Hard Rock Launches World-Class Music Camp for West Springfield Youth


Few names around the world are connected to music like Hard Rock, and now music and Hard Rock come to life with a one-of-a-kind program in West Springfield, Mass. The Hard Rock Summer Music Camp is a two-day camp taking place August 14-15 at West Springfield High School for intermediate to advanced local musicians, ages 9 to 17.

Hard Rock has a unique partner in the project, the Fender Music Foundation, a national music charity that provides instruments to music education programs across the country, including schools. Fender Musical Instruments has contributed a collection of guitars and drums to music programs in West Springfield, and the organization will continue to play an active role in the camp alongside Hard Rock.

Hard Rock Summer Music Camp tuition is $20 per student, with all proceeds benefitting the Fender Music Foundation, and directed to music programs in all West Springfield public schools.  The camp will be centered around musical programs, including guitar, ukulele, drums, keyboards, vocals and songwriting – operating from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

“Music is at the core of the Hard Rock brand and today it joins our passion for philanthropy and community with the launch of the Hard Rock Summer Music Camp in West Springfield,” explained Tim Maland, President of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino New England.  “Hard Rock may be operating in 54 countries around the world, but only one community will have a music camp for young students in 2013 – West Springfield, Mass.  This unique, unparalleled program is consistent with our commitment to building roots in West Springfield, while offering opportunity and inspiration for young musicians.”

Workshops and seminars will be provided to all students, with a special open-to-the-public performance on August 15 at 6 p.m. in the West Springfield High School Auditorium. The Music Director of the Camp will be Dan Lavery, a two-time Grammy nominee, who has performed in rock bands Tonic and The Fray.  Pete Maloney, the drummer of Tonic and Dishwalla, will also be an Instructor.

“Hard Rock and Fender both have music in their souls and gift-giving in their heart,” said Annie Balliro, Hard Rock’s Worldwide Director of Philanthropy and a graduate of UMass-Amherst.  “Hard Rock Summer Music Camp in West Springfield is a way to give to a special community and offer an unforgettable experience.  We might even find a future hometown superstar!”

To register for the clinic, visit http://hardrockmusiccamp.eventbrite.com/.



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