UW-Whitewater Rock Band camp is a fun and intense, four-day overnight or commuter camp. Campers of all skill levels will learn songwriting, audio recording techniques, live sound engineering and work on digital audio workstations. Specialty instructors will provide small group instruction in guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals. Students will form a band, write a song and perform at the end of the camp for friends and family. They will be grouped with other campers based upon age, ability, and musical interest. Join us for 4 days of learning, creating and playing music, teamwork, making friends and pulling it all together for a surprising performance experience! This camp is available to campers entering grades 7-12 in Fall 2018, including graduating seniors.
Registrations accepted online until noon on 7/1/18. We do accept walk up registrations at event check-in, if space is available.
Resident Camper: $395
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: $350
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.
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.
Early cancellations due to medical reasons will receive a full refund minus $25 cancellation fee if the cancellation is requested 7 days prior to the camp. Medical documentation must be provided and received before the start of camp to qualify. All other cancellations, including those with medical documentation received after the start of camp, will receive payment back minus $50. NO REFUNDS will be given for no shows or campers sent home for disciplinary reasons. All cancellation requests must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org; provide registrant's name, camp and medical documentation, if applicable. Refunds will be returned to name and address of payer.
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.
Each camper must complete the healthEcamper online form 5 days prior to arrival for each camp they attend; no camper will be allowed to participate without completing the form. You can complete the healthEcamper online form after registering. Use the email address provided to register for this camp as your user name on the healthEcamper website to avoid receiving emails from us indicating you have not completed this health form.
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.
Parking permits are required to park on campus. You may park for free at the location and time of check-in and check-out. All other locations and times you will need to have a parking permit to avoid a ticket. Campers driving themselves and keeping their car on campus must pick up a parking permit from camp director at the initial camp meeting.
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Be aware that we advise you to leave all non-essential, portable electronic devices at home (iPod, iTouch, 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.
Campers will select 2 different instruments. The choices are: Guitar, Bass guitar, Ukulele, Drums, Keyboard, Vocals and Sound Engineer. Every camper is guaranteed to play one of his/her chosen instruments in lessons and the band.
Historically, in many rock camps there are many campers who want to sing. Please know that we do our best to accomodate all campers with what they would like to play at camp while making sure we have a balance of vocals and instruments in each band. You will be notified one week before camp via email from the camp director which instrument (this includes vocals and sound engineering ) your camper will play.
The camp will provide instruments and equipment during camp hours. If you have a bass, guitar or ukulele at home that you would like to play, by all means, bring it along!
Dr. Alena Holmes is an Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Education. An active researcher, clinician musician, and pedagogue, Holmes has given over 60 presentations in United States and in Russia, Malaysia, Italy, Australia, Brazil, Greece, Ireland and Scotland and has authored dozens of journal articles and book chapter on music education. In addition to her research and teaching, Alena Holmes is a singer and songwriter performing in educational, professional, and community contexts throughout US.
Jenna Joanis has been passionately involved in music as an educator and performer for the majority of her life. She has played in professional groups and ensembles since high school, touring the country and developing a solid foundation as a performer and songwriter from an early age. Jenna started teaching private music lessons in high school, and continued teaching while going to school for percussion performance at UW-La Crosse. As a multi-instrumentalist she’s able to offer a unique perspective in all lessons and in many cases, work with the same student on multiple instruments. Jenna was nominated by The Madison Area Music Association as a 2017 finalist for Drummer of the Year and Bassist of the Year, and won Bassist of the Year. Jenna currently plays and/or has recently recorded with: The Conv3rters, Shawndell Marks Trio, Imaginary Watermelon, Gin, Chocolate and Bottle Rockets, Jackie Bradley, Mackenzie Moore and many of her former students! .
Lo Marie is a singer/songwriter from Madison, WI. She graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music in Voice & Economics. She attended Vanderbilt with the intention of studying opera, but soon realized her love of jazz music and songwriting. She began taking jazz guitar lessons from Jerry Kimbrough and studied under the great Billy Adair, director of jazz studies at Vanderbilt, and played in his professional big band, The Establishment. With a pool of original songs and producer Jerry Kimbrough, Lo Marie released her first EP, Beyond the Age of Reason, in August 2012 and gained an international following. She toured the US from New York to Los Angeles, and soon after, began building her repertoire and perfecting new works at shows in Nashville, Chicago, and Madison. After years of work, she finished her second EP, Solid Ground, in January of 2015, which was also produced by Kimbrough. She currently performs with her own band as well as with 2 Broads 1 Band, The Furious Bongos, Orquesta Salsoul del Mad, and Steely Dane. https://www.lomariemusic.com
Lonya started his career more than 35 years ago in the former Soviet Union, becoming one of the most prominent live sound engineers in the concert industry. He worked with famous Russian pop and rock stars such as Sofia Rotaru, Galina Nenasheva, Nautilus, Yuri Loza and many others. Today, Lonya resides in Madison, Wisconsin where he is in great demand as a sound engineer. He is the owner of Red Square Audio and his company offers a variety of concert audio systems and recording options for numerous local musicians and venues. For 11 years he worked at legendary Smart Studios (recording studio that produced bands such as Killdozer, The Smashing Pumpkins, L7, Tad Juster, and Nirvana) and was involved in recording famous albums of Garbage, Death Cab for Cutie, Sparklehorse. Lonya received Live Sound Engineer of the Year awards from Madison Area Music Association in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010. http://www.redsquareaudio.com
Dale Kaminski is a director of Media Arts Center at UWW. He has been playing music since he was 16 years old. Through many bands that never left the basement he kept playing until he finally made a record in 1987 with the Milwaukee band, Liquid Pink. His next project of note was two European tours and a live album with the band F/I in the early 90’s. Dale then spent five years in the late 90’s touring as a sideman musician and roadie with the Violent Femmes. Memorable gigs from that time include a Woodstock reunion show in front of 350,000 people and a show at the North Pole.
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.
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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