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UW-Whitewater Rock Band Camp

UW-Whitewater Rock Band camp is a fun and intense, five-day overnight or commuter camp. Campers of all skill levels will learn songwriting, DJ skills, live sound engineering, arranging and creating music with software and history of rock and hip hop. 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 5 days of learning, creating and playing music, teamwork, making friends and pulling it all together for a surprising performance experience!   

New this year - DJ Course!!! Campers will have the opportunity to learn basic DJ skills to start mixing straight away with any DJ platform.  

This camp is available to campers entering grades 7-12 in Fall 2019, including graduating seniors.

Date: June 28 - July 2, 2019

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Registrations accepted online until noon on 6/24/19. We do accept walk up registrations at event check-in, if space is available.

Resident Camper: $495

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: $445

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.

Bring a Friend Discount:  Returning campers can receive a $30 discount off their camp fee by bringing one new camper with them this year.  Both the returning camper and the new camper will receive the discount when they list each others name on the registration.  Use promo code 2FRIEND30 at check out.   Discount cannont be applied after you register and pay.  You will be charged $30 if your friend doesn't attend camp.

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 6/13/19.


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.

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

Info Packet Available 3 weeks prior to event.


Campers are highly encouraged (not required) to bring all playing equipment to camp, included: guitars with amps, cables, picks, keyboards, drum sets, etc.  Staff will be on site to help with any technical needs throughout the week.

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.


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.

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 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.

Group Class Elective Course Choices

  • Songwriting
  • Live sound
  • DJ
  • Creating and Arranging Music With Garage Band Software
  • History of Rock and Hip Hop

Rock Band Instrument Choices

Campers will select 2 different instruments. Every camper is guaranteed to play one of his/her chosen instruments in lessons and the band.

  • Guitar
  • Bass Guitar
  • Ukulele
  • Drums
  • Keyboard
  • Voice
  • Rock/Pop Violin (Know how to play and bring your own)
  • Sound Engineer

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 ) you will play.

The camp will provide instruments and equipment during camp hours. If you have equipment at home that you would like to play, by all means, bring it along!

Typical Daily Schedule Includes

  • Breakfast
  • Morning Meeting
  • Group Class
  • Instrument Instruction
  • Lunch
  • Rock Band Rehearsals OR Instrument Instruction
  • Break (art time, individual practice, recording, etc., supervised by staff)
  • Rock Band Rehearsals OR Instrument Instruction
  • Dinner/Free Time (planned activities to choose from; supervised by staff)
  • Evening Rock Band Rehearsals or Individual Practice
  • Evening Recital (different each night)
  • Free Time (swimming, movies, games and others to choose from, supervised by staff)
  • Bed Check/Lights Out

Camp Staff

Alena Holmes, Camp Director

Alena Holmes

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

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

Lo Marie

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.

Lonya Nenashev

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.

Dale Kaminski

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.


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.