Summer Band Camps

Check out these awesome summer band camps!

Summer Music Camp Opportunities
Highly Recommended by RHS Band Directors!!!

*Recommendations based on actual experiences of RHS students & RHS Band Directors!!!!

•Participation in a summer music camp can be incredibly enriching, and offers inspirational and transforming experiences for musical growth, personal growth and opportunities to meet an interact with other talented high school students from across the country. 
•Many colleges and universities offer summer music camps, and attending such a program is a great way to learn more about schools (and college/university level teachers) you are considering. 
•As Band Directors, we have had several students attend and experience all of the camps listed below. Because these students have participated in very positive, fun, safe and highly educational experiences, we highly recommend each of the summer camps listed.
•For more information about these summer camps, use the contact information provided or visit with your Band Director !

Jazz Summer Music Camps:

Indianhead Arts and Education Center - Shell Lake, WI
Jazz Ensemble and Combo Clinic Week I — Occurs mid-June 
Jazz Ensemble and Combo Clinic Week II — Occurs late June 
Jazz Ensemble and Combo Clinic Week III — Occurs early July 
Classic Jazz Combo Clinic — Occurs mid-July 
Shell Lake, Wisconsin 
TELEPHONE: 715.468.2414 
•If you want to learn about jazz music and improve your knowledge and skills in jazz improvisation, have skilled and patient teachers take you forward from where you are at presently - this is THE camp for you! 
•Operated in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the Indianhead Arts and Education Center provides the “ULTIMATE” summer jazz camp for high school musicians of all “jazz levels” - beginner improvisers to advanced “all-state jazzers.” The all-star faculty include Grammy award winning musicians/teachers/performers who are committed to the art of jazz and helping students be successful in a positive and fun educational environment. 
•Participants rehearse and perform with large and small ensembles, take elective classes and attend master classes and faculty presentations. Each evening features a special performance.
•Many students from Rosemount HS have attended this outstanding summer camp over the years, and all who have participated, highly recommend this experience as one of the best summer jazz camps!!!
The Twin Cities Jazz Workshop - MINNEAPOLIS
Occurs mid-June (10 AM - 4:30 PM)
Augsburg College (Minneapolis)
TELEPHONE: 612-872-4419
•FEES: $370 ($360 if registered by May 20th, $350 if registered by April 20th)
•The Twin Cities Jazz Workshop is a summer music camp that provides students with the opportunity to study and perform jazz. 
•The workshop creates an atmosphere for learning that is fun yet focused on jazz and the art of improvisation. 
•Activities include. Daily Combo Rehearsals, Jazz Theory Classes (all levels), Instrument Master Classes, Faculty Concerts, Jazz Improvisation Workshops AND MUCH MORE!
•Friday evening concert at the Dakota Jazz Club!!!
•All students benefit from the low student/instructor ratio of 7:1
•Instructors include: Doug Little (professional jazz saxophonist)
Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth - Jazz Bands ST. PAUL, MN
Occurs mid-June (8:30 AM - 12 Noon)
Macalester College (1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul, MN)
TELEPHONE: (651) 696-6590 
•FEES: (financial aid is available)
•REGISTER:  or call 651-696-6590
•The MITY Jazz Bands program is a concentrated study of jazz music and performance for students (grades 7-12) interested in the performance of Jazz. Students will be placed in one of two bands through an audition process. 
•Music listening, history, discussions on jazz technique and style, and improvisation are an integral part of the daily schedule for these two groups. 
•Students perform in a variety of styles that contemporary “Big Band” musicians need to know. Visiting guest artists demonstrate and teach techniques, style and interpretation through demonstration and discussion.
•Public performances are important to these classes and the jazz bands will play for a variety of audiences. One of the Jazz Bands will have the opportunity to perform in the Minneapolis Hot Summer Jazz Festival. 
•The summer session ends with evening performances in the Janet Wallace Concert Hall at Macalester College.
•Auditions are required for all applicants and will determine admission and placement in one of the ensembles. Several audition dates are scheduled and you are contacted prior to those dates and given specific audition information. 
•Teachers: Scott Carter, Jeff Levine, Corey Needleman, and Chris Thomson (pro sax player and former Rosemount HS Band Director).
MacPhail Center For Music - MINNEAPOLIS
JAZZ COMBO & IMPROVISATION CAMP, Occurs mid-July (12:30-4 PM)
•All classes will meet in downtown Minneapolis at the MACPHAIL CENTER FOR MUSIC
1128 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
REGISTER: by calling 612.321.0100
TELEPHONE: If you have questions, call the Instructor: 612.321.0100, ext. 500 (ask for Kelly Rossum)
•Outstanding professional jazz musicians serve as instructors for this experience:
Instructors: Kelly Rossum and other jazz faculty members
•Summer is the perfect time to focus on your jazz playing. This five day intensive session will cover improvisation techniques, jazz history sessions, instrument specific seminars and best of all, jazz combo rehearsals and performances. 
•All jazz instruments can participate; we especially encourage bass players to join the fun. 
•All jazz combos will perform in a final concert at the Dakota Jazz Club on July 15th at 3 PM!!! 
Comprehensive Summer Band Camps:

