Cumming, GA: Local music school and retail store Music Authority will reach a record number of campers this year, nine years after the camp’s original launch. The camps has grown from nine campers in July of 2007 to nearly 100 campers over three weeks of camp in 2016.
“The secret of a successful camp is to have a staff of instructors who truly care about the well-being of each and every camper,” explains camp administrator, Melissa Loggins. “Our purpose is to give every child an opportunity to be successful, to feel like a rock star at the end of camp.”
Music Authority’s Rock Camp gives campers from ten to eighteen an opportunity to be in a band and perform in a professional venue. Throughout the week, they participate in team building, learn about music history, how to promote a band, what image means and how to develop and image for their band, and most important: they work on music and perform in a concert at the end of the week.
Some campers attend the camp ten or more times over the course of their life. Songs are chosen for each band based on the ability level of the students. This is so everyone is challenge, from the beginner who hasn’t been playing their instrument long to the seasoned veteran camper who at their sixth session of Rock Camp. “Sometimes, it takes weeks of research before camp starts to make sure each song is exactly right for each camper,” says Loggins.
The result is a concert on Friday night that looks and sounds professional. Even the shyest camper can get on stage, smile, and enjoy being a performer. This happens in large part because of the support and cheering of their fellow camps. Rock Camp encourages campers to support each other, encourage each other, and to help each other from the first moment on the first day. Helping campers feel safe enough to step out of their comfort zone and onto the stage is paramount to building the feeling of Music Authority Family – an extended support system that goes well beyond the last day of summer camp.
This year’s camps include a brand new experience: Rock Camp, Junior. A shorter camp day, coupled with a less intense concert venue on Friday, is reaching out to younger players – ages five through ten. Rock Camp, Junior, is being held June 27-July 1, 2016.
Music Authority’s Rock Camp takes place June 6-10 and July 11-15, 2016. The camp concert, held at The Warehouse (5095 Post Road, Cumming, 30040), is at 7pm on Friday of camp week and is open to the public.
For more information, contact Melissa Loggins at Music Authority. 770-886-9066. Photos and Video available.