Still time to register for UW-Green Bay’s Total Guitarist Summer Camp

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

Registrations still are being accepted for the camp, which targets students of bass, acoustic and electric guitar who have at least one year of playing experience. Campers will study with lead teachers and guest artists who are professional musicians. A limited number of set drummers also will be admitted.

This year’s camp director is Michael Tahlier, a one-time Total Guitarist Camp attendee who is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Tahlier lives in Chicago and works for the American Music Institute as the guitar studies program director and a private studio teacher. He also is an active performing artist who plays lead guitar for the Tim Stopulos Trio.

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

Bryan Baker is a critically acclaimed performer from Los Angeles who, at age 17, earned a full-tuition scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. Just weeks after graduating in 2006, 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. Barnhart is based in the Chicago area. He has taught guitar for the past seven years.

Rich Stitzel is a third-generation professional musician and educator from Chicago. Trained in drums and percussion at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, Stitzel has taught privately since 1990 and has directed master classes, clinics and camps. He is the author of the book Directions In Drumming and he also has released two solo CDs of original compositions. Stitzel is a teaching artist for the Chicago Ravinia Festival’s “reach, teach and play” outreach program, visiting Chicago elementary schools and teaching jazz and classical music to students.

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

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 in Chicago. During the school year, Clemente is a teaching artist for Ravinia. He is a contributing composer for Harpo Studios and Chicago Public Radio’s 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, have dinner and participate in evening activities on campus. The camp gets under way for all campers with auditions and an all-camp meeting Sunday afternoon.

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

The camp fee is $259 for commuters and $495 for resident 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 Information also is available by telephone at (920) 465-2775 or (800) 621-2313.


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