Red Clay News
Summer Band Institute Ends with Concert
Middle school students enrolled in the 2nd annual Red Clay Summer Band Institute displayed their honed skills at a concert on July 19, 2012 at John Dickinson High School, playing various selections including “Aeolian Winds” by John Edmunds and “Jungle Dance” by Brian Balmages.
Forty students enrolled in the free, four-week program that featured small group lessons, ensemble work, music theory in a computer lab, and performances by professional ensemble groups in the region.
Red Clay band teachers Sheila Cassidy, Patrick Healy, Tim Mullen, and Kevin Reeves planned the program that emphasized woodwinds, brass and percussion. Students worked on musical theory and their skills.
“Not only did the students have fun with their music, but they set goals for developing their skills, and 100 percent of the students said that they reached their goals,” said Jeanne Qvarnstrom, who supervises Red Clay’s music program. “That is success!”
All of the students were asked to complete a survey to evaluate the program. More than 80 percent said they would like to attend the Summer Band Institute next summer and 97 percent said they learned a lot from each of the band teachers running the program.
One student summed the program goals up very well, “The band camp was really fun,” the student wrote. “They make you feel like family and to stand out. Most importantly not to be afraid to try new things!!!”
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