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Red Wing Academy is hosted by Eric Brubaker of The Steel Wheels as a four-day intensive camp held June 19-22 at Eastern Mennonite University, leading up to a performance on stage June 24 with the band at Red Wing Roots Music Festival.

Red Wing Academy is open to non-beginner violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin and banjo students ages 5 – 19. Students will receive individual and group instruction from highly trained music teachers and will also be coached by members of The Steel Wheels throughout the week. Daily curriculum will include group classes, mini lessons, improv and jam sessions, technique and tone development, stage performance, electives, recreation, panel discussions, showcases, and more. Each day will close with a camp wide rehearsal to practice for Red Wing performance.

Throughout the 4-day workshop, students will learn several tunes to perform collectively. On Friday, June 24 the Academy experience will culminate at Red Wing Roots Music Festival with a live, on-stage performance with The Steel Wheels.

Scholarship opportunities are available for qualifying students. Admission to the festival and a T-shirt are included for participants (family/friends of campers must purchase their own pass to the festival).

Red Wing Academy Volunteer and Sponsorship opportunities are available in exchange for passes to Red Wing Roots Music Festival and other perks. You may also order additional T-shirts and RWA merch for family and friends! Please also consider donating to Red Wing Academy’s scholarship fund. Stay updated at www.redwingroots.com/academy and on facebook!

Daily schedule is as follows:
Sunday, June 19, 1:00 – 5:00
Monday, June 20, 9:00 – 3:00
Tuesday, June 21, 9:00 – 3:00
Wednesday, June 22, 9:00 – 3:00
Friday, June 24 – performances with The Steel Wheels at Red Wing Roots Music Festival
Detailed class schedules will be emailed out to campers this spring.

We will continue to monitor the public health situation and follow CDC/state guidelines and considerations for gathering as we return to our Red Wing Academy curriculum.

Email [email protected] or call 540-588-0332 for more information or to inquire about overnight accommodations on campus if you are traveling from out of town.




VISION

We see the old lines between instruction and play dissolving, bringing the spirit of traditional American music into the classroom, and fusing the culture of festivals with expert training in string instruments and live performance.

MISSION

The Academy’s mission is to nurture both the wings and the roots of the newest generation of old time musicians. We provide emerging, student musicians with the skills, talents, and community to go beyond classical training into the culture of improvisational performance and group play, the hallmark of a genre that has always celebrated spontaneity and place as part of its sound and tradition. 

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