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Camp Instructors & Staff

All of our instructors at Takoma Groove Camp are passionate about music. They gig, teach, write, record, dance, engineer live shows and repair instruments, among other artistic endeavors. Most of all, they have a love for imparting their knowledge and positive spirit on the campers to be creative, original, unique and overall better musicians.


All of our regular, full-time counselors and instructors are CPR/1st Aid Certified by the American Heart Association.

Current Instructors...

Past instructors at camp have included...

  • Rob Nicholson
  • Sarah Fridrich
  • Robert Lighthouse
  • Paul Foreman
  • Michael Woods

Clinicians that have come to work with campers and hold workshops in various musical fields have included...

  • Victor Wooten (Grammy winning bassist, educator & author)

  • Dave Welsch (bassist, educator, film score composer & producer)
  • Anthony Wellington (world-renowned bassist & instructor)
  • Trevor Higgins (wood crafter, sound engineer & electronics guru)
  • Seth Hurwitz (owner of 930Club & I.M.P. Productions)
  • Eric Fuller (artist, website designer & musician)
  • BJ Cantlupe & David Irving (professional musicians & college graduates as music majors)

Almost every year we have former Groove Campers, who are very dedicated and passionate about music, come back as junior counselors to lend a hand with daily activities and to try their hand at instructing and leading a group. It's always a fantastic experience for both the junior counselor and their bands and a great way for them to see if they like teaching and band leading. Some of these past campers have even gone on become teachers and instructors themselves! Some of our past campers who have returned as junior counselors have included...

  • Sam Dembling
  • Brendan Casey
  • Calvin Bankert
  • Yitzy Holton-Hinshaw
  • Grayson Flood
  • Joe Ciccarello
  • Noah Maruyama

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