Special Information

Instrument storage

Students will be assigned a locker at check-in.  Large instruments (drum sets, amplifiers) will be left in rehearsal rooms for each combo.  These rooms will be locked when not in use. Prior to placement in combos, store all large equipment (drums and amplifiers) in RSL 111 (Graham Recital Hall).  Rhythm section equipment will be moved to the appropriate combo room following the Sunday night concert.

Combo/theory assignments

Once you are checked in, go to Bengtson Auditorium (RSL) for an important meeting and Q/A session for all campers and their parents.  This meeting is brief but mandatory.  Auditions and theory placement test will follow, in various rooms in Russell. Specific room assignments will be made at the meeting. You will be assigned to a combo and theory and ear training classes based on your audition and test results.  Results will be posted and announced following the concert in Bengtson Sunday evening at 8:00 PM.

Evening concerts

Throughout the camp, evening concerts will feature several different groups.  Sunday night will be an informal performance by the faculty. Monday night’s band is to be announced. Tuesday night is the formal faculty concert. Thursday night will be the informal camp concert at New Aldaya Lifescapes (7511 University Avenue, Cedar Falls). This concert is at 6:30 p.m. and will feature all camp combos, and is open both to parents and the public. Attendance at all concerts is mandatory for all campers.

Wednesday Night at the WRC

Wednesday night is a night off from musical activities.  We have reserved the Wellness and Recreation Center for activities that night.  Activities will be monitored by camp counselors.

Jam sessions

Nightly jam sessions will be held in the Jazz Studio and Graham Hall, coordinated by the counselors. Use this time to try out the things you are learning in the classes.  For students needing a break from music, videos will be shown in RSL 116.

Camp concert--Friday morning

The camp combos will perform Friday morning in Bengtson.  This concert will begin at 10 AM, with a tech and set-up time of 9:30 AM.  All groups will use UNI back line equipment (drums and amplifiers).  Rhythm section players should have their gear loaded out into vehicles prior to the start of the concert.  We plan to be completely finished by noon.

Students should be in the Jazz Studio warming up and tuning one band prior to their appearance in the show. The first band appearing on the concert should meet in the studio by 9:45 AM. Students will be notified when they should move from the Studio to backstage Bengtson.

Private lesson with camp faculty

Many faculty members have expressed interest in making themselves available for half hour private lessons during the week.  These lessons are optional, and students will need to work out times and payment with the individual faculty member.

What to bring:

  • Your instrument
    • If you are a drummer – you need to bring your trap set and cymbals
    • If you play guitar or bass – you need to bring an amplifier and cable
    • If you play a bari sax, please bring a bari with you.
  • Pencils
  • All accessories (mouthpiece(s), reeds, sticks, valve oil, cords, amplifier, etc.)
  • Manuscript (music writing) notebook
  • Lined notebook paper
  • Digital recorder (optional)
  • Fake Books and/or Jamey Aebersold books (if you have any)
  • Jamey Aebersold (or similar) CD for audition
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Clothes

Items you may want to bring:

  • Extra pillow(s)
  • Extra towel
  • Fan (residence hall is not air conditioned)
  • Small alarm clock
  • Backpack
  • Umbrella
  • Change for vending machines
  • Items for daily supervised outdoor recreation (Frisbee, basketball, baseball and glove, football, etc.)
  • CDs and/or iPod

What is provided:

  • Linens (sheets, pillow, and blanket)
  • Towel & washcloth
  • Roommate (if you made a roommate request we will make that assignment)

Where to come:

Check-in for resident campers occurs from 1:00-2:00pm on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at Lawther Hall. (see maps www.uni.edu) and then will check in at Russell Hall. Commuter campers will check in at Russell Hall from 1:00-2:00pm on that day as well. Classes, rehearsals, and concerts will be in Russell Hall.

Who to call:

University Camp Coordinator 
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., M-F

Lawther Hall Desk
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

Public Safety 
Emergency, Anytime

Where to park:

For those who bring their car to campus, there will be a fee of $10.00 for a permit to park during the camp. During check in, you may park in the parking lots closest to Noehren Hall.

What we need:

Please fill out and bring with you the enclosed Release and Medical Authorization form and return it at camp registration.