Our son has been with RBL for several years now, and I can't recommend it highly enough. Brian and Marcus and their crew create a magical space for kids to grow and explore and rock out. And they've created a whole community of RBL families along the way. RBL is the best. - Corynne M.
"RBL is the best."
It is no small feat raising a child in San Francisco. As you watch people in your co-hort flee to areas where parking spaces are larger, class room sizes are smaller and crayons at restaurants are a given, you stand true to your reasons to stay. You shuttle your kiddo around to the amazing and diverse cultural experiences that you find entertaining and satisfying yourself and you give yourself the proverbial pat on the parental back. THEN, through a crazy and unpredictable chain of events, you find for your child: Rock Band Land. And as your child returns for session two, three, four and as you participate in the RBL community events, and you see subtle but dramatic changes not only in your own child, but in other children who participate that you don’t even know, you slowly realize that now, you will never leave SF. You realize that RBL is a source of hope for the future world, straight up fun for your child and excellent music that you listen to in your car even without your child around. At RBL, through their school year or summer camp sessions, your child will be a part of a rock band that creates a story line, which is then set to music and then learns to play the song on their chosen instrument, culminating in a recording session and a full rock performance. With a light show! T-shirts! Wine! Gourmet food! It is by far, the most fun to be had by both kids and parents alike in all of SF. It is magical to watch the blossoming of the resultant musical and story writing skills with this approach to learning. It may manifest in the time your young daughter does a complicated drum beat on the dinner table or writes a story for a school assignment and ends up with a poignant piece about the time she got stitches. And finally, there are the times when there are bumps in the road for your child and you find yourself in need of parental consultation. The of teachers of RBL are a deep source of wisdom in understanding the intricacies or growing up and know how to respond to your child’s needs with grace and ease. In short, words can not explain my deep gratitude for Rock Band Land. It goes so far beyond the concept of a music school, as it alone is an anchor to stay rooted in our City. -Nancy S.
"RBL is a source of hope for the future world"
"You really do something magical in the process of juicing the songs out of the kids, letting them feel ownership and pride in creating it, and fostering such a huge sense of achievement and positive self esteem with the rock concert at the end."
You guys are fun, wonderful people who know how to let kids enjoy themselves and go creative-crazy -- within a structure. (how does THAT work?) And it's hard to believe how many songs you guys continue to generate, not to mention the long ass detailed updates and photos each week. Geez. You really do something magical in the process of juicing the songs out of the kids, letting them feel ownership and pride in creating it, and fostering such a huge sense of achievement and positive self esteem with the rock concert at the end. The whole thing is just genius on your parts. And the songs are catchy! I'm sure it takes so much effort to make [The Big Show] event happen, but you make it look effortless and seamless, and you somehow do it every 6 weeks. (What? How?) It's a really special program you guys have going there at Rock Band Land and Kota is very clearly showing the growth of confidence you foster there. Thanks for looking after him and showing him AND US a great time while you were at it. -Jae F.
"The place runs like a well-oiled machine, and the kids are constantly engaged and entertained."
Hands down the best program in town! My daughter had a blast and made some lifelong memories. We were blown away by what they accomplished in a week! I couldn't recommend this camp more. Brian and Marcus clearly have the musical chops but are also super skilled with the kid stuff too, which is such a gift. They know every child and every parent's name on the first day. The place runs like a well-oiled machine, and the kids are constantly engaged and entertained. Rock on Rock Band Land, we'll be back for more. - Charlotte
"Rock Band Land is awesome!"
Rock Band Land is awesome! My son loved every minute of it. From writing a song with his camp mates, to playing instruments, and playing at the park, he can't wait to go back next year! - Melissa L.
"The [RBL Team] is fun, organized, and make it amazing for the kids (and the parents too)."
Highly recommended! My son LOVED THIS CAMP. The [RBL team] is fun, organized, and make it amazing for the kids (and the parents too). The show on the last day is a real chart topper! - Karen H.
"Kids are encouraged to express themselves openly and creatively and the results are amazing."
Rock Band Land is a place where kids can explore, develop and have crazy fun! Kids are encouraged to express themselves openly and creatively and the results are amazing. Extremely well organized, excellent communication and overall a fantastic organization. - Susan O.
"My kid is in love with the funky fresh high energy of this well oiled machine."
RBL is a special place. My kid is in love with the funky fresh high energy of this well oiled machine. Kids get to be creative and curious and weird with clear safety and social parameters in place. It's perfect. - Sarah M.
"Rock Band Land is an amazing extravaganza of an experience."
Rock Band Land is an amazing extravaganza of an experience. Marcus and Brain are professional, fun, talented, fair, creative, and are VERY good with kids. My son LOVES going to Rock Band Land and we are going to do it again!!!! - Sarah L.
"In a short amount of time [my daughter's] confidence in front of an audience improved and she started to learn the technical aspects of performing and producing a show."
