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McDaniel Summer Music Camp a chance to grow, express selves through song

Carroll County Times

July 19, 2018


A mash of students from different schools all sat on the stage inside WMC Alumni Hall, instruments posed, eyes trained on conductor Jay Bocook.

Bocook would count off, offering advice about tempo and rhythm as he clicked his baton off the podium to keep time, before starting the band with one fell swoop of his arms.

The band worked to make their way through portions of a number of pieces, stopping when a note or beat was off. For one week, the students on the stage eat, breath and sleep music. And they wouldn’t have it any other way.

The students in the McDaniel Summer Music Camp range in age from rising seventh graders to rising high school seniors. For one week, students work 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day before getting an hour to swim before bed.

The weeklong camp, which is in its 33rd year this summer, culminates in a final concert on Friday, July 20. The Green band performs at 7 p.m., followed by the Gold band at 8:15 p.m. The show takes place in WMC Alumni Hall and is free and open to the public.

“It’s a very well-organized musical camp. The kids get to experience several facets of music education throughout the day,” said Bocook, an internationally recognized composer, arranger and conductor.