The Music Stand offers guitar lessons to students of all ages and levels. Our lessons are provided by The Music Stand’s highly qualified bass instructor. Located in Laguna Niguel, The Music Stand is the most popular music school in South Orange County.
My name is Micah and Ive been playing guitar since I was 9 when I decided to take lessons at the local music shop. I was inspired to pick up the guitar because of my exposure to classic rock records played by my parents. From there I grew fascinated with rock n’ roll and the guitar in general and it quickly became my passion!
As a high schooler in Laguna Beach in the late 90s I joined my first band, an alternative rock outfit named The Hiders, and quickly began playing all over Orange County and Los Angeles. I had recorded two albums and played over 100 live shows before even graduating high school. Playing at the massive Doheny Days Festival attended by thousands of people was the highlight playing in this band!
After graduating high school I left the band to move to Hollywood to attend the world famous Musicians Institute (GIT Program). During this time I studied all facets of music including music theory, ear training, live performance, song writing, and improvisation. I spent my days in class, and my nights jamming with all the like minded musicians I was surrounded by.
I completed my schooling in 2002 and in August of that year got an offer to be an instructor at The Music Stand, a private lessons studio in Laguna Niguel, Ca. I moved from Hollywood back to Orange County and have been teaching here ever since. Over the years I’ve taught hundreds of students of all ages and skill levels. To date I’ve taught over 15,000 guitar lessons!
I am currently the guitarist for 80’s comedy tribute band FlashPants, the most booked band out of California. We play hundreds of shows of every year all across the US. We have appeared on ABC’s The Gong Show, Fox Good Day LA, KTLA news, and won “Best Live Band” in the OC Weekly Readers poll 3 times. We have played for KROQ/Jack FM, Fox, Aflac, Volcom, Dr. Sandra Lee aka Dr. Pimple Popper, and many more major company events. My live playing experience exceeds 1000 shows.
My original music has been in films from New Line Cinema, Kia car commercials, and countless television shows ranging from MTV to NBC.
Benjamin Camp began playing piano at age 7 and the guitar at age 15. He studied Jazz Piano with Ray Santisi (performed with Charlie Parker) and studied Jazz Improvisation with Gary Burton (a long time performer with Chick Corea). He graduated with honors from Berklee College of Music, Boston, Mass. in December, 1985.
Ben has over 20 years of experience teaching keyboard, piano, and guitar. He teaches all styles and levels, from beginning to advanced, including reading and playing “by ear.” Ben gives keyboard lessons and guitar lessons in the afternoon and evenings, Monday – Friday.
He has played in well over 100 studio sessions and performed with or opened for various artists, including:
- Roger Hodgson (SuperTramp, Ringo Starr)
- John Schreiner (Stewart Copeland, Stanley Clarke)
- Steve Morse (Steve Morse Band, Deep Purple, Dixie Dreggs)
- Rob Mathes (Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Vanessa Williams)
- Matt Bissonette (Joe Satriani, David Lee Roth, ELO)
- Vince Denim (Michael McDonald, Elvis Presley)
- Vernon Porter (Kenny Loggins, Neil Larson)
- Bob Wilson (Seawind, Tommy Walker)
- Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield)
- Mike Hamilton (Kenny Loggins)
- Marc Seal (The Marc Seal Band)
- Todd Robinson (Luis Miguel)
- Timothy Drury (The Eagles)
- John Elephante (Kansas)
- Phil Kristianson (Amy Grant)
- John Goodsall (Brand X)
- Tony Pia (Edgar Winter)
- Chris Falson, Roby Duke, The Kry
He has performed at venues including:
- Verizon Amphitheatre
- Anaheim Convention Center
- Long Beach Stadium
- The Coach House
- Many churches in the surrounding areas
Currently Ben is the Broadcast Engineer for HomeWord with Jim Burns and for “Faith That Works” with Scott Daniels, Dean of Theology @ APU.