2nd Annual Interactive Camp for Aspiring Musicians | Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

2nd Annual Interactive Camp for Aspiring Musicians

Presented by Maryland Hall & Paul Reed Smith
August 10th
9:30 AM
August 11th
9:30 AM
August 12th
9:30 AM
August 13th
9:30 AM
August 14th
9:30 AM


2nd Annual Interactive Camp for Aspiring Musicians with Paul Reed Smith, Dennis Chambers & The Grainger Brothers

Presented by Maryland Hall & Paul Reed Smith 

Summer Music Camp with the Pros

August 10-14, 2020

With Special Guest Teachers and Artists Including Dennis Chambers

When:  Monday – Friday 8/10 - 8/14 | 9:30am-4:00pm
Friday, 8/14 (after last day of camp)
Rehearsal 4-6PM
Showcase 6-8 PM

$500 tuition for all 5 days

This Summer, legendary rhythm section the Grainger Brothers, world famous guitar maker and musician, Paul Reed Smith and acclaimed drummer Dennis Chambers will lead their second annual interactive camp at Maryland Hall.

This interactive camp is open for anyone ages 12 and up. All skill levels and instruments are accepted. Students may bring their instruments though they are not required. All attendees will be given real ways to view music, experience music and improve their abilities to play music in a weeklong camp with daily teaching, clinics and hands-on experience. The teaching staff includes some of the best professional musicians Maryland has to offer including Paul Reed Smith, Gary Grainger, Greg Grainger, Michael Ault, Bryan Ewald, Benjie Porecki, Mia Samona Davis and special guest teachers Dennis Chambers and guitar internet great, Tim Pierce.

Attendees will be provided lessons in time/rhythm so they understand the fundamentals of rhythm and have a grasp on what it means to not speed up or slow down, play in time with other musicians and the language of rhythm works. Also, music theory will be taught in an easy to understand format. Please note that this enrollment is not limited to Maryland residents and students. It is open to anyone who wishes to attend without audition as long as they meet the age requirement.

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Paul Reed Smith Summer Camp Maryland HallTestimonials

"Every day I would come home and practice the concepts I learned and couldn’t wait to return the next day to learn more. The class opened my eyes to whole new realms of possibility in composing and playing music while also being thoroughly enjoyable. Every instructor was so engaged and willing to help. I could really tell everyone there shared my excitement and love for music, which was a great feeling." ~Jake Robuck

Paul Reed Smith Summer Camp Maryland Hall"The Master Class was truly a wonderful experience for me, even though I have been playing guitar for many years I still was able to learn something that will enhance my ability to play guitar. The instructors are excellent and are very knowledgeable on all instruments. Thank you for showing all of us the best possible way to understand music and the theory of music...I was able to meet new friends, young ones and older ones, it was truly a wonderful experience." ~Emanuel Allen

Paul Reed Smith Summer Camp

"My son participated in the Summer Camp and I am so amazed by the progress he made during the last week. You may be surprised to learn it wasn’t the musical growth, although that was amazing as well, it was his growth as a person." ~Parent of a Participant

"I really enjoyed the experience and working with Bryan, Gary, Greg, Bill, Mike and Mia. It really changed the way I hear, practice and play music. Here's a little video (below) that I made about the 2019 PRS Master Class." ~Kai Rivera



The interactive camp will delve into three main tracks: Rhythm, Harmony and Melody. Students will learn from professional musicians, grow their knowledge of music, gain hands-on experience and expand their skillsets.

The week culminates with a Performance Showcase featuring some of the students following the last day of camp on Friday.

Tuition is non-refundable and includes all five days. Lunch is available for purchase in the Cafe at Maryland Hall.

For more information, please contact Greg Grainger at greg.grainger@gmail.com. To learn more about group or sibling rates, please email Leslie Mills at lmills@marylandhall.org.

About the Directors & Teachers:

Paul Reed Smith - Guitar  
Paul is an internationally known guitar maker, guitar player and founder/Managing General Partner of PRS Guitars. PRS Guitars is the third largest US manufacturer of electric guitars. For decades, Paul has built instruments for internationally famous musicians including Carlos Santana and John Mayer.  Paul also enjoys songwriting, performing and recording music with his band, The Paul Reed Smith Band. In addition, Paul has played with artists such as Vertical Horizon, Creed and Santana. Paul was honored by Vintage Guitar Magazine as a Hall of Fame inductee 2011 and was named Maryland’s Small Business Owner Person of the Year in 2002. Proudly, Paul has instruments on display in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Gary Grainger – Bass/Vocals
Gary's seamless approach to virtually any style of music makes him one of the most sought after bass players in the world.  He has performed and done countless recordings, tours and TV appearances with such notable artists as John Scofield, Dennis Chambers, Nancy Wilson, Nelson Rangel, George Duke, Maysa, Ken Navaro, Acoustic Alchemy, Eric Marienthal and Bill Evans.

Greg Grainger - Drums/Vocals
A skilled architect of rhythm, Greg Grainger is surprisingly fresh in his artistry and musical perspective. Upon hearing him, it is easy to see why Whitney Houston signed him for her 1988 world tour, why Britain’s Rhythm Magazine called his work “solid and tasteful” dubbing him a “rhythm master” and why he is the drummer for international jazz artists such as Acoustic Alchemy, Kim Waters and the drummer for Paul Reed Smith. Greg has worked with other artist such as Lonnie Liston Smith, After 7, and Nancy Wilson, to name a few. At the age of 14, Greg was awarded a scholarship to the highly respected Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University. Being the drummer for PRS Guitars means that Greg gets to work with and play behind famous guitarists and bassists such as Santana, Buddy Guy, Al Di Meola , Rhonda Smith, David Grissom, Wyzard (of Mother’s Finest) and Mark Tremonti just to name a few.

