The end of camp has arrived. It was sad to see our campers leave so soon, but I had a great time watching them grow as people and musicians. Today, I had the pleasure of attending the orchestra, concert band, marching percussion, drum major institute, and color guard final performances, as well as the family picnic.

The excitement of the campers as they did their last performances as 2018 Summer Symposium campers was extraordinary. My morning started with the orchestra and concert band concerts. They performed a variety of pieces which all sounded great! I was highly impressed by the focus and high achievement coming from each student in such a short period of time. It made me wish that I could be on the stage with them!

Following the indoor musician programs, I attended the family picnic. It was great to watch the parents enjoy the performances given by their children and hear all of the special memories made this week! The outdoor divisions had the chance to perform in Worthen Arena immediately following the picnic. There is nothing quite like seeing hundreds of drum majors conducting in unison or seeing 50 rifles fly into the air. It may have been a busy day, and an even busier week, but all of the reactions were worth it.  We are so proud of all of our campers and hope they are proud of how much they have grown this week. I look forward to creating, providing, and expanding many more positively life-changing experiences to come. See you next year!