 is an introduction to “how music works”. Students will learn about scale and chord construction, forms of scales, functions of chords and other basic music theory practices. 
  • Theory 2 is for more advanced students and will focus on chord sequences, musical writing and more advanced music theory practices.
  • Explore Music is separated into a series of four different presentations. Previous topics have included Aaron Copland, world drumming, sound reinforcement, electronic music and contemporary composition.
  • Jazz Improvisation is an introduction to the skills used in improvising jazz.

Q&A: Summer Band Camps

Q. Who are the staff members?
A. The staff is made up of experienced licensed music educators, UW-Whitewater Faculty and Music Education students.

Q. How are the campers supervised?
A. Our camper to staff ratio is 10:1. Staff are assigned to teach, organize activities and to monitor the welfare of the campers.

Q. Is University of Wisconsin Whitewater a safe place to send my child?
A. UW-Whitewater prides itself on its summer camp programs. While no place is 100% safe, we are dedicated to the safety, supervision and happiness of our campers.

Q. I still have questions, who can I ask?
A. Continuing Education Services
262-472-3165, Email:

Housing & Facilities

All resident campers live in the residence hall facilities at UW-Whitewater. Our live-in adult staff will supervise camper activities. Developing new friends is encouraged.

UW-Whitewater will hold all campers responsible for their conduct. Serious misconduct or disruption will lead to immediate dismissal from camp. Campers dismissed from the camp will not receive a refund. Roommate requests will be honored when possible; otherwise campers are paired by age and gender.


Cost Information

  • $485 for resident campers
  • $435 for commuting campers**

A $20 per camper discount will be given to groups of eight or more from the same school attending the same week of camp.

**Commuting campers receive lunch and dinner daily.

***Please note: Students can be dismissed from the camp for serious misconduct without any refund.


Camp Staff

Dr. Glenn C. Hayes - Camp Director & High School Conductor

Glen HayesDr. Glenn C. Hayes is in his 25th year as Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is a widely sought-after clinician who contributes significantly to the region’s level of music. His responsibilities include conducting several UW-Whitewater ensembles as well as music education instruction. His goal is to create an energetic musical opportunity for campers and help them become lifelong lovers of music. His primary conducting teachers have been John P. Paynter and Norman C. Dietz. He has also studied privately with Elizabeth A. H. Green and Philip Greenburg. Dr. Hayes earned his undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University and master/doctoral degrees from Northwestern University.

Guest Conductors

John Christian

John Christian, Music Educator- 2016marks my twentieth year as a Music Educator and Arts Administrator. I have been fortunate to have taught and guest conducted on four continents and throughout the United States. I currently teach band and orchestra to grades 4-12 at the Almaty International School in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Upon earning my Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Master of Arts in Education from Central Michigan University, my mentors Dr. Glenn Hayes and John Williamson instilled in me a desire and passion for excellence in people through music. I have been given the gift to share musical moments with beginning musicians, accomplished conductors, members of some of America’s great orchestras and many gifted composers. It gives me great pride to return to my alma mater to share a week of great music making with some of the Midwest’s finest middle school performers.

Patty Schlafer

Since 1981, Patty Schlafer has been teaching beginning instrumental musicians in the private and public schools of Wisconsin. She currently teaches concert band and jazz band at Mount Horeb Middle School. Ms. Schlafer has dedicated her work with beginning band students in a manner that could best be called “the pedagogy of potential”. Providing students with the opportunity to feel they have the potential to be the best musician possible is the goal for every student. Ms. Schlafer is a member of the Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance Project and has presented at conferences and school districts and guest conducted throughout the United States.



Each camper will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $7,500 and $300 maximum dental insurance. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.


Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

I understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. I agree that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events. I relinquish all rights that I may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.