Session Directors: Gary Grainger, Greg Grainger, Dennis Chambers and Paul Reed Smith With Special Guest Teachers and Artists
This Summer, legendary rhythm section the Grainger Brothers, guitar maker Paul Reed Smith and acclaimed drummer Dennis Chambers will fulfill a lifelong dream at Maryland Hall: open a music camp for Maryland and surrounding area students.
The classes are open for anyone ages 12 and up. All attendees will be given real ways to view music, experience music and improve their abilities to play music in week long classroom and Master Class environment. The teaching staff includes some of the best professional musicians Maryland has to offer including Paul Reed Smith, world famous guitar maker and musician, and the Grainger Brothers, world famous rhythm section, among others.
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.
The 2nd Annual Music Master Classes for Aspiring Musicians is a 6-day music intensive for ages 12 to 100.
Open to all skill levels and instruments, the Master Classes 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 skill sets.
The week culminates with a Performance Showcase featuring some of the students who’ve shown skills, growth and/or dedication.
When: Monday – Friday 8/10-8/14| 9:30am-4:00pm (Master Classes)
For more information and tuition rates, please click here.
About the Directors & Teachers:
Paul Reed Smith - Guitar
Paul is an internationally known guitar maker, and guitar player. In addition to performing and recording with his own band, Paul has played with artists such as Vertical Horizon, Creed and Santana. He 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.
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, Roger Daltrey, Rod Stewart, Nick Lowe, Nelson Rangel, George Duke, Acoustic Alchemy and Eric Marienthal.
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 and Kim Waters; along with being drummer and Musical Director for Maysa (the voice of Incognito’s Deep Waters and A Shade of Blue).
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.
Mia Samone 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”!
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.