Music Camp

W.C. Handy Music Camp Director Ken Watters announces that applications are being accepted for the 27th W.C. Handy Music Camp, June 10-13, 2019.

The day camp, which will be held on the campus of the University of North Alabama, is designed anyone interested in music theory, private lessons, sectionals, combo, big band, and improvisation performance history.

Deadline for completed Handy Music Camp registration is June 1, 2019. Information regarding a limited number of scholarships for youth can be had by calling the Handy Festival office at (256) 766-7642.

For the music camp registration forms, click here or check with local school systems. The annual W.C. Handy Music Camp is sponsored by the Music Preservation Society and the University of North Alabama Department of Music.

For more information, contact Handy Camp Director Ken Watters at: (256) 603-5059.

  • Ken Watters - Camp Director

    Trumpeter/W.C. Handy Jazz Camp Director Ken Watters is a Summit Records artist with seven CDs to date released internationally on the label, all of which spent significant time in the top 50 on the US jazz and/or world music charts. He is a Jupiter-XO Professional Brass Artist/Clinician, Facet Mutes Artist & SESAC-affiliated jazz composer. Ken received his formal education at Interlochen Arts Academy, University of North Texas & Manhattan School of Music.

  • Gary Wheat - Saxophone

    Gary Wheat has been performing and teaching professionally in Birmingham for 15 years. After earning his Jazz Studies Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama, Gary moved to Birmingham to play with his first band, Meteorite, and to travel across the country to play with national touring musical acts such as the Temptations, the Four Tops, the O’Jays, Percy Sledge, and Frankie Valli. He released his first album, comprised of original modern jazz pieces, in the summer of 2016entitled Star Child.

  • Bill Huber - Trombonist

    Bill Huber is a free-lance trombonist, teacher, and writer in Nashville, TN with over thirty years experience. His breadth of experience includes recording with James Brown, recording with the Nashville and Knoxville jazz Orchestras, playing on the Grand Ole Opry, and performing The Rite of Spring! Bill enjoys sharing his love of music with others who love it also.

  • Josh Couts - Guitar

    Josh has a Masters degree in Modern American Music from Longy School of Music of Bard College and a Bachelors degree in music from University of Alabama in Huntsville. During his formal studies at Longy and UAH, he studied both classical music on nylon string guitar and jazz on the electric guitar making him a well-rounded performer and educator in these genres and others. He spent four years in the Army, with most of that time being spent at Redstone Arsenal with the Army Material Command Band.

  • Tyronne Jackson - Piano

    The name Tyrone Jackson is quickly becoming synonymous with the quintessential jazz piano player. His boundless creativity coupled with subtle accompaniments, has Tyrone poised for national recognition. Born in the New Orleans cradle of jazz, Jackson embodies the spirit of the Crescent City. The blends of jazz, funk and afro-carribean melodies are ever present in his work.

  • Mark Lanter - Drums

    Performing professionally since the age of 14, Mark Lanter has maintained a busy and varied musical career. As one of the top drum set players in the southeastern region, he continues a steady schedule of performance and teaching. While attending the University of Alabama he traveled and recorded with numerous regional acts including legendary Muscle Shoals recording artist Tippy Armstrong.

  • Chris Kozak - Bass

    Chris is Associate Professor and Director of Jazz Studies at the director of the University of Alabama School of Music/Jazz Studies. He’s the kind of instructor who garners respect from other musicians. He is personable, knowledgeable, and has the gift for conveying music theory to students of all levels. This will be his first year with the W.C. Handy Jazz Camp and we are all looking forward to having him on the team.

Contact Us

Music Preservation Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 1827
Florence, AL 35631
(256) 766-7642