Jazz Ensemble Camp 

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Camp Features

Building On A Strong Foundation
From 8am-5pm, campers will play in a Big Band, a small combo, and sectionals, as well as participate in masterclasses focused on the dynamics and fundamentals of instrumental jazz music.  Classes will highlight topics such as improvisation, technique, effective practicing and jazz history. A personalized class schedule will be created just for you based on a placement audition at check-in.  

Performance Opportunities
Campers will perform in two final performances in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall:  a combos concert on Friday evening, and a Big Bands concert on Saturday morning.  Each camper will be limited to 2 audience tickets per camper per event due to hall capacity restrictions.  Campers will receive their performance tickets at check-in.

Evening Activities
Activities are planned for each evening. Attend faculty concerts, play at jam sessions, see an 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.

Covid-19 Planning
The FSU Summer Music Camps will be following guidelines and recommendations for best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Florida State University to institute protocols for mitigation of spread of COVID-19. Click here to read more.

Camp Details

June 20 - June 26, 2021

$496.00 per session (Overnight Campers)
$300.00 per session (Day Campers) 


Campers must have attended grades 8 - 12 in the '20-’21 school year. (Rising 8th graders during summer 2021 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.

Sorry, we do not accept clarinet, flute, or vocal jazz at this camp.

Price Details

Overnight Campers: $496.00
This includes tuition, housing, and three meals per day.

Day Campers: $300.00
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 May 31, 2021 
  • Click here for the Cancellation and Refund Policy.

The All-State Discount is 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.

At this time, we are unsure whether private lessons will be offered due to COVID-19 restrictions.  If they are offered, optional private lessons would 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.

Campers who plan to also attend Band Camp Session 2 may wish to stay overnight in the dorm on the night in between the two camps. The cost for the night of housing between the two camps is $50.00.  You also have the option to check-out from the first camp and then check back in for the second camp.


All instruments at this camp currently have a wait list.  Please call our office at 850-644-9934 if you are interested in attending.

A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration. The balance is due by May 31, 2021

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

We currently have a wait list for the following:

  • Alto Saxophone
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Guitar 
  • Drums
  • Piano
  • Bass

If there is a wait list for your instrument 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.  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. If you play multiple instruments, you must choose a primary instrument but are welcome to bring your second with you for additional opportunities.

All campers must bring their instrument, instrument accessories, instrument PPE, 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.  

We do not have a vocal jazz program.

Check-In and Check-Out

Check-in takes place on June 20 between 10am-1pm.  After you are registered, we will send you more information about signing up for an arrival time-slot. 

Check-out takes place on June 26 following the final performance.  This performance is estimated to end around 10am.

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 (coming soon)


Our jazz instructors are nationally recognized teachers, conductors, and jazz clinicians.

David Detweiler

Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone
Florida State University


Associate Professor of Jazz Drum Set and Director of Jazz Studies
Florida State University

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