UW-Green Bay’s Total Guitarist Summer Camp promises all-star faculty

Students entering grades 8 through 12 will explore styles including rock, jazz, classical and Latin at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Total Guitarist Camp July 31 – Aug. 4, on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Students of bass, acoustic and electric guitar with at least one year of experience are encouraged to attend. They will study with lead teachers and guest artists who are professional musicians. A limited number of set drummers will be admitted.

This year’s guitar camp director is Michael Tahlier, a graduate of the Berklee School of Music. In addition to teaching, Tahlier is an active performing artist playing lead guitar for the Tim Stopulos Trio. Currently living in Chicago, he works for the American Music Institute as the guitar studies program director and private studio teacher. He attended UW-Green Bay’s Guitar Camp as a teen.

Guest instructors for this year’s Total Guitarist Summer Camp include:

Bryan Baker, a critically acclaimed performer from Los Angeles. At age 17, Baker auditioned for and was awarded a full tuition scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 2006, just weeks after graduating, Baker was hired as guitarist in the noted jazz/rock band Steps Ahead. A prolific composer, Baker pushes the creative envelope with elements of indie, alternative, new wave, rock, ambient, dance, techno, hip-hop, pop, blues and jazz.

Augie A. Barnhart, returning for his third year with the Total Guitarist Camp, is known for his high energy, spontaneous style and ability to bring a smile to listeners whether singing or playing guitar or drums. He has played in a dozen bands and has extensive touring experience. He has taught guitar for the past seven years and is currently based out of the Chicago area.

Rich Stitzel, a third generation professional musician and educator from Chicago. Trained in drums and percussion at the University of North Texas, Stitzel has taught privately since 1990 and directed master classes, clinics, and camps. He is the author of the book Directions In Drumming (which addresses the technique of “four-way independent” drumming), and has also released two solo CDs of original compositions. Stitzel is also a teaching artist for Ravinia’s “reach, teach, and play” outreach program, visiting the Chicago Public Elementary Schools and teaching jazz and classical music to students from kindergarten through third grade.

Dennis Panneck, from Green Bay, an experienced professional performer and teacher. Panneck has played in many bands across the country and is currently the band director for Let Me Be Frank Productions at the Meyer Theater in Green Bay.

Chris Clemente, a bassist out of Chicago, recognized in Bass Player Magazine for his work on the latest CD from the Chicago-based band Amazing Headgear. He holds a master’s degree in music from DePaul University. During the school year, Clemente is a teaching artist for Ravinia. He is a contributing composer for Harpo Studio and Chicago Public Radio’s Vocalo.org project.

Total Guitarist students can attend the camp as commuters or as residents living in University student housing.
Residents will check in on Sunday, July 31, and have dinner and evening activities on campus. The camp gets underway for all campers with auditions and an all-camp meeting Sunday afternoon following auditions.

Daily sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. A faculty/staff concert is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in UW-Green Bay’s University Theatre. Students will end the camp by performing in a final public concert at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, in the University Theatre.

The camp fee is $259 for commuters and $495 for housing students. In addition to instruction, the resident fee includes room and board, a T-shirt, counselor supervision and transportation to evening activities.

Camp information and registration are available online at www.uwgbsummercamps.com. Information also is available by telephone at (920) 465-2775 or (800) 621-2313.

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