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Takoma Park, MD 20912
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TAKOMA GROOVE CAMP: Summer Musical Experience for Teens 2015

Takoma Groove Camp is a musical day camp allowing intermediate and advanced musicians aged 12 through 17 to gain experience playing in a contemporary band setting. During the camp students will be exposed to many facets of being that come together in order to make a complete musician. Not only do we get plenty of jamming and composing, but we discuss the importance of a healthy lifestyle, mindfulness, and utilizing your senses to the fullest in order to reach one's creative potential.


1 Session -- $500.00
Any 2 Sessions -- $900.00 (10% discount)
Any 3 Sessions -- $1275.00 (15% discount)
All 4 Sessions -- $1600.00 (20% discount)

There is limited Financial Assistance for campers. If you are in need, please contact Takoma Groove Camp (takomagroovecamp.com) to ask about the possibility of aid for your camper.

Download the 2015 application here!

As a student you will:

  • Explore MANY genres of music.
  • Meet other chill ego-free awesomely creative peers who you can continue to jam with after camp ends! Many local gigging young bands met each other at Groove Camp! Manic Attack, The Agiles, and The Flying Mighty to name a few...
  • Play an awesome concert of original material.
  • Take part in other events and concerts we promote throughout the year at no extra cost.
  • Learn cool meditation techniques, divergent thinking exercises, and non-combat martial arts.
  • Explore band dynamics, group process, and social psych as you take part in writing, arranging, rehearsing, advertising, and performing your material.
  • Learn how to set up the equipment needed to put on your own concerts after camp.
  • Learn from a faculty of experienced, accessible, down to earth, professional musicians and educators.
  • Design/manipulate artwork and graphics as you explore the marketing and promotion of your band.
  • Discover new abilities as we conduct the various individual and team building exercises designed to help you notice and improve your senses.
  • Visit an amazing recording studio in order to learn what they expect from you when you show up with a concept to record.
  • Get a lot of physical activity. After lunch we run various activities including ultimate frisbee, capture the flag, badminton, bocce ball. Participation is optional, but encouraged. Don't worry, no one cares if you are "bad at sports," you'll be welcome in the game. An extra change of clothes is recommended.
Takoma Groove Camp Details:
  • Takoma Groove Camp classes will be held at the Seeker's Church (seekerschurch.org), 276 Carroll St. NW (across the street from the Takoma metro station) Washington DC 20012
  • Camp runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Students must pack a lunch or bring money to buy lunch.
  • Drop off occurs from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. at Seeker's Church, 276 Carroll St NW. It is
  • very important to be timely!
  • Each camp session culminates in a Friday Evening Concert (6:00 p.m.) Invite friends and family!
  • Each participant will receive an mp3 of the concert performance.
  • If your student has allergies, medications, or any special condition please let us know.
  • Instructors include those with First Aid/CPR certification and emergency response experience.
  • Supervised students will periodically leave the premises to go to the sports field, get lunch, or play acoustically at the "gazebo."
For more information about Takoma Groove Camp, email takomagroovecampinfo@gmail.com or visit takomagroovecamp.com.

See videos of Groove Camp concerts at takomagroovecamp.com.
Our Instructors

All of our regular, full-time counselors and instructors are CPR/1st Aid Certified by the American Heart Association.

Brian Weber, Camp Director & Instructor

Brian Weber is a local musician who has been teaching professionally since 1996. He teaches guitar, bass, trumpet, piano and other brass instruments to all ages and skill levels. He studied Jazz and Classical music, as well as composition and theory at Montgomery College. He has also studied privately with some of the world's foremost players and teachers. Brian also instructs at the Takoma Groove Camp.

Lessons are geared towards each individual's desires and needs. Students will learn all about the language of music and will attain a solid understanding of music theory. Lessons are both fun and challenging, with emphasis also on playing, technique, writing, reading and improvisation. Brian is adept at teaching a variety of musical styles, and students will be introduced to all these various genres. Voluntary student shows and band showcases are also held a few times a year.

Brian's pursuit of music began at age 5. He is an accomplished and seasoned live multi-instrumentalist and who has been performing for about 25 years up and down the east coast. For updates and news on Brian's gig schedule, please email: brianwebergigs@yahoo.com. Brian is also the Drum Repairman for House of Musical Traditions.

Julie Stoessel, Instructor

Julie Stoessel is a violinist, singer, and breakdancer from Charlottesville, Virginia with a Bachelor of Music degree from James Madison University. Her musical endeavors include playing violin for the Arlington Philharmonic, Ashlawn Opera Company, and Perfect Harmony String Quartet, writing and releasing her own EP, Breathe on iTunes, and playing shows with various local Rock/Hip hop/Pop artists.

Julie has also interned at Recording studios Crystalphonic in Virginia, and Quad studios in New York City, where she learned the basics of sound engineering and producing. Previous to her move to the DC area, Julie worked for 4 years at the Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, where she mentored middle school and high school students in song writing, recording, vocals, violin, engineering, beat making, and breakdancing.

Her love of funky beats lead her to the art of breakdance, which she has been pursuing alongside her musical career since age 18.

Julie now works at the Washington Waldorf School in Bethesda, Maryland, where she teaches middle school strings, and private violin lessons. She also co-owns a breakdance studio, The Lab, in Takoma, DC.

Paul Foreman, Instructor

Paul Foreman is a graduate of Pomona College in Southern California, where he performed in jazz, rock and West African percussion ensembles. He plays drums, guitar, bass, piano, and harmonica. Paul has been a musician for 13 years and a teacher for 5, but he has loved music since early childhood. It is this early passion for music that led him to work with kids as a performer and teacher.

Currently Paul teaches privately and at several area studios. He is formally trained in written music, but he specializes in helping students learn to improvise and play by ear. For Paul, the joy of two or more musicians inventing new music together is the most exciting part of playing, and the best way to have fun is to play music that students actually love to listen to. Paul continues to follow his passion for music by writing and recording his own, and he hopes to share his love of rhythm with many more students and audiences.

Junior Counselors

Almost every year we have former Groove Campers, who are very dedicated and passionate about music, come back as junior counselors to lend a hand with daily activities and to try their hand at instructing and leading a group. It's always a fantastic experience for both the junior counselor and their bands and a great way for them to see if they like teaching and band leading. Some of these past campers have even gone on become teachers and instructors themselves!