BOND — In the words of Alice Cooper, “School’s out for Summer,” and for Avon Elementary School fifth-graders, that means Jake Wolf’s “Summer School of Rock” camp at State Bridge in Bond.
As an Avon town council member, Avon Elementary music teacher, director of Avon School of Rock, Grammy nominee for music education and a longtime local musician that plays with several bands all over Colorado, Wolf’s motto is “children have the right to music,” and he is passionate about creating and bringing it to them.
Fun for fifth-graders
As part of the Summer School of Rock camp, fifth-graders from Avon Elementary School, some of whom have graced the stage with their presence with Yo-Yo Ma, Keller Williams, Elephant Revival and many more musical greats, will spend five days at State Bridge camping in yurts and teepees along the beautiful Colorado River completely free of charge thanks to State Bridge. For some children, this is their first introduction to the great outdoors of Colorado.
This year, Realm of Caring, a local nonprofit that advocates keeping music in the classroom, along with the recent Campout for the Cause event at State Bridge, Bonfire Entertainment and The Education Foundation of Eagle County are joining forces to raise the funds necessary for the Summer School of Rock camp.
Wolf organizes second camp
This will be the second camp Wolf has organized, and for the kids it is a time to bring all of their hard work in the classroom out into nature. Local musicians volunteer their time as music teachers and camp counselors, and in typical Maestro Jake Wolf fashion, he makes it all happen for the kids.
Typical day at camp
A normal day at camp entails yoga or meditation, breakfast, three to four hours of musical instruction, lunch, nature hikes or rafting courtesy of Stand Up Paddle Colorado, dinner, campfire music and lights out by 9 p.m. Scattered throughout the day are fun activities including hula-hoop lessons, face painting, arts and crafts and poetry.
The culmination of the camp will be a performance by the children at State Bridge tonight before Frogs Gone Fishin’ hit the stage. An E·ƒ(ec)tive Music Series fundraiser for music programming in Eagle County Schools is slated for Aug. 24 at the Little Beach Amphitheater in Minturn, where the children will perform the music they learned at camp.
Rob Eaton, from Dark Star Orchestra, will play with Wolf and the other members of the Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Review.
Mark your calendars, as Aug. 24 is going to be a fun-filled, family-friendly day of great live music in support of our local public schools. For more information, visit www.efec.org.