Camps and Conferences

Rock Band Camp

Due to the pandemic we are not going to be able to offer this event in 2022.  Click here to join our email list to be notified of our future events.

UW-Whitewater Rock Band camp is a fun and intense, six-day overnight or commuter camp. Campers of all skill levels will learn live sound engineering, music theory for rock musician, arranging and creating music with software and history of rock and hip hop. Specialty instructors will provide small group instruction in guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals. Students will form a band, write a song and perform at the end of the camp for friends and family. They will be grouped with other campers based upon age, ability, and musical interest. Join us for 6 days of learning, creating and playing music, teamwork, making friends and pulling it all together for a surprising performance experience!   

This camp is available to campers entering grades 7-12, including graduating seniors.

Monday, TBA - Saturday, TBA

Limited to the first 75 registrants.

Register Online

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Registrations accepted online until noon on 6/30/21. 

We CANNOT accept walk up registrations due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Credit Card

Your online registration and payment are always safe and secure.  We accept MasterCard and Visa credit card payments in our online registration system.  We will NOT accept credit card payments over the phone.  We will accept checks made out to "UW-Whitewater" and mailed to UW-Whitewater Camps and Conferences, 800 West Main Street, Room 2005 Roseman Hall, Whitewater WI 53190.

Confirmation Emails

Once you register, a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact if you do not receive this confirmation email. Historically, email accounts used from and are blocked from receiving notifications from us or may end up in your spam folder. You are able to register using these accounts; however, you will not receive emails from us. Please make sure you have a working email address on file with us to be able to receive important announcements and updates about this event.

Cost Information


  • Resident Camper -  TBA (2019=$595)
  • Commuter Camper - TBA (2019=$525)

The resident camp fee covers lodging, meals, instruction, a camp t-shirt* and insurance. The commuter fee includes noon and evening meals, instruction, a camp t-shirt* and insurance.

*T-shirts are guaranteed if registered by 6/30/21.

Resident Camper

Resident campers are campers who will be staying overnight in one of the residence halls located on the UW-Whitewater campus.  The residence hall has a secured entrance and the campers are monitored by the residence hall directors, assistants, and by our own camp counseling staff.  Roommate requests made by online registration closing date will be honored when possible; otherwise campers are paired by age and gender.  Please note that our residence halls are not air conditioned. We strongly advise campers to bring a fan if possible.  The bathrooms and showers offer clean, individual stalls for privacy. Resident campers will have three well-balanced meals each full day.  Meals are included in the registration fee.

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Commuter Camper

Commuter campers are campers who will drive back and forth to camp and will not stay overnight.  They can arrive at the designated check-in time and location indicated in the Camp Information Packet. Commuters will not receive a room key for the residence hall but are welcome to socialize in the residence hall with friends during breaks. Only lunch and dinner will be served to commuter campers. Report to camp before the first session of the day after breakfast. The authorized driver can pick up the commuter camper at the conclusion of camp each day after checking out with staff.

All registrant accounts must be paid in full three weeks (21 days) prior to the start of the event.  Registrants with outstanding balances after payment is due in full are subject to being removed from the event roster without refund. Please contact Continuing Education Services at prior to this deadline if extenuating circumstances prevent you from completing a payment.

In the event of a cancellation, Continuing Education Services should be notified no later than 21 days before the start date of the event session in order to receive a refund. Cancellation requests received less than 21 days from the start of the event will receive a refund minus a 50% late cancellation fee of event cost. Cancellations requests received 21 days from the start of the event due to medical reasons will receive a full refund, less the $100 non-refundable deposit, if the cancellation is requested and medical documentation is provided prior to the start of the event. Valid medical cancellations must include a signed letter from a licensed physician to qualify.  NO REFUNDS will be given for withdrawal due to early departures, disciplinary reasons or no show after the event has started.

Full refund will be given to families who need to cancel because of COVID illness.

All cancellation requests must be submitted to; provide registrant's name, event title and medical documentation, if applicable. Refunds will be returned to name and address of payer.

