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High School Summer Band Institute

June 18th - 24th, 2017
Check-In: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM  - JUNE 18th
Campers with the last names starting with A-M will check-in between the hours of 12:00-2:30pm
Campers with the last names starting with N-Z will check-in between the hours of 2:30-5:00pm
Day Campers: $450
Overnight Campers: $785
Includes tuition, all meals, housing, & camp shirts
 REGISTER A $150 non-refundable deposit is due at registration. Balance is due by June 11th, 2017.


The High School Summer Band Institute offers a comprehensive music experience focused on developing the musician in addition to developing playing techniques. At this one-week intensive camp, campers will perform with one of our concert bands and attend daily classes that include rehearsals, sectional and master classes, and an elective class which focuses on performing soundtrack music. This camp provides an opportunity for students to receive exceptional instruction on the instrument that they love and to broaden their learning’s of many musical components.

Each day is divided into structured routines that focus on developing individual musicianship and includes an hour break for lunch. On check-in day, each student will complete a placement audition which will place them into one of our concert bands. A sample daily schedule has been provided below. Campers put down their instruments at 6:00pm, but the day isn’t over yet! Each evening, students can participate in recreational activities such as, swimming, movie night, recreational sports, rockwall climbing, tennis, basketball, an optional Fiesta Texas outing and a formal banquet to cap off the week!

Performance opportunities are also an integral part of the camp experience. Students at the High School Summer Band Institute will perform in a public performance at the conclusion of the week.

Eligible campers must have attended grades 9-12 in the '16 -’17 school year. Those students who have completed the 8th grade are invited to participate in our UTSA Middle School Summer Band Institute. Campers should have at least one year of school instruction or equivalent


Our evening recreation activities are designed to let campers take a break from their instruments and spend some social time with new friends.  Each evening there will be a free recreation activity; events such as movie nights, attending faculty recitals, ice creams socials, sports and more. Some evenings there will also be an optional activity for an additional fee (Fiesta Texas). This option will be made available to all campers and will be assessed to your tuition at the time of online registration.


Music isn’t the only reason that you come to camp! It is also a chance to experience what living and learning in a collegiate setting is all about. We understand that for some of you, this will be the first time that you, your son or your daughter will be away from home for an extended period of time, so be sure to read our Parent & Camper Handbook. This handbook contains important information to help you prepare for camp.


Cost for Day Campers $450.00
Includes tuition with a lunch provided each day (M-F) and dinner on Friday.
A $150.00 deposit is due at registration. Balance is due by June 5th.  

Cost for Overnight Campers $785.00
Cost includes tuition and housing with three meals per day.
A $150.00 deposit is due at registration. Balance is due by June 5th.  

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


Sunday, June 18th, 2017
Between 12:00pm -5:00pm

All campers must attend check-in. If you can not arrive during the designated times due to extenuating circumstances, arrangements must be made in advance with the camp office.

Campers with the last names starting with A-M will check-in between the hours of 12:00-2:30pm
Campers with the last names starting with N-Z will check-in between the hours of 2:30-5:00pm

Be sure to visit our Preparing For Camp section for detailed information about check-in.


Saturday, June 24th, 2017
A final concert series will be held on this day starting at 2:00pm. Check-out will follow the performance.

All of our camps take place on the UTSA campus in San Antonio, TX. Music classes will take place in the UTSA Music Building and UTSA Recital Hall. All campers are housed in the Alvarez Hall dormitories located on the UTSA Main Campus.


Day Campers - Students who attend camp as a day camper must be staying at home or with a San Antonio relative over the age of 21. Day campers are required to attend all rehearsals, performances, and classes and should plan to attend camp daily from 8:00am-5:00pm and some evenings from 7:00pm-9:30pm. Recreation activities are not required for day campers, but they are certainly welcome to attend any camp activity they choose.

Overnight Campers - Overnight campers stay in the Alvarez Hall dormitories. Alvarez Hall is an air-conditioned, private dormitory just a five minute walk from the College of Music buildings. Campers are supervised by our resident staff of camp counselors. Campers are welcomed and encouraged to submit roommate requests. However, these requests must be filled out on your registration form. For more information, please visit our dorms and roommates page.


There will be a placement audition at camp check-in to determine your band and chair placement. Once band assignments have been made, they will not be changed.

Campers should prepare the following for the audition:
  • Two scales of your choice
  • Two solo excerpts, etudes or short pieces:
  • One piece should be slower, lyrical
  • One piece should be faster and more technically demanding
  • These can be two movements of the same piece.
  • Percussionist should prepare a snare piece and a mallet piece
  • No audition is required to register.
  • All campers must bring their own instrument to camp. 
  • Percussionists should bring sticks/mallets and practice pads.
  • We suggest that the campers communicate with their middle school directors if they will need to borrow equipment for the week. 
Final Concert: Saturday June 24th, 2:00pm
All campers will perform and all concerts will take place in the UTSA Recital Hall.
Orange Band - 2:00pm
Blue Band - 3:00pm


Download Camp Handbook


During this camp each camper will take part in 3 workshops in a rotation.  The workshops will take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of camp week.


This camp offers students the option to sign up for private lessons at an additional cost of $25 per 30-minute lesson*.

All lessons are organized and paid for in full at camp check-in. Payments for lessons are payable by cash or check only and checks must be made payable directly to the instructor.

Lessons are scheduled with a teacher based on availability*. The lesson will take place during morning or afternoon rehearsal blocks.  No lessons are scheduled outside of the 8am-5pm class day.

*Lessons will be with the UTSA Camp Faculty.


Aaron Collins
Scott Flanagan


Ron Ellis, Director of Bands, UTSA
John Zarco, Associate Director of Bands, UTSA

Additional questions about camp-
Aaron Collins (210)-386-9271   -or-