A coed Friends school, pre-K to 12, on 47 acres in East Falls, Philadelphia


Drumming Camp

Find your rhythm in Drumming Camp!

June 17-21 (4 days)
8:30 am-2:30 pm
All children ages 10-14

Please note:  Penn Charter Summer Camps are closed on June 19, Juneteenth.

Drop-off begins at 8:15 am in the Middle School circle (Coulter Street entrance), and pickup is no later than 2:45 pm, also in the Middle School circle.

Transportation is limited; details below.

Tuition: $450
Deposit required: $450

Space is limited to 12.

Program Highlights
Campers will work collaboratively to explore the most elemental of all musical skills: rhythm! They will learn how to play hand drums, body percussion, develop their drumstick techniques, explore a wide variety of pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments, hone their improvisation abilities, master their internalization of rhythm/timing, learn about the drumming greats of past and present, and work as a group to achieve higher levels of groove! By the end of the week, campers will have developed a strong foundation of rhythmic skill sets to broaden their musical horizons.

Camp Staff: Bradford Schoener

Brad Schoener, director of middle school bands at Penn Charter, will direct this camp. With over a decade and a half of teaching young musicians, Brad has been recognized for performing with and coaching internationally award winning ensembles. In addition to directing all middle school instrumental groups, Brad also teaches the PC percussion ensemble. Brad got his start playing piano and percussion during his primary education and throughout college. As a senior in high school, Brad auditioned for and was selected to represent the state of Pennsylvania as a drumline member of the 2009 All-American Marching Band. Brad toured the country with three different world class drum and bugle corps as a part of Drum Corps International. Upon working with the best educators in the field, traveling tens of thousands of miles, and playing dozens of performances each summer over the span of six years, Brad continued his passion for percussion by teaching. United Percussion World Class Indoor Drumline, as well as the Jersey Surf World Class Drum and Bugle Corps are both groups that benefited from Brad’s mindful and conceptually focused approach to drumming.

Cancellation Policy

2024 Enrollment Information for One-Week Specialty Camps

Enrollment is limited, so please register early. Full payment is due at time of registration in order to hold a spot for your child and is nonrefundable. We accept credit card, money order or check payable to William Penn Charter School. If registering after June 1, full payment is due in the form of a credit card or money order. 

Please note: We are not able to offer a lunch option or extended-day. Campers must bring their own lunch, including a beverage. Transportation can be provided for a limited number of campers ages five and older from Center City and Fairmount; see details.

All campers must have a physical examination prior to camp. Print and complete this physical exam form for each camper and returned to the summer camp office before the first day of camp.

By registering, campers and their families agree that should they develop any symptoms in the days leading up to camp or during camp, they will immediately and voluntarily withdraw from participation in the camp until they have confirmed negative test results and are cleared by a physician. 

Specialty Camps Welcome Letter

Contact Information
If you read the Specialty Camps Welcome Letter above and still have questions, contact:
Ari Baker, Director of Specialty Camps
215-844-3460 ext. 279
Summer Camps Office
215-844-3460 ext. 364