Bands of America (BOA) Summer Symposium & Leadership Weekend
Occurs in late June - one week in length - see wesbite for specific dates
Illinois State University (Normal, Illinois)
TELEPHONE: 800.848.2263

•One of the nation’s largest, finest and most comprehensive summer band camp experiences and leadership training events, the “Bands of America Summer Symposium & Leadership Weekend” includes separate tracks for drum majors, marching band, concert band, jazz band, marching percussion, world percussion, color guard and even orchestra strings! Leadership development training is also an important and integral part of the symposium. Participants come together for evening performances by outstanding “world class” musical artists, as well as a major DCI show featuring the defending world-champion Cavaliers, Madison Scouts, Bluecoats, Glassmen and four other drum & bugle corps. 
•An excellent and highly recommended “ultimate summer band camp” experience
•Visit the BOA website for much more information and to download a multimedia brochure 
•Many student leaders and Drum Majors from the Rosemount HS Band have attended the BOA Summer Symposium over the years and Mr. Olsen has attended the symposium 12 different summers, and all who have experienced BOA highly recommend this experience as one of the best!
St. Olaf Summer Music Camp
Occurs in mid-June - one week in length - see wesbite for specific dates
St. Olaf College (Northfield, Minnesota)
TELEPHONE: 507.646.3043
•Participants rehearse and perform in a large ensemble (band, choir and/or orchestra), as well two to three classes in areas like ear training, beginning theory, conducting basics, jazz improvisation and chamber music. Two private lessons with a St. Olaf faculty member are included, with an optional package of two additional lessons for an extra fee. Current and former St. Olaf College students serve as counselors, and there are several social and recreational activities available throughout the week, in addition to student and faculty recitals each evening. A final camp concert open to the public concludes the experience.
•This is an outstanding and high quality summer music camp experience! 
•The facilities, food and faculty are truly outstanding! St. Olaf College has a reputation as one of the top collegiate music programs in the midwest! This is a special opportunity for you to experience an outstanding college music program via a fun summer camp experience - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED SUMMER CAMP! 
For Saxophonists Only:

Summer Saxophone Workshop
St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN (see wesbite for specific dates) 
TELEPHONE: 612.729.4759
Registration deadline is April 1 (Early Bird Discount deadline is March 1).


 Individual saxophonists and active quartets are invited to join the Ancia Saxophone Quartet for an inspiring week of music making at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. The Ancia Quartet is one of the Midwest’s premiere saxophone quartets, and its members are experienced music educators. Celebrated saxophonist and educator Eugene Rousseau will appear as a guest artist. College and high school students, advanced middle level students, and adult players of all ages may apply. Participants will be placed in quartets for coaching, masterclasses and performances.

The Ancia Saxophone Quartet was founded in 1990 as an ensemble dedicated to the creation and performance of new works for saxophone quartet as well as the performance of traditional saxophone quartet repertoire. Based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, the quartet has performed concerts and presented educational workshops in the United States, Canada and Europe. The Ancia Saxophone Quartet has appeared frequently on Minnesota Public Radio, and has hosted annual summer workshops since 1999.

Terrific Jazz & Instrumental Summer Camp in beautiful Door County, WI:

Birch Creek Music Performance Center
Two-week sessions from June -August (check their website for specific dates):
Jazz & Orchestral 
Egg Harbor, Wisconsin
TELEPHONE: 920.868.3763
•Deadline to register February (Past the deadline, there may still be openings - check the website)
•Birch Creek has a national reputation as an outstanding summer music program specifically focused on Orchestral Music Performance, Jazz Performance/Studies and World Percussion Studies. 
•Daily schedules include classes, sectionals, master classes, large ensemble rehearsals and social activities, and each two-week session includes at least seven public performances. 
•Admission is by competitive application, including an audition tape. Positions are still available for all programs, but interested students should apply as early as possible. 
•Special emphasis is placed on a very small teacher/student ratio and mentoring opportunities with professional musicians. 
•The Orchestra studies and performs a mixture of standard orchestral literature and light classics. A partial list of major works included in 2004 includes Dvorak New World Symphony, Beethoven Symphony No. 6 ("Pastora") and Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture.
•The camp is located in the beautiful Door County region of northern Wisconsin

