Jazz Ensemble Camp for Middle School

June 14 - 20, 2020 This camp has been cancelled. Please click here for more information.

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Camp Features

Laying Down The Foundation 
From 8am-5pm, campers will play in a Big Bands and take a variety of music classes focused on the dynamics and fundamentals of jazz music, including improvisation, technique classes, and jazz appreciation. A personalized class schedule will be created just for you based on a placement audition at check-in.  See a sample schedule for this camp.

Practice. Play. Perform. Excel.
Evening jam sessions provide an opportunity to play alongside instructors and the senior high jazz students.  Ample practice time is also built into the campers schedule.  Campers will perform in a final performance in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall.

Private Lessons
Private lessons are available at this camp for an additional fee. Read more about Private Lessons.

Evening Activities
Activities are planned for each evening. Attend faculty concerts, play at jam sessions, see and Imax Movie, and more!

Be A Summer Seminole
Spend time on the FSU Campus and experience what it's like to be a 'Nole.  Learn more about dorm rooms, dining, medical care, and everything in between on our CAMP LIFE page.

Meet The Instructors

Michele Fernandez Denlinger

Director of Bands
Coral Way Bilingual K-8 Center, FL



Leon Anderson, Associate Professor of Jazz Drum Set and Director of Jazz Studies, FSU

Scotty Barnhart, Director of Count Basie Orchestra & Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet, FSU

David Detwieler, Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone, FSU

Rodney Jordan, Associate Professor of Jazz Bass, FSU

Kevin Jones, Associate Professor of Jazz Trombone, FSU

William Peterson, Professor of Jazz Piano and Music Theory, FSU

Erich Rivero, Director at Miami Arts Studio, FL

Frank Zimmerer, Director of Bands, East Nashville Magnet School, TN

Camp Details

Sun., June 14 - Sat., June 20, 2020
This camp has been cancelled.  Click here for more information.
$516.00 (Overnight Campers)
$320.00  (Day Campers) 


Campers must be attending grades 7 or 8 in the '19-’20 school year. Rising 7th graders during the summer of 2020 are not eligible.

All ability levels are welcome but campers should have at least one year of school instruction or equivalent.

No audition is required to register.  There will be a placement audition at camp check-in.

Florida State is committed to providing a quality education to all qualified students and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. Please contact our office to discuss any questions or accommodations that may need to be made for your camper at least three weeks prior to the start of camp.

Price Details

Overnight Campers: $516.00
This includes tuition, housing, and three meals per day.

Day Campers: $320.00
This includes tuition only.

  • A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is due at registration.  This deposit is applied toward the total cost.  The balance is due by June 1, 2020
  • Click here for the Cancellation and Refund Policy.

Discounts are available for this camp.

Campers may wish to bring a small amount of extra money for snacks and optional recreation activities. More information is provided in the camp handbook.

Optional private lessons may be booked at camp check-in and are $50.00 per 50-minute lesson. Lesson payments are made directly to lesson teachers. Read more about Private Lessons.

Rising 9th graders who would also like to attend the Band Camp for Senior High may wish to stay overnight in the dorm on the night in between the two camps (6/20).  NEW FOR 2020 - There is no cost for the night of housing between the two camps. If you register for both camps, you will be provided with the extra housing, supervision, and all extra meals. Campers will request this extra night on their camp forms after they are registered for camp.


Registration will open on January 13, 2020 at 8:00am.

A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is due at registration.  The balance is due June 1, 2020. No audition is required to register.

After you register you will receive:

  • an immediate confirmation email from the registrar's office from the following address:  usi@capd.fsu.edu and a copy of your registration invoice.  Please print out and keep this email as it contains your CUSTOMER NUMBER which you will need to make future payments.
  • within a week you will receive a welcome email from our office from musiccamps@fsu.edu. This welcome email will have information about the camp handbook, supplemental forms, and other exciting camp reminders.

Wait Lists


If there is a wait list for your instrument when you go to register, you will need to call our office at 850-644-9934 to be placed on the wait list instead. Wait lists are first-come, first-serve; no deposit is required to be placed on the wait list. If a spot becomes available then we will call the first person on the wait list and offer the spot. They will have 48 hours to register before we move on to the next person on the wait list.


All campers must bring their instrument with them to camp. (see below for more).  If you do not own your own instrument, we suggest speaking with your music teacher about borrowing your school instrument for the duration of camp.  A locker or secure storage location will be provided.

The instrument that you select during camp registration is the instrument that you must play at camp. If you would like to change your instrument to a different one after you register, you must contact our office prior to the start of your camp.

All campers must bring their instrument, instrument accessories, and a folding music stand.  Learn more about packing for camp.
In addition:

  • Drummers must bring a  4-5 piece kit - snare drum, 1-2 rack toms, floor tom, cymbals (ride, crash and hi-hat), and hardware (hi-hat stand, cymbal stand(s), drum throne, bass drum pedal). Drumsticks and brushes.
  • Electric Bass and Electric Guitar players must bring an amp, cables, and an extension cord with them in addition to their instrument.
  • Upright Bass players should bring a stool (bar stool height) and if you plan to play with a pick-up (not required) you should also bring an amp, cables, and an extension cord.

You will need to be able to move your instrument between classrooms and buildings.  

Following are the instruments that are eligible to register for this camp:

  • Drums
  • Saxophone (alto, baritone, and tenor)
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Piano
  • Bass (electric & upright)
  • Guitar

If you do not see your instrument listed above or if you are unsure about what instrument to register for, please contact our office. Sorry, we do not have a vocal jazz program.

Check-In & Check-Out

Campers check-in on Sunday, June 14 between 1:00pm-2:30pm.

Campers check-out after the final performance on Saturday, June 20. The performance begins at 12:00pm in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall and is anticipated to end at approximately 1:30pm.

Detailed information about check-in, check-out, and everything in between can be found in the Camp Handbook.

Camp Links

  Daily Schedule (coming soon)

  Camp Life: Housing, Meals and More

  Camp Planning Resources

  Camp Handbook (coming soon)

Camp Forms (online version)

Camp Forms (pdf to print and mail)

Featured Media

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