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UW-Whitewater Percussion Camp

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The six-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.  This camp is available to campers entering grades 5-12 in Fall 2019.

Date: Sunday, July 28  - Friday, August 2, 2019



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Registrations accepted online until noon on 7/24/19. We do accept walk up registrations at event check-in, if space is available.  Walk-up registration will be available to download here after the online registration closes.

Resident Camper: $535

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. Please note that our residence halls are not air conditioned. We strongly advise campers to bring a fan if possible. 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 Camper: $450

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.

Fees Include

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

*T-shirts are guaranteed if registered by 7/18/19.


All registrant accounts must be paid in full three weeks (21 days) prior to the start of the event.  Registrants with outstanding balances after payment is due in full are subject to being removed from the event roster without refund. Please contact Continuing Education Services at prior to this deadline if extenuating circumstances prevent you from completing a payment.

In the event of a cancellation, Continuing Education Services should be notified no later than 21 days before the start date of the event session in order to receive a refund, less the $100 non-refundable deposit. Cancellation requests received less than 21 days from the start of the event will receive a refund minus a 50% late cancellation fee of event cost. Cancellations due to medical reasons will receive a full refund, less the $100 non- refundable deposit, if the cancellation is requested and medical documentation is provided prior to the start of the event. Valid medical cancellations must include a signed letter from a licensed physician to qualify. NO REFUNDS will be given for withdrawal due to early departures, disciplinary reasons or no show after the event has started.

All cancellation requests must be submitted to; provide registrant's name, event title and medical documentation, if applicable. Refunds will be returned to name and address of payer.

We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in such a case, all fees paid will be refunded or the registrant can choose to apply fees to a different summer event.

Received an Award, Sponsorship or Discount?

For those participants who will be receiving a sponsorship to attend this event: Register and use the promo code your sponsor gave you. The sponsorship will be deducted from your invoice.  Any remaining balance remains the participant's responsibility. Any cancellations will result in the sponsorship funds being returned to the supporting organization.

Any qualifying discounts given by the event will not be applied after you have paid in full. Be sure to use the promo code at check out to receive your discount. You will be charged if you do not qualify for requested discount at the start of event.

A processing fee will be assessed if a refund is issued due to overpayment on your account.

Questions, received an award/scholarship without a promo code or want to use two promo codes? Please call Continuing Education Services at 262-472-3165 or email

Want to Sponsor a Registrant?

You can sponsor a registrant and cover all or partial fees. We have received requests in the past from schools, companies, organizations, friends and family members that would like to send their chosen registrant to a specific event. If you would like to sponsor a registrant, you can request a promo code that you may give to your chosen registrant. Click here for more details.

Pre-camp information will be available on this website three weeks prior to the start of camp. Pre-camp information includes medication requirements (complete only if taking meds at this event), check-in and out times with locations, confirmed daily schedule, what to bring and other important information you will need to know before attending camp. If any medical information changes, it is your responsibility to notify Continuing Education Services at

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Confirmation Emails

Once you register a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact if you do not receive this confirmation email. Historically email accounts used from and are blocked from receiving notifiactions from us or may end up in your spam folder. You are able to register using these accounts; however, you will not receive emails from us. Please make sure you have a working email address on file with us to be able to receive important announcements and updates about this event.

Summer Camp Rules

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.

Note:  Construction will hamper drop off and unloading.  View map for details on how to make drop off and unloading easier.  Enter lot 8 from Warhawk Drive.  Follow the lot through to Koshkonong Drive.  Turn left onto Koshkonong Drive (a one-way street).  Follow Koshkonong Drive to Lee/Fricker/Arey.  After unloading, parking will be in lot 8.


Parking permits are required on all vehicles parked on campus at all times, with the exception of the location of the time of check-in/check-out and 5 p.m. Fridays to 11:00 p.m. Sundays.  Registrants driving themselves and keeping their car on campus must pick up a parking permit from director at the initial event meeting.  More information on parking is on the Visitor Center website.

Registration Terms & Conditions

By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. Please review the Registration Terms and Conditions for more details.

Be aware that we recommend that all portable electronic devices be left at home (iPod, Fitbit, cell phones, etc), but ultimately it is your decision. We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items and we do not have open Wi-Fi for electronic devices.

Camp Focus

On the first day of camp, registrants 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 registrant 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: Registrants 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: Registrants will learn strategies for improving reading skills and proper technique on mallet instruments. Four mallet grips and techniques will also be covered.
  • Symphonic Percussion: Registrants 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: Registrants 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 registrant will have access to a variety of percussion instruments including marimbas with extended range, timpani, drum sets, and a variety of hand percussion instruments.


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 registrant performances. Parents are encouraged to attend these performances when they come to pick up their child.

Camp Staff

Tobie Wilkinson, Camp Director

Tobie Wilkinson, Camp Director Office # 5703

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

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

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.  


Registrants are encouraged to have their own health insurance as accident insurance provided by the University is limited. Each registrant will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $10,000. 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.

Registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will  be required to agree at the time of registration 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.  You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.