When Scott Brown of legendary Canadian rock group Trooper isn't on tour playing hits like "Raise a Little Hell" and "The Boys in the Bright White Sports Car," he's selling instruments at Arbutus Music in Nanaimo.
At the end of this month, the Trooper bassist will be teaching a 'School of Rock' camp to youngsters aged 12 to 17 along with Murray Atkinson of Odds and Todd Sacerty of Almost Johnny Cash at Headliners School of Performing Arts.
The camp will start on Sept. 23 and runs for 10 weeks.
Brown said he and the other instructors won't be teaching students how to play instruments - they'll be teaching youth who already have some knowledge of their instruments how to be in a band.
"It is really rewarding and exciting and it's also my way of giving back," Brown said.
"(I want) to promote music to young people in a way I never had when I was coming up in music."
Brown said Trooper keyboardist Gogo, who lives in Nanaimo, has also taught music to youth and drummer Clayton Hill teaches private lessons on the mainland.
He said youth going to rock camp may not know Trooper right away, but they learn about the band pretty quickly, usually from their parents.
"Some of the bands (from previous camps) have turned out to be really good bands," he said.
"I'm ready to rock and looking forward to it.
"I can't wait to see what comes out of it this year."
Manda Chelmak, the program director at Headliners, said students will be divided into two groups, junior and senior, then grouped into bands.
The bands will learn cover songs of their choice and rehearse once a week to perform a live show at the end of the session.
"We've been doing rock school for years but never have I had such high-profile teachers," said Chelmak.
"They're experienced, they totally know the culture, they know the real grit, they know how it really works out there in the world."
Chelmak emphasized the best part of the camp is watching the students - who often come in feeling insecure - get more confident as they learn everything from stage presence, to attitude, to how to have positive relationships with bandmates. The two-and-a-half month camp costs $380 and space is limited, so she encourages anyone interested to register as soon as possible.
"I have to charge tuition to keep this thing going but I don't want anyone left behind," she said.
Chelmak can be contacted at 250-585-1811 or through www.Headliners.ca.
There will be another School of Rock camp in Duncan starting Sept. 30.
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