The Music for all Summer Symposium Jazz Band curriculum allows students to participate in an immersive big band experience, while taking master classes/lessons with world renowned jazz artists. Classes include Jazz Improvisation, Jazz History, Jazz Arranging, and plenty of jam sessions!

Students come away from camp with much more insight into the music, the art of performing, and the art of experiencing jazz! Students meet and get to know others from across the country who share their love of music-making and jazz especially. Each jazz ensemble performs in concert at the end of the week for fellow campers, family, and friends on the final Saturday.

“Everyone knows you are going to have an incredible time at the Music for All Summer Symposium this summer! The teachers of the Jazz division who work with you on a daily basis are the most important element of why you should choose to go to a camp, and ours are world-class!”
– Mark Buselli, Symposium Jazz Coordinator

Packing List/Final Performance Attire

Packing List

All students, regardless of division, should
bring the following items:

  • Comfortable clothes and closed toed shoes for walking around campus
  • Sweatshirt or light jacket for cooler weather
  • Rain gear for inclement weather (jacket, poncho, or umbrella)
  • Personal toiletries (bath soap, tooth brush, toothpaste, etc.
  • Towels and washcloths. Sheets, pillow, pillowcases, and blanket are provided by Ball State Housing
  • Sunglasses, hat, water bottle, and SUNSCREEN
  • Backpack, a spiral notebook, and pens/pencils

Optional: money or debit card for incidental purchases such
as souvenirs, snacks, etc. $50-$80 recommended.

In addition to these items, jazz band students must also bring:

  • Instrument marked with your name, address, and school.
  • Any necessary supplies or accessories, such as reeds, neck straps, valve oil, etc. Muncie Music Center will be on campus during the week to sell reeds, oil, etc. should you need to purchase supplies.
  • Comfortable attire (shorts, jeans & shirts): please note that you will be in air conditioning for the majority of your day. • Amplifiers will be provided for guitar and bass students. However, guitar and bass students should bring a cable to connect their instrument to the amplifiers. The Muncie Music Center will be on campus should you need to purchase one.
  • JAZZ DRUM SET STUDENTS: A drum set will be provided, but bring your own sticks, brushes, a practice pad, HI-HAT CLUTCH, and cymbals if possible (Hi-hat, Crash, Ride).

Final Performance Attire

  • Blue jeans
  • White button-down shirt
  • Dark colored tie for men
  • Black socks
  • Black, closed-toe shoes

Join Us!

for the 2022 Music for All Summer Symposium

June 27-July 2, 2022

Leadership Weekend: June 25-26

Ball State University

Instrumental Merit Scholarships

Instrumental Merit scholarships for members of honor ensembles are now available for eligible students enrolling in the Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, or Concert Percussion divisions of the Summer Symposium.

National Honor Ensemble Instrumental Scholarship – $200
All-State Instrumental Scholarship – $150
All-City/District Instrumental Scholarship – $75

See more details on Instrumental Scholarships

Jazz Division Faculty

Mark Buselli

Division Head/Conductor
Director of Jazz Studies
Ball State University

Dr. Scott Belck

Director of Jazz Studies
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music

Sammy Kestenholtz

Yamaha Performing Artist
Recording artist, Los Angeles CA

Freddie Mendoza

Professor of Jazz Trombone
Ball State University

Dr. Scott Routenberg

Associate Professor of Jazz Piano
Ball State University

Jeff Rupert

Director of Jazz Studies
University of Central Florida

Dr. Jennifer Siukola

Professor of Jazz Trumpet
Butler University
Director Assistant

Nick Tucker

Associate Professor of Jazz Bass
Ball State University

What are students saying about Jazz at America’s Camp?

Thank you so much! It was an incredible experience and I enjoyed every moment!

This was an amazing camp and I can’t wait for next year!!

The staff were amazing world-class musicians that I got to work with. Thank You!

Parent/Booster Institute

Music for All’s parent/booster training and advocacy programs and resources are key elements in Music for All’s vision to be a catalyst to ensure that every child across America has the opportunity and access to participate in music making in his or her scholastic environment.

What Should Your Child Bring?

June weather in Indiana is often unpredictable. Historical averages for this area range from 60°F-90°F and often include high humidity. Please keep that in mind when packing for camp.

Staying in Touch with your Student

The Music for All Headquarters staff is unable to receive and deliver messages to students by phone, unless an emergency requires immediately delivery. If you wish to speak with your child during the week, plan your calling schedule before your child leaves home.

Supervision and Health Info

Your child’s safety is our utmost priority. While at camp, your child is required to attend all classes, meals, concerts, and nightly floor meetings, where attendance is taken.

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