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PLAY IN A ROCK BAND! PERFORM ON STAGE!
First Gig Rock N' Roll Camp for Kids is a six-day destination camp for youths aged 10-18 years who love music and are ready for the band experience—including the thrill of performing live in front of an audience.
All incoming students are placed in band. Each band is assigned a professional leader, then works as a team to choose a name and pick songs to learn. Students spend their time rehearsing as a band, studying individually with guest musicians, and participating in other hands-on activities—including photo shoots, studio recording sound production and merchandising. Guest speakers from across the music industry will cover various topics of relevance, like management, talent buying, marketing, etc. The week culminates with a live public performance by the bands.
The camp brings together local and regional artists in the field of music. Over 20 area musicians will serve as camp instructors—sharing years of stage experience and teaching children the difference between playing music and performing live in front of an audience. Each band will be led by an experienced professional, and students will receive individual training with different guest musicians who excel in their field. The camp will be overseen by The Chicago Blackhawks Band (the Official Band of the Chicago Blackhawks) who will not only share their valuable knowledge with the students, but also guarantee a fun time will be had by all.
Local and Celebrity Instructors Community Ties, Community Involvement
“Community” is the key word here. While the design and formula for First Gig is a reflection of the local community. Our camp partners with DACC’s College for Kids Program to ensure a footing within each community. Opportunities for local participation are made available at all turns; from sponsors to guest speakers to guest musicians to volunteers.