As a thank you for the community support that made the camp possible, campers will perform a community concert at
"In February, we wrote a grant through the
"We believe in The Whole Child, which has five tenants that a child can't learn until they are healthy, safe, engaged, challenged and supported," continued Reeves. "During the summer, the learning goes out the window, and we want to be able to build upon their knowledge ... and give the kids a safe place to be for a week during the summer that they may not have."
While students worked in sectionals much like at school, they also were given an opportunity to learn new activities from the 24 senior high school band students who volunteered to help encourage the young musicians.
"I would have loved to have this when I was their age," Sam grinned, "and I'm grateful to be here and be able to help them succeed. ... With these younger kids, you get to make an impact on someone's life."
As the band practiced all together for the first time Monday morning, a series of low groans rumbled from the more nervous players, and
Hume told the students that though mistakes are OK, playing with fear is not. Encouraging the students to play loudly, proudly and loudly again, he started again.
"The teachers are all really awesome," smiled
As the drummers drummed and pipers piped, the noise began resembling a song.
"This is not the 'Let It Go' you know," said Hume, laughing.
"This isn't the movie with the square snowman, that makes no sense but he's there anyway," he added to a wave of giggles around the room. "So please, read your music."
The band started again and an ever more recognizable tune and visions of square snowmen spread smiles around the room.
"We want to keep it poppy for the concert," explained Reeves, watching. "They're playing music from 'Frozen,' music by Journey. We wanted to keep it light and keep it fun."
"Band is amazing," said
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