Wolverine Camps, serving youth since 1968

(231) 525-8211 Wolverine, Michigan


Summer Camps

Band Camp

June 21 - 27, 2015









In this, our 47th 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 register early.

Camp Session Details:

2015 Session is June 21-27 (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 register here online.  Check out our entire camp schedule for other exciting summer camp programs!

Camp Director:

Christopher Charboneau Ė This will be Chrisís 27th summer at Wolverine. He is 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 M.A.T. from Marygrove College.  During his 22 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 15th summer as our trumpet instructor. She is currently teaching elementary music and high school choir in the Farwell Public Schools.  She holds both her bachelors and masters degrees from Central Michigan University and also teaches private trumpet lessons.

Katie Kollias- Katie will be our bassoon and oboe instructor and also coordinates the camp's master classes. This will be her 7th year at Wolverine.  Katie directs choral and instrumental ensembles at Norwich Technical High School in Connecticut.

Patrick Booth- This will be Patís 6th year as our saxophone instructor and is a performer, educator and composer.  He holds a music education degree from Central Michigan University and a masterís degree in Jazz saxophone performance from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Steven Kandow- This will be Stevenís 6th year as our low brass instructor.  He is currently the Director of the Marching Band at Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, West Virginia.  Steven holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trombone performance and a Master of Music degree in Conducting from Michigan State University, as well as a B.M.E. from Central Michigan University.

James DeVoe- This will be Jamieís 5th year as our French horn teacher. He is in his 9th year of teaching band in Michigan.  He is a band director in the Grand Rapids Public Schools and holds music degrees from C.M.U. and U of M.

Kristen Zelelnak- This will be Kristenís 4th summer as a counselor and saxophone assistant. She has a music education degree from Central Michigan University and is currently pursuing her Master degree in saxophone performance at Michigan State University.

Alexander Kollias- This will be Alexís 3rd 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 3rd summer as our flute instructor.  She is the Director of Bands in the Suttons Bay Public School.
Seth Kilbourn-
This will be Seth's second summer as our percussion instructor.  He has been the Intrumental Music Director in the Roscommon Schools for the past 20 years.  He also performs in a jazz quartet, classic rock band and acoustic duo.

Matt Bishop-  This will be Matt's second summer at camp as an instructor.  Matt is the Director of Bands in the Grayling Public Schools and is in his 29th year of teaching and is an adjudicator for the M.S.B.O.A.

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
Wolverine Camps PO Box 217, Wolverine MI 49799 / Physical address:10652 S Straits HWY, Wolverine MI 49799




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