News Releases - Music & Entertainment
Written by Janell Just   
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 14:19

Now heading into its 18th year in 2013,  Rock Camp USA is one of the country’s top summer music camps, offering participants a once in a lifetime experience.  Rock Camp USA was founded in 1995 by renowned Austin, TX guitarist Dave Sebree, who also founded the Austin School of Music the same year.  Each camp is two weeks long and culminates with our young rockers giving a live performance, in a professional live music venue – such as the Redstone Room at the River Music Experience (RME) right here in the Quad Cities.  2013 marks RME’s 8th year as a national affiliate of Rock Camp USA.  

Rock Camp USA in the Quad Cities is sponsored by Mediacom/OnMedia, West Music Company, and HAVlife Foundation, and is produced by the River Music Experience (RME).

The Rock Camp USA experience goes far beyond just learning how to play a few rock songs with friends and other players, but delivers life lessons about working with others towards a common goal of creating, rehearsing and performing music as an artistic unit.  Students rehearse for two weeks, record their dress
rehearsal, and then perform live to a full house in the Redstone Room for family, friends and fans.  The icing on the cake is when they receive a professionally-edited DVD of the show from Mediacom, as well as when the concerts air on Mediacom Connections Channel 22!

Rock Camp USA activities include:

Forming a band - picking your own material - rehearsing like pros - option to write your own original songs

- refining your skills - taking home a CD recording of your dress rehearsal and a DVD of your final concert
performance – improving teamwork abilities - working with seasoned area musicians and veteran Rock Campers – and performing live in a state-of-the-art venue.

Rock Camp USA franchises across the country have included: Austin, TX, Fort Worth, TX, Rio Grande Valley, TX, Davenport, IA, Chicago, IL,  New York, NY, Poughkeepsie, NY,  Miami, FL, and Hawaii.  

National sponsors include Fender, D’Addario, Sabian, Planet Waves, Vic Firth, PreSonus, and Evans Drumheads.  Fender Passport sound systems for Rock Camp USA rehearsals in the Quad Cities are provided by our friends at West Music Company.

This year you can register for Rock Camp USA – Quad Cities 2013 online at
…or visit the RME admissions desk for registration forms. Rock Camp USA – Quad Cities tuition is $425 per camper/per two-week session.  Deposit (applied towards tuition) is $200.00, with balance of $225.00 due thirty (30) days before session starts. Tuition is non-refundable without a medical excuse or family emergency.  Discounts are available for those attending multiple summer sessions, and for families with two or more campers participating in the same session.  Limited financial assistance is also available to those with a demonstrated need, courtesy of our friends at The Terry Lunardi Foundation, The HAVlife Foundation, The Moline Foundation, and also via the Karli Rose Kell Music Scholarship Fund at RME.  Submission of a separate financial assistance request form is required by those seeking assistance, and those forms are available online at and at the RME admissions desk.

For more information on Rock Camp USA in the Quad Cities, contact: Ellis Kell, Director of Rock Camp USA – Quad Cities,RME Director of Progr. & Community Outreach
129 Main Street, Davenport, Iowa  52801

Phone: (563) 326-1333, ext. 113  

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Web Site:

The RME is a registered nonprofit helping build the Quad Cities music scene - through diverse live music and unique educational programming.

blog comments powered by Disqus