At the NSU jazz camp, you'll have the opportunity to play in various jazz groups, take lessons, learn about improvisation, enjoy social and recreational activities and participate in nightly jam sessions.
All students will have a chance to be part of a jazz big band. Rehearsals will be held each day, with a final concert Saturday. You'll learn to play a variety of jazz styles, including swing, Latin and funk/rock.
Each student will have one lesson, with the option of taking more. Lessons will help you improve tone, technique, style and improvisation.
Improvisation classes will be divided into beginning, intermediate and advanced groups. This is a great time to just get your feet wet or improve the improvisation skills you already have.
NSU Campus Band students entering grades 6-9 are welcome to attend the Rushmore National Junior High Music Camp on Northern's campus in Aberdeen. Guided by camp counselors, students stay in Northern dorms and enjoy meals in NSU's dining hall, the Wolves' Den.
The camp offers many performance opportunities and individual lessons from music educators and professionals, as well as daily recreational activities. For details, visit rushmoremusiccamp.com or follow the camp on Facebook.
Dates for the 2018 Band Clinic will be announced.
The NSU Band Clinic is the longest-running band festival in South Dakota. The festival consists of two student festival bands and the NSU Symphonic Band, along with workshops for students and directors. The 125- to 175-piece clinic bands are equal in size and balance and rehearse during the morning and early afternoon.
Guest conductors this year are Dr. Joelle Lien, NSU vice president for academic affairs; and Ms. Sara Weischedel, director of bands at Holgate Middle School, Aberdeen.
Each student will receive a T-shirt to wear at the concert. We also offer an on-campus catered lunch for students and directors, giving them a chance to see other parts of campus and visit with NSU band students. Finally, the concert will take place in the beautiful Johnson Fine Arts Center.
The clinic begins with check-in at 8 a.m. and culminates with a concert at 3 p.m.
The instrumentation of the bands is based on director nomination and past experience of the student nominated. EVERY student nominated will be chosen to participate, so please nominate only your most outstanding and deserving students. We must have two quality bands capable of putting together a program in a limited amount of rehearsal time. Please nominate upperclassmen when possible.
- We can accept late registrations; however, we cannot guarantee names will make the program after the cutoff date. Clinic fees are payable to NSU Band Clinic and should be sent to Laura Haar, NSU Music, 1200 S. Jay, Aberdeen, S.D. 57401.
- The NSU Band Clinic will recognize four-year participants. Four-year participants will receive an NSU music scholarship.
Music will be available in late October.
Detailed schedules and information will be emailed after the registration period and during the week before the festival.