Wolverine Camps, serving youth since 1968


(231) 525-8211 Wolverine, Michigan



Summer Camps

Band Camp

June 22 - 28, 2014









In this, our 46th summer, we are as committed today as in the past, of providing the best in music instruction in a beautiful outdoor setting in northern Michigan. The Wolverine Band Camp staff, counselors, and instructors are focused on providing students with experiences that up lift, challenge, inspire, and encourage. For seven days everyone at camp joins in an attitude of joy and fun whether in rehearsals, walking the trails enjoying nature, taking on the adventure of the climbing wall and zip-line, or taking a refreshing tube on the Sturgeon River. So we look forward to another year of shaping young lives, preparing them for their magnificent journey! Enrollments are limited per instrument so sign up early.

Camp Session Details:

2014 Session is June 22-28 (7 days/6 nights). Cost: $410 per student. A Registration fee of $125 is required and is non-refundable after June 1st. Once a student checks in there are no refunds for any reason.  Click here to print an application or check out the entire summer camp schedule.

Camp Director:

Christopher Charboneau Ė This will be Chrisís 26th summer at Wolverine. He is currently the Music Director at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. He has a B.M.E. from Northern Michigan University and a masterís degree from Marygrove College. During his 21 year teaching career, Chrisís high school and middle school bands have consistently earned first division ratings at District and State band festivals. He serves as an adjudicator for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, as well as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the state.

Camp Staff:

Melissa Wakeley-Sapienza- This will be Melissaís 14th summer as our trumpet instructor. Melissa is in her 8th year as the Director of Bands in the Clare Public Schools. Melissa holds her bachelor and master of Music Education degrees from Central Michigan University. She also performs with the Paradigm Brass Quintet and the C.M.U. Brass Band.

Patrick Booth- This will be Patrickís 5th year as our saxophone instructor. He holds a music education degree from Central Michigan University and a masterís degree in Jazz Saxophone Performance from the University of Michigan.

Katie Kollias- Katie will be our bassoon and oboe instructor and also coordinates the camp's master classes. This will be her 6th year at Wolverine.  Katie directs choral and instrumental ensembles at Norwich Technical High School in Connecticut.

Steven Kandow- This will be Stevenís 5th year as our low brass instructor. He holds a music education degree from Central Michigan University, and is currently pursuing a masterís degree in music from C.M.U.

James DeVoe- This will be Jamieís third year as our French horn instructor. He is in his 8th year of teaching and is currently an assistant for the Grand Rapids      Catholic Central Bands and Rockford Marching Band.

Kristen Zelelnak- This will be Kristenís second summer as a counselor and one of our saxophone teachers. She is a senior music education major at Central Michigan University.

Alexander Kollias- This will be Alexís second summer as our clarinet instructor.  He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music degree, with an emphasis in clarinet performance and a minor in instrumental conducting, at the Hartt School in Connecticut.

Emily Morgan-Booth - This will be Emily's second summer as our flute instructor.  She is the Director of Bands in the Suttons Bay Public School.
ohn Kumjian - John will be returning as our percussion instructor after a tw o year absence.  John is a recently retired band director and teaches private lessons in Traverse City.  This will be his ninth summer at camp.

Camp Schedule:


1:00-3:00 Registration
3:00-5:00 Orientation, supper, class placement for theory, chair placements, swim test.
5:00-10:30 Supper, rehearsal, mixer, snack time, dorms
6:30 Morning Revile
7:30 Breakfast
8:30 Full Band Warm-up and Rehearsal
10:00 Sectionals
11:30 Lunch
12:00 Rest Period and Private Lessons
1:00 Master Classes
2:00 Full Band Rehearsal
3:30 Recreation - swimming, tubing, volleyball, basketball, soccer
5:30 Dinner
6:45 Full Band Rehearsal
8:00 Evening Activity
9:30 Snack Time
10:00 In Dorms
10:30 Lights Out!!
11:00 Concert for Parents Friends & Family (Please bring a folding chair)
12:00 Check Out





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