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The Winery Dogs to host 'Dog Camp'

According to a March 6 report from BlabberMouth.net, The Winery Dogs have announced the first-ever "Dog Camp," an interactive program for aspiring musicians.

The camp is set for the week of July 21 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York, and musicians of all ages and experience levels are welcome.

The Winery Dogs, including members Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Richie Kotzen, are excited for the experience.

"We've all done clinics over the years, but it's always been something that's primarily centered around one instrument that each of us has typically done on an individual basis," says drummer Portnoy. "Dog Camp is the first time that any of us have hosted or participated in a true 'Band Camp.' As a result of that, we've got some incredible surprises in store for everybody attending."

"We'll be living together, hanging together, and jamming together," Portnoy continues. "We want you to ask as many questions as possible, and we're going to engage you on a one-on-one basis to help you realize your goals as a player."

"Dog Camp" offers a variety of pricing options, so music fans will have plenty of great choices.

"I want to emphasize that players should keep an eye on what we're doing and why during the performances," said bassist Billy Sheehan. "In between songs or mid-song, I want to stop to make a point about what's going on and why. The expertise of being able to play ensemble is a bit of a lost art with kids today. They don't do what we did when we were growing up. Right away, we just got in a band whether we could play or not. Now, kids want to get up to a level of expertise and then join a band."

"[During the seminars] I like to have back-and-forth communication," Sheehan continues. "I want to speak with people and hear their opinions, disagreements, and challenges. I believe anyone who attends will see a jumpstart in their quest to achieve their dreams."

Tickets for the camp can be found at www.winerydogcamp.com.