Who needs pottery wheels and lanyards when you can have electric guitars and headbanging?From August 19 to 25, young metalheads ages 12 to 18 can get their fix with School Of Rock's first-ever Metal Camp at Camp Lakota in the Catskill Mountains of New York. This seven-day, six-night experience teaches serious rock music and provides a cool, unique alternative to the traditional summer camp experience. Attendees will receive concentrated music instruction on guitar, bass, drums, keys and vocals and the key tools to master the art of metal. The kids who join will also get the opportunity to learn from one of the world's most legendary rock idols. For the program's inaugural year, the special guest professor will be "Metal" Mike Chlasciak, who is best known as a long-standing guitarist to The Metal God Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST). Mike has also released several acclaimed solo recordings and writes columns for Guitar World and GuitarWorld.com. Metal Mike will support an incredible staff of musicians and help prepare the students for a spectacular finale performance, titled the "Big Show." The campers will rehearse some of the genre's biggest hits during their time at Metal Camp and then be joined on stage by Metal Mike for a tremendous culmination of rock music. When they're not prepping for their final concert, the group will participate in fun activities including a zip line, skate park, go carts, swimming, climbing walls, bon fires on the beach and a lot more. School Of Rock's VP of Marketing, Mark Biondi commented on the camp, "School Of Rock has always viewed metal as an incredible art form. We believe that it is one of the most challenging genres of rock and roll and we have used metal in our curriculum to teach technique and theory for over a decade. We decided to hold a destination camp because the metal community is very strong in our local schools and we wanted to provide a way to connect this community worldwide to share in an amazing learning experience. "Metal Mike has been a great ambassador to the metal community. He is an amazing teacher, values education and the preservation of metal, and is an all-around badass guitar player. Through some of the camps and workshops he has done locally at school of rock, he has had a great impact on our students. We are thrilled to work with him."
Metal Mike added, "I am excited to work with the young metallers. First of all, the camp will be a lot of fun and ultimately it leads to a great cause of helping develop the reach of heavy metal, and in order to spread it across next generations we have to start with the young hearts. Additionally, I am very happy to be able to help develop the talents of these kids. To be able to make a difference is a great thrill. Let's rock." Metal Camp will be held on the grounds of Camp Lakota in the Catskill Mountains. The price includes three meals a day, bunks with running water, showers and storage. Space is extremely limited, so sign up today! For more information, visit schoolofrock.com/metalcamp.