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Kids Rock Custer (KRC) is a weeklong summer program for students leaving grades 4 through 7 that works to encourage positive self-esteem through music education and performance. The camp will be split into a boys camp and a girls camp. During the week, students receive instrument instruction (bass, guitar, keyboards, percussion), form a band, write an original song, and perform at a showcase in just one week. We provide a supportive community that encourages collaboration, confidence, leadership skills, problem solving, and creative self-expression through hands-on music education and performance.

Who are the leaders of Kids Rock Custer? Kids Rock Custer is a program supported by the Custer Area Arts Council, a nonprofit 501(c3) organization.

Where and When is Kids Rock Custer? Kids Rock Custer will be held at
Custer High School June 17th-21st with a live showcase at the Custer
Beacon on June 22nd. The boys camp is Monday through Thursday from 9am-12pm. The girls camp is Monday through Thursday from 5pm-8pm

Students may be dropped off no earlier than 15 minutes prior to start
and no later than 15 minutes after end. Friday will include a field trip to Flat Iron Recording Studio in Rapid City.


The showcase will take place at the Custer Beacon on Saturday.


Detailed schedules for Friday and Saturday will be provided. Showcase participation is mandatory.

What is the application process? Fill out and return the application by April 26th with the $50 nonrefundable application fee, and the Express Yourself Piece. Methods for turning in application materials can be found on page 1 of the application.

Are instruments provided? Can they be taken home to practice? All instruments will be provided for the camp and showcase. They cannot be taken home at any time and will only be available during KRC hours.

Whom do I notify if a camper is going to be absent or late? Or if I have questions or concerns? Call Kelly Honors (605-440-0753) or e-mail ( OR Hanna Honors ( or 605-440-0784) as soon as possible.

Are meals or snacks provided? Students should bring snacks each day of the camp. Meals will not be provided. Students will need to bring lunch Friday. Please let us know of any allergies.

What should campers wear? Please wear comfortable clothing. Things that are not labeled and become separated from their owners will be kept in the high school lost and found.

What should campers bring? A pencil, and snacks/water bottle if desired. A notebook with handouts will be provided.

How are the bands formed? We try to make sure that every student gets to learn their first- or second-choice instrument, and we form the bands based on instrumentation. Bands are announced on the first day. Each band of three to four students will have a band manager to guide them through the week. All of our instructors and band managers are high school students or adults.

Do you only teach rock music? NO! Rock is in our name, but we support all the ways our students want to “rock” — whatever that means to them! We teach, listen to, and love all sorts of music from rock to hip-hop, jazz to folk, pop to punk! Students are encouraged to explore and create any kind of music that they feel passionate about!

When will I get a schedule for the week? On the first day of KRC, students will receive a detailed schedule. Generally, there is a brief beginning assembly followed by instrument instruction, songwriting, snacktime, band practice, and a short daily farewell assembly and staff debriefing. The Friday and Saturday schedules will look a little different as Friday includes a field trip to Flat Iron Recording Studio in Rapid City and bands will rehearse for the Saturday showcase. 


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