We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in such a case, all fees paid will be refunded or the registrant can choose to apply fees to a different summer event.

Sponsorships & Awards

For those participants who will be receiving a sponsorship to attend this event: Register and use the promo code your sponsor gave you. The sponsorship will be deducted from your invoice.  Any remaining balance remains the participant's responsibility. Any cancellations will result in the sponsorship funds being returned to the supporting organization.

Any qualifying discounts given by the event will not be applied after you have paid in full. Be sure to use the promo code during check out to receive your discount. You will be charged if you do not qualify for requested discount at the start of event.

A processing fee will be assessed if a refund is issued due to overpayment on your account.

Questions, received an award/scholarship without a promo code or want to use two promo codes? Please call Continuing Education Services at 262-472-3165 or email before registering to avoid overpayment fees.

Want to Sponsor a Registrant?

You can sponsor a registrant and cover all or partial fees. We have received requests in the past from schools, companies, organizations, friends and family members that would like to send their chosen registrant to a specific event. If you would like to sponsor a registrant, you can request a promo code that you may give to your chosen registrant. Click here for more details.

Bring-A-Friend Discount:  Returning campers can receive a $25 discount off their camp fee by bringing one new camper with them this year.  Both the returning camper and the new camper will receive the discount when they list each other’s name on the registration.  Make sure to check "Bring-A-Friend" discount in the registration and provide your friends name if you believe you qualify.  Discounts cannot be applied after you register and pay.  You will be charged $25 if your named friend do not attend this event with you.

Additional Camp Information


Campers are highly encouraged (not required) to bring all playing equipment to camp, included: guitars with amps, cables, picks, keyboards, drum sets, etc.  Staff will be on site to help with any technical needs throughout the week.

Group Class Elective Course Choices

  • Live sound
  • History of Rock and Hip Hop
  • Arranging and Creating Music With Garage Band Software
  • Music Theory for Rock Musician

Rock Band Instrument Choices

Campers will select 2 different instruments. Every camper is guaranteed to play one of his/her chosen instruments in lessons and the band.

  • Guitar
  • Bass Guitar
  • Ukulele
  • Drums
  • Keyboard
  • Voice
  • Rock/Pop Violin (Know how to play and bring your own)
  • Sound Engineer

Historically, in many rock camps there are many campers who want to sing. Please know that we do our best to accomodate all campers with what they would like to play at camp while making sure we have a balance of vocals and instruments in each band. You will be notified one week before camp via email from the camp director which instrument (this includes vocals and sound engineering ) you will play.

The camp will provide instruments and equipment during camp hours. If you have equipment at home that you would like to play, by all means, bring it along!

Arrival Information

COVID-19 Self Check-In Online Survey

Complete self check-in survey that will be emailed to you before the event takes place.  You will be asked three (3) Yes/No questions:

  1. Have you had close contact with anyone diagnosed with, or shown symptoms for, the COVID-19 illness within the last 14 days.
  2. Do you have a fever, greater than 100.4F or 38.0 C, currently  or within the past 10 days?
  3. Do you have any respiratory symptoms, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, currently or within the past 10 days?  If these issues are because of previously diagnosed issue, such as asthma, you should respond "No".

If you have answered "YES" to any of these questions, you will not be eligible to participate in any on-campus events for the safety of yourself and others.  You will be contacted by to process your cancellation and refund, if applicable.  Additionally, if you have experienced any of the symptions listed, it is advisable to contact a medical practitioner for further evaluation.

If you have answered "NO" to all the questions you may participate in this event.  At check-in you will be asked these three questions again.  If you answer "Yes" at check-in, you will be asked to leave immediately and will be in contact with you to process your cancellation and refund.

Check in and Orientation

Resident and commuter campers must check in at the location mentioned in the Camp Information Packet. Staff will ask registrants the three COVID-19 survey questions listed in the COVID-19 Information frequently asked questions.  Parents/guardians are invited to visit with staff members and ask any last minute questions. Please note that there are no structured activities during the check-in period, but residential staff will be in the residence hall to help campers get settled in their rooms and encourage campers to begin getting to know one another in an informal setting. Commuter campers can socialize at the dorms and go with the group to first session.

