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Review for The Collective Sound, Costa Mesa, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

We hit the jackpot for summer music camps when we found "The Collective Sound” online. After being reassured by another parent about what a great camp TCS was, we packed our bags and dropped our son off in Orange County. If you are looking for glitz and glamor, this may not be the camp for your young musician, but if you are looking for a taste of real life as a musician, then TCS has a lot to offer. Students from around the world gather to collaborate under the guidance of a counselor (most of which are TCS alumni themselves) while they work together as a team to write, rehearse, record, promote and perform their own material. The camp is grassroots and offers a true life experience into the music industry as the campers attend concerts and talks by other musicians and professionals in the area. The students work hard and they showcase their original work the last week of camp when they go on “TOUR” and perform at different small venues in Southern California. The newer musicians learn from the more seasoned ones and living in close quarters for 3 weeks, the staff and students inspire and thrive off of one and other. Zac Smith, the founder of TCS has created a masterpiece and many campers have gone on to do great things which we enjoy learning about through social media. The Collective Sound has had a big impact on my son’s life by providing a safe environment for artists with the permission to create and develop his passions. One summer is just not enough. My son is preparing for his 4th summer with TCS because once you join the family, you want to go back again and again! This experience certainly has influenced his musical journey and it is always fun to see what new twists and turns he takes each year after participating in another band. The Collective Sound Rocks! Check it out. You will be glad you did!

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