Henry Piovesan is offering a music camp for adults  to band together at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus this summer.

Henry Piovesan is offering a music camp for adults to band together at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus this summer.

Piovesan ready to jam at music camp

Vernon musician Henry Piovesan welcomes adults to bring their instruments and learn how to jam

A Vernon musician is offering jam camp for adults this summer.

Henry Piovesan is giving stage-shy adults a chance to reconnect with their musical talents with a music jam camp at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus.

Two sessions of the camp will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 8 to 12 and July 15 to 19.

“I’ve talked to so many people who tell me they’ve got a guitar, or an old saxophone, or maybe even a banjo their spouse gave them, and sometimes they bring it out and play it in their backyard, but they don’t have anyone to share that with,” said Piovesan.

“There’s too many of these guys and gals out there.”

Provided through the college’s continuing studies program, the camp is expressly designed to bring together adults in their 30s and 40s and let the music happen.

“I’ve had adults come to the jam classes, meet one another and team up with others to jam outside of class,” said Piovesan.

A pianist/keyboardist and owner of Vernon’s Piano Jam studios, Piovesan is a well-known sessionist who has played with the likes of Patrick Simmons from the Doobie Brothers and studied music under Quincy Jones and Chuck Mangione.

He started playing piano in high school, and later received his bachelor of music degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

From there he went on to form the band Formation, and then later Whitewater, sharing festival stages with Canadian luminaries such as Burton Cummings and The Tragically Hip.

Piovesan said finding musical mates gets harder as people get older.

“When they’re teenagers in high school, they find each other through band class. Then in their 20s, they’re playing in the clubs. There is a group of older players who go to jams like the ones at the Blue Gator in Kelowna, but there is a huge population of people that quit as they get older, and the guitar goes under the bed.”

The course is open to adults age 15 and up with a treasured instrument and a willingness to shake off the cobwebs for a challenging musical experience with a minimum of formal theory or practice.

“Your existing abilities are all you need to jam,” he said.

“Come with your instrument, a positive outlook, a playful spirit and an open ear.”

To register for the course, visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/csreg, or call 250-545-7291 ext. 2850.

For more information, visit Piovesan’s website at www.pianojam.com.