Where in the Hill Country can one go to get instruction from world-class professional musicians? BAM!
BAM!, or Bulverde Academy of Music, was founded by Grammy award-winning Bobby Flores, who has taken his love of music and created a place where serious musicians can come to learn and grow, getting instruction from accomplished artists such as himself in a setting that is relaxing enough that even those just starting out on an instrument feel comfortable learning.
Located in Bulverde, just north of San Antonio on Hwy 281, BAM! has had students go on to receive full scholarships to prestigious music schools, record albums, and perform in venues big and small.
Catie Offerman is one such student; she received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music and has just released her third radio single, “Kissin’ in the Dark.” Add Mitch Moser to the list, too. He was a guitar student at BAM!, did extremely well, and formed his own band. In addition to guitar lessons, he took the Academy’s Audio Course and now engineers for his church.
The academy offers instruction that focuses not only on learning to play instruments, but also live performances, theory, and all aspects of the music industry.
Flores says, "Our program is designed mainly for the serious music student that wants to not only escalate their talents on their voice and/or instrument, but also wants to get a great quality musical education via our top-rated music theory classes. That's a knowledge that will benefit them throughout their lives.”
BAM! has an Audio-Engineering class that is incredible and is Pro-Tools oriented. They offer harmony and composition training that has greatly benefited many young song writers and performers who are now out there performing in our community and abroad.
In addition, their Lab Bands and Ensembles are the ultimate learning grounds for those that want group involvement and experience. These include a Blues Ensemble, World Music group, Bluegrass Group, Classical Ensembles, Contemporary Country, and Rock Bands. And, they're just a lot of fun!
“So by covering these three facets of training, private lessons, groups/ensembles and music theory classes, BAM has the most unique and effective program to be found," says Flores.
For more information on the Bulverde Academy of Music, visit them at 28152 Hwy. 281 N, Suite G, Bulverde, or call them at 830-438-3565. Visit them online at bam8.com.