The Walla Walla Symphony in Washington announced that it will hold its first Free Rock and/or Roll Camp for musicians from ages 12 to 18. The one-week camp in August will bring fifteen rock-and-roll and blues musicians as instructors to Walla Walla’s Lincoln Alternative High School. The camp, which is offered free of charge, will accept 100 registrants and include rock instrumental techniques, as well as courses in photography and journalism. Courses to be offered include “Flying Wedges, Amps, Mikes, Cord, and Chords,” “Drum Like There Was No Yesterday,” “Beethoven’s Most Famous Death Metal Tunes,” and “Even James Brown Needs Trombones.” The week will end with a free, student-produced concert public concert on Walla Walla’s Main Street. The camp expands on the Walla Walla Symphony’s 2008 decision to start a youth orchestra that does not charge member musicians a fee to participate. That orchestra, the Walla Walla Free Youth Orchestra, gave its first concert in March at Walla Walla Community College. 

Posted May 22, 2009