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image Bella McMullin, 3, checks out the instrument petting zoo, where students checked out various band and orchestra instruments.

May 18, 2022
Another year of band camp is starting

Sponsored by the Tooele Valley Youth Symphony, summer band camp is designed to get kids hooked on making music.

The Music FUNdamentals Camp, now in its fifth year, is a five-day event designed to help students throughout the Tooele Valley learn the enjoyment and excitement of playing musical instruments. 

Registration for the summer band and orchestra camp run by the Tooele Valley Youth Symphony has begun. Kindergarteners through eighth graders are welcome to sign up.

The camp will run from June 7 through 11, from 8 a.m. to noon each day. Free instrumental rental is included in the $150 tuition. 

The final day, Saturday, June 11, will include a concert with student showcases.

“We went last year and my two children, 10 and 7, really enjoyed it,” said Lupita Green of Tooele.

“It was a good break for the kids — away from the screens. I also liked that it was good for their confidence to be learning a new instrument, it can be intimidating but doing it with other kids made it fun,” she said.

Instruction will include the very beginner — those that have never touched an instrument before — to intermediate playing levels. 

Students will be placed accordingly in groups the first day.

Autumn Garden from Erda taught in the camp last year.

“It was actually really fun,” Garden said. “We started teaching the kids about bowing by using a straw first — it is great to help them build skills.”  

Each activity helps build skills as the students work on notes, rhythms and proper playing style, while developing a love of music, she said. 

A young viola player is planning on returning to the camp. Caroline Mecham is in seventh grade. She is thinking about auditioning for the junior symphony.

“I started in sixth grade at Excelsior Academy, and I thought it would be fun to learn throughout the summer, so I could improve my skills,” said the 13-year-old Grantsville resident. “It was great having mentors from the symphony to help me.”

Tuition includes snacks and a T-shirt.

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