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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: 

Cost Information

Resident: $TBA

Commuter: $TBA

Group Discount: $20 off each registration when eight (8) or more from the same school attend the same week of camp when registered before June 1, 2018.  Use promo code MSBAND8GROUP20 at check out.  Discount cannot be applied after you register and pay.  You will be charged $20 is 8 or more do not attend camp.

The resident camp fee covers lodging, meals, instructional materials, a camp t-shirt and insurance. The commuter fee includes noon and evening meals, instructional materials, a camp t-shirt and insurance.

Room & Board

Resident Campers

Resident campers will be housed in one of the residence halls located on the UW-Whitewater campus. The residence hall has a secured entrance and the campers are monitored by the residence hall directors, assistants, and by our own camp counseling staff.  Roommate requests will be honored when possible; otherwise campers are paired by age and gender.  Developing new friends is encouraged.  Rooms are double occupancy only. The bathrooms and showers offer clean, individual stalls for privacy.  Resident campers will have three well-balanced meals each full day. Meals are included in the registration fee.

Commuter Campers

Commuters are campers who elect not to stay overnight in the residence halls. Commuters do not eat breakfast on campus but will be provided with lunch and dinner. Commuters will be able to go to the residence halls between sessions with teammates or friends if they choose.

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.  Review Summer Camp Rules for more details. 

Driving Directions

Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here. A campus map can be found here. 

Pre-Camp Information

Pre-camp information will be available on this website three weeks prior to the start of camp. Pre-camp information includes check-in and out times with locations, daily schedule, what to bring and other important information you will need to know before attending camp. 


Early cancellations due to medical reasons will receive a full refund minus $25 cancellation fee if the cancellation is made 7 days prior to the camp. Medical documentation must be provided. All other cancellations will receive payment back minus $50. NO REFUNDS will be given for no shows or campers sent home for disciplinary reasons.

To request a cancellation email your request to Provide registrants name, camp and medical documentation.

2017 Guest Conductors (2018 TBA)

Richard TengowskiRichard Tengowski

Richard Tengowski is the Director of Bands for the School District of Kohler. He teaches elementary, middle and high school concert bands, jazz ensemble, pep band, drumline and secondary general music. He is also the Past-President of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association and has taken leadership roles with the Wisconsin Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance Project.

He is an active clinician, conductor, master adjudicator and speaker. He is also an active free-lance performer. Mr. Tengowski is a 2002 Herb Kohl Educational Fellowship Award Recipient and was recently inducted into the Wisconsin Bandmaster Association.

John ChristianJohnChristian

John Christian, Music Educator- 2016 marks 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. He currently teachs band and orchestra to grades 4-12 at the Almaty International School in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Upon earning his Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Master of Arts in Education from Central Michigan University, his mentors Dr. Glenn Hayes and John Williamson instilled in him a desire and passion for excellence in people through music. John has 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 him great pride to return to his alma mater to share a week of great music making with some of the Midwest’s finest middle school performers.

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.



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.

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