Camp Jammin's focus is on music

The first annual Camp Jammin’ is a camp for those ages 10-18 who are considering pursuing a career in the music industry, as well as for those who want to expand and support their musical hobbies. The first session runs August 11 to 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Evergreen Arts Center located at 1625 Main Street in Fleischmanns. The second session will be held from August 18 to 22 at 76 Main!, the new performing arts center in Stamford run by the Roxbury Arts Group.
Each camp session will end with a Friday evening performance party open to the public at each of the participating venues. Network bands, like Milford’s “A Kick of Crimson” (www.myspace.com/akickofcrimson) will showcase on Friday, August 15 at the Evergreen Arts Center in Fleischmanns. Guitar prodigy Matthew Curran will perform in Stamford on Friday, Aug. 22, and other songwriters and bands from the camp sessions will have opportunities to perform and show off their newly acquired or polished skills.
During the camp, “jammers” will be immersed in an intensive crash-course in creating, producing, and promoting modern music. They will have opportunities to sharpen, enhance, and develop musicianship, ear training and improvisational skills; get tips from the pross on instrument technique, recording secrets, and survival skills in today’s music industry; learn the Do’s and Don’ts of self-promotion; collaborate on an original song during the camp; and experience what goes into the making and promotion of a CD.
Pamela West-Finkle, founder and director of the Community Music & Arts Network, first included the idea for the camp in her start-up grant from the O’Connor Foundation. As the K-12 vocal music and K-6 general music teacher at Stamford Central School and a 20-year veteran of the music industry as a classical and rock performer, recording artist, songwriter/composer, record label executive and A&R representative, publicist, and promoter, she felt a desire to pass on everything she had learned in the music industry over the years to equip young, aspiring musicians with the knowledge, tools, and skills necessary to survive in today’s ever-changing industry.
She sought out local bands and musical prodigies and hired students to do promotions on My Space, make and put up flyers in surrounding communities, create a website, and film a documentary.

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To help mentor and teach the Jammers, Pamela West-Finkle has recruited a who’s who list from the local Catskill Mountain music scene, as well as professionals in the industry and prodigy interns who have already reached a level of professional success at an early age.
Some of the musicians contributing their talents are Woodstock’s John Holt teaching bass guitar, Colin Bergkamp and prodigy guitarist Mathew Curran teaching guitar, Bill Polian and Sean Kearns teaching keyboard, Geoff Samuels teaching digital recording and Leland Door teaching songwriting and hand percussion.
Director Pamela West-Finkle will cover the vocal and stage performance workshops, teach music theory and ear training, and provide information on everything from careers in the music industry to press kit development, CD artwork and design, public relations, and copyright, publishing, and performing rights organizations.
To help raise money for future programming, the Community Music & Arts Network is requesting a donation of $250, or $50 per day individually for the camp fee. Since the program’s mission is to provide exceptional professional training to young musicians who are economically or geographically disadvantaged. In addition, full and partial scholarships are available to anyone who needs them.
Signups are still possible for both sessions. For more information, please call 607 326-4103, e-mail pfinkle@stamfordcs.org, or download forms at www.communitymusicart.net or www.roxburyartsgroup.org.