From performing with Peabo Bryson in Japan and Trinidad, to banging out melodies for Bobby Brown and Jennifer Holiday, Jorel “JFly” Flynn has carved out a pretty impressive musical career for a small-town boy who started playing the drums at church in Waycross, Georgia.
Flynn said at an early age, he had dreams of making it big and touring the world through the power of music. Flynn says now he has focused all his attention into his foundation and summer camp, “How big Is Your Dream?!” to help students realize their dream and show them that they can make that dream a reality with hard work and persistence.
“This will be a very, very intensive and strategic camp. The camp places professional musicians with inspiring musicians, side by side to work together to further the dreams of these children,” said Flynn, who is heading the camp for its third year. “We really don’t have an age requirement. The student must simply show some musical insight and be ready and willing to learn. We’ve had kids as young as 6, you never know who could be the next prodigy.”
The two-week “How Big is Your Dream?!” summer camp will be held at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center and Community Center in Decatur from June 16 – 28. Campers will learn from industry professionals: basic training for all instruments, vocal training and specialization, lyric and rhyme writing, rhythm section techniques, as well as dance and show choreography.
Among five other musical heavyweights, Flynn has also garnered the help of Dr. Frank Clark, Georgia Tech’s Professor and Chair of the School of Music to teach music theology, and Radio One’s “Magic Man,” who will teach a “Radio 101,” a special workshop to show students what it takes to get radio play.
“We are all about making the kids’ dreams come true, no matter how big the dream is,” said Flynn, who serves as a Governor on the Board for the Recording Academy of Atlanta for the Grammy’s. Flynn also served as the musical director for the 2011-2012 Heisman Induction Ceremony. “There are a lot of music camps out there, but we actually want to see you work in the industry and we have the tools to provide you with the steps to do just that.”
The camp will conclude June 28 with a finale concert to showcase what the students have learned.
Camp hours are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Monday – Friday, but after hour arrangements are available. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to students. Seating is limited. The Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center is located at 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur.