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.
Practice. Play. Perform. Excel.
Evening jam sessions provide an opportunity to play alongside instructors and fellow 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 are available at this camp for an additional fee. Read more about Private Lessons.
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.
Be A Part Of The Tradition
Campers must be attending grades 9 - 12 in the '17-’18 school year.
Rising 9th graders must attend the Jazz Ensemble Camp for Middle School - no exceptions.
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.
Campers may attend as an Overnight Camper or a Day Camper.
- Cost for Overnight Campers: $521.00. This includes tuition, housing, and three meals per day.
- Cost for Day Campers: $331.00.
This includes tuition only.
A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is due at registration. The balance of all camp fees is due by June 4, 2018. 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.
Campers who plan to also attend the Band Camp for Senior High may wish to stay overnight in the dorm on the night in between the two camps (6/23). The cost for this additional night is $50.00; the price includes the extra housing, supervision, and all extra meals. Campers can sign up for this extra night after they are registered for camp.
Dates & Times
Campers check-in on Sunday, June 17 between 1:00am-2:30pm.
Campers check-out after the final performance on Saturday, June 23. 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.
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, please contact our office prior to the start of your camp.
All campers should bring their instrument, instrument accessories, and a folding music stand.
- 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.
We currently have a wait list for the following instrument(s):
- Bass (upright & electric), Piano, Drums, and Alto-Saxophone.
You will not be able to register for the above instrument(s) at this time. If you play one of the instruments listed above and would like to attend camp, please call our office to be placed on the wait list. Our office can be reached at 850-644-9934.
A wait list is maintained in the order in which people call. If a spot becomes available then we will call the first person on the wait list and offer the spot. You will have 48 hours to register if a spot is offered to you before we move on to the next person on the wait list.
MEET THE CONDUCTORS
Our jazz instructors are nationally recognized teachers, conductors, and jazz clinicians.
Assistant Professor of Jazz Trombone, Florida State University
Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone
Florida State University
Director of Bands
East Nashville Magnet School, TN
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTION BY
Leon Anderson, Associate Professor of Jazz Drum Set and Director of Jazz Studies, FSU
Scotty Barnhart, Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet, FSU
Mark Belfast, Assistant Professor of Music Education, Southeastern University, FL
Sam Winternheimer, Instructor of Bass and Jazz Combo, Eastern Illinois University, IL