[This comes to us from Steve Freeman of Camp Jam.]
Camp Jam is the ultimate and only national rock music camp. The camp was created by renowned rock guitarist/songwriter Jeff Carlisi of .38 Special and his longtime business partner Danny Lipson. Held in 20 cities across the U.S. and Canada, Camp Jam offers a number of unique music programs for musicians of all skill levels, including a summer day camp for rockers age 11-17, one for pint-size rockers ages 7-10 and week-long overnight music camps in Chicago, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, New York, Dallas, Boston, San Diego, Seattle, DC and Denver areas for ages 12-17.
The camp has gained national prominence since launching in 2004. As an innovative summer camp, the Camp Jam program gives young musicians the chance to collaborate with their musical peers for the rock ‘n’ roll experience of a lifetime—from forming their own bands and playing a concert to hanging out with rock music legends and recording a CD. More importantly, Camp Jam offers them the opportunity to improve their performance skills, build confidence, and practice teamwork; all lessons that last long after their week at Camp jam is over.
As the national director, musician and instructor, it is important to me that Camp Jam has an educational element in addition to the overall band experience. In developing the curriculum we are always looking for ways make it better and more relevant to today’s musician. Audio software has drastically changed how we record music, so it was inevitable that Camp Jam would include recording as part of the curriculum at some time.
At NAMM 2010 I stopped by the PreSonus booth and was introduced to PreSonus and Studio One for the first time. I was really impressed with the software and contacted Brad Zell, their Marketing Communications Director, when I returned home. Brad offered to provide all our campers with a Studio One download code, so I began searching for the right person to write the curriculum and course outline to implement Studio One Professionsal into our 2011 schedule.
I was introduced to Darryl Swann, Macy Gray’s Grammy Award-winning producer, who picked up on the program idea and created a book for Camp Jam (available through the Camp Jam website) titled Killer Song Writing Producing and Recording. The book and course outline is easy reading with pictures and simple explanations.
For the 2012 curriculum, we put together pedal boards dontated by SKB that were crafted into complete studios in a box. Brad loaned Camp Jam several AudioBox 1818VSLs and Digimax D8’s for the project. These studios in a box were used in the recording class to record the original songs created by Camp Jam’s overnight campers.
This has been the best Camp Jam season yet, and we are very grateful to have a company like PreSonus interested in providing the tools we need to help develop these young rockers into seasoned musicians.
Camp Jam is offering readers of this blog $50 off registration for 2013. Just call 800 513-0930, code word PreSonus. This is a call-in only discount, so hit us up!