EOUMB/Wiz Kids August Band Camp
Last Week Before Away Camp
This is the last week of summer
Band camp. At the end of the week, we expect to take the members
to Camp Canadensis in Pennsylvania
for the last few remaining days for intensive music study
combined with swimming and having fun.
This morning we start early with
magic lessons (which we can't photograph ... top secret!),
followed by jump rope (which we can photograph). By now
most Band members are up to 100 jumps daily.
Today's marching drill will be
with instruments in hand. Mr. Goode is teaching the Band how to
rotate in a circle while marching, demonstrated by those who have
performed the maneuver in the past.
The beginners learn the maneuver
using a pole to help them stay together as they march around in a
The afternoon is spent in concert
band formation (sitting!) as the Band works on step-by-step
exercises designed to be played in unison. This teaches sight
reading and, more importantly, listening to one another so they
are playing in tune and on the same beat.
Today is Mr. Goode's Birthday,
but that doesn't slow down the training. Today's lesson is about
precision stepping, and learning left from right.
At lunch time, the birthday
plates and cups are brought out, and Mr. Goode received his
annual puzzle mystery gift from Jim. This year's puzzle was
especially difficult and Fred will have to work on it later when
he has more time to concentrate. Ms Saez provided lunch, and
there were also contributions of food from many of the Band
Miriah made his birthday cake
from scratch and her cake received applause, along with applause
for Mr. Goode for being so old, yet staying so young.
Afterwards, the party area was
cleaned up and the Band members lined up in front of Ms Saez for
their daily walk down to St. Paul's A.M.E. Church for afternoon
is getting ready to go to Camp Canadensis, in Canadensis,
They have gathered up their music and stands, and on Sunday will
arrive back here ready to travel. For today, they sit and discuss
how they will be expected to behave, what they will learn, and
how much fun they can have if they all cooperate to make this a
great "working vacation" for everyone. Those paper
things they are holding are my latest invention, called
"Bee Brooms." You can read about them HERE.
to Joi's Angels
of East Orange
for donating snacks and goodies for our camp "store" on
this trip. Campers earn "Band Bucks" for keeping cabins
clean, helping organize activities, playing music without a
mistake, and so on. Then they can "spend" the band
bucks at the store in the evening for various nutritious treats,
games, and so on.