School of Rock Wichita wants to make sure its students have plenty to do this summer, starting with their Rock and Roll Performance Summer Camps. School of Rock is hosting a 10 Day Rock Camp, a 5 Day Rock Camp and a Recording/Writing Camp.
Brothers Jack and Paul DiGiovanni decided to try out School of Rock last year by joining the Rock Camp and became hooked. "My boys had been taking lessons for a while- one on drums and one on guitar- and were looking for something different," explains their mom Gretchen DiGiovanni. "It was a two week thing with a concert at the end, so we tried it. I think we're stuck now!"
The DiGiovanni brothers have been enrolled in School of Rock for a year now. What's the best part?
"The music, obviously!" says Jack, who plays drums. "Every day is different, and anything can happen. There is always something new to do."
"I get to meet new friends from other schools, and bond with like-minded people who like the same things I do," adds Paul, the guitarist.
"The best place to get a taste of School of Rock is the camp," Gretchen DiGiovanni says. "The teachers are great. They draw out the kids' individual talents that maybe they wouldn't even see in themselves. No one is critical, it's a very supportive environment where the kids can just be themselves."
The summer camps are open to kids age 7-18 and are held Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Rock Camps are open to students of any experience level, beginners to experts. The Recording/Writing Camp is recommended for students that have experience with their instrument and are interested in writing music. To learn more about School of Rock Wichita's Rock Summer Camps, visit http://wichita.schoolofrock.com/SummerCamp.
Along with the summer camps, School of Rock students are staying busy with their house band, Dorothy's Revenge. Members of Dorothy's Revenge are currently enrolled School of Rock students who had to audition to join the promotional band. They get to do more shows, which means more stage time and additional practices each week. Already this year Dorothy's Revenge has played the Cattle Baron's Ball, The Cotillion and Ribfest. They have two shows scheduled for Riverfest: May 31 at 10:00 p.m. on the Food Court Stage and June 4 at 4:00 p.m. at the Star Lumber Floating Stage. To see a list of their upcoming shows, visit http://wichita.schoolofrock.com/events.
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