What a fantastic night last night at Lakewood High School. The two camps: Rock On and Classical Academy combined to show off what they'd been up to in an epic performance.
It was a wild ride, bookended and shepherded by the kids from the Lakewood Project--- campers were dancing, acting, improvising live in front of the audience, laughing, and playing their hearts out.
The Rock On camp focuses on giving kids a skill-leap in a week. They play one piece by ear, one by using music, and compose another completely on their own, with different small groups creating their own compositions. Last night we heard songs like "Max's Dreamland," featuring a wandering Max Mulready strolling across the stage before he leapt into action behind both keyboards and drums. "Funky Monkey Penguins," with an intricate melodic riff followed by major league shredding from at least 5 guitars, and 2 basses.
Everyone was amazed by how much they'd gotten done in 5 days, and by how much fun they obviously had and were having at the same time. Look for these kids on the 4th of July when they join the Lakewood Project for a couple of songs.
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The auditorium was full of kids with instruments. On the floor in front, on the stage, in the seats, in lines in the aisles, all playing.
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Some of the pieces included actors, and soundtrack music, with instruments playing the part of scary dreams and shark attacks.
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There was an army of guitars stretched across the floor in front of the stage. Note the kid leaping in the air.