JazzFest Jazz Camp

Augustana College and the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society are pleased to announce the fifth annual JazzFest Jazz Camp, scheduled for July 14 - 18, 2015.

Campers arrive for registration and an evening jazz concert at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14, and the camp concludes at JazzFest at Yankton Trail Park on Saturday, July 18.

The camp was developed by Augustana professor Dr. Paul Schilf and Rob Joyce, executive director of Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues. Approximately 50 7th- through 12th-grade campers will enjoy courses in Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Theory, History of Jazz, Combo Rehearsals, Big Band Rehearsal, Lessons, Concerts, Master Classes, and evening concerts with faculty, guests and students. The highlight of the camp is the opportunity to perform on the Main Stage at JazzFest, the largest annual summer event in the Sioux Empire.

Perform at JazzFest!

The top band will perform on the Main Stage at JazzFest 2015! JazzFest is the biggest jazz and blues festival in the upper Midwest — featuring performances by Gary Clark Jr., Gov't Mule, Sheryl Crow, Joe Walsh, the Neville Brothers, Little Feat, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Bettye LaVette, Tower of Power, Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples and many more!

All campers will attend the Friday night JazzFest pizza party, backstage VIP pass visit, and other fun activities during the week. In addition, they will have the opportunity to purchase group photos and a DVD of the JazzFest performance will be available a week following, courtesy of South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

Featured Clinicians for the 2015 Camp include:

Jazz and classical trumpeter Allen Vizzutti will be joining Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues JazzFest Jazz Camp. Vizzutti has performed on more than 100 motion picture sound tracks, as well as countless TV shows, commercials, and recordings. He is currently the Artist-in-Residence at the University of South Carolina. In addition, the camp will feature:

  • Dr. Paul Schilf, Director of Bands at Augustana College. Camp Director, Brass and grades 9-12 jazz band ensembles.
  • Jim McKinney, Former Director of Bands at South Dakota State University. Rhythm and grades 6-8 jazz band ensembles.
  • Mark Isackson, Woodwinds.
  • Augustana Band Students will serve as camp counselors.


All incoming 7th- through completed 12th-grade musicians may apply for submission.


Some financial assistance may be available to campers. Complete this scholarship application form.


To register, fill out the application form, along with a recommendation by your school band director, the tuition (which includes a $30 non-refundable deposit to be applied to your camp tuition) All campers are required to audition to allow the camp director to place you in the correct ensemble for your current skill level. If you are a first time camper, please send an audition tape or CD. ALL campers will be required to perform a live audition prior to the first camp big band rehearsal. Audition submissions will be used to understand level of ability and placement.

Your audition submission* must include:

  1. 2-3 scales of your choice
  2. A prepared solo – jazz or classical

Cancelations made by Saturday, June 20, will be refunded, minus the $30 deposit.

Upon receiving your application, submission and tuition, you will receive a packet detailing the schedule, facilities and rules and regulations. Application and enrollment implies agreement to abide by all JazzFest Jazz Camp and Augustana College rules and regulations.

*Please note that audition submissions are utilized only to illustrate each student’s ability level for placement within camp bands. Middle school students will not be “competing” for camp slots against high school students.


Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Theory, History of Jazz, Combo Rehearsal, Big Band Rehearsal, Lessons, Concerts, Master Classes, and evening concerts with faculty, guests and students.

Finale performance will take place on the Main Stage at JazzFest 2015 – Saturday, July 18, for the top select big band! Campers will also get a backstage visit with JazzFest artists and will be featured on South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s “Best of JazzFest” TV show.


All resident campers will receive breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sheets and towels in the dormitories will be provided. Doors will be locked at 9 p.m., for your safety.


  • Commuter  $319
  • Resident Camper:  $372

Tuition includes a camp t-shirt, lunch and dinner, some fun evening activities, plus a JazzFest pizza party!  If you are a Resident Camper and request a private room, there is an additional charge of $56 to the tuition. If this request is made AFTER June 20, the cost increases to $126.
Full payment for tuition is due by Saturday, June 20.

*A commuter is a camper who is not sleeping on campus and does not eat breakfast.

+ includes tax and a 3% fee for all credit card transactions


You may call the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues office at 605.335.6101 for more information.


College credit is available through Augustana College with a jazz workshop on July 15 and 16. This workshop will feature time with a guest artist as well as camp faculty. For more information, email Paul Schilf at Augustana College at schilf@augie.edu, or call the Augustana music department at 605.274.5458. Housing and meal plans are available at Augustana College.


All classes, lessons, and rehearsals will be held in the Humanities Building on the campus of Augustana College. Students will be housed in air-conditioned dormitories located on the Augustana campus. Meals will be served in the dining hall at the Morrison Commons.

The Elmen Center may be used for recreational activities during your visit to campus. The Elmen Center houses a full-size indoor swimming pool, racquetball and volleyball courts, and several basketball courts. Several outdoor tennis courts can be found immediately south of the Humanities Building.


  • A camera to snap photos!
  • An alarm clock so you’re not late to rehearsal
  • $25 cash to cover bowling, snacks, etc.
  • Cool, casual clothing.
  • Swimsuits, towels and flip flops.


Augustana College, CorTrust Bank, K & M Music,  Dakota Riggers & Tool Supply, Inc.,  South Dakota Arts Council, SDMEA, Dakota Kitchen and Bath, Last Stop CD Shop and Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues.



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