Music Camps

Music's Edge Summer Rock Camp






    Registration is now open for the Music's Edge 2015 Summer Rock Camp at the WOW Hall.  Director Tim McLaughlin will host two different weeklong camps: July 27-31 and August 17-21.  The program is designed for ages 10-18.

            Music's Edge began as a unique music program that was created by Tim McLaughlin in 2004.  This will be the WOW Hall's ninth year hosting the very successful rock camp.  Each session goes full-steam all week and ends with a full-blown, rockin' show, with all the lights and sound that would make any rock star proud.  The two “gigs” will be Friday, July 31, with a second show at the Whiteaker Block Party (time TBA) and Friday, August 21, with a second show at the Saturday Market on August 22 (3:30-5:00 pm).
            Music's Edge is interested in all skill levels and all instruments.  Tim McLaughlin, bandleader of the acclaimed group Eleven Eyes, heads up a pro staff that includes Zak Johnson, John Shipe, John Raden plus special guests.  Music's Edge features different workshops each day with music industry professionals and performers. 

“This was AWESOME!” - Music’s Edge Student


Tim's main motivation with Music's Edge is to offer a music program like no other and give up-and-coming musicians opportunities he only dreamed of when he was that age.  There are many music camps that teach musicians how to play better music, but Tim wanted to go beyond that.  Creating a full set of non-stop music, and performing with confidence and charisma on a big stage with huge sound and lights was one opportunity Tim wanted to offer.  To be able to play a "festival-style" set on an outdoor stage is also an important experience to have.

“What a great thing you do.” - Pete Peterson, KWVA DJ

Music's Edge continues to grow every year.  It has been amazing to see some of the students go on to great college music programs, have successful bands, and continue having music in their lives.  If Music's Edge helped even just a little bit with those achievements, then Tim couldn't be happier.

“You guys are amazing! Thanks for giving our kids the rock star experience!” - Amy Parker, parent



The Facts:

The camp lasts from Monday through Friday and goes from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.  The students will be divided into different bands based on age, ability and interest.  The week will be spent rehearsing a set of rock, metal, funk, jazz, blues, hip-hop and pop tunes to be performed on the WOW Hall stage at the end of each camp.  Each group plays music that best suits their ability and interest as well as what fits their style.  


   Daily Schedule:    Monday-Friday 9:30 am - 3:00 pm 9:30 - noon:  Warm-up workshops, rehearse in ensembles noon -12:20 pm: lunch  12:20 pm - 1:00 pm:  Guest artist performance 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Rehearse in ensembles     Payment:   Payment by check is to Community Center for the Performing Arts/WOW Hall.  A $100 non-refundable deposit (applied to tuition) is required at the time of registration with the remainder due one week before camp.   To pay by Visa, Master or Debit card please call the WOW Hall office at 687-2746 3:00 - 6:00 pm Monday through Friday.   specific questions about the camp can be sent to <x-msg://209/>   or visit the website at   Camp Tuition $289 (includes 2 tickets to the Friday WOW Hall performance) Registration $100 (applied to tuition) Total Enclosed: $______   The Instructors     Tim McLaughlin is a multi-instrumentalist active in recording, teaching, performing and composing. Since graduating from the University of Oregon School of Music in 2002, McLaughlin has appeared on numerous tours recordings.  He is bandleader of the award-winning jazz/funk/world-fusion band Eleven Eyes and also performs with Medium Troy, NOW! Trio, Son Melao, Hello Dollface, Everyone Orchestra, Emily Jensen, Halie Loren, The Essentials, Reeble Jar, John Shipe, and as a solo artist.  A strong advocate for supporting youth in music, McLaughlin hosts a private teaching studio and directs music programs at Oak Hill and Marcola schools.  Tim has also composed, produced and recorded soundtracks to multiple documentaries with award-winning documentary producer Jerry Joffe.  Recently, McLaughlin collaborated with the Eugene Ballet to bring the world premier of Tommy - The Ballet (by The Who) to the Hult Center.  McLaughlin played guitar and sang, and was the musical director of the production.  Tim has dedicated his life to helping make the world a better place through music, and is proud to work with the WOW Hall to bring Music’s Edge to Eugene.

      Zak Johnson is a singer/songwriter/musician from Eugene who has taught private and group music lessons since 2003.  He studied music at Lane Community College before embarking on a career as a touring and recording artist with groups including Mood Area 52, U of O Gospel Ensemble, David Jacobs-Strain, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and his own group, The Dead Americans.  He has also recently performed as a singer and guitarist with Music’s Edge camp director Tim McLaughlin in the Eugene Ballet’s production of The Who’s rock opera Tommy.  Zak has been on countless studio recording sessions and has written, arranged and produced three of his own recordings, including two full-length albums.  Zak brings his exuberance and positive attitude to the Music’s Edge Camps to help students broaden their musical perspectives, learn to play as a group, and most important: to have fun and express themselves through music!
      John Raden has been a performing musician in the Eugene area for the past eight years.  Playing various styles such as rock, funk, blues and jazz, John has established himself as an accomplished drummer.  Some of the bands he has performed with include The Dead Americans, Candy Apple Blue, David Jacobs-Strain, Reverend Brimstone, and various other sit-in gigs.  John has also been a local music teacher for the past eight years.  Expanding his abilities from drums to guitar and bass guitar, he can teach an array of styles on multiple instruments.  He specializes in group lessons and has vast experience in youth rock camps.  " I love taking a bunch of ragtag beginner musicians and transforming them into a powerful rock band."     John Shipe has an original 200-plus song repertoire, 15 years of touring, radio airplay, and nine recording projects.  After a few thousand gigs, both solo and with various bands, he's played all kinds of stages -- coffee houses, performance halls, amphitheaters, festivals and arenas.  Shipe has shared the bill with Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal, Blind Melon, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Keb Mo, Cake, Tower of Power, Jerry Joseph, Jimmy Cliff, Derek Trucks, Los Lobos, Tony Furtado, Hootie & The Blowfish, Patty Larkin and many others.  Thirty Shipe tunes have played on 100 independent and commercial radio stations.  John Shipe combines his massive experience into a great teaching style that is fun and like no music education that can be found elsewhere.   Roving Instructors

Kurt Catlin is a born and raised Eugene guitar shredder, performer and general rockstar.
Brian West is a master drummer, percussionist and multi-instrumentalist as well as an excellent teacher.


There is an immense amount of behind-the-scenes work that has to be done by any successful musician, and it is really hard to figure that stuff out because it is not often explained.  For example…
-  How do you develop a press kit and talk to booking agents in order to book gigs and generate interest in your band?
-  How do you get on the radio?
-  How do you communicate with sound engineers and understand what to listen for with stage sound?
-  How do you get fans?
-  How do you prepare for a recoding session?
-  How do you craft lyrics to a song, and vice versa?

The hardest part to answering all these questions is that there is no one answer to any of them.

So from the beginning Tim reached out to the music community and hand picked special guests to come everyday to Music's Edge and spend 45 minutes or more with discussions and performances to really give an education in being a street-smart musician from a variety of vantage points.  This has been a very valuable aspect to the program and Tim is very grateful to all the Music's Edge special guests.

Music's Edge has also benefited from having some amazing instructors tat are not only music educators, but also world-class performers and recording artists.  This has included Zak Johnson, John Shipe, Brian West, Ehren Ebbage, John Raden, Larry Wayte, Josh Britten, Steve Weems, and Kurt Catlin.