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Ron MacKay Memorial Youth Band Society introduces children to new instruments


VALLEY, N.S. - A summer day camp wants to help children get in touch with their musical side

The annual Summer Band Camp is being held at Redcliff Middle School, and will help interested students from grades 4 and up learn how to play a variety of band instruments.

The camp is open to students of any school in the area, and will help them learn a new instrument, or improve their skill on an instrument they already play.

“Students coming into the band camp get to choose the instrument they want to learn,” said Elaine MacInnis of the youth band society.

“The first day is really all about finding the right-fitting instrument for the student. My son wanted to play trombone or percussion in Grade 4, but he came out playing flute and has been playing for six years.”

Students are able to choose from a wide selection of band instruments, including the flute, clarinet, bass guitar, percussion and various brass horns.

The camp is split into three levels: beginner, junior and intermediate. Each level relates to the student’s experience, and will help improve musical skill.

“If they are coming in with experience, they will be doing more advanced work with their instrument,” said MacInnis.

“In the junior level, they will learn more about dynamics and notes, which will push them to higher levels. At the intermediate level, the instructor gets them to write their own solos, which will test their skill and creativity.”

The camp runs from Aug. 28 to Sept. 1, and is broken into five half-day camps, wrapping up with a joint concert on Sept. 1.

Cost for the camp is $100 per day for each student, and a $10 discount is offered to families with more than one child attending. For registration, contact Elaine MacInnis