Where, How much and Who?
are the dates for this years camps?
dates for the 2013
ADULT camp are July 28-August 2. This
years dates of the
Sacramento Trad Jazz YOUTH Camp are August 5-11, 2013.
Q: Where is the Camp held? What is the first thing I do when I arrive?
A: The camp is held at The Sly Park Education Center (see map) at 5600 Sly Park Road, Pollock Pines, CA. 95726. From Sacramento, take Highway 50 and take the Sly Park Road exit. At the bottom of the exit ramp go south on Sly Park Road. Proceed past Jenkinson Lake. Soon you will see the Sly Park Education sign (and drive way) on the north side of the road. Enter the drive way and proceed to the Administration building (first building on your left) and sign in. (See this Yahoo Map) or (See this MapQuest Map)
How much does camp cost?
A: Youth camp (ages 12-18) costs $625.00 if paid by June
15 $650.00 after that date; adult camp (19 or older) costs
What does this include?
A: This fee includes 3 meals per day in the school cafeteria
(vegan options available), on-campus housing, all study
materials and access to all classes. There are no other
Are there scholarships available?
A: The STJS has a limited amount of scholarship funds for
which you may apply . It is a good idea to check with your
local traditional jazz society first. Write to STJS for
a jazz society to contact in your area.
What instruments are accepted at camp?
A: Vocals, Trumpet (Cornet), Clarinet, Saxophone, Trombone,
Piano, Banjo or Guitar, Bass or Tuba and Drums are accepted.
What age groups are accepted?
Ages 12-18 should apply to the Youth camp. Ages 19
and older should
apply to the Adult camp.
How many students are accepted?
A: Approximately 10 per instrument. (10 vocalists, 10 trumpets, etc.)
for a total of around 90 campers. These figures can vary from year to year.
How many student bands are created from the campers?
A: Approximately 10, with nine campers in each; one from each instrument
category. This figure can vary from year to year.
Should I bring?
What do I need to bring to camp?
A: Please see The
Should I bring a music stand?
A: No. Music stands are
provided at each site.
What should horn players bring to camp?
A: Bring your horns and all accessories needed to operate
your instrument. No tubas are provided.
What if my horn breaks, or needs some repair/adjustment?
A: We have an instrument repair person at camp, who not
only fixes instruments, but teaches a class on maintenance
and minor repairs.
Do guitarist and bassists need to bring amps?
A: No. Amps are supplied for all in each venue. No string
basses are provided.
Do guitarists and bassists need to bring audio cables?
A: Yes. Yes! YES!!
What equipment should drummers bring?
A: Bring sticks, brushes, cymbals and any other additional
paraphernalia you wish (extra cymbal stands, cowbells,
etc.) Drum kits are provided, with snare, mounted tom,
floor tom and bass drums; high-hat stand, throne and bass
drum pedal, and two cymbal stands.
Do pianist need to bring a keyboard?
A: No. There are pianos or 88-key keyboards in each venue.
Do vocalists need to bring a p.a. system?
A: No. Amplification systems are provided at each venue.
They range in size from large concert systems to small
amps with a single mic.
What should the vocalists bring?
A: Vocalists are required to bring some kind of audio recording
device. Small tape recorders, mini-disc players, laptop
computers or WAV/Mp3 recorders are all acceptable recording
devices. These are used to record the vocalists performance
and rehearsal material.
What should I bring for recreation?
A: See our recreation
page. and The
I play several instruments. Can I bring them?
A: Yes. It is important to note however, that the instrument
that you are accepted on is the instrument you must play
in your band assignment. You may play your doubles in the
nightly jam sessions or in your band with your instructor's
consent, and then only as an adjunct to your main instrument.
Do I need to bring any music?
A: No. The camp provides all materials for all classes.
If you have fakebooks or other music you like to play you
may bring them with you and use them at the jam sessions.
Where, and when, do we eat?
A: Meals are served in the Sly Park Cafeteria 3 times a
day: 7:30am, noon and 5:30pm. The cost of your meals are
included in your tuition. Visiting guests and family are
charged for meals.
What do we eat?
A: Balanced meals are served from a variety of cuisine
styles, every meal is different and none are repeated.
You can expect classic breakfasts and standard lunch fare.
Dinners usually include an entree and a variety of vegetables.
Eat as much as you want, no one goes hungry. Vegan options
are always available, however, please email
the kitchen staff with any and all
dietary restrictions before your
at Sly Park.
Do students participate in KP duty?
A: Yes. All students participate. (Don't
worry, it's lots of fun)
Do I apply and audition to get accepted to this camp?
A: There is only an application process to gain acceptance.
Auditions are held upon student’s arrival for placement
What is the application process?
A: See our application
What is the audition process?
A: The audition process has 3 steps: Step 1 is a theory
test. Step 2 is a jam session audition, usually on the
blues. Step 3 is an individual audition with your instrumental
instructor. This may vary from year to year.
When should I apply?
A: ASAP! For a better chance of acceptance, you must be sure to apply before the deadline, (April 1) especially for trumpet and sax. We don't accept campers based on when they apply; we actually evaluate their applications, letters of recommendation and essays.
Where and when do the auditions take place?
A: The first 2-steps of the audition process takes place
at Sly Park on the first day of camp. The 3rd step takes
place on the morning of the second day of camp.
What should I prepare for my audition?
A: The audition is improvisation oriented so prepare a
jazz tune or jazz solo to play. Be ready to play some scales,
intervals and chords. Preparing a classical piece is acceptable
but only as an addition to a jazz study.
