There's still time! Starts Monday! 1st Annual Music Master Classes for Aspiring Musicians with Paul Reed Smith, Dennis Chambers & The Grainger Brothers | Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

There's still time! Starts Monday! 1st Annual Music Master Classes for Aspiring Musicians with Paul Reed Smith, Dennis Chambers & The Grainger Brothers

Presented by Maryland Hall & Paul Reed Smith


Summer Music Camp & Music School with the Pros

August 19-24, 2019

Session Directors: Gary Grainger, Greg Grainger and Paul Reed Smith
Sponsored by Rams Head Presents

With Special Guest Teachers and Artists Including Dennis Chambers

When: Monday – Friday 8/19-8/23 | 9:30am-4:00pm (Master Classes) & Saturday 8/24 | 2:00-6:00pm (Showcase). 

This Summer, legendary rhythm section the Grainger Brothers, guitar maker Paul Reed Smith and acclaimed drummer Dennis Chambers will lead a week of Music Master Classes at Maryland Hall.

These classes are open for anyone ages 12 and up. Students may bring their instruments though they are not required. All attendees will be given real ways to view music, experience music and improve their abilities to play music in weeklong classroom and Master Class environment. A special class taught by Smith will cover home recording sessions (just added!). The teaching staff includes some of the best professional musicians Maryland has to offer including Paul Reed Smith, world famous guitar maker and musician, and the Grainger Brothers, world famous rhythm section, amongst others.

Attendees will be provided lessons in time/rhythm so they understand the fundamentals of rhythm and have a grasp on what it means to not speed up or slow down, play in time with other musicians and the language of rhythm works. Also, music theory will be taught in an easy to understand format. Please note that this enrollment is not limited to Maryland residents and students. It is open to anyone who wishes to attend without audition as long as they meet the age requirement.

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The Paul Reed Smith Band, of which Smith and The Grainger Brothers are members, introduced their Master Class model at Maryland Hall last December. Young guitarist Nathan Wickham (pictured above with Smith) of the band Annapolis Revival said of the experience, "Paul Reed Smith’s emphasis on rhythm made a lot of sense with the lessons he gave. Thank you!"    

Master Class was excellent. Can’t wait until the band has another one!”

Loved the class and the interaction with the band!” 

The master classes were terrific. Can’t wait until the band does it again!"      

Open to all skill levels and instruments, the Master Classes will delve into three main tracks: Rhythm, Harmony and Melody. Students will learn from professional musicians, grow their knowledge of music, gain hands-on experience and expand their skillsets.

The week culminates with a Performance Showcase featuring some of the students who’ve shown skills, growth and dedication.

Tuition is non-refundable and includes all six days. Lunch is available for purchase in the Cafe at Maryland Hall.

For more information, please contact Greg Grainger at




About the Directors & Teachers:

Paul Reed Smith - Guitar  
Paul is an internationally known guitar maker, and guitar player.  In addition to performing and recording with his own band, Paul has played with artists such as Vertical Horizon, Creed and Santana. He was honored by Vintage Guitar Magazine as a Hall of Fame inductee 2011 and was named Maryland’s Small Business Owner Person of the Year in 2002.

Gary Grainger – Bass/Vocals
Gary's seamless approach to virtually any style of music makes him one of the most sought after bass players in the world.  He 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 - Drums/Vocals
A skilled architect of rhythm, Greg Grainger is surprisingly fresh in his artistry and musical perspective. Upon hearing him, it is easy to see why Whitney Houston signed him for her 1988 world tour, why Britain’s Rhythm Magazine called his work “solid and tasteful” dubbing him a “rhythm master” and why he is the drummer for international jazz artists such as Acoustic Alchemy and Kim Waters; along with being drummer and Musical Director for Maysa (the voice of Incognito’s Deep Waters and A Shade of Blue).

Dennis Chambers - Drums
Dennis Chambers is an American drummer who has recorded and performed with John Scofield, George Duke, Brecker Brothers, Santana, Parliament/Funkadelic, John McLaughlin, Niacin, Mike Stern, CAB, Greg Howe, and many 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. Chambers has become well known among drummers for his technique and speed, particularly regarded for his ability to play "in the pocket." He has helped many young drummers, the most prominent being Tony Royster, Jr. Chambers began drumming at the age of four years, and was gigging in Baltimore-area nightclubs by the age of six. 

Mia Samona Davis - Vocals 
Mia has a beautiful multifaceted voice that got its start in church gospel at a very young age.  After two recording sessions, she was hired by the Paul Reed Smith Band. - “A Must Hear”!