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NIU Percussion Camp

NIU Percussion Camp Registration

July 23 - 26, 2018

Grades 6 - 12, grade completion

Registration Deadline: June 26, 2018

Fee includes t-shirt, nametags, dorms, all meals, and activities - $615

Join world-class Northern Illinois University percussion faculty, alumni, and students this summer for a four-day residential camp exploring the amazing world of percussion! Students of all ages and levels of experience perform in concert percussion ensembles, samba bands, steel drum ensembles, participate in classes on snare drum, drum set, timpani, keyboard percussion, attend faculty recitals, and more.

After a tremendously successful first summer, this year’s percussion camp is expanding to a residential camp. Students will practice and perform in the NIU Music Building, live in the Stevenson Dorm, enjoy student activities in the Holmes Student Center, and eat all meals at the newly renovated Gilbert Hall.

The camp concludes with a final concert for parents and friends. Sign up now!

Percussion Camp Schedule


Bret Kuhn – Snare Drum, Drum Set
Dr. Gregory Beyer – Timpani, Samba
Yuko Asada – Steel Drums
Ben Wahlund – Workshop Director, Keyboard Percussion
Steve Lundin – Percussion Ensemble(s) 

Associate Faculty/Counselors

Angela Kepley – Instructor at Moraine Valley Community College, Percussion Specialist at Lyons Township High School and Gurrie Middle School, Marimba One Artist, Kepley Studio 

Daniel Jack – Bears Drumline, Bulls Stampede Drumline, Instructor at Area High Schools

What do I need to bring for classes and rehearsals? Students will need to bring a pair of drum sticks, a drum pad, a pair of yarn or cord keyboard mallets, a notebook, and a pencil. -No need to bring bell kits or drums. 

Do I need to read music? No – but it will certainly make the workshop much easier and enjoyable for you. We will have student volunteers available for anyone who may need help. 

What if I don’t know how to play some of these instruments? Great! This is exactly why we are happy to host this workshop. This will be a safe, fun, engaging environment to expand your knowledge of the wonderful world of percussion regardless of your level of experience.  

What if I have special needs? Through the CSA and our outstanding faculty and volunteers, we are happy to help with any special needs that present themselves. Please just make note of any physical considerations, food allergies, and/or learning strategies that would be worth sharing in your registration form. 

What kind of clothes should I wear? Classes can get quite active, so comfortable fitting and classroom appropriate attire is great. Remember that it is summer, so shorts and modest shirts are entirely welcome. Athletic shoes are suggested, but sandals will be fine.

Questions? Contact Kristin Sherman: email or call (815) 753-1450