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Summer Jazz Camp

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JOIN US for a one-week camp for teens!
Real world artists will lead camp as students study jazz, pop, and rock styles in vocal and instrumental music.


  Camp Week Includes:

  • Small and large group ensembles 

  • Private lessons 

  • Studio recording in a world class studio

  • Special break-out sessions in songwriting 

  • Workshops in music technology, how to succeed in music, & more

  • Concert at the end of the week

 Camp will explore important trends in the music industry.

Find out how you can be ready! All activities take place at St. Boniface Elementary School located at 201 N 19th St in Fort Smith.

This Camp is being provided by the Academic Enrichment for Gifted/Talented in Summer Grant through the Arkansas Department of Education, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Who is camp for?

Camp is open to all Arkansas students entering grades 7-12 who have an interest in singing or play a musical instrument. Instruments include: strings, guitar, winds, brass, & percussion. Students do not need to have any previous jazz experience. Instrumental students need to have at least one year of experience playing their instrument. 

How much does camp cost?

There is no cost to participate! This camp is being provided by the Academic Enrichment for Gifted/Talented in Summer Grant through the Arkansas Department of Education, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education.

how do i register?

     Please complete the following information and email it to us at                               

  1. Registration form

  2. Student Questionnaire

  3. A minimum of one recommendation from a teacher, school counselor, or principal to be emailed to

  4. A one-page student essay describing your interest in this camp and current activities in which you are involved

  5. A 3-5-minute recording or video of student performance for the purpose of assessing the playing or singing level of the student. The video should include an excerpt of music from two different pieces of music with varying musical styles. The excerpts may be something that are performed in your school ensemble, studied in your private lesson, or an original composition that you have written. Your recording may be accompanied or unaccompanied.  Before playing your selections, identify yourself, the name of your musical selections, and, in 30 seconds or less, tell us why you are interested in this camp. Email us a link to your recording at


Check Out Our Amazing Camp Instructor!

Don Bailey 

Don Bailey is an Associate Professor of Music and the Director of Jazz Studies at UAFS. He joined the teaching staff in 1985. He helped to develop the curriculum for a Jazz Studies concentration associated with the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree. Bailey teaches all of the core jazz courses as well as music theory. Under his direction, the award-winning Jazz Catz (vocal jazz ensemble) continue to perform for sellout crowds of more than 1,000 people. Bailey is active as a clinician and adjudicator throughout Arkansas and Oklahoma. He developed the first comprehensive summer Jazz Band Camp in Arkansas, and he developed a Jazz Improv for Strings camp for orchestral strings—one of only a handful in the country. Both camps have grown under his direction and attract students from Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. A native of New Jersey, Bailey received his formative music education performing as a freelance musician in New York and his home state. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Iowa Wesleyan College (Mount Pleasant) and his Master of Arts in Music degree from the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls), where he was a teaching assistant in Jazz Studies under Dr. Bob Washut.

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