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 at 7:00pm, and a Big Bands concert on Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm.  Families are welcome to attend both performances.

NEW FOR 2022 - Honors Combo!!!
Though all campers will rehearse and perform in a small combo, we are introducing a special opportunity for campers who wish to audition for an advanced honors combo. After you are registered for camp, interested students can submit an audition by March 20 for a chance to play in this combo.  Campers who are selected will be notified before camp starts and also receive a $50.00 discount!  Learn more.

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.

Camp Details

June 12 - June 18, 2022

$542.00 (Overnight Campers*)
$340.00 (Day Campers; tuition only) 

*(only the tuition price will show when you begin to register.  Later you will be asked if you want to be an overnight camper, and when you answer yes it will automatically add the housing and meals to your cart.)

Eligibility

Campers must have attended grades 8 - 12 in the '21-’22 school year. (Rising 8th graders during summer 2022 are not eligible).

All ability levels are welcome but campers should have at least 6 months of school instruction or equivalent on an instrument.

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

There is also an optional audition for students who wish to try out for the Honors Jazz Combo.


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

Price Details

Overnight Campers: $542.00
This includes tuition, housing, and three meals per day. 

Day Campers: $340.00
This includes tuition only.

All campers will receive a digital download recording of the final concerts.

Click here for the Payment, Cancellation and Refund Policy.

An All-State Discount is available for this camp. Click here to see if you are eligible for the discount and get the discount code to use when registering.

An Honors Ensemble Discount is available for this camp. Click here to learn more.

Campers may wish to bring a small amount of extra money for snacks, and optional recreation activities.

Optional private lessons are available at this camp and can be booked at camp check-in. Lessons are $50.00 per 50-minute lesson. Lesson payments are made directly to lesson teachers.

Campers who plan to attend another camp the following week may wish to stay overnight in the dorm on the night of June 18. The cost for the night of housing between the two camp weeks is $50.00.  You also have the option to check-out from the first camp and then check back in for the second week.  Read more about Extra Nights of Housing.

Registration

Registration opens on January 10, 2022. Click here to register.

$100.00 of your total camp fee is non-refundable.  

Families can choose to pay in full when registering OR enroll in a payment plan. Payment plans are auto-draft and must be paid in full by May 10. Campers registering after May 10 must pay in full at the time of registration.

Scholarship and other third-party payments can be accepted.  Please contact our office if you need assistance with having a scholarship or school booster check applied to your account.

Click here for the Payment, Cancellation and Refund Policy.

Wait Lists

If there is a wait list for your instrument when you register, you will be placed on the wait list. No deposit is required to be placed on the wait list. If a spot becomes available then we will notify you to offer you the spot. 

Instruments

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, 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 12 between 11am-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 18 following the final performance.  This performance is estimated to end around 3pm.

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

Camp Links

   Sample Daily Schedule

  Camp Life: Housing, Meals and More

  Camp Planning Resources

 Camp Handbook

 Registered Camper Forms are available in your online account after registering.

MEET THE CONDUCTORS

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

David Detweiler

Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone
Florida State University

Leon Anderson

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

ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTION BY
Scotty Barnhart, Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet, FSU
Rodney Jordan, Associate Professor of Jazz Bass, FSU
William Peterson, Professor of Jazz Piano and Music Theory, FSU
Kevin Jones, Assistant Professor of Jazz Trombone, FSU

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