Miss Mike loves - to everyone's dismay - talking about Camp Blue Lake, but there is a different music camp I just got back to that has to be loads more fun, although it has a rather long name. The Music For All Summer Symposium or just Summer Symposium. Is a week long music camp where you can take a track over whatever type of music you like - be it concert band, marching band, jazz band, orchestra, etc. I did the marching band track and it was by far the best track offered.
Here's how the week went. After waking up at 4am to leave for Indiana (where the camp is) you can imagine I would be pretty tired, but I got to sleep a little in the car and when we got there around 11:30 I was decently rested. Each camp day went about the same - there was breakfast, drill practice, lunch, sectionals, dinner, leadership, concert.
The morning drill practice was where we practiced FUNdamentals that aren't very fun and learned our dots for the show. It did surprise me how much faster we learned dots at the Summer Symposium than at my own high school. The dots and music we were learning we for a drum corps called Carolina Crown. We were learning a part of their show and at the end of the week we would get to march it with them! In the afternoon sectionals we worked on all our music and tone and other stuff like that so we can become better musicians.
At leadership we learned how to be leaders in our own band programs through games and videos and lessons. All week they emphasized the idea of "the more you give, the more you get" challenging you to put more into the things that you do and you will get more out of them in the long run.
The nightly concerts were something I really looked forward to everyday. Each night they had a concert by a different band. They had all sorts of bands performing, but my favorite was a group called Time for Three. It is a group made up of two violinists and a concert bass. They have a great music video that embedded below for your viewing pleasure.
Friday night's concert was by far the best. Instead of sitting in a concert hall like the other nights, we went over to the stadium and watch the DCI show. It was my first drum corps show and I loved it. We got to play the National Anthem before the show and at the end we marched the part of Carolina Crown's show we had learned with Carolina Crown. The experience of marching with Crown was awesome, but it was just as awesome to practice with them. The people in Crown are just like the people in my band at home between sets and running back to the beginning except when they run stuff. They are able to instantly snap between making jokes and having fun to (BOOM!) march and play perfectly. Of course there is a video of our performance. In case you can't tell, Crown is in the cream uniforms and the campers are in the random pants and white shirts.
Altogether the week was awesome and I will definitely be returning to the Summer Symposium next year! I hope I'll see you there!
Question: What's your favorite camp of all time?