Arrival/Departure Outside the Event Scheduled Time

If your schedule results in you arriving after the designated check-in or before check-out time, please indicate in your registration the time you will arrive/depart in the “Accommodations/Comments” field or email, if changes happened after you registered. On the day of arrival to campus, check the schedule in the Camp Infomation Packet to see where the group will be at the time of your arrival. Please call the staff number listed in the Camp Information Packet if you have any questions the day you arrive. If there are questions prior to camp, please contact

Driving Directions

Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here. A campus map can be found here. Campus building addresses can be found here.


Parking details will be available in the Camp Information Packet.  Notice: All campus parking lots require a parking permit.  Failure to follow parking regulations will result in a fine.  More information is available on the Visitor Center website.

By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. UW-Whitewater will hold all registrants responsible for their conduct.  Serious misconduct or disruption will lead to immediate dismissal from event.  Registrants dismissed from the event will not receive a refund.  Please review the Terms and Conditions for more details.

Be aware that we recommend that all portable electronic devices be left at home, but ultimately it is your decision. We know that parents and children value the ability to be able to call each other at a moment's notice.  For that reason, we do not prohibit cell phones at camp, but ask that cell phone use does not interfere with the event and other participants.  Parents are responsible for setting clear guidelines for cell use with their child.  We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items.

We receive many questions from registrants. Click here to review our frequently asked questions about registering and attending an event.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

By registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events.  You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.  Any media shared with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on social media or use of its hashtags grants the University use to media for any purpose.


Registrants are encouraged to have their own health insurance as accident insurance provided by the University is limited. Each registrant will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $10,000. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.

Camp Information Packet

Before you arrive to camp information will be available below three weeks prior to the start of camp.  This information will include medication requirements (complete only if taking meds at this event), parking details, check-in and out times with locations, confirmed daily schedule, mailing address for camper mail, what to bring and other important information you will need to know before attending camp. If any medical information changes, it is your responsibility to notify Continuing Education Services at

Available to download here three weeks prior to event

Event Schedule

The schedule listed is a typical day at camp; all times are subject to change.  The camp information packet will have correct times.

9:00 am Check In (Including Commuters)
10:00 am Session
12:00 pm Lunch in Dining Hall
1:00 pm Session
5:00 pm Dinner
6:00 pm Band Rehearsals
7:30 pm Recital
8:30 pm Commuter Campers Leave
8:30 pm Residence Hall Meeting/Resident Camper Free Time
10:00 pm All Resident Campers in Residence hall

*All times are subject to change, the info packet will have the accurate schedule

7:30 am Breakfast in Dining Hall
8:30 am Commuters Arrive
8:45 am Session
12:00 am Lunch in Dining Hall and Free Time
1:00 pm Rehearsals
5:00 pm Dinner in Dining Hall/Free Time
6:30 pm Evening Activity
9:00 pm Commuter Campers Leave
9:00 pm Resident Campers Free Time (swimming, rec center/volleyball etc.)
10:00 pm In Residence Hall - Lights Out

*All times are subject to change, the info packet will have the accurate schedule

7:30 am Breakfast in Dining Hall
8:30 am Commuters Arrive
8:30 am Dress Rehearsal
11:30 am Final Concert
1:00 pm Check Out of Residence Halls/Commuters Free Time
2:00 pm Check Out Concluded

*All times are subject to change, the info packet will have the accurate schedule

Meet the Staff

Alena Holmes

Alena Holmes
Rock Band Director

Chris Scherer

Chris Scherer
Rock Band Staff

Lonya Nenashev

Lonya Nenashev
Rock Band Staff

Lonya Nenashev

Dale Kaminski
Rock Band Staff

Ken Johnson

Ken Johnson
Rock Band Staff

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