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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Rock Camp Spotlight on Counselor Kip Winger

Dear Rock Stars,

Thank you for staying in touch with Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp via our newsletter.  We have many new subscribers and many faithful music loving followers.  Over the next few months you will start hearing more and more about our upcoming TV series produced by the king of reality TV, Mark Burnett.  Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp will premier on VH1 Classic October 16th, so mark your calendars and spread the word!
Happy Birthday to a favorite counselor at RRFC, Simon Kirke!  Simon has been touring with Bad Company and reconnecting with past campers along the way.  I received a picture this week from a past camper who caught a recent Bad Company show and got to visit the band backstage. I get countless emails and photos from past campers who get to reconnect with some of the Rock Stars they met and jammed with at RRFC!
At RRFC, we are busy planning the fall weekend dates.  The four dates we have scheduled in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas, and Chicago are the perfect way to get a taste of a true rock and roll experience.  We are over 50% out in certain markets and are almost 100% sold out in certain instrument spots.  So go to to register before it’s too late!  Take advantage of our group discounts by signing up with a friend or two.  If you’re already signed up for one of the four camps, start listening to the music of our counselors and getting familiar with it!  There are so many opportunities to jam with all of our Rockstars.
For more information on our weekend programs, please click on one of the following links: Philadelphia (The Trocadero): October 22-24, San Francisco (The Fillmore): November 5-7, Dallas (House of Blues): November 12-14, Chicago (House of Blues): November 19-21.
 Rock On! 
- David Fishof

Spotlight on: Kip Winger 

Kip Winger, the multi-platinum recording artist, may be known best for his success with Winger and his early days as a bass player with Alice Cooper.  However the range and scope of his musical journey can be more fully experienced in his solo albums, This Conversation seems like a Dream, Songs from the Ocean Floor, From the Moon to the Sun and his most recent composition Ghosts, for string orchestra. piano and harp.
In 1995,after his hugely successful run with Winger, Kip built a studio in the hills of Santa Fe, New Mexico and started writing and producing music without limits.  It is in Kip’s solo work that he has been able to exercise the breadth of his talents as a composer. . London’s Classic Rock Magazine called him “one of the most gifted composers and arrangers in the rock genre” and praised his “compulsion to experiment.”
Over the years Kip has continued to pursue his interest in composition. He patterned his course of study after the intensive one-on-one relationships favored by many composers he sought out, such masters as Edgar Grana, who holds a Masters from Juilliard, and currently teaches composition at the School of Visual Arts in New York City; University of New Mexico Professor of Theory and Composition, Richard Hermann; and Professor Michael Kurek from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. Professor Kurek has praised him for his “great ear and innate musical sensitivity” resulting in “beautifully crafted phrases and nuance.”
Aside from his powerful solo acoustic shows and touring with Winger, Kip was the lead singer for the Alan parsons live project. He has performed or recorded with the likes of Alice Cooper, Mark Farner, Roger Daltrey, and Neal Schon, and Bob Dylan.
The fifth studio album by Winger was released in 2009 and The Tucson Symphony Orchestra became the first orchestra to perform a C.F. Kip Winger composition with the world premiere of Ghosts on the Master Works Chamber Orchestra Series in the 2009/10 season. The symphony performance was  followed closely by the San Francisco Ballet’s debut ofGhosts in February, 2010.
Kip is currently touring with Winger and doing solo gigs around the world as well as composing a new Ballet for Christopher Wheeldon.   You can catch Kip in the television premier of Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, October 16, 2010 on VH1 Classic.