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UW-Whitewater Percussion Camp

We are working on seeing if this event can be offered Summer 2021.  Due to the pandemic we are looking at our options and will post once we have a solid plan.  Check back soon for MORE details!

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 including graduating seniors in Fall 2020.

Date: Sunday, August 1  - Friday, August 6, 2021

Limited to the first 60 registrants.



Register Online Closed

Registrations accepted online until noon on 7/29/20. 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: $575

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 made by online registration closing date 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: $490

Commuters are campers who elect not to stay overnight in the residence halls. Commuters will not receive a room key for the residence hall but are welcome to socialize in the residence hall with camp friends during breaks. 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 camp friends if they choose. The authorized driver can pick up the commuter camper at the conclusion of camp each day after checking out with staff.

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 7/28/21.


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.

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 notifications 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.

Info Packet

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), parking details, check-in and out times with locations, confirmed daily schedule, mailing address for camper mail, 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

Check in and Orientation

Resident and commuter campers must check in at the location mentioned in the Info Packet. Parents/guardians are invited to visit with staff members and ask any last minute questions. Please note that there are no structured activities during the check-in period, but residential staff will be in the residence hall to help campers get settled in their rooms and encourage campers to begin getting to know one another in an informal setting. Commuter campers can socialize at the dorms and go with the group to first session.

Arrival/Departure Outside the Event Scheduled Time

If your schedule results in you arriving after the designated check-in or before check-out time, please indicate in your registration the time you will arrive/depart in the “Special Need/Comments” field or email, if changes happened after you registered. On the day of arrival to campus, check the schedule in the Info Packet to see where the group will be at the time of your arrival. Please call the staff number listed in the Info Packet if you have any questions the day you arrive. If there are questions prior to camp, please contact

Frequently Asked Questions

We receive many questions from registrants and guardians.  Click here to review our frequently asked questions about summer camps.

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 details will be available in the Info Packet.  Notice: All campus parking lots require a parking permit.  Failure to follow parking regulations will result in a fine.  More information is available on the Visitor Center website.

Terms & Conditions

By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. UW-Whitewater will hold all registrants responsible for their conduct.  Serious misconduct or disruption will lead to immediate dismissal from event.  Registrants dismissed from the event will not receive a refund.  Please review the Terms and Conditions for more details.

Be aware that we recommend that all portable electronic devices be left at home, but ultimately it is your decision. We know that parents and children value the ability to be able to call each other at a moment's notice.  For that reason, we do not prohibit cell phones at camp, but ask that cell phone use does not interfere with the event and other participants.  Parents are responsible for setting clear guidelines for cell use with their child.  We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items.


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 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.


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.

Typical Day One Schedule

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Check In (including Commuters)
6:00 - 6:30 p.m. General Camp Meeting
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Auditions
8:00 p.m. Commuters Leave
8:45 - 10:00 p.m. Free Time
10:00 p.m. All students in residence hall

*All times are subject to change.  The info packet will have an accurate schedule.

Typical Day Two - Five Schedule

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Commuters Arrive
8:45 - 11:45 a.m. Sessions/Master Class/Ensemble Rehearsal
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00  - 4:30 p.m. Master Class/Ensemble Rehearsal
4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Keyboard Ensembles
8:00 p.m. Commuters Leave
8:00- 10:00 p.m. Free Time (Swimming/Rec. Center/Volleyball etc.)
10:15 p.m. All students in residence hall

*All times are subject to change.  The info packet will have an accurate schedule.

Typical Final Day Schedule

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Commuters Arrive
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Percussion Ensemble Rehearsal
11:00 - Noon Check out of residence halls/ Commuters free time
12:15 p.m. Finale Concert

*All times are subject to change.  The info packet will have an accurate schedule.

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.

By 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.  Any media shared with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on social media or use of its hashtags grants the University use to media for any purpose.