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Special guitar, drums summer camp offered at Univ. of Miami

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Pictured are students from last year’s musical summer camp. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY GARY RUSE

The University of Miami Frost School of Music and Ellis Family Music Company Inc. are presenting their 20th annual Summer Guitar, Bass-Guitar and Drumset Camp. The camp runs from June 14 through June 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the UM’s campus. The cost for the regular camp is $295 per student and includes lunch, books, T-shirts and “fantastic training” with UM professors and VIP musicians including Rene Gonzalez, classical guitarist and head of the UM Classical Guitar Program; Don Coffman, jazz bassist and assistant chair of the UM Jazz Department; Steve Rucker, drummer for the Bee Gees and director of the Drumset Program at the UM; Mike Harvey, drummer for Julio Iglesias, and many others.

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The camp is open to beginning students through advanced players, grades 5 through graduating high school seniors. The camp includes a final gala performance on the campus of the University of Miami. Full and partial scholarships are available through the “William R. and Esther V. Ellis Scholarship Fund” and are distributed on a first-come, first-serve, financial need basis. Two former campers who have done well in music and have returned to the camp as “Star Faculty” are Kazihuro Itoh, a drummer and UM grad, and Matt LaPlant, a guitarist who is now a producer at Bieler Brothers Records. For more information on these camps visit the website at <www.efmproductions.com>, or call Dr. Gonzalez at 305284-2083 or EFM at 305-858-8189.

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