Western Swing Music Camp
May 26-29, 2023


Spend Memorial weekend in the beautiful Little Belt Mountains at St. Thomas Camp near Monarch, Montana. We’re excited to welcome our special guest instructors, the Western Flyers and Friends.  Meet with these masters of the Western swing genre and enjoy a fully immersive experience.  You will have an opportunity to study with each instructor if you choose.


INSTRUCTORS (classes are intermediate/advanced levels)

Sherry McKenzie – fiddle and twin fiddle

Ridge Roberts – fiddle and twin fiddle

Joey McKenzie – rhythm guitar

Redd Volkaert – lead guitar

Paul Glasse – mandolin

Matthew Mefford – bass



$450 – Includes all classes and workshops, instructors’ concert, and band lab concert.


MEALS (Available to students and/or those accompanying a student.)

Regular – $110

Gluten free – $130

Vegetarian – $130

G/F and Veg. – $130


Meals will be served in the main lodge.  Three hearty, home-cooked meals will be served each day.  Meals include a wide variety of meats, vegetables, and fresh fruit.  Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available for an additional fee.  Coffee is available in the lodge.  Meal availability is limited.  Meals will be served from Friday morning breakfast through lunch on Monday.  There is a small kitchen located in Providence available for student use.  There are restaurants located in Monarch and Neihart.



Dorm – no additional charge

Tent – $20 per unit

RV without hookups – $20 per unit

RV with power and water – $50 per unit


There are three dorms located on campus:  male, female, and family.  Each dorm contains ten sets of bunk beds and will be limited to ten residents each.  You may use the top bunk for storage.  Private shower stalls are available in each dorm and available to all campers.  There is plenty of space for RVs and tents.  Please stop at the entrance to the camp for guidance to an appropriate spot.  All vehicles must be parked in the meadow once unloaded.


Additional accommodations:

Cougar Canyon Lodge (Monarch)

Bob’s Motel (Neihart)



St. Thomas Church Camp

4806 US Hwy 89

Monarch MT 59463


The camp is located between Great Falls and White Sulphur Springs, near mile marker 48.  The nearest airport is Great Falls International Airport, approximately 50 miles from camp.  There will be a $40 charge for round-trip pick up and delivery.  Contact Camp Director Fred Buckley at 406-320-1150 for arrangements.



Registration is available online beginning January 17, 2023.  There is a required deposit of $100 per student.  The camp is limited to 75 students.  Meal options are also limited.  We will close registration options as they fill.  You may request to be placed on the waiting list if your chosen options have filled.  Deposits will not be refunded for cancellations after March 15, 2023.



Students under the age of 18 are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Unacceptable behavior by children or adults is not tolerated and will result in immediate dismissal.  Tuition will not be refunded.  We reserve the right to refuse service.



Recording devices and ID tags for your instrument cases are highly recommended.  Dorm residents must provide bedding, towels, and toiletries.  You may need warm clothing.  The weather can be unpredictable in the mountains.  Most importantly, bring your enthusiasm.



Classes will begin Friday morning with group classes.  You will choose one group instructor for the week.  The second and third class sessions will be in workshop format.  You may choose any of the instructors.  The fourth and final class of the day will be a band lab format.  Band lab participants will have an opportunity to perform on Sunday evening.


Three full days of classes will be held Friday through Sunday.  Monday morning classes will be followed by lunch and departure.



You may arrive any time after 1:00 PM Thursday.  Please note:  the first meal served will be breakfast on Friday morning.  Thursday meals are on your own.  Departure is Monday afternoon.



Fred Buckley, Camp Director; 406-320-1150

Jill Flikkema, Camp Coordinator; 406-539-4860


*Subject to change. We’re still working out the schedule.  Check back for updates.