Summer Band Camp



Band Camp is an awesome opportunity for your child to grow as a musician, develop responsibility away from parents, and have a lot of fun this summer! The Jenks Band Staff HIGHLY RECOMMEND your child attend a summer music camp. The benefits for your child both musically and socially are worth the effort and financial commitment. Below you can find links to the University of Arkansas Junior High Summer Camp. Feel free to email with any questions you have.


Where can I go for camp details?

To find more information on the applications, fees, deadlines, audition material, and camp schedule, please visit the University of Arkansas Summer Band Camp Home Page:


What is the camp?

The U of A Jr. High Band Camp is for students completing grades 6-8 this spring. This camp is a great opportunity for your student to improve performance skills and broaden their knowledge through a comprehensive curriculum designed for the varying ability levels of the participants. Students are placed in an ability-level ensemble (via auditions) where they learn new music with qualified conductors. Throughout the week, the students play their instrument and get to participate in a variety of activities. On the final day of the camp, the student ensembles will put on a concert for their parents.


How does the camp work?

All campers participate in auditions on the first day of camp. These auditions enable camp staff to assign campers to the ensemble in which they will be most appropriately challenged. Ensemble placement determines the camper’s schedule for the week and the group in which he/she will perform during the final concerts. The final concerts take place at the end of the camp on July 12th. Students will need to practice the audition material for a better camp experience. We recommend that students take private lessons over the summer to help them prepare for the audition. Please see our website, go to “Student Resources” and then click “Private Lessons” for a list of teachers in the area. You may consider reaching out to your student’s band teacher for recommendations.


What are the U of A Camp Registration Deadlines?

Early Bird Registration: $450 ($340 Registration + $110 Dorm Fee) before May 15th

Regular Registration: $490 May 16 - June 1st

Late Registration: $530 After June 1st


Are there other opportunities for my student if we cannot go to the camp this year?

In 7th grade, students will have the opportunity to audition for the North Central Directors Associate 7th Grade All- Region Honor Band. NCDA All Region auditions are typically held in November and are a great opportunity for your students to challenge themselves. Directors will be passing out music toward the end of the year.


Please feel free to contact the Intermediate band staff with any questions you may have.


Ryan Gartner - Clarinet and Saxophone

Jill Johnson - Flute

Kenny Martin - Percussion    

Brandt Jensen - Brass