Is there a sight-reading involved?
A: Very little sight-reading is involved.
What happens next?
A: After the auditions students are placed into a theory
class and into a jazz band
What can I expect to learn?
A: The focus of this camp is best described as old school
jazz. Students form stylized jazz bands and rehearse a
repertoire based on transposed lead sheets - not written arrangments. Dixieland ensemble
fundamentals are stressed as well as solo improvisation.
Music theory, especially harmony, is addressed as it applies
to playing in this style. The bottom line is that the camp
is primarily about improvisation - both solo and ensemble.
Where do the classes take place?
A: There are 10
venues (this may vary from year to year) in which classes are held. Some are in
a standard classroom while others are held out doors.
What kind of subjects will I study?
A: Based on the outcome of their auditions, students are
placed in a jazz band with peers of comparable ability.
In addition, students are placed in beginning, intermediate
or advanced theory classes. Also, students are expected
to attend semi-private lessons with their instrumental
instructor and also instrumental sectionals and master
Is there time for individuals to practice during
A: Yes. Late afternoons are free for recreation, practice,
extra rehearsals, jam sessions or rest.
How much playing will I get in?
A: A lot! Student jazz bands rehearse 3-4 hours per day
and perform almost every night at the Abe Most amphitheatre.
Add to this private lessons, theory classes, sectionals
and jam sessions and students can expect to play a great
Are there jam sessions?
A: Yes! Formal jam sessions take place after the nightly
concert and usually last until lights out. There are always
several instrumental jams going on at once and the vocalists
have their own jam room. Informal jam sessions sometimes
start up somewhere around the campus during the recreation
period in the late afternoon.
Who are the faculty at camp?
A: Please see our "Meet
The Faculty" page.
Will I get a chance to jam with faculty?
A: Yes. Faculty members participate in the nightly jam
Will I get to hear the faculty?
At least one of the two faculty bands plays at the nightly
What is the difference between a counselor and a
A: Chaperones are adult supervisors who are ensure that
campers are safe, on time to activities, and conducting
themselves appropriately. Counselors are usually college
age people who have been through the camp program. Counselors
help students with musical problems, perform clinics and
help with other camp functions. Some years the counselors
have formed their own band for the duration of the camp
and performed at one of our nightly concerts.
How many counselors does the camp have?
A: It varies from year to year but generally anywhere from
How many chaperones does the camp have?
A: There is one chaperone for each 8 campers.
Are any of the staff medically qualified?
A: A medical para-professional is on staff and there is
a small infirmary in the administration building.
Can I volunteer to be a counselor or a chaperone?
A: Yes. Contact camp director Bill Dendle at: firstname.lastname@example.org
How can I contact a camper in an emergency?
A: The phone numbers on the premises:
Sly Park School phone 9:00am - 5:00pm: 916-228-2485 or
Are campers allowed to bring cell phones?
A: Yes. Please keep them turned off during classes and
Is there cell phone signal at Sly Park?
A: Yes and no. Sly Park is in a very rural area so cell
signal is sketchy at best. Most people can find a signal
somewhere on the campus.
Does The Sly Park school campus have a web site?
A: Yes. The Sly Park web site is at SlyParkEnviromentalEducationCenter.Com
Are students allowed access to the internet while
at Sly Park?
A: As of 2008, most of the campus has wireless internet.
What are the sleeping accommodations like?
A: There are two boy dorms and one girl dorm. For the adult
camp there is an additional couples dorm. Each of the dorms
is divided into quads with the bathroom facilities in the
center. They have been described as “rustic”,
but are clean and comfortable.
How many students to each room?
A: Up to 8 students per room.
What are the beds like?
A: Single beds. Some are bunk beds, some are standard.
Where do I store my clothes?
A: Each dorm has several closets per room.
What are the bath facilities like?
A: Each dorm has 6 individual showers, 6 sinks and 6 toilets.
(Adult camp) Is there alternative housing available?
A: Yes. There are several motels in Pollock
Pines. This only applies to the Adult camp and
would be an added cost to the individual. This cost would
not be included in your camp tuition.
are students transported to and from the camp?
arrive in Sacramento (at the airport, bus or train
station) before noon on August 5, 2013. They will be
met, and transported to camp by STJS volunteers. Arrange
departures for the evening of August 11, 2013 no earlier
than 7:00 p.m from the Sacramento concert location. (The
Dante Club) (Here
is a map to The Dante Club) Parents
droping off their kids at Sly Park should do so by
noon on August 5, 2013. Parents who need directions
to Sly Park should see the first section of this FAQ (When, Where, How Much and Who? ) or look at the map. (or..See
this Yahoo Map)
expected to provide their own transportation to Sly
Park and must arrive no later than
3:00 p.m on July 28, 2013. Have
a look at the map. (or..See
this Yahoo Map)
and when will the final concert held?
concludes with a concert on August 11, 2013 from
12:00 (noon) to 4:00 p.m. at The
Dante Club, 2330 Fair Oaks Blvd. Sacramento, CA.
Campers will be bused from the camp to the concert
performance, approximately 4:00 p.m., will either
be picked up by parents/guardians, or transported
to the airport, train station, or bus station for
travel home. (Here
is a map to The Dante Club)
Adult camp final concert will be held at
Sly Park in the Abe Most Ampitheatre on August 2,
2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Campers are welcome to spend the night or leave after the concert.