Rock music summer camp returns in June

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Summer Rocks, the rock music summer camp for students age 11-17, returns to Keith School in Rockford this June.

The only rock ’n’ roll camp in the area, Summer Rocks is designed to help aspiring young musicians by providing the following:

Instruction in guitar, bass, vocals, keyboard and drums;

Master sessions with local music industry professionals;

Group practice to develop playing skills with other band members;

Surprise guests each week;

Friday night concerts in the Sinnissippi Park Music Shell, where the young musicians will perform the songs they learned during the week; and

A showcase for a select group at On the Waterfront, Rockford’s annual Labor Day weekend music festival.

The camp offers two sessions—June 12-16 and June 19-23—both with classes running from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., held at Keith School, 1 Jacoby Place, Rockford.

Both weeks are open to novices and experienced musicians. Cost is $375 per week and covers classes, materials, lunches and T-shirts. Participants may sign up for one or both weeks. There is a $25 discount for registration by May 26, and additional discounts may apply.

Sixty young musicians attended the first Summer Rocks camp in June 2005. A band made up of camp alumni performed at On the Waterfront over Labor Day weekend, and Summer Rocks is on the Sunday lineup at On the Waterfront again this year.

More info: visit or contact Donna Goomas at 399-8850, ext.121 or

From the May 24-30, 3006, issue

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