The Sacramento Trad Jazz Adult Camp




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What Will I Learn?

The Adult Trad Jazz Camp is focused on improvisation, both individual and group, with an emphasis on taking theory into practice at all times. Students are assigned to bands with players of similar ability and experience, and perform in the final concert on Saturday. Players of all levels and experience are accepted.

How to apply

Down load and print out the application/brochure PDF.

•Complete the information on page 2 of this brochure and mail it to the address indicated.

•In the "instrument(s)" section, put your main instrument first, and other instruments in descending order of preference. We will try to place you on your first instrument, but may ask you to attend on one of your others if necessary.

Please mail your completed application to:

Bill Dendle,Camp Director
PO Box 13744
Sacramento, Ca 95853

You may fax it to: 916-359-1316


Campers are housed in dormitory type cabins, and eat in the central dining hall. There are male, female, and couples cabins, with central, shared, bathrooms. You must bring bedding - a sleeping bag, sheets & blankets, and pillow. You may wish to bring an inflateable mattress for more comfort. (Please consult the Bring Page.) Alternative Accommodations If you prefer, you may book a hotel or motel room in nearby Pollock Pines, and drive to camp each day. We also have space for a few RVs on campus. If you choose either of these options, contact us as early as possible. Space and rooms are limited.

How much, Where, When?

This years dates of the Sacramento Trad Jazz Adult Camp are July 27-August 1, 2014. Tuition for the camp is $900.00. Payment plans are available and many jazz societies offer local scholarships. Write to STJS for a jazz society to contact in your area. Many more details are available on our FAQ page.

The camp is held at Sly Park, the Sacramento County Schools Outdoor Education Facility, 5600 Sly Park Road, Pollock Pines, CA, about an hour east of Sacramento in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Please see our FAQ page for maps and directions to Sly Park.

Plan to arrive at Sly Park around 3:00 p.m. on the day camp starts.

The camp concludes with a concert on August 1, at Sly Park. The concert is from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, and campers are welcome to spend the night or leave after the concert. Please see our FAQ page for maps and directions to Sly Park.


The camp faculty consists of the finest trad jazz players in the country, including: Rusty Stiers-trumpet/cornet, Anita Thomas-clarinet and sax, Terry Myers-clarinet and sax, Greg Varlotta-trombone, Curtis Brengle-piano, Jason Wanner-piano, Ed Metz, Jr.-drums, Lee Westenhofer-bass and tuba, Shelley Burns-vocals, Eddie Erickson-guitar and banjo, Terry Waddell-drums. (faculty subject to change) Please see our meet the faculty page. 


Questions? Contact Bill Dendle, Camp Director, at: (916) 927-5222 or