Camps and Conferences

UW-Whitewater Rock Band 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!

UW-Whitewater Rock Band camp is a fun and intense, six-day overnight or commuter camp. Campers of all skill levels will learn live sound engineering, music theory for rock musician, 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 6 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 2021, including graduating seniors.

Date: Monday, July 5 - Saturday, July 10, 2021

Limited to the first 75 registrants.

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Register Online Closed

Registrations accepted online until noon on 6/30/21. 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: TBA (2019=$595)

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:  TBA (2019=$525)

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.

Bring-A-Friend Discount:

Returning campers can receive a $25 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 other’s name on the registration.  Make sure to check "Bring-A-Friend" discount in the registration and provide your friends name if you believe you qualify.  Discounts cannot be applied after you register and pay.  You will be charged $25 if your named friend do not attend this event with you.

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 6/30/21.


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.


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.

Group Class Elective Course Choices

  • Live sound
  • History of Rock and Hip Hop
  • Arranging and Creating Music With Garage Band Software
  • Music Theory for Rock Musician

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!

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.

Typical Day One Schedule

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Check In (including Commuters)
10:00 - 12:00 p.m. Session
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Session
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Dinner
6:00 - 7:15 p.m. Band Rehearsals
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Recital
8:30 p.m. Commuters Leave
8:30 - 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 the accurate schedule

Typical Day Two - Five Schedule

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Commuters Arrive
8:30 - 11:45 a.m. Session
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Rehearsals
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Evening Activity
9:00 p.m. Commuters Leave
9:00- 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 the accurate schedule

Typical Final Day Schedule

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Commuters Arrive
8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Dress Rehearsal
11:30 - 1:00 p.m. Final Concert
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Check out of residence hall

*All times are subject to change, the info packet will have the accurate schedule

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.

Chris Scherer

Chris Scherer

Chris Scherer is a self-described AV enthusiast that figured out how to turn his passion into a business. Since 2005, Chris has been providing audio visual support for events throughout the Midwest; starting as an owner of a professional DJ service and quickly growing his business into live event production. His journey in audio and video has afforded him the opportunity to work with national artists, local artists, theatrical productions, and corporate productions. While he can still be found at events almost weekly, Chris’s focus has turned towards the business and operations aspect of music and live event services, hoping to help Red Square Audio expand and provide quality services at more events.

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.

Ken Johnson

Ken Johnson

Ken is a Wisconsin native and an alumni of UW-Whitewater with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Master of Arts in Humanities from California State, Dominguez Hills. A music educator for over thirty years, Ken currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he teaches a comprehensive Modern Band and popular music curriculum at 21st Century Public Academy, a charter middle school with Albuquerque Public Schools. He has also worked as an instructor with the South Valley (rock) Band Project which is an after school music program for low-income and under-served students and schools run through the New Mexico Jazz Workshop in cooperation with the Berklee (School of Music) City Music Network. When he’s not teaching, Ken is busy performing, touring, and recording as a saxophonist and horn arranger in the New Mexico and Southwest scene, most notably with The Noms, an emerging Indie rock band out of Albuquerque and as horn section leader with awardwinning New Mexico Spanish artists Darren Cordova y Calor and Dynette Marie.


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.