Rockford's Own Rock n' Roll Summer Camp!

An infamous band once proclaimed “It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock n’ roll.” Well lo and behold, those Aussie chaps were correct. Let RnRI help you shorten that climb to the top!

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Can you play a couple guitar chords?
Maybe a simple drum beat?
Do you like to sing in the shower?

If so, you’re ready for camp! Show up with your instrument on Monday and by Friday night you’ll be playing on-stage in a well-oiled, powerhouse of a rock n’ roll band. Start a band Monday, play a show Friday, indeed!

The RnRI camp is a weeklong, daytime camp for musicians entering 6th to 12th grade. Musicians up to age 20 may register, but musicians age 19-20 must have attended one session of camp when they were 18 or younger. The typical camp day begins with a Master Class taught by some of the finest musicians and music educators from the Northern Illinois area. The rest of the camp day is dedicated to band practice with a band instructor. On average, we have a 4:1 student to staff ratio, which guarantees plenty of personalized assistance for our campers.

Together, we work hard throughout the week, and come Friday evening, we climb on the Sinnissippi Band Shell stage to perform for our friends and family! Not only that, our camp provides optional performance opportunities for our campers throughout the community, throughout the summer. And the best part is, SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE!

2023 Camp Dates!

One week registration is $399, or register for both weeks at the discounted rate of $748.

Lunch is included with registration!

Week 1

June 19th – June 23rd

9am – 3pm

With our concert Friday night at the Sinnissippi Band Shell – 6pm

Week 2

June 26th – June 30th

9am – 3pm

With our concert Friday night at the Sinnissippi Band Shell – 6pm

About RnRI!

The Rock and Roll Institute is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to use Rock and Roll music as a vehicle to educate and inspire musical youth to forge their own musical path. Our camp is located on the beautiful Keith Country Day School campus, located at 1 Jacoby Place in Rockford, IL.

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Meet Our Rock n’ Roll Instructors

Since the beginning of RnRI, our staff has included some of the finest musicians from the Northern Illinois/Southern Wisconsin area. Our instructors have many years experience being active in the local arts community as performers, songwriters, private music teachers, band coaches, music producers, and teachers – both in the regional school districts and at the college level. Along with their extensive musical experience, many hold one, or more college level degrees in music, education, or both. The RnRI staff love working with the next generation of musicians, and are proud to be a part of this camp, and our thriving music community!

Kevin Schwitters
Stu Johnson
Jessica Dobson
Micky Rosenquist
Michael Hillenburg
Heather Camacho
Rob Bradley
Tony Chrisman
Zachary Taylor
Christopher Johnson

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RnRI Non-Discriminatory Policy

Rock and Roll Institute does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Rock and Roll Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.