International Music Camp and Me
As mentioned somewhere on this website, I have been attending the Adult Concert Band Sessions at The International Music Camp for a few years now. Well, quite a few years. My first trip to the Peace Gardens was in 1998 ... and I keep going back. You do the math.
Either I'm a very silly fellow for going back each year, or it's a lot of fun! Have a look at some of the pics and sound clips from my previous visits ... links on the the left.
I'm not about to do a review of camp. But, as a very short bit of “gosh, it's fun”, I will say that “it is fun!”. The facility has clean, air conditioned dorms (yes, dorms ... take earplugs if you sleep lightly), a modern, state-of-the-art performance hall, lots of practice venues, a cafeteria, etc. The faculty is highly qualified (I've never seen so many folks with doctorates in music in one place before). The location is relaxing, calm and pretty. And the participates are kind, supportive and fun.
The IMC adult session is too short at only 4 days. But, I'll take what I can get. In case you are too lazy to browse to the IMC site, the session features brass band, concert band (2 levels), jazz, vocals and choir, and strings and orchestra. Lots of choices.
Summer camps for adults are few and far between. And many are very pricey. The IMC board is committed to keeping prices affordable ... for the price of a session which includes everything, you couldn't stay at a Motel 6 for the equivalent time ... and I'm sure you'd have a lot less fun! This camp is a bargain when it comes to cost ... hopefully you can help support it in the future.
If you have a musical youngster in your family consider sending him or her to one of IMC sessions throughout the summer. It'll be an experience he or she will remember for life.
So, if you get a chance, do book a week off at the end of July and join us. It really is a lot of fun. Don't forget to say “Hello, I saw you on the Internet”. See ya there!
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