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Middle School Summer Band Institute

Eligible campers must have attended grades 6-9 in the '16-’17 school year. Campers should have at least one year of school instruction or equivalent

June 11th - 17th, 2017
Check-In: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - JUNE 11th
Campers with the last names starting with A-M will check-in between the hours of 1:00-2:30pm
Campers with the last names starting with N-Z will check-in between the hours of 2:30-4:00pm
New Campers: $385
Returning Campers: $325
(Includes tuition with a lunch provided each day (M-F,) six flags outing, and banquet dinner on Friday evening.)
 REGISTER A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is due at registration. Balance is due by June 5th, 2017.


Campers may wish to bring a small amount of extra money for snacks.


Sunday, June 11th, 2017
Between 1:00pm -4:00pm
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 1:00-2:30pm
Campers with the last names starting with N-Z will check-in between the hours of 2:30-4:00pm


Saturday, June 17th, 2017
A final concert will be held on this day starting at 12:00pm. Students are encouraged - but not required to stay and listen to other performances. Once the student has finished their performance, they are welcome to leave the camp.


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
  • Approximately 1-2 minutes of music that displays the individuals playing ability. Students may wish to ask their middle school instructors for suggestions. 
  • Percussionist should prepare a snare piece and a mallet excerpt. Each excerpt should be approximately 30 seconds to a minute long. 
No audition is required prior to the registration for the camp.

  • 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 17th, 2:00pm
All campers will perform and all concerts will take place in the UTSA Recital Hall. 
White Band (Sixth Grade (future 7th grade) Students Only) - 12:00pm
Orange Band - 1:00pm
Blue Band - 2:00pm


Download Camp Handbook


During this camp, each camper will take part in a "Simulated Film Scoring ensemble". This will allow the students to get an idea of what professional musicians in the film industry get to do. Throughout the week, campers will work to perform soundtrack music to a live film. This challenges the players to perform in an ensemble setting outside the normal genre they are typically exposed to in the public school setting. 


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 8:30am-6pm class day.
*Lessons will be with the UTSA Camp Faculty & Distiguished Alumni


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-