STEVENSVILLE — For Paul Reed Smith, managing general partner for PRS Guitars, music is a cathartic and profound element of life and a week-long series of masterclasses taught by noted musicians will teach its components.
The music camp will take place at the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts in Annapolis from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, through Friday, Aug. 23. Instructors include Gary Grainger, Greg Grainger, Dennis Chambers and Smith with special guest teachers and artists.
“A guitar is a translator from the brain to (a musician’s) sound,” said Smith. “I’m hoping that my guitars are regarded as something that personal. As far as being a part of the fabric of the Eastern Shore, it’s not something you ask for, but it’s something with which to be appreciative.”
To date, education outreach efforts by PRS Guitars have continued amid numerous programs by the manufacturer.
The curriculum includes focuses on rhythm, harmony and melody with classes open to music enthusiasts of all skill levels age 11 through adult. A performance showcase featuring some of the students who have shown skills, growth and dedication will close out the week.
Gary Grainger has performed and done countless recordings, tours and TV appearances with such notable artists as John Scofield, Dennis Chambers, Nancy Wilson, Roger Daltrey, Rod Stewart, Nick Lowe, Nelson Rangel, George Duke, Acoustic Alchemy and Eric Marienthal.
Greg Grainger joined Whitney Houston for her 1988 world tour. He also is the drummer for international jazz artists such as Acoustic Alchemy, Kim Waters, and serves as musical director for Maysa, the voice of Incognito’s Deep Waters and A Shade of Blue.
Dennis Chambers’ career as a drummer has included recording and performing with John Scofield, George Duke, Brecker Brothers, Santana, Parliament/Funkadelic, John McLaughlin, Niacin, Mike Stern, CAB, Greg Howe, and others.
He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2001 and named one of the Greatest Drummers of All Time by Rolling Stone Magazine in 2016. He has been featured on the cover of Modern Drummer Magazine more than any other artist.
“Over 15 years we’ve been talking about doing something like this and the musicians in this state are very talented,” Smith said. “That is musicianship at a very high level and no one wants to go through their life and not pass those skills on. That’s why we wanted to start this school and why this one is a summer camp.”
Smith is an internationally known guitar maker, and guitar player. In addition to performing and recording with his own band, he has played with artists such as Vertical Horizon, Creed and Santana. He was honored by Vintage Guitar Magazine as a Hall of Fame inductee in 2011 and was named Maryland’s Small Business Owner Person of the Year in 2002.
PRS Guitars started in 1985 with the mission to create unique and professional quality guitars and amplifiers. Now the expansive facility, which has an estimated 350 employees, produces a number of different guitar lines.
On average, the Stevensville company produces 1,800 guitars a month with some requiring up to 20 hours of work each.
“This place is like the American dream come true and I have a number of people who joined forces for make this thing happen. But still today, the top thing that has an effect on this company is how well we make our products. A magic guitar will always find a home,” Smith said.
More information on the event is available at www.prsguitars.com under the events page.