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It's that time of year again - time to sign up for Sierra Surf Music Camp! What the heck is SSMC you may wonder? It is the ultimate weekend camping out with some of the finest surf musicians and people on the planet! The camp is located near the historic gold mining town of Nevada City at a beautifully wooded 4,000-foot elevation and is situated beside the picturesque Bear River. Surf jams start the weekend off before groups of campers are assembled into SurfBand101 classes. Through rehearsals and one-on-one lessons with pro musicians like John Blair, Dusty Watson, Dave Wronski, Ferenc Dobronyi, Matt Quilter, and many others, campers will learn to improve their skills on their instrument. Classes will also be offered in songwriting, the history of surf music, instrument set-up/maintenance, and ukulele. Each day culminates with surf music by the campfire and at the end of camp each SurfBand101 group will perform what they’ve learned. SSMC is open to all ages and levels of musicians and families are strongly encouraged to attend.
May 28-31, 2015
To sign up please visit our website and download the application.
For more information contact camp director Paul Beatie
Announcing the Inaugural Session May 25 - 28, 2012
Sierra Surf Music Camp is being created with the idea of spending a weekend with friends,family, and community in the study and appreciation of California’s indigenous folk music – Surf! We wish to bridge the gap between professional and amateur musicians bringing the founders of the genre together with folks just beginning to discover it in a fun and friendly setting.
Classes Offered: Individual and Group Lessons (Guitar, Bass and Drums) Seminars on Songwriting, Recording, Production, Performance, Technique, Gear Maintenance, Sound Modification, Surf Music History and much more!
Instructors include: Paul Johnson, John Blair, Dusty Watson, Ron Eglit, Paul Beatie, Ferenc Dobronyi, Bob Bitchin', Brett Cole, Tim Stephenson and more to be announced!
Daily Activities: Early morning Exercise and Stretching designed for musicians, Acoustic Breakfast Campsite, Hiking, Gold Mine Tours, Surf Art with Jim Lee, Softball, Volleyball, Horseshoes, Fishing, and Nightly Campfire Stories!
Command Performances: The Surf Beat Allstars (featuring John Blair, Dusty Watson, Ron Eglit), The Pyronauts, Paul Johnson and friends.
Tom Duncun from Spectral Media will be premiering a clip from the anticipated surf music film, Sound of the Surf.
The Sierra Surf Music Camp is located in the lush hills of Northern California’s Gold Country. Price includes lodging and meals. Campsites also available.
Sierra Surf Music Camp
Memorial Day Weekend 2012
Donner Mine Camp – Nevada City, CA
Friday through Monday (May 25th-28th)
Cost: $250 per student, $400 per couple, 15% discount if registered before April 15th, 2012