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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide registrants name, camp and medical documentation.
Tobie Wilkinson, Camp Director
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Tobie Wilkinson has been a Senior Lecturer of Music at UW-Whitewater since 2002. Mr. Wilkinson teaches applied percussion lessons, is assistant director of the UW-Whitewater Warhawk Marching Band, directs the UW-Whitewater Percussion Ensemble, and teaches Percussion Methods. He is a frequent adjudicator/clinician and performs as a free-lance percussionist. Currently, he holds the position of Principal Timpanist with the Racine Symphony Orchestra and is the Past-President for the Wisconsin Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. He received his Bachelor of Music Performance, and Bachelor of Music Education degree at Central Michigan University, and his Master of Music Performance degree at Rice University.
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 has gone from basement band beginnings to being a first-call figure in the Chicago music scene - both in the studio as well as the stage. Derek brings a distinctive percussive voice to any situation he plays in while displaying versatility not found in many musicians. He is equal parts Rock and Jazz and is at home locking into a tight groove or stretching a composition to its improvisational limits. His style has been described as 'John Bonham plays Stewart Copeland on a Miles Davis gig.’
While attending Central Michigan University, Derek studied orchestral percussion with the late Robert Hohner. He performed as a founding member of the Robert Hohner Percussion Ensemble and recorded with this internationally recognized group on composer David Gillingham’s landmark album "Stained Glass; Music for percussion". Derek has a keen interest in vintage-percussion instruments and percussion history in general. His experience as an instrument maker led him to work as a drum maker for both Bison Drum Company and Trick Drums USA, as well as being a luthier for Lakland Basses.
Since making Chicago his home in 1995, Derek’s focus has been on making great music. He has performed and recorded with some of the best talent the Midwest has to offer. A partial list of credits includes; The Getouts, Rivals of the Peacemaker, The White Saddle Band, Clip Art, Brad Cole, Katie Todd, Dick Prall, Glen Phillips (Toad The Wet Sprocket), Bleary, Sunday Runners, Todd Bowie, John Munson (Semisonic), Mike Hoffman (E.I.E.I.O.), Starch Martins, Frank Catalano, The Northwoods Improvisors, Fareed Haque, Ellen Rosner, The Convulsions, Ari Brown, The All Rectangle, and Jade Maze.
Derek Crawford uses Ludwig drums.
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.
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