For Percussionists Only:
South of the River Drumset Camp - ROSEMOUNT HS
Occurs in mid-July - one week in length - see website for specific dates (9 AM-4 PM each day) 
Eagan, MN (Blackhawk Middle School)
•Full Fee: TBD (was $200 last year), June 8 Deadline 
•The camp is open to grades 6-12 (the average camper is grade 9 & 10)
•In addition to instruction in many styles of drumset playing, each student receives a specially compiled book of exercises and transcriptions that is used as the text of the camp and a resource CD full of examples of important players and styles. 
•Each camp concludes with a performance that is open to the public.
•Several sponsoring drum companies offer door prizes that are presented to the participants at the final concert.
•Instructors include: Dan Hosteler, Brett Lobben, Ben Anderson and Barry Peterson

•Highly Recommended Awesome camp for the study of Drum Set!

•Mallet Percussion Camp, occurs mid-June (6:30-9 PM), open to students in grades 9-12, highly motivated intermediate to advanced keyboard percussionists
•All classes will meet in downtown Minneapolis at the MACPHAIL CENTER FOR MUSIC
1128 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
REGISTER: by calling 612.321.0100
TELEPHONE: If you have questions, call the Instructor: 612.321.0100, ext. 410 (ask for Bob Adney)
•Full Fee: $280 
•Registration Deadline: June 3
•Outstanding professional percussionists serve as instructors for this experience:
Instructors: Bob Adney, Steve Roehm & Eric Strom
•Topics covered: performance technique on all mallet keyboard instruments, survey of 2 & 4 mallet techniques, mallet keyboard history, survey of repertoire and recordings, buying a mallet keyboard, audition strategies and much more!

“Premium” Summer Camps:

For serious music students who are interested in a highly challenging and rewarding musical experience, and are potentially considering a career in music performance. These are memorable musical experiences that will introduce you to the world of professional music performance. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AS THE BEST SUMMER MUSICAL EXPERIENCES IN THE NATION!

Tanglewood Institute, June - August (2 - 8 week programs)
Tanglewood Music Center (located in the beautiful Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts; Lenox, Massachusetts)
TELEPHONE: 800.643.4796
•Fees (financial aid is available)
•Mid-February deadline, check website for available openings after deadline
•The following programs are offered High School Students:
•Flute Workshop, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, former BSO principal flutist
•Clarinet Workshop, Dr. Ethan Sloane, Boston University
•Oboe Workshop, John Ferrillo & Robert Sheena, BSO principal oboist & english horn
•Trumpet Workshop, Terry Everson, internationally renowned trumpet soloist
•Percussion Workshop, Tim Genis, Principal Timpanist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra
•Trombone Workshop, Scott Hartman, Empire Brass Qunitet & Boston University
•French Horn Workshop, Eric Ruske, Boston University
•Young Artists Orchestra Program 
•Young Artists Composition Program
•Young Artists Wind Ensemble 
•The Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) is recognized internationally as an outstanding educational opportunity for young artists and is the only program of its kind associated with one of the great symphony orchestras of the world. Here, under the guidance of distinguished professionals and in the presence of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, young people devote themselves each summer to an artistic experience without parallel. For any student of high school age who enjoys being challenged by the highest standards, BUTI represents a unique opportunity; Tanglewood is a magical blend of the formal and informal, of joy and hard work. No one who spends a summer at Tanglewood leaves untouched by the experience.
•The spectacular panoramic landscapes viewed from the Tanglewood Institute's Campus provide an inspirational setting for the practice and study of music. Rehearsals, classes, and coachings occur throughout the campus in a variety of natural settings. The beauty of the Institute's setting also includes Tanglewood facilities, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the 5,000-seat Koussevitzky Music Shed, there are the 1,176-seat Ozawa Concert Hall, a 300-seat Chamber Music Hall, and several rehearsal spaces. Also available are the resources of the Tanglewood Music Center's library, with listening facilities and thousands of albums and scores.
•It is impossible to list all the talented, dedicated, and charismatic people with whom Tanglewood Institute students come in contact with each summer, it would be an impressive and international list of “who’s who” in the world of classical music. However, students who participated in the Tanglewood Institute and are now distinguished alumni and legendary names in the music world include: Leonard Bernstein (composer, conductor, soloist), Seiji Ozawa (conductor), Wynton Marsalis (trumpet artist), Michael Daugherty (composer), Burt Bacharach (pianist & pop music composer), John Adams (composer), Eiji Oue (former Minnesota Orchestra conductor) and many others! Since 1936, Tanglewood has provided an extraordinary opportunity for students and “serious music lovers” to immerse themselves in the world of classical music at the highest artistic levels possible while surrounded by the natural beauty of the Berkshires.