The 2021 camp dates will be: Week One - July 25-31, and Week Two - August 2 - 8. Please do not send any payment, or fill out registration forms until after you have been accepted into the camp. The camp is open to young musicians, between the ages of 12 and 20, who play: trumpet/cornet, trombone, clarinet, saxophone, piano, bass/tuba, drums, banjo/guitar, vocal. We accept 8 of each instrument for each week of camp, so we are limited to a total of 72 campers per week. Preference is given to campers who are sponsored by their local jazz society.  If you have questions, contact Camp Director Bill Dendle at:



Camp Information

Campers stay in dormitory cabins, and eat in a central dining hall.  Special diet needs can be met with advance notice, and vegetarian/vegan meals are always available.

Each rehearsal/performance site is equipped with a piano, a guitar amp, a bass amp and a drum set.  Drummers need to bring their own cymbals, sticks, brushes and any other special equipment they wish.  Two cymbal stands and one high-hat stand are provided.  All other instrumentalists must bring their own instrument(s) unless prior arrangements have been made.  Vocalists must bring a small recording device (a smart phone is sufficient).

Campers from outside the local area should arrive in Sacramento before noon on the first day of camp.  They will be met, and transported to camp by STJS volunteers.  Arrange departures for the evening of the last day of camp, no earlier than 7pm. Local campers who choose to ride the bus should arrive at the Elks Lodge on Riverside Blvd. between noon and 1:00 p.m.

The camp concludes with a concert on the final day in Sacramento.  Campers will be bused from the camp to the concert site, and at the conclusion of the performance, approximately 4:00pm, will either be picked up by parents/guardians, or transported to the airport, train, or bus station for travel home.

Tuition for 2021 is $795

(Add $20 if you pay with PayPal or a credit card.) Payment plans are available and some jazz societies offer local scholarships for players. Contact us for more information.

The camp's faculty consists of some of the finest trad jazz players in the country,

Rusty Stiers, trumpet/cornet
Bria Skonberg , trumpet/cornet
Jeff Kreis, trumpet/cornet
Anita Thomas, clarinet and sax
Nate Ketner, clarinet and sax
Greg Varlotta, trombone
Jason Wanner, piano
Curtis Brengle, piano
Jeff Minnieweather, drums
Sam Rocha, bass and tuba
Nahum Zdybel, guitar and banjo
Shelley Burns, vocals

(Subject to change)