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Room 2005 Roseman Hall
Whitewater, WI 53190 
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July 31-August 5, 2016

The five-day Summer Percussion Camp is designed for middle and high school students interested in enhancing their percussion skills. The staff will cover many styles of percussion with an emphasis on strong technical skills and campers will be exposed to percussion ensemble playing. In addition, campers will have the opportunity to attend a variety of master classes, explore various percussion instruments and perform in a percussion ensemble directed by camp staff members. Private lessons are available for campers who show interest. The campers will also have the opportunity to socialize and use many of the University’s recreational facilities.

Early registration is recommended as the camp size will be controlled to allow campers to receive significant instructional time. Graduating high school seniors are welcome.

Camp Focus

On the first day of camp, campers will play a short audition and be placed in percussion ensembles and small groups for master classes according to age, audition results and ability. Each student will have the opportunity to attend master classes in the following areas:

  • Grip and Snare Drum Technique:Instruction will include how to grip the snare drumstick appropriately. The development of strong technique will be emphasized.
  • Drum Set:Campers will have the opportunity to learn various techniques and styles used in drum set performance. They will also learn about the history of the drum set and its evolution over the past two centuries. Other topics may include: influential drummers, timekeeping, set-up, drum selection and equipment suggestions.
  • Mallet Percussion:Campers will learn strategies for improving reading skills and proper technique on mallet instruments. Four mallet grips and techniques will also be covered.
  • Symphonic Percussion:Campers will be exposed to proper technique using cymbals, tambourine, castanets and other accessory instruments.
  • Timpani:Tuning, proper playing techniques, sound production and mallet selection will be covered.
  • Hand Percussion:Campers will have the opportunity to work on basic hand drumming techniques. Conga and bongo technique will be a primary focus. Other areas of instruction may include sessions on djembe, bodhran and tabla.

Camp Cost & Insurance

Resident $495

Includes room and board

Commuter $415

Includes lunch and dinner

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.


UW-Whitewater is proud of its strong music department and facilities. Each student will have access to a variety of percussion instruments including marimbas with extended range, timpani, drum sets, and a variety of hand percussion instruments.

Tobie Wilkinson, Camp Director Office # 5703

Tobie WilkinsonTobie L. Wilkinson has been Senior Lecturer of Music and Percussion at UW-Whitewater since 2002. Mr. Wilkinson teaches applied percussion lessons, serves as assistant director of the UW-Whitewater Warhawk Marching Band, directs the UW-Whitewater Percussion Ensemble and teaches methods courses for future music educators. Mr. Wilkinson plays in several orchestras around southeast Wisconsin and is the Vice President/President Elect for the Wisconsin Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. Mr. Wilkinson received his Bachelor of Music Performance and Bachelor of Music Education degrees at Central Michigan University, and his Master of Music degree at Rice University.

Kelley Radowick

Kelley Radowick received her Bachelors and Masters of Music Education degrees from Central Michigan University. She was a member of the Robert Hohner Percussion Ensemble, CMU Wind Ensemble and the CMU Marching Band. Ms. Radowick’s ensembles have competed at the State and National level, and consistently received outstanding ratings. Ms. Radowick maintains an active teaching and performing schedule, and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society.

Derek Crawford

Derek Crawford since making Chicago his home in 1995, Mr.Crawford’s focus has been on making music. He has performed and recorded with some of the best talent the Midwest has to offer. A partial list of his credits include: Anna Fermin, Rivals of the Peacemaker, Brent Puls, The White Saddle Band, Clip Art, Brad Cole, Katie Todd, Dick Prall and Glen Phillips (Toad The Wet Sprocket).

Student Preparation

Previous experience in percussion is highly recommended but not required for admission to the camp. Campers will be required to play a short placement audition for camp percussion ensembles. Music will be sent to campers with their camp information packets about 2-3 weeks prior to the start of the camp.

What to Bring

Each student should bring his/her own sticks and mallets. A complete assortment of mallets is not necessary; each student should only bring what he/she currently owns. Campers do not need to bring drums or any other instruments as they will be provided. A practice pad would be useful but is not required.


Camp staff will present performances for the campers. These performances are free and open to the public. On Friday afternoon, the camp will conclude with student performances. Parents are encouraged to attend these performances when they come to pick up their child.


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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