The words “it’s a beautiful day, don’t let it get away,” have never been more true as we hit hump day of the Summer Symposium. At a ripe 9:30 a.m., I took a trip to visit the Marching Band division while they engaged in a morning visual block. As I watched the continuous reps of 8 to 5’s, I admired the joy that I saw on each camper’s face. Even though they were reviewing basics, there is something special about 229 marching band students go across the field in perfect unison that is electrifying.

After that, I had the pleasure of observing the Peer Teaching division. The focus that I witnessed was immaculate. Peer Teaching students learn different ways to teach their peers by partaking in choreography, music, conducting, and many more categories. They are given exposure to every division offered at the Summer Symposium so they are well equipped to teach their peers when they return to their own programs. I am so excited to see these campers teach United Sound on Friday, June 29th as they prepare for their performance with Carolina Crown.

The orchestra division had a great opportunity to rehearse and perform with award winning performing artists, Quattrosound. This was extraordinary to watch! The members of Quattrosound made the orchestra rehearsals a blast for the students by engaging them an challenging them with new ways to think about and play their music. Did I mention how AMAZING this group is! I had the pleasure of interviewing a few members of the Orchestra after their rehearsal with Quattrosound, and we all agreed that this opportunity was a once in a lifetime experience.

I look forward to watching the campers experience the rest of camp. Don’t forget to follow our social media accounts on snapchat, facebook, instagram, and twitter for daily updates and use the hashtag #mfacamp18!