Music Camps

Music's Edge Summer Rock Camp






    Director Tim McLaughlin hosts the Music's Edge 2014 Summer Rock Camp at the WOW Hall for TWO different week-long camps on July 21-25 and August 18-22.  The program is designed for ages 10-18.


    This will be the WOW Hall's eighth year hosting the very successful Music's Edge Rock Camp.  Each camp 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 25 and August 22, at 7:30 pm.  Also this year, the camps will have a second performance at two of the most popular outdoor events in Eugene! 


    Music's Edge at the WOW Hall is interested in all skill levels and all instruments.  Tim McLaughlin, bandleader of the acclaimed group Eleven Eyes, heads up a very pro staff that includes Zak Johnson, John Shipe, John Raden, and daily special guests.  Music's Edge will feature different workshops each day with music industry professionals and performers.  


    Notes the Register Guard: "In an age when reality TV show contests spotlight the glamour of the music business, the camp participants seem focused on the right things.”  

    "Tim McLaughlin is the best band leader I've ever met.  He knows how to control a group this size and rein it in. "  Music's Edge Rocker


    "It's meant to be life changing to some degree,” reports the Eugene Register Guard.  ”It can take a lifetime to learn some of these skills."  




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 and sought-after musician based in Eugene, OR.  He is active in recording, teaching, performing and composing.  Since graduating from the University of Oregon School of Music in 2002, McLaughlin has appeared on numerous recordings, as well as toured the western U.S. multiple times.  McLaughlin is the bandleader of the award-winning jazz/funk/world-fusion band Eleven Eyes and also performs with other notable artists and ensembles such as the Everyone Orchestra, Marv Ellis, Medium Troy, Reeble Jar, The Long Hello, Halie Loren, Son Melao, The Essentials, NOW! Trio, and as a solo guitarist and electronic artist using Ableton Live.  As a music educator, McLaughlin hosts a full private teaching studio, directs the HS and MS music programs at Oak Hill School and Marcola, conducts weekly clinics, workshops and classes, and directs many jazz/rock ensembles.  McLaughlin has been a strong advocate for supporting youth in music by helping to develop the Kidz Rock music series as well as developing and directing the Music’s Edge Rock Camp.  Recently, Tim has composed, produced, and engineered the soundtrack to a documentary called Reuse It with award-winning producer Jerry Joffe.  It can be viewed online at <> .  Stay up to date with all of Tim’s musical endeavors at <>      Zak Johnson is a talented multi-instrumentalist who travels nationally, playing bass, guitar, and singing for such bands as the U. of O. Gospel Ensemble, Mood Area 52, David Jacobs-Strain and the Crunk Mountain Boys, and his own band, The Dead Americans.  He has 11 years of teaching experience and has a gift for group instruction, sharing his experience as a studio musician and live performer to help his students enhance their skills in working with a band.   Zak is a fun and encouraging person who enjoys helping people build their musical confidence.  Positivity and tenacity are his key emphases as an instructor.      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.    

Music's Edge began as a unique music program that was created by Tim McLaughlin in 2004.  The camp resides at the WOW Hall and this is mutually beneficial to McLaughlin and the venue. The WOW Hall had been trying to host more educational programs, and Tim was looking for a new venue as a home for Music’s Edge that had a community feel, an awesome performance space, and some real rock n roll grime to it!  2014 will be the 8th year that the WOW Hall has hosted Music's Edge, and before that the program existed at the Shedd for three years. Tim's main motivation with Music's Edge was 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, and the Saturday Market, Whiteaker Block Party, and Lane County Fair has given that break to Music’s Edge musicians.

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.  How do you communicate with sound guys and understand what to listen for with stage sound?  How do you develop a press kit and talk to booking agents in order to book gigs.  How do you get on the radio?  How do you deal with band drama and problems that arise in a band setting?  How do I craft lyrics to my song, and vice versa? How do you get fans?  How does our band prepare for a recording session? 

The hardest part to answering all these questions is 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 every day 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 of 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 that are not only music educators, but also world-class performers and recording artists. This has included Zak Johnson, John Shipe, Ehren Ebbage, John Raden, Larry Wayte, Josh Britten, and Steve Weems..  

Music’s Edge shows no signs of stopping as it continues to grow every year.  It has been amazing to see some of the older Music’s Edge students go on to great college music programs, have successful bands, and continue with having music in their lives.  If Music’s Edge helped even just a little bit with those achievements, then Tim couldn’t be happier.  Sometimes just keeping your focus and never quitting really pays off.  And just remember the Music’s Edge motto…  “Be cool to people and play good music.”