Sounds of Summer will return to UConn on June 20-21, 2014! Subscribe to our email list to receive more information.


The hands-on instruction received by attendees is at the core of the Yamaha Sounds of Summer curriculum. The students will rehearse and perform exercises and etudes contained in the Sounds of Summer Marching Essentials Book.

Key Facts:

  • Campers receive complete marching percussion training
  • For all levels (grades 7-12)
  • Sectional and ensemble performing techniques are incorporated
  • Special clinic presentations available at certain camps

What campers will receive?

When attending the Yamaha Sounds of Summer camp, each camper will have access to the Yamaha featured clinician.

When you register and pay for the Yamaha Sounds of Summer camp, you will get the following items included with the cost.

The camp is designed to offer the finest instruction to as many students as possible while offering dealers a unique sales opportunity unavailable anywhere else.

  • Sounds of Summer T-Shirt
  • Sounds of Summer Marching Essentials Book - The book is written to help establish a solid foundation on which to build your technical and musical skills. It is the collaborative effort from many of Yamaha's finest marching specialists and contains exercises and compositions to improve both individual skills and ensemble awareness. It is an excellent addition to your percussion library for year-round study at home.
  • Sounds of Summer Certificate - Upon the completion of the camp, each camper will receive this certificate to take home and frame.
  • Sounds of Summer Lanyard and Name Badge - No stick on name badges here. Each camper will receive a Yamaha lanyard and laminated name badge.
  • Yamaha Rudiment Poster - This poster is one of the most sought-after rudiment posters around. Developed by Jim Campbell from his days with the Cavaliers and now with the University of Kentucky, the Yamaha Rudiment poster has all forty PAS International Drum Rudiments as well as a Circle of Fifths chart, timpani ranges, forty 21st century hybrid rudiments and various translations of percussion terms into three languages (French, German and Italian).

According to John Wittmann, Yamaha Manager of Education, "The summer music camps were developed to help promote school music programs. Our clinicians work side by side with local educators to improve teaching skills. In turn, the students develop greater confidence and playing skills. Overall, the camps promote the thrill and enthusiasm that can be derived from music."

The following is the preliminary camp schedule:


8:45 am Housing Check-In for Overnight Campers (Garrigus Suites)
9:00 am Camper Registration (Music Library Lobby)
9:10 am Welcoming Remarks and Introductions (102)
10:30 am Clinic by Matt Savage and Amy Savage
10:40 am Break
12:00 pm Sectional Rehearsal
1:00 pm Lunch (South Dining Hall)
3:00 pm Sectionals divided by ability groups
3:10 pm Break
5:00 pm Sectionals/Full Ensembles
5:00 pm
  Day Campers-Dismissed for the day. Overnight Campers: Dinner
10:30 pm
  Overnight Campers: In Rooms
11:00 pm
  Overnight Campers: Lights-Out


7:45 - 8:45 am Overnight Campers: Breakfast (South Dining Hall)
9:00 - 9:45 am Full Ensemble
9:45 - 12:00 pm Sectionals
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 - 1:15 pm Camp Photo
1:15 - 1:45 pm Full Ensemble
1:45 - 3:00 pm Sectionals
3:00 - 3:15 pm Break
3:15 - 4:00 pm Full Ensemble; prepare for performance (VDM)
4:00 - 5:00 pm Performance for parents, friends, and families (VDM)
5:00 pm     Dismissal


We thank everyone who has helped us put this camp together!

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