Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues wanted to extend students learning about Jazz through the summer and began the JazzFest Jazz Camp in 2011. In its 9th year, JazzFest Jazz Camp continues to grow in fun and popularity.
At camp, students get to learn from incredible instructors and a guest artist through a variety of offerings. Camp class offerings include Jazz improvisation, Jazz Theory, History of Jazz, Combo Rehearsal, Big Band Rehearsal, Lessons, Concerts, Master Classes, Evening concerts with faculty, guests, and students. In addition to learning and growing their passion for music, this camp captures everything students should enjoy in the summer – fun-filled, build new friendships, and life-long memories!
A huge highlight of the camp is performing on stage at JazzFest! The top camp band will perform on the Main Stage at JazzFest. JazzFest is the biggest jazz and blues festival in the upper Midwest! Featuring past performances by Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, the Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Little Feat, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, North Mississippi Allstars, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Bettye LaVette, Tower of Power, Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, and much more.
When: July 14-17th 2020
Where: Sioux Falls, SD – University of Sioux Falls USF
Eligibility: All incoming 7th through completed 12th-grade musicians may apply for submission.
Registration: To register, fill out an application online. Also, please submit a recommendation by campers school band director, and tuition (which includes a $35 non-refundable deposit to be applied to your camp tuition). All campers are required to audition at camp to allow the camp director to place you in the correct ensemble for your current skill level.
Registration for 2020 will be announced in the coming weeks!
Scholarship Application will be announced in the coming weeks!
Upon receiving your application, submission, and tuition, you will receive information detailing the schedule, facilities and rules and regulations. Application and enrollment imply agreement to abide by all JazzFest Jazz Camp and University of Sioux Falls rules and regulations.
Dr. Paul Schilf, Camp Director
Dr. Schilf serves as Camp Director, instructs the Brass section, and grades 9-12 jazz band ensembles. Dr. Schilf is an active guest conductor adjudicator and clinician throughout the country.
Jim McKinney, Percussion/Rhythm Section
Mr. McKinney is the Former Director of Bands at South Dakota State University. During camp, he will instruct the Rhythm section and grades 6-8 jazz band ensembles. He also plays the drums for the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Jazz Diversity Project, which tours the state of South Dakota.
Joel Shotwell, Woodwinds
Mr. Shotwell is an active saxophone player and educator will instruct the Woodwinds section during Jazz Camp. He also plays the saxophone for the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Jazz Diversity Project, which tours the state of South Dakota.
Jazz Camp is sponsored by University of Sioux Falls, CAPITAL Services, Conn Selmer, Inc., CorTrust Bank, Dakota Riggers & Tool Supply, Inc., MetaBank, Sammons Financial Group, South Dakota Arts Council, Popplers Music, Inc., XCEL Energy, and Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues.
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