Megan Webb, a music student at the University of Arkansas will be writing about Jr. High Band Camp this week!
Tuesday, 12th of July, Megan writes:
Today is my first experience at any band camp. The junior high students have a contagious energy about them that makes you want to join in their festivities. The kids are excited to be there and try hard at everything they do.
I was lucky enough to sit in with the symphonic band this afternoon. You could hear a pin drop in the room while the instructor gave directions, the focus was so high. If a mistake was made, they worked diligently to fix it. I was very impressed by the conductor. He was polite, but firm with the kids and they responded willingly to his corrections. I heard “Tricycle” and “Kingsfold March” during the rehearsal. I cannot wait to hear the entirety of each piece during the concert on Friday.
The kids rushed through their supper at Pomfret Hall. Most were dressed in their swimming gear and ready to go over to the Hper building as soon as they were finished eating. The lifeguards were more than ready when they came rushing in to view their “dive in” movie. Some of the kids stayed in the shallow end where the movie was playing, while others were trying their luck at the diving board. Other activities at the Hper included dancing, basketball, and inflatables.
The dancing was being held in one of the upstairs gym areas, the catchy tunes soon had not only the kids, but some directors, dancing along. I personally went into the dance. The kids really loved that and I received many high fives for just walking in. Basketball was being played down the hall, staff versus students. All were very tired and hot at the end of that game. The inflatables were probably one of the big favorites with the kids. The staff helped judge the sumo fights, the football throw, and the obstacle course. Of course, they tried all inflatables out first to make sure it was kid approved. The kids seemed to love having the adults run the obstacle course.
Submitted by Megan Webb. Edited by Christine Taylor.
Megan Webb, from Westfork, AR, is a Journalism and Music major at the University of Arkansas. She works at Devil’s Den State Park where she writes articles for the weekly Devil’s Den column in the Washington County Observer.