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This past week, we hosted our long-awaited Pop/Rock Band Camp, and we're happy to say that it was a great success for all involved. A total of 20 students participated this year, and they formed 4 different bands.
Grouping the students into separate bands can be tricky; they come to the event with different skill levels on their instrument and different musical expertise, some having played longer and advanced further than others. Musical tastes can also vary greatly among teenagers. While some may like classic Rock, others prefer Pop or Metal. But we always try to offer something for everyone!
It takes some really experienced instructors to make such a band camp work and get these students ready for a public performance within the span of only a week! We are fortunate to have guitar teacher and professional songwriter Jen Ketrow as well as Robin Stone, a long-standing Rock Band instructor, on our faculty. Working with two different bands each, Robin and Jen made it possible for these students to have a very exciting rock band experience.
For the duration of the week, each band was assigned its own room at our spacious Flemington facility, rehearsing daily for three hours. The bands were quite different in terms of the songs they chose, and two of them even composed their own music!
The crowning conclusion of our Pop/Rock Band Camp was the Battle of the (four) HAA Bands: "Rated Rock," "Fire in Ice," "Dark Energy," and "Different Pages."
This concert, which was open to the public, took place on Friday, July 16 at Camp Carr in Clinton, NJ. Below are some video and sound samples from the concert. Enjoy!