Summer Build-a-Band Camp 2022

Summer Build-a-Band Camp is the coolest way to become a better musician!

Studying the art of music can often feel like an isolating, solitary affair, with hours spent alone practicing the necessary scales and chords to one day become a “real” musician.

That approach to education neglects one thing that has always spurred musicianship throughout the ages: collaboration. Having aspiring musicians study together can actually be an incredible motivator, according to Randall Sena, music instructor and owner of Certain Sparks Music in Lompoc.

Certain Sparks Music’s Build-A-Band summer program is open to kids ages 7 to 17 at all skill levels to learn in small groups and then come together to perform in one big band.

“In that group environment, it’s hard to fail,” Sena said. “You can watch your neighbor develop a skill and you can kind of sit back while they’re getting it and slowly develop the skill if it doesn’t come naturally for you.”

Sena’s business serves students of various instruments with a team of dedicated teachers. During spring break this year, he brought a bunch of students involved with a Chumash youth program together with a few of his teachers with the goal of having the entire group come together for a performance. They called it “Build-A-Band.”

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Music is to the mind as air is to the body. ~ Plato