School of Rock
WCPA School Of Rock Camp
WCPA School of Rock is a summer camp for 6th to 12th grade students held at Calvary Community Church culminating in a rock concert at the Paramount Theatre in downtown St. Cloud. For students who are part of a band and want to improve, or love to sing or play an instrument and want to start a band but don’t know how, this is the camp for you. Rock along with the BEST professional rock artists in Central Minnesota as they group compatible students to create awesome bands. The class is open to guitarists (both lead and bass), drummers, keyboardists, string and horn players. Vocalists who are comfortable performing as soloists are welcome to enroll without an instrument. Students must have a minimum of one year experience on their instrument. The highlight of this six-session class is a rock concert for student bands to perform their songs on stage while instructors provide professional lighting and sound.
Are you a teen-age musician? Are you looking for the BEST two weeks of your summer vacation? School of Rock is for YOU! Connect with other teen musicians in grades 6-12 to form a rock band. You will work with professional musicians including Jeff Engholm, Mark Hasbrouck, Mitchell Johnson and Jeff and Tommy Vee to learn how to work together as a band, break down a song, learn individual parts and put it altogether to create a performance you won’t forget. At the end of the two-week camp, everyone rocks together at the Paramount Theatre for a professional grade concert including expert sound and lighting. This camp is open to guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboardists, and string and horn players. Vocalists who are comfortable performing as soloists are welcome to enroll without an instrument. Rockers must have one year experience on their instrument and bring own instruments/ equipment each day to the camp (keyboards will be provided).
When registering, please indicate which instrument you play, or if you are a vocalist. As communication is predominantly email, please include an email address.
There is a limit of 10 drummers, 10 bass guitar players and 20 lead/rhythm guitar players and 20 vocalists. If these spots are filled please enroll on the waiting list just in case positions become available. (Last year, all the students on the waiting list were able to participate).
Registration will open in early April.
Age: Grades 6th to 12th (completed 2013-14 school year)
Dates: Tues. Wed. Thurs. July 29, 30, 31 Tues. Wed. Thurs. Aug. 5,6,7 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Where: Calvary Community Church 1200 Roosevelt Road St. Cloud, MN 56301
Rock Concert: Thursday, August 7, 7:00 – 10:00 pm Paramount Theater
Fee: $225 (includes DVD of final concert) Additional DVDs available for $25
* Students younger than 6th grade may audition for a spot. Call (320) 223-4332 for information.
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Dr. Paul Wirth, WCPA Artistic Director, recognized that many students who play rock instruments wanted to participate in rock bands but had no safe, effective way to find band mates. He designed the program and enlisted professional musicians to help implement his vision. Since 2005, this summer camp has been connecting kids in grades 6 to 12, providing a safe, educational summer activity that instructs in band formation, music selection, instrument instruction, band management and equipment requirements among other things.
The program began in 2005 in cooperation with District 742 (St. Cloud) Community Education and expanded in 2007 to include District 47 (Sauk Rapids) and District 748 (Sartell). Enrollment has grown from 39 students in the first year to over 60 students in 2013. The highlight of the camp is the Rock Concert, usually a sell-out event, in which each band performs a couple of songs they have worked on during the camp.
Dr. Wirth hired Jeff and Tommy Velline (the Vees) as lead instructors. The Vees are the sons of music legend Bobby Vee and members of his touring band. Jeff and Tommy, who play drums and bass respectively, have performed with such stellar artists as Paul McCartney and Andrew Lloyd Weber and have toured to such far-away places as
Other instructors are also professional musicians including Mark Hasbrouck (a WCPA guitar teacher and recording artist), andJeff Engholm (a musician, actor and composer who plays in numerous rock bands and appears in many stage productions in St. Cloud), and Mitchell Johnson who has toured Europe with his band Spencer McGillicutty. Other instructors are added on an as-needed basis.
During the 6-day camp, students are exposed to many facets of rock music. Participants are given a brief history of rock and roll and are evaluated by instructors regarding their level of playing ability. They are grouped into rock bands based on their instrument experience and style of rock music (punk, hard rock, 50's style, etc). Students are guided by instructors in making the decisions professional bands need to make to be successful, such as learning and memorizing music, matching arrangement difficulty with available band personnel, choosing songs for audience appeal, coordinating schedules, evaluating, obtaining and moving equipment, overcoming stage fright, resolving conflicts and working as a team. The bands choose their music and work to polish their performance for the final concert with guidance from the instructors.
The final Rock Concert will be filmed by professional videographer, Jim McAllister. Each student will receive a copy of the DVD and a t-shirt as part of their registration fee. Additional DVDs will be available to order for $25 each.. a copy of a slideshow made up of numerous snapshots of students taken during the camp and shown prior to the concert. DVDs and posters provide students with a wonderful memento of their experience.