Adrian Jones Music & Art camps
Where Bands And Friendships Begin
Location, cost and other info....
All Adrian Jones Music and Art Camps take place at the Elora United Church (75 Geddes St, Elora, ON N0B 1S0). Cost for all camps is $310+HST per week ($250+HST for the short week of Multi-Arts Camp) and includes all sound equipment & lighting for rehearsals and performances for rock camp; art supplies, ukes and hand drums for Arts Camp and a pizza party on the last day for all campers.
Financial Assistance Available
The Children's Foundation Free to Play Program provides financial assistance for children in need so that they can participate in sports, arts, camps and other recreational activities. For more information about eligibility and how to apply, visit http://www.childrensfoundation.org/what-we-do/free-to-play
Eligible families can receive up to $400 per child, per year to cover the fees for music lessons and camps.
125 years of combined experience in the arts
Professional Musicians Who Love to Teach Music
ADRIAN JONES MUSIC SCHOOL
Adrian Jones, Dave Jones, Kim Regimbal & Jon Kraemer are long time pals and musical collaborators. All four are full time music instructors and passionate about music education and the lasting positive affects it has on peoples lives and a child's development.
AJMS teacher - Guitar, Violin, Voice, Bass, Ukulele, Hand Drums
Adrian has been teaching Guitar, Voice, Bass and Ukulele full time since opening the Adrian Jones Music School in 1997. Adrian has released 4 albums of original material with the band snack!, an EP and LP with duo partner Kim Regimbal and has played Violin, Cello, Steel guitar and Guitar on over 30 albums as a side man.
AJMS teacher - Drums, Bass, Guitar
Dave Jones is a multi-instrumentalist from Elora, On. He is currently a member of 6 bands and the host of a long standing and very successful open mic/jam night at the Shepherd's Pub in Elora. When not performing or teaching music, Dave can be found recording music in the studio. Dave teaches Drums, Bass, Guitar and Ukulele at the Elora location of the Adrian Jones Music School
AJMS teacher - Guitar, Ukulele, Bass
Jon discovered and developed his musical skills 20 years ago at the Adrian Jones Music School. He continued his studies at Mohawk College and Wilfrid Laurier University with a focus on composition, theory and fretboard harmony. He now teaches Guitar and Ukulele at both locations of the Adrian Jones Music School and plays live as much as possible with as many people as possible.
AJMS Teacher- Guitar, Ukulele, Drums, Bass
Hailing from Fergus Ontario, Steve Richards has been teaching music in Guelph and the surrounding area for 15 years. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist and alumni of AJMS, Steve teaches guitar, bass, drums, and ukulele. He is currently one of the lead guitarists in the band Mandroid Echostar and has spent the last 7 years touring and recording with the group. Last year, the band won a Juno award for their first full length album Coral Throne. With Mandroid, Steve has toured Canada and North America from coast to coast playing notable venues such as the London Music Hall and Casino Rama and sharing stages with bands such as The Trews, July Talk, Protest the Hero, Every Time I Die, Foxy Shazam, and Megadeth.
Steve is AJMS's resident heavy metal specialist but is also well versed in many music genres from jazz to blues to pop.
Sensei Barb Lamble - Karate
Elora Karate Dojo
A student of traditional Goju-ryu Karate for 2 decades, Sensei Barb Lamble is a member of Canadian Naha-te Goju Karate and a level 3 certified CNGK instructor. She is a Godan (5th degree black belt) and a student of Renshi Mike Robertson and Kyoshi Jay Purdy.
Sensei Barb's experience teaching musical theory and piano to young children inspired her to develop a specialized Kinder Karate program for young children. She has been teaching LiveFit programs for high school physical education for 10+ years and provides Women's Self Defence instruction to local community groups. Sensei Barb has a creative and flexible approach to students of all ages and abilities. She is an inspiration to many of her students and encourages them to reach their highest potential.
Kaitlyn Coffey - Drama
Kaitlyn is from Fergus, Ontario and graduated from the Nipissing Teachers' Education program in April of 2018. Before studying at Nipissing, Kaitlyn received her Honours Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University. Kaitlyn is an experienced vocal teacher and has been part of a choir for as long as she can remember. Upon entry to Nipissing University, Kaitlyn received one of the prestigious Schulich Scholarships. Last summer, Kaitlyn directed four musicals for Camp Arowhon as their Head Drama Instructor.
Dylan Paczay- Didjeridoo
Didjeridoo Building and Playing
Dylan is an accomplished didjeridooist, and frequent instigator of jams. He is most interested in the relationship of music, math and nature. In the summertime, he is an enthusiastic participant of Monday evening capture the flag in Bissell park.
Lee McWebb is a retired Visual Arts teacher (WRDSB) and a musician (guitar, mandolin, ukulele, bass). His personal artwork is mainly watercolour and acrylic painting, but he has also been an avid photographer since his early teenage years.
stories of past campers and their families
My daughter Abbey attended Adrian's Rock Band Camp last summer. The camp was well organized and allowed her to explore a variety of musical instruments in a supportive, accepting, and creative environment. When I asked her what she enjoyed most about the camp, she said that it rekindled her love for music, it was a great learning experience and she made wonderful friendships that have continued beyond camp. As a parent, it was fascinating to see my daughter's confidence grow as the week progressed and to see her so excited to go back each day. In fact, she enjoyed it so much she even convinced me to allow her to go for a second week!
Our daughters came into Rock Camp playing one instrument and by the end of the week were performing live on instruments they learned over the week. The girls learned how to write an original song and performed in front of a packed audience at the end of the week and at Rivercital at Riverfest Elora. They made friendships at Rock Camp they've maintained all year and out of all of the summer camps they've been a part of, this was one that they've asked to go back to before it was over.
I Came to Adrian's Rock Camp as an adult. There were several other adults in my group, and the week gave all of us an opportunity to feel like kids again. Total FUN!
However, what really impressed me were the groups of young musicians. Adrian's Rock Camp took them through the entire band experience: learning cover versions of songs; practicing and then performing these pieces for the other bands at the end of each day; in some cases, composing original pieces; and at the end of the week giving a recital for family and friends. Throughout the week there were breakout sessions that focused on such things as music theory, recording and hand-drumming.
But, the Rock Star experience didn't stop there. A few weeks later all the bands got to perform as the opening act for the 3-day festival Riverfest. Along with the music aspect, I'm sure lasting friendships were made. A truly unforgettable experience.
Zachary will be attending his fourth rock band camp this summer. Even for a 16 yr old, this is one of the big highlights of his summer. Not only does he gain a ton of knowledge and improves in his guitar skills, he learns new instruments, he has made some great friends every year and has kept in touch with many. The instructors are all amazing and their passion shows through daily when we hear all about the day's events. The recital at the end of the week is absolutely wonderful as we sit back and listen to really, a great concert. Getting the opportunity to open Riverfest with Adrian and his team is the biggest highlight Zach has had every year!
Take it all or what you would like from that. It's all true and we are looking forward to see what you do with the kids this yr!
Adrian Jones Rock Camp has been instrumental in creating a life-long love of music for our two boys. They have learned how to work as a team to put on a successful performance and to develop original pieces. Being ensconced in a full week of playing, guided by exceptional instructors, improved their musical aptitude by leaps and bounds. Adrian gave them the confidence to perform live, sing and play multiple instruments; an experience they will always be grateful for.