UW-Whitewater Middle School Band Camp

We help campers enjoy and strengthen a solid base of musical knowledge. Additional attention is given to the acquisition of knowledge on their specific instrument and to broaden their definition of “music”. We create a positive, safe and fun learning environment that assists the camper in meeting and making friends. Our philosophy is designed to nurture the camper as a whole with a focus on fun.   This camp is available to players entering grades 6-8 in Fall 2018.

Date: July 15 - 20, 2018

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Registrations accepted online until noon on 7/11/18. 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.

Group Discount:

Receive $20 off each registration when eight (8) or more register to attend Middle School Band Camp from the same school. Make sure to use promo code 8GROUP20 at check out. Discounts cannot be applied after you register and pay. You will be charge $20 if less than eight (8) do not attend camp from school.

Fees Include

The resident camp fee covers lodging, meals, instruction, a camp t-shirt (if registered by 7/5/18) and insurance. The commuter fee includes noon and evening meals, instruction, a camp t-shirt (if registered by 7/5/18) and insurance.  

Meals will be served in a University dining center.  There will be a welcoming picnic on Sunday evening and a final banquet on Thursday evening.

Refunds

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 cesevents@uww.edu; 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.

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Health Forms

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.

Click to complete online health form once registered.

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.  Campus building addresses can be found here.

Parking

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. 

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.

Typical Daily Schedule

Breakfast
Morning Band Rehearsal
Music Class (Theory, Explore Music, etc.)
Lunch
Band Rehearsal
Break (art time, bookstore trips, recreation center, etc., supervised by staff)
Chamber Music (one for each family of instrument or Jazz Ensemble)
Dinner/Free Time (planned activites to choose form; supervised by staff)
Rehearsal or Similar Instrumental Sectional
Evening Recital (different each night)
Free Time (swimming, movies, games)
Bed Check/Lights out

During the course of the week there is some variation to our camp’s routine. We try to create a balance of music and other activities. There is so much more to camp than music!

Elective Class Selection

  • Yoga for Musicians 
  • Music Theory
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Composition/Arranging
  • Hand Drumming
  • Digital Music through Cell Phone Usage
  • Sound Engineering/Basics of Using a Sound System

Q&A: Summer Band Camps

Q. Who are the staff members?
A. The staff is made up of experienced licensed music educators, UW-Whitewater Faculty and Music Education students.

Q. How are the campers supervised?
A. Our camper to staff ratio is 10:1. Staff are assigned to teach, organize activities and to monitor the welfare of the campers.

Q. Is University of Wisconsin Whitewater a safe place to send my child?
A. UW-Whitewater prides itself on its summer camp programs. While no place is 100% safe, we are dedicated to the safety, supervision and happiness of our campers.

Q. I still have questions, who can I ask?
A. Continuing Education Services 262-472-3165, Email: cesevents@uww.edu

2018 Guest Conductors

Richard TengowskiRichard Tengowski

Richard Tengowski is the Director of Bands for the School District of Kohler. He teaches elementary, middle and high school concert bands, jazz ensemble, pep band, drumline and secondary general music. He is also the Past-President of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association and has taken leadership roles with the Wisconsin Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance Project.

He is an active clinician, conductor, master adjudicator and speaker. He is also an active free-lance performer. Mr. Tengowski is a 2002 Herb Kohl Educational Fellowship Award Recipient and was recently inducted into the Wisconsin Bandmaster Association.

Patty Schlafer

Patty SchlaferPatty Schlafer has been teaching middle level music in Wisconsin’s private and public schools for over thirty years. Ms. Schlafer’s interests are varied and have led to an active professional life as both teacher and performer.

She currently directs concert band and jazz band at Mount Horeb Middle School. She also works with a group of teachers from the state of Wisconsin to implement the Comprehensive Musicianship Project for students of music. Ms. Schlafer has a master’s degree in Curriculum Theory and Design where her research included a study of musical tastes of the adolescent band student.

She has been guest conductor and horn instructor at numerous summer music camps including UW camps at Whitewater, Madison, Stevens Point and Green Bay. She is a life long horn player and has been a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Artemis Horn Quartet, Madison Wind Ensemble, and Acme Brass. Ms. Schlafer loves community theater and has served as the music director for the Verona Area Community Theater’s production of 42nd Street, Billy Elliot, and White Christmas. When not teaching, conducting, or playing horn, she is always on the search for a dog-friendly watering hole with her family, Ward and Mango.

Chris GleasonChris Gleason

Chris Gleason is an instrumental music educator at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. He is the 2017 Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year, a finalist for the 2017 National Teacher of the Year and a semifinalist for the 2017 GRAMMY Music Educator Award. Chris earned his BME at UW-Eau Claire in 1997 and his Masters Degree from UW-LaCrosse in 2002. He has taught band in the East Troy School District and the LaCrosse School District. Mr. Gleason's bands have performed at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin State Capitol Rotunda, the "New Wisconsin Promise Conference", and the 2006 and 2009 Wisconsin State Music Conferences. The Patrick Marsh Middle School Band has commissioned composers such as Samuel R. Hazo (Blue and Green Music -2009), Brian Balmages (Sun Cycles – 2012), Michael Sweeney (Particles - 2013), Erik Morales (One Giant Leap - 2014), John Mackey (Lightning Field – 2015), Alex Shapiro (Rock Music- 2016), Brian Balmages (Twittering Machine – 2017), Andrew Boysen Jr (TBA – 2018). In 1992 Mr. Gleason was selected as the Wisconsin Governor’s Scholar to Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan. Mr. Gleason has performed professionally at Disneyland, Valleyfair, and the Mall of America. He has been guest conductor of numerous camps and festivals including the Tarleton Invitational Band Festival (Texas), National Band Association –Wisconsin Chapter Junior High All-State Band, Tri-State Honors Band, UW-Milwaukee Honors Band, UW-Whitewater Band Camp and numerous regional honor bands across Wisconsin and Illinois. He is the past-chair of the Wisconsin Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) Committee and the Wisconsin State Middle Level Honors Band. Currently, he is chair of the Wisconsin State Middle Level Honors Project. He has taught CMP Workshops at VanderCook College of Music, the Los Angeles Unified School District in California, The NAfME National In-Service Conference, numerous school districts in the Midwest, and recently in Hong Kong. He has presented clinics at the Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin State Music Conventions. Mr. Gleason is the recent recipient of the Melvin F. Pontious Sparks in Music Education Award (2016), Michael G. George Distinguished Service Award (2016) and the Vi Miller Award for Excellence (2013) by Dane Arts and had a feature interview in the March 2015 Instrumentalist Magazine. Mr. Gleason is the founder and organizer of the Band Festival at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells that has to date inspired more than 23,500 young musicians. Mr. Gleason is a member of NBA, WMEA, and NAfME.

Camp Staff

Dr. Glenn C. Hayes - Camp Director & High School Conductor 

StaffDr. Glenn C. Hayes is in his 25th year as Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is a widely sought-after clinician who contributes significantly to the region’s level of music. His responsibilities include conducting several UW-Whitewater ensembles as well as music education instruction. His goal is to create an energetic musical opportunity for campers and help them become lifelong lovers of music. His primary conducting teachers have been John P. Paynter and Norman C. Dietz. He has also studied privately with Elizabeth A. H. Green and Philip Greenburg. Dr. Hayes earned his undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University and master/doctoral degrees from Northwestern University.

Insurance

Each registrant 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.

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.