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The Big as Life Music (BALM) Summer Band Camps are all day (9 a.m.-3 p.m.), week-long camps taught by DPS University Park and Slavens K-8 Band Director, Christmas Gainsbrugh. These action-packed camps are an immersion in creativity, learning, and fun. Whether your child plays an instrument or would like to learn how, camp will be sure to inspire them on their musical journey. Although each camp has a different theme, you can learn to play an instrument at any of them and no previous music ... Read More >>
The Big as Life Music (BALM) Summer Band Camps are all day (9 a.m.-3 p.m.), week-long camps taught by DPS University Park and Slavens K-8 Band Director, Christmas Gainsbrugh. These action-packed camps are an immersion in creativity, learning, and fun. Whether your child plays an instrument or would like to learn how, camp will be sure to inspire them on their musical journey. Although each camp has a different theme, you can learn to play an instrument at any of them and no previous music experience is needed. Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced students are welcome.

If you want to join band next year, learn a new instrument over the summer or keep growing your skills, this is your chance! 3rd-8th graders can join us for Summer Band Camp to learn how to play the flute, clarinet, trumpet, french horn, saxophone, trombone, tuba or drums (and for daily water balloon fights)! You don't need to know how to play an instrument and you can rent an instrument for just $20! We will have a blast learning how to express the music inside us that is just waiting to get out!

Our camps this year are:

Rock Band (June 5th-9th)

World Music -Russia and Ireland! (June 26th-June 30th)

Summer Blues! (July 10th-14th)

Rock Band Camp June 5th - June 9th:

Punk, Metal, Glam, British Invasion? Join us as we explore the rock scene. We had so much fun last summer, we have to do it again. Same fun, but all new materials and projects. from Elvis to the White Stripes, from the Beatles to Journey, we will learn the history of rock ‘n roll. Most importantly, we will learn how to rock out on our own instruments. using famous riffs, costumes and hairstyles, we will create our own rock personas. Last but not least, we will compose our own song. With 3 hours of rehearsal on our instrument per day, master classes, water balloon fights, art projects and research , we will become outrageously fun musicians to be around. We will end the week with our own rock show for friends and family. Mohawks and leather jackets are welcome!

Music Around the World:Russia & Ireland June 26th-June 30th:

We will learn about each culture’s traditions as we learn about their music! First, we will explore Russia’s rich music by learning (and trying to dance) the Russian Sailor’s Dance! We will learn of the beautiful music of the Ruska Roma or Russian Gypsies which has inspired local Denver groups like DeVotchka.

We will learn about the composers who have changed all of our lives with ‘Swan Lake’, ‘The ‘Nutcracker’ and ‘Peter and the Wolf’. Inspired by the balalaika music of our guest artists, we will make our own Matryoshka or nesting dolls, a treasure to keep forever!

We will then adventure to Ireland, “The Emerald Isle” as we learn about the tin whistle, celtic harp and how to make our own Irish drum, called the Bodra’hn. We will dig deeper than St. Patrick’s Day, shamrocks and leprauchans as we explore Irish folklore and history. Did you know Ireland elected their first woman president way back in 1990? Do you know how the famous band U2 or the famous boat the Titanic are connected to Ireland?

Our guest artists will teach us Irish dancing and perform traditional Celtic music for us. We will even learn how to play the tin whistle!

Each camp will have many guests artists to engage us in their culture through dance, music and sometimes food! With 3 hours of rehearsal on our instruments per day, master classes, water balloon fights, art projects and research, we will continue to be outrageously fun musicians to be around.

Summer Blues! July 10th-14th:

Our music making and repertoire will focus on music from the rich tradition of the blues. Without the blues, there would be no R&B and no Rock ‘n Roll! We will learn about the far reaching impact of the blues on the music we listen to now and dig deeper into understanding the who, why, where and when of the blues. With such powerful roots in the African American experience, we will learn how the blues tells us about our history as a nation both good and bad. We will write our own 12 bar blues, our own lyrics, learn to improvise with the blues scale and get to perform our own blues with a local blues band. As Katie Greenwood said, “Music isn't just learning notes and playing them. You learn notes to play to the music of your soul.”

2017 Summer Camp Details:

All camps run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

All camps are available to students 3rd - 8th grade. Students will need to bring their own lunch daily.

Tuition will be $275 per week and includes all project supplies and a t-shirt.

Students are responsible for providing their own instrument. In case of hardship, contact Christmas at christmas.balm@gmail.com

The camp is held at: Most Precious Blood (NW Corner of Iliff and Colorado), 3959 E. Iliff Ave, Denver, CO 80210

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Camp Details

  • Music Camps, Day Camps
  • Music
  • $275
  • 8 - 14
  • Monday - Friday
  • Coed
  • 2010
  • 06/05/2017
  • 07/14/2017

Additional Camp Contact Information

  • Christmas Gainsbrugh
  • 303-524-0176
  • christmas.balm@gmail.com

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