National Jazz Workshop - A Summer Jazz Camp at Shenandoah University

General "What to Bring" List for All Participants

The National Jazz Workshop will be a fast-paced, intense program. To get the most out of this learning experience, please bring the following items:
  • A note book or pad for taking notes
  • Staff paper (NJW will have this available if needed)
  • Pencils
  • Back Pack or something to carry class supplies and handouts
  • Your instrument (if playing)
  • Practice and/or performance amp (if applicable)
  • Cymbals & drum sticks (if applicable)
  • Pianos and/or electric keyboards will be available for ensembles and in practice rooms
  • If you have large equipment, a wheeled carrier is best for fast transport and comfort.
  • Large equipment can be left in designated rooms and locked overnight or stored in your dorm room if applicable.

Information for Campus Residents (Shenandoah Overnight Camp)

If you will be staying on campus for the week, please bring the following dormitory-related items:
  • Fan
  • Twin sheets (XL)
  • Blanket
  • Pillow
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
You will be issued a room key and a "swipe card" for entering the building. You will be charged a fee if you lose these items.

Information for Commuters (Shenandoah Camp)

  • Please arrive no later then 08:15am each morning.
  • Please pickup and dropoff in the Armstrong parking area (#4 on map).
  • Evening pickup (after concert) is 9:00pm.
  • Commuters under age 18 staying for the 9:00pm student jam session will need to be picked up at 10:00pm in the Armstrong parking area (#4 on map).
  • Those parking cars for the day can also use this area an/or the adjacent parking garage.
  • Any minor departing campus before 9:00pm will need to inform the NJW staff and a parent/guardian must speak with NJW staff to verify:
  • All pickups of minors will be monitored by an NJW staff member

Information for Commuters (George Mason Day Camp)

  • Please arrive no later then 08:15am each morning.
  • Please pickup at 4:30pm
  • Those under eighteen (18) years of age must check in with NJW staff (Tomas Jackson / Seika Van Keuren) in the AM and must check out with staff at the conclusion of each day, 4:30pm.
  • Those parking cars can park in the K lot for free. There is an hourly fee for the garage, however the first 15 minutes is free if using it to drop off.


    All medications for those under age 18 must be reviewed by parent/guardian and the National Jazz Workshop staff to determine if it needs to be continually monitored by workshop staff.

    Meals & Lodging (Shenandoah Camp)

    Lodging is available for workshop participants in the Shenandoah University dormitories. Adult chaperones will stay in the dormitories and supervise minors. Dormitories are air conditioned. Minors will be assigned a roommate. Participants my designate a preferred roommate and NJW will try to honor all such requests. Adults may request a private room. Linens are not provided, so please bring your own.

    Workshop participants staying on campus will have a meal plan included in their fee. Adults may purchase meals on their own.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the dress for NJW?

    All dress including concert performances is casual. Shorts, t-shirts and summer apparel is expected.

    Can parents attend concerts?

    Yes, all concerts at NJW are free and open to the public.

    I play more than one instrument. Should I bring them all?

    You will be contacted before to the workshop about what instruments to bring.

    I have large equipment. Where can I store it?

    Yes, we will have a secure room to leave equipment overnight. Please bring a wheeled device to move your equipment around easily.

    Will the University have wireless internet?