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UTSA Music

UTSA Percussion Camp

Location San Antonio, TX
Event Date(s) Jul 7, 2019 to Jul 12, 2019
Ages 11 to 18
Grades 6th to 12th
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Event Description

UTSA Percussion Camp


July 7th - 12th
Grades: 6th - 12th
Early Registration is open until 11:59pm on June 7, 2019.
Early Registration tuition:
Late Registration (June 8th-July 1st) tuition is: $300
The UTSA Percussion Camp offers a week-long “total percussion” experience for both middle and high school students graduating 6th - 12th grade in a day camp format. Our goal is to immerse students in the exciting world of percussion, helping them develop their technique and musicality, improve their sightreading abilities, and learn about new styles of music and instruments through interactive masterclasses and ensemble experiences.

Each day, students will attend hands-on masterclasses with UTSA percussion faculty on the following topics:
  •  Snare drum and marching percussion fundamentals
  •  Timpani and ear training  
  •  Keyboard percussion techniques  
  •  Jazz percussion and drum set  
  •  World percussion (Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Trinidadian music)

Students will directly apply these skills in a wide variety of ensembles, including small chamber groups, large percussion ensembles, as well as jazz and world percussion ensembles. Each of these groups will perform on the final concert on Friday, July 12 at 4pm. Students should have at least one year of experience studying music to participate in the UTSA Percussion Camp (band, private lessons, or similar).

Classes and rehearsals run from 8am-4pm, Monday through Friday. Please see our 2019 general schedule below to give you a clearer idea of how our camp is structured.

We are excited to announce that Ivan Trevino (ivandrums.com) will be joining us for two days as a special guest artist this year. He will be presenting masterclasses for all camp participants, and will give a solo/chamber recital on Wednesday, July 10th at 4pm in the UTSA Recital Hall

  July 7th July 8th July 9th July 10th July 11th July 12th
  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7:45 AM   Drop Off
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8:00 AM   Classes Classes Classes Classes Ensemble
9:00 AM  
10:00 AM  
11:00 AM Registration and
Placement Auditions
12:00 PM Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00 PM Ensemble
2:00 PM
3:00 PM Camp Photo and Concert Setup
4:00 PM   Classes End Pick Up Classes End Pick Up Classes End Pick Up Classes End Pick Up Student Showcase Concert (4pm)
      Ivan Trevino Showcase Concert (4pm)    

Early Registration
(Register before 11:59pm on June 7, 2019)


Late Registration
(June 8th-July 1st at 11:59pm)

Tuition includes the cost of all scheduled classes and rehearsals, admission to the guest artist recital on Wednesday, camp t-shirt, as well as some snacks throughout the week. Please provide your own lunch each day*, or purchase it at one of the many restaurant options in the food court of the John Peace Library, a 1 minute walk from the Arts building. (Subway, Chick-Fil-A, Steak’n’Shake, Starbucks, etc.)

*Lunch will be provided on Friday, July 12th.

A dashboard parking permit for the week may be purchased for $6 upon registration. Permits will be handed out during check-in on Sunday, July 7th.

A nonrefundable deposit of $75 is due upon registration. Balance is due by July 1st.

Placement Auditions

In order to provide the proper learning experience for each student, the faculty will listen to placement auditions starting at 11am on Sunday, July 7th. Alternate audition times will be available on Monday, July 8th in the morning for late arrivals. Students will be divided into specific classes and ensembles based on their experience level. Students are asked to prepare the following for their audition:

Keyboard percussion

  • Prepare two scales of your choice (major and/or minor)
  • Prepare a short 2 mallet or 4 mallet solo or etude, roughly 1-2minutes in length (Region/district band repertoire or solos from
    UIL Prescribed Music List  http://wwwdev.uiltexas.org/pml/ are recommended but not required)
  • Sightread a short two-mallet excerpt (up to two sharps/flats)

Snare drum

  •  Prepare one short solo or etude in either rudimental or concert style, roughly 1-2 minutes in length (Region/district repertoire or solos from UIL PML are recommended but not required)
  • Sightread a short snare drum excerpt       

Drum set

  • Prepare a short demonstration of 2-3 musical styles or grooves, roughly 30 seconds each. (suggestions: jazz/swing, funk, rock, or Latin styles)


  • Students will be asked to match and tune several pitches (no prepared etude required)

Students may omit a portion of the audition if they do not feel comfortable.

Students should bring a practice pad, sticks, mallets, and a pencil. A stick bag is recommended. All large instruments and sheet music will be provided.

Camp Location and Facilities
All Percussion Camp activities will be held in the Arts building of the UTSA 1604 campus (official address - One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, TX 78249). Classes will be held on the first and second floor in the Recital Hall, Band Hall, and percussion faculty studios. Practice rooms will be available on the 3rd floor.

For more information, please contact Michael Mixtacki, the camp director at: michael.mixtacki@utsa.edu
Or Sherry Rubins, assistant director at:  sherry.rubins@utsa.edu