Band camp

Little Steven's Blues School

Are you a young music interested person?  Do you sing or play and instrument?  Do you play in a band? Little Steven's Blues School will now participate in developing this initiative, and therefore the name is now changed to Little Steven's Blues School. The camp for youth between 13 and 18 years of age will be the same as before.

Who should attend?
The Band Camp is perfect for Band and Corps musicians who have some basic knowledge on their instrument. It is possible for individual soloists and complete bands to apply to the seminar. The target group for our seminar 1 is young people from 13 to 18 years of age and for seminar 2 for the age group 19 - 26. The 2022 seminar will be in the 33rd edition of this excellent educational opportunity. The number of participants at the seminar is generally limited to approximately 40 young musicians. 

The seminar takes place at the Heddal middle school, situated in a pleasant rural environment approx. 5 km. from the center of Notodden. There are full accommodations at the school. Participants must have their own sleeping bag and we supply the rest. Three meals are served daily at the seminar facilities. The seminar facilities also offers opportunities for various recreational activities.


The Band Camp starts with a meeting and registration between 16.00 and 18.00 on Monday August 1st. and concludes on Saturday August 6th. at 14:00 for Band Camp 1 and from Monday August 1st to Friday 5th for Band Camp 2. 


You can find the registration form here: Registration form


All instructors are skilled, professional musicians with extensive experience, both on the road and in the studio. All have teaching credentials and are experienced with the Band Camp.  
Although we are focused on interaction, you also have the opportunity to induvial lessons if desired. Other areas of study include songwriting, the music business in general and music education. 

Vocalists will receive guidance in voice and chorus techniques. Horn players receive education in arranging, interaction and improvisation. The seminar includes work on stage presence and live performance advice. 

Participants are divided into bands which play together all week. It is also possible to apply as a full band and develop talents together. 
Each band practices at least two songs during the course of the Band Camp. Beyond that you have the freedom to choose a repertoire within the musical genres which are Blues-related, e.g. Blues, Soul, Funk, Rock, Pop, etc.  The rehearsed songs are the basis for a concert that concludes the Band Camp on Saturday as part of the Notodden Blues Festival program!
Audio Recording
Audio recording has gone through an enormous change in recent years.  Today everyone can own a home recording studio. We will give an overview of the opportunities that exist and provide practical introductions as to how you can make your own good sounding recordings in your very own home. The final concert on Saturday will be recorded.

Concert Experience (Live Performance)

A positive concert experience is important for a musician’s inspiration. Each year one of the artists performing at the Notodden Blues Festival will visit play live at Band Camp. Here you get a chance for a close encounter with an established entertainer as well as a look into the touring sector of the Blues world. 
Additionally there is the opportunity to visit the festival to experience a festival environment and one of its major concerts. In recent years, participants have attended concerts by artists such as Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, ZZ Top, Van Morrison, Hugh Laurie & The Copper Bottom Band and The Amund Maarud Band at one of the festival’s main stages.
It is not unusual for a former Band Camp participant to visit the Band Camp and to lead a workshop; these are always a great inspiration for the students.

Festival Performance

At the conclusion of the Band Camp there will be a live concert on stage at the Book & Blues House as a part of the festival’s official program on Saturday for Band Camp 1 and Friday for Band Camp 2. It's a great way to end to an eventful week. 

The price for the Band Camp 1 is NOK 3.500, - and for Band Camp 2 is NOK 4.500,- per participant which includes: the course itself, accommodation and the seminar has its own chef for the catering which consisting of three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) per day (except Monday and Saturday). Seminar attendees need to bring their own instruments, amps and effects. International participants can request information for help for their equipment needs.

Your application should be submitted via this website. Click on the above link for an application form to enroll!
It is possible to apply together as a band and in that case you must submit an audio recording of the current band.

Youth Seminar Application 
NBF's Band Camp 1 is for young people who are between 13 and 19 years old and Band Camp 2 is for 19-26 years.

You can send a link to clip on YouTube if you like. Also it can be as simple as a recording from your mobile telephone, just so we can hear you perform. Do you have questions about the seminar, please send an email to Audun (Band Camp 1) at or Bård Gunnar (Band Camp 2) at