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Camp Teaches Kids to Rock

This summer, young people are getting the chance to rock. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

That's the sound of Rock Camp at Springfield Music. This the second group of campers to finish the five-day program this summer. Another group will go through the camp next week. This week's group of 13, 14 and 15 year olds decided to name their band The Whole Nine Yards. Russ Wallace is the instructor of Rock Camp. He says the idea is to build on what these young people learn in their private music lessons.

Fifteen year old Loren Booker says he's enjoying Rock Camp. He plays guitar.

Rock Camp isn't just for instrumentalists. There are vocalists too.

Lucas Southerland is 13 years old and is singing with 14 year old Eva Holliday. Lucas says duets are new to him.

Eva says she didn't know what to expect when she came to camp this week.

Giving these young rockers the chance to collaborate with peers is a main goal of the camp. Instructor Russ Wallace.

And even though rock and roll means flaunting the rules and doing your own thing, Wallace says these young musicians are learning that being a rock star requires a lot of discipline.

You can rock with the band, The Whole Nine Yards this afternoon at 1:30 at Springfield Music. Their camp concert is free and open to the public.