Dennis Chambers - Drums
Dennis Chambers is an American drummer who has recorded and performed with John Scofield, George Duke, Brecker Brothers, Santana, Parliament/Funkadelic, John McLaughlin, Niacin, Mike Stern, CAB, Greg Howe, and many others. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2001 and named one of the Greatest Drummers of All Time by Rolling Stone Magazine in 2016. He has been featured on the cover of Modern Drummer Magazine more than any other artist. Chambers has become well known among drummers for his technique and speed, particularly regarded for his ability to play "in the pocket." He has helped many young drummers, the most prominent being Tony Royster, Jr. Chambers began drumming at the age of four years, and was gigging in Baltimore-area nightclubs by the age of six. 

Tim Pierce - Guitar 
Tim Pierce is an American Session Guitarist who was named as one of the Top 10 Session Guitarists by Guitar World Magazine.

His Session Guitar Work can be heard on more than 1000 records and his studio Guitar Recording Credits include: Crowded House, Christina Aguilera, Seal, Avril Lavigne, Tracy Chapman, Joe Cocker, Ricky Martin, Meat Loaf, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Rob Thomas, Rick Springfield, Phil Collins, Madonna, Toy Matinee, Don Henley, Santana, Rascal Flatts, Chris Isaak, Jewel, Faith Hill, Celine Dion, Dave Matthews Band, John Legend, Gavin Degraw, Mika, Carolina Liar, Goo Goo Dolls, Uncle Kracker, Josh Groban, Mylie Cyrus, Demi Lovato, David Cook, Adam Lambert, Daniel Powter, Kris Allen, Jack’s Mannequin, The Band Perry, Shinedown, Jason Mraz, Kelly Clarkson, Il Volo, Lana Del Ray, Gloriana, Colbie Caillat, and many others.

“Tim Pierce is one of the best guitarists and guitar teachers in the world. The very rare quality he has, is that he can make learning the guitar fun and understandable, in a way that improves your playing, that minute, that hour, that day. Highly recommended!” - Paul Reed Smith

Michael Ault – Guitar/Vocals
One of the most gifted guitarists on the Washington D.C. music scene, Mike’s bluesy playing has been a draw to area audiences for decades.  Well known for his work with the Mary Ann Redmond Band, he now performs with Paul Reed Smith Music in the studio, at concerts, tradeshows and PRS guitar clinics across the country and overseas while still lending his talents to freelance projects and doing studio work for both the Discovery Channel and National Geographic.  Mike does over 300 sessions a year with an average of 50 plus sessions for National Geographic’s flagship show, “The Incredible Dr Pol”, playing acoustic-electric guitars, dobro, and mandolin.  He regularly performs with high caliber artists including Carlos Santana, David Grissom, and Davy Knowles.

Bryan Ewald - Guitar
Annapolis’ own Bryan Ewald is a musician that is difficult to pigeon hole. While consistently juggling a multitude of bands and projects of his own throughout his career (currently Starbelly, Jarflys, Meg & Bryan, Technicolor Motorhome, among others), and regularly working with many of the area’s finest artists (Eric Scott, Higher Hands, Doug Segree, Dan Haas, Brandon Hardesty & Bumpin Uglies, Greg Phillips, and many more...), he’s also an in demand "guitar for hire" for dozens of regional and national artists.

Bryan has been hired for live and/or studio work by over 170 artists as diverse as: Rachael Yamagata, Judd & Maggie, Take 6, Pat Dinizio (Smithereens), Bobby Vega (Tower of Power, Santana, Sly Stone), Warren Zanes (Del Feugos), Walking Sticks (SHAED), Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, Shane Gamble, Mary Prankster, Pressing Strings, The Temptations (Damon Harris), David Cassidy, The Supremes, Bibi Bourelly, Kelly Bell Band, Yvonne Elliman, Thelma Houston, Mama Jama, David Pack (Ambrosia), Tom Scott, Nneena Freelon, Rita Coolidge, Native Run, Stephen Bishop, and countless others. He’s been an equally sought after instructor for 30 years. An artist with PRS Guitars since 2005, Bryan has also become the primary demonstrator and clinician for the prestigious brand. Since 2012, PRS Guitars has utilized his skills for hundreds of YouTube product videos, live demonstrations and clinics all over the world. When not on the road, Bryan keeps busy in the studio and performing close to home with various bands, acoustic gigs and occasionally with his two talented sons. 

Benjie Porecki - Keyboard
Benjie Porecki is a music industry veteran that has been performing professionally for 30 years as a keyboardist.  He has released five critically acclaimed solo albums and notably as an accompanist, he has worked with Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Pieces Of A Dream, Buddy Guy, Maysa, Ledisi, Take 6, Neena Freelon and many more.  Currently he tours with jam band icon Keller Williams and a Ray Charles Tribute band with Kirk Whalum, Neena Freelon, Clint Holmes, and Take 6.  Locally, he performs with his jazz/funk trio “Firm Roots” weekly at Washington, DC landmark Georgia Brown’s filling the rest of his calendar with festivals, corporate events, and club dates.

Mia Samona Davis - Vocals 
Mia has a beautiful multifaceted voice that got its start in church gospel at a very young age.  After two recording sessions, she was hired by the Paul Reed Smith Band. - “A Must Hear”!