Do You Want to Form a Band and Play Live Gigs?

With the success of our Holiday Concert Series and the feedback we've received, it has become very clear that this type of program should not be limited to 6 week installments with the pressure of meeting a specific deadline in order to play a couple of songs in front of a live audience. Instead, why not DEVELOP bands that stay together immersing the kids even more fully into the true "band" experience in which they can discover the importance of team work, chemistry, and the joys of making music with their band. Our plan would be a more open ended format in which the emphasis would be learning and compiling a FULL SET of material to be performed, in a concert type setting, as opposed to trying to fit in a couple songs in a restricted time period. This is not only a more realistic representation of how a band functions, but it will also provide a less stressful and more fun environment for the kids to work in. Music should first and foremost be FUN!!!

Following the model of travel sports teams, we'd like to group kids of similar experience and ability together. This will allow the more experienced/skilled students to be challenged and engaged, as well as providing the beginner/intermediate kids the opportunity to grow at their own pace without feeling the pressures of "not being good enough." At some point as well, we'd like to introduce the option for bands to explore songwriting and recording - two very important aspects of the music biz that are very different from what they've experienced thus far. Obviously we'd love to keep the bands together over time, but we understand that various circumstances may arise in which members may be unable to continue with the program. In the event that a band loses a member, or changes need to be made, we will do our very best to find a capable replacement. This happens pretty frequently in the real world and bands move on. For example, I've played with 5 different drummers during the past 5 years with Daughtry! Every one of them was professional, learned our material, and did a fantastic job!

Now you're probably asking, "what about our annual summer camp that has been running for the past 9 yrs?" That will not change. Obviously if bands would like to stay together for the summer camp, then by all means!! Nothing is set in stone and as always, we're very flexible. We're excited to announce that our program, weekly rehearsals, and any recording will take place at The Lyric Theatre on 440 East Avenue. We feel it's a very centralized location and a beautiful space!! This location has worked very well in the past and feel it's a great fit for our vision. Throughout the program, once the bands are ready, we will continue to book shows at Lovin' Cup as well as our own shows at The Lyric Theatre. Our plan is to start in the next few weeks and continue throughout the year. In order for us to begin planning, it would be extremely helpful to get an idea of which students would be interested, so kindly send us an email if you'd like to be a part of this exciting program, or if you just want more information. Once we get an idea of numbers, we'll begin the planning of start dates and times.

Essentially it is our goal to provide this generation of future ROC stars with the ULTIMATE GARAGE BAND EXPERIENCE that will not only teach them about music, but will help them gain confidence, develop work ethic, learn valuable life lessons, and more importantly form friendships to last a lifetime. All of us who have been fortunate enough to be in a band know that there's no greater feeling than sitting in a room with friends, creating music, and being able to share that in front of an audience. As kids ourselves, we would've jumped at the opportunity to experience something like this, particularly under the guidance and coaching of experienced professional musicians.

We hope you'll join us!!! Register Today

Elvio Fernandes
Camp ROC Star, Founder

I'll leave you with a quote from the great Dave Grohl of Nirvana and The Foo Fighters, two of the greatest bands of the past 25 years:

When I think about kids watching a TV show like American Idol or The Voice, then they think, ‘Oh, OK, that’s how you become a musician, you stand in line for eight hours with 800 people at a convention center and… then you sing your heart out for someone only to tell you it’s not good enough.’ Can you imagine?” he implores. “It’s destroying the next generation of musicians! Musicians should go to a yard sale and buy an old drum set and get in their garage and just suck. And get their friends to come in and they’ll suck, too. And then they’ll start playing and they’ll have the best time they’ve ever had in their lives and then all of a sudden they’ll become Nirvana. Because that’s exactly what happened with Nirvana. Just a bunch of guys that had some crappy old instruments and they got together and started playing some noisy nonsense, and they became the biggest band in the world. That can happen again! You don’t need a computer or the internet or The Voice or American Idol.
~ Dave Grohl

What We Do

Summer Camps

Professional educators and musicians providing a week long day-camp for aspiring young musicians.

ROC Star Academy

Grow as a Band, Learn full sets, Record, and Play gigs all year long. Learn More

Have a Ton of Fun

First and foremost, music should be fun. We make it our mission to keep this true for all our young ROCkers

Boost Confidence

The self esteem we have witnessed in our programs, is nothing short of amazing. Start your Journey today!