School of Rock’s Mayhem In The Mountains Offers the Ultimate Summer Camp Experience for Young Metalheads

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Shredding superstars plus awesome outdoor activities add up to a week of loudness, new buds, and fun at School of Rock's Metalcamp, the world's first heavy metal summer camp.

“Metalcamp offers the perfect summer experience for young musicians who live, eat, and breathe heavy metal,” explains Metal Mike, Metalcamp's guest professor.

Ah, the joys of summer camp. Swimming, arts and crafts, hiking, and sweet sing-a-longs by a crackling bonfire create lifelong friends and treasured memories.

While this peaceful picture might be appealing to many kids, it probably isn’t exactly right for youngsters who need a little more volume - okay, make that a lot more volume - in their camp experience. For these righteous rockers, School of Rock’s Mayhem In The Mountains: Metalcamp is most definitely the answer.

Metalcamp will take place on the grounds of Camp Lakota in the Catskill Mountains of New York state from August 19 through August 25. It’s an exciting new concept in overnight camps that’s aimed at young musicians, ages 12 to 18, who are fans of rock n’ roll, and in particular, of heavy metal.

“Every day, our campers will receive expert music instruction on bass, drums, keyboards, vocals, and – of course – guitar, that will crank up their skills and take their playing to outrageous new levels,” explains Mark Biondi, vice-president of marketing for School of Rock, the nationwide chain of performance-based music schools. “Metalcamp campers will not only get a chance to meet other excellent young musicians from around the country, they’ll also go home with new tricks, ideas, and inspiration that they’ll be able to enjoy year ‘round.”

Metalcamp’s “guest professor” will be Metal Mike, a graduate of the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston. Mike has recorded and toured the world with former Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford as well as metal superstar Sebastian Bach, and was also a cast member of Fuse TV’s weekly series “Talking Metal On Fuse”.

“My excellent staff will include some of the world’s top professional metal musicians,” says Metal Mike. “They’ll organize the campers into bands that will rehearse everyday for a live, onstage concert at the end of the week, featuring performances of some of the greatest head-banging metal anthems.”

When campers aren’t rocking at Metalcamp, they’ll have their choice of exciting outdoor activities to enjoy, including motorized go-karting, waterskiing and jetskiing, soccer, beach volleyball, a zipline, baseball, football, hockey, and a skateboard course.

“Metalcamp offers the perfect summer experience for young musicians who live, eat, and breathe heavy metal,” explains Metal Mike, who’ll be performing along with the campers at the end-of-week concert. “The camp will allow them to share their passion for the music they love with like-minded kids and also give them a chance to bond with new friends as they jam together, perform together, and take advantage of all of the fantastic activities that are available.”

As for those crackling beach bonfires, they’ll actually have them at Metalcamp. “But it’s safe to say that our sing-a-longs will involve song choices that are a bit more intense than ‘Kumbayah’,” says Biondi.

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