Kids Of All Ages Perform At Old Town Elementary For Music Camp
Nearly 130 young musicians played to a packed house in Old Town Friday.The Old Town Summer Band Camp serenaded family and friends at their finale concert in the elementary school gym.”I like that it expresses who the person is. Whatever kind of music you play, expresses the person you are,” said 14-year-old Lauren Gasaway.It’s the 17th year for the camp, which combines music and recreation.Many students start in fourth grade and come back through high school.Directors say it can be expensive, but no student is turned away.”If they can’t pay, we find away to make it happen. We have a lot of parents who pay for their own child and another one, and, you know, never say a word, or don’t want to be known. We have a lot of teachers in the district who will come forward and say I’d like to sponsor two or three kids. We put out a donation box, and most people are really generous with their giving,” said Chianne Priest, a co-director of the camp.The students learn five songs in the week leading up to their concert.”I like coming here because I love playing trombone and I live doing fun activities, so it’s a perfect opportunity.” said 10-year-old Elle McPhee. “I feel like I learn so much when I go back to school,” said 12-year-old Adam Regan.”It’s a five day long camp. It’s for students anywhere from having completed fourth grade to having completed high school. Our fourth, fifth, and sixth graders come as campers, and our older students come as mentors,” said Priest.”I really like that it’s a wide range of ages,’ said 18-year-old Ben Smith.”What I like about it mostly is helping the little kids,” said 13-year-old Mark pollard.”I like seeing how the younger kids progress throughout the week,” said 17-year-old Faith Brackett.With students returning every year, it’s become quite a tradition in town.”We like to joke, we wonder what the other six kids in town did this week,” said Priest.Even Priest’s four-year-old son, Tyler, has been enjoying the camp. He plays the trumpet.”My favorite part is when you play with the kids,” said Tyler.”It’s a great opportunity for kids. They get to come and make music with lots of other kids in the morning, and then in the afternoon we get to take off, and do lots of recreational fun things. So, we think it’s a really great combination of music fun and recreation,” said Priest.