Music

Camps & Workshops

Every summer, Alma College hosts a number of music-related camps and workshops, such as the Percussion Workshop, Color Guard Camp, and Drum Major Workshop. These camps bring students from across the midwest and internationally renowned guest clinicians to Alma College’s campus. Please scroll down for more detailed information on each camp.

Alma College Percussion Workshop

Week 1: Concert Percussion Workshop

The “Concert Week” features classes and sessions on all facets of contemporary percussion. Topics include orchestral percussion, solo percussion, timpani, keyboards, steel drums, Latin percussion, and drumset. Students also attend a concert by the Alma College Percussion Ensemble and clinics by guest artists and clinicians. Hands-on participation is a vital part of the daily schedule and all participants perform in variety of settings, such as:

A Percussion Ensemble:

Percussion Workshop students perform Steve Martin’s “Opus Zero”

A Steel Drum Band:

Percussion Workshop students perform “Cha Cha Sandwich”

And A Marimba Group:

Percussion Workshop students perform Mozart’s “Gran Partita”


All students will work closely with past and current members of the Alma College Percussion Studio and Alma College faculty member Dave Zerbe.

Week 2: Marching Percussion Workshop

The “Marching Week” focuses on fundamental skills of the marching percussion section. Every participant gets hands-on experience playing snare, tenors (quads), bass drum, cymbals and sideline percussion. All students attend a concert by the Alma College Percussion Ensemble and and will work with internationally renowned guest clinicians. 

All Participants Perform In A Marching Percussion Ensemble:

Alma College Percussion Workshop students perform music from “Wicked”

Students may either stay on campus or commute. On-campus participants are given three meals per day and are housed in an Alma College residence hall under the supervision of staff and chaperones. Commuters are given two meals per day, lunch and dinner. For information on either week of the percussion workshop, please contact the Alma College Percussion Studio for more information: percussionstudio@alma.edu

 

Drum Major Camp

Classes and sessions will include:

  • Conducting/score analysis
  • Marching and maneuvering, including how to critique movement
  • Field commands
  • Leadership

Participants gain experience conducting real musicians, as the camp is run in conjunction with the Alma College Percussion Workshop. Students may either stay on campus or commute. On-campus participants are given three meals per day and are housed in an Alma College residence hall under the supervision of staff and chaperones. Commuters are given two meals per day, lunch and dinner. Please contact Dave Zerbe, Alma College Director of Bands and Percussion Studies, for more information: zerbe@alma.edu.

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Color Guard Camp

Classes and sessions will include:

  • Dance
  • Flag
  • Rifle
  • Saber

Participants also work up a routine during the course of the week and perform for family, friends, and other students at the end of the week. The goal is to increase student skill level and performance quality. Students may either stay on campus or commute. On-campus participants are given three meals per day and are housed in an Alma College residence hall under the supervision of staff and chaperones. Commuters are given two meals per day, lunch and dinner. Please contact Beth Turner, Alma College Color Guard Instructor, for more information: kiltieguard@alma.edu.

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