Amazing. If my kid had a choice, every day would be "Rock Band Land Day." In a short amount of time [my daughter's] confidence in front of an audience improved and she started to learn the technical aspects of performing and producing a show. I like that they focused on one and only one song; it was a complicated song, but they learned the importance of sticking with something and working toward the best performance instead of jumping around with a bunch of mediocre songs... -Jessica
So creative and cool. Great energy and enthusiasm from people working there. Great communication as well. - Christi...
"Great energy and enthusiasm from people working there."
"...Extremely grateful for Rock Band Land and the space it provides for [our son] to grow in ways that feel natural and fun..."
...The fact that Jackson was front and center on stage at the last concert instead of behind the keyboard was a leap of confidence that did not go unnoticed. Going from enough stage fright to want to skip the class all together to having the balls to get up and sing is a big deal. I am super proud of Jackson and extremely grateful for Rock Band Land and the space it provides for him to grow in ways that feel natural and fun. I know that you guys realize that Rock Band Land dominates but what [Brian] & Marcus provide for the kids is so freaking terrific AND fantastically devoid of the heavy hand of parenting that it bears repeating.
We love Rock Band... for everything that it is up front and for everything that it has allowed J to become in a quiet (well, sort of) and personal way. -Nicole M.
"...Wowed by your energy, dedication, and creativity."
Thank you all for guiding Finn and his fellow rockers this week. Their performance was great! I'm impressed by the journey you took them on and am wowed by your energy, dedication, and creativity. The stories on your website are now a favorite part of our bedtime sequence, so we can't wait for more to be added. Thank you for sharing your talents... -Noreen S.
"...Thank you for sticking with Ry and just getting to know him and what makes him tic."
First off, you guys are amazingly awesome. I know I continue to send you praises, but I feel that if we sent out more positive vibes into the universe, the world will be a little brighter. Plus, it does feel good to give a great compliment when it is so rightfully deserved!
I just wanted to thank you for sticking with Ry and just getting to know him and what makes him tic. I know it's been such a short time, but when I came across your website online and read what you guys were all about, I had to get my little Ry to experience and savor his time given the opportunity to be part of Rock Band Camp... -Pia C.
"I am firmly convinced that wherever Ozlo's future leads him, a core foundation has been laid by his experiences with RBL & Rainbow Beast."
...I am thankful for your ongoing friendship and grateful that you all are such powerful (de)mentors in his life. I too was lucky and had a mentor as a teen. I am certain I lead a creative life today because of her and I am firmly convinced that wherever Ozlo's future leads him, a core foundation has been laid by his experiences with RBL & Rainbow Beast.
There were so many times today when I looked up at him, belting out the tunes, and thought, "wow, this is *REAL*!!! ... how many kids... hell, adults, get to do this???" The moments today he was on stage with you guys were spectacular. We were also so happy to see him perform the entire time. He had a BLAST! He had been rather nervous beforehand, but you guys helped him feel so comfortable and confident. It was so special for us to watch all of you guys so kindly playing with him ... supporting him .... and riffing to accommodate his little nuanced moments... it was truly heart-warming...
Honestly, guys, we will cherish today for as long as we live. We have love, happiness, joy and endless thank you's from the deepest, and darkest recesses of our hearts. -Stacey and Jason R.
"The whole process has built a joyful confidence in each of [our kids]--they're not afraid to let their whole self shine."
Both my daughter and son have been taking classes year-round at Rock Band Land since it began. [Rock Band Land's] time-tested, playful, collaborative approach to story-writing, song development and musical performance goes far beyond simply being a delicious creative outlet that [our kids] look forward to each week. The whole process has built a joyful confidence in each of [our kids]--they're not afraid to let their whole self shine. Those that know Brian and Marcus and how amazing they are, please vote RBL for best kids camp. -Stacy
"...the highlight was seeing his smile (and his old spirited, engaged self) running out of RBL this Saturday."
Beckett has been going through a tough transition to 1st grade (lots of body regulation/attention challenges) and had a pretty hard week last week in school, but the highlight was seeing his smile (and his old spirited, engaged self) running out of RBL this Saturday. -Wayee C.
"...she is building confidence and was so proud of herself!"
...Thank you so much for the amazing effort put in to make the "big show" epic and for helping calm Mia's nerves, I am so proud and happy that she followed through and did it and she is building confidence and was so proud of herself! -Jennifer D.
"...enthusiasm, encouragement, creativity, patience and downright hard work..."
And a great big thanks to YOU guys--your enthusiasm, encouragement, creativity, patience and downright hard work does not go unappreciated in our house--in all aspects of the word, you guys really do rock. -Serena W.
"My son nailed the 'power stance' for a singer..."
My son loved it. There's something empowering in the way Rock Band Land introduces various musical instruments and tools in a studio setting. My son nailed the 'power stance' for a singer, and recalls having the most fun with the drums. We've already re-upped for the next session. The only bit of headache is parking nearby, but that's little price to pay for the fun he has. -Mary C.