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Percussion Camp


July 9th - 13th
Who: 6th - 12 grades
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost: $265
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The UTSA Percussion Camp is 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 13 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).

Camp Schedule
Monday through Thursday, July 9-12
    Classes and rehearsals: 8am-4pm
Friday, July 13
    Classes and rehearsals: 8am-3:30pm
     Final concert: 4-5pm, UTSA Recital Hall
  • Michael Mixtacki - director, world percussion, percussion ensembles
  • Sherry Rubins - assistant director, concert percussion, steel band, percussion ensembles
  • Joe Caploe - jazz vibraphone and drum set
  • Ben Pyles – marching percussion
Please check back with us as we confirm our other faculty for the 2018 camp.
Cost and Registration | $265

This includes the cost of all scheduled classes and rehearsals, camp t-shirt, as well as some snacks throughout the week. Cost does not include housing as there is no overnight option for this camp for the 2018 session. 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.)
*Please note that lunch will be provided on Friday, July 12th.

For students who will be driving themselves, a dashboard parking permit for the week may be purchased for $6.

Registration is open now and will close on June 1, 2018. A deposit of $75 is due upon registration. Balance is due by June 1st.

If you plan to bring an instrument to camp, please read our Financial Information Section on the Registration page to view our discounts for bringing large instruments. If so, please contact  and you will be provided with a discount code to apply to your registration.

Placement Audition
In order to provide the proper learning experience for each student, the faculty will listen to placement auditions on the first morning of camp. Students will be divided into specific classes each day based on their experience level. Students are requested 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 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)
No audition is required to register for the camp. 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:
Or Sherry Rubins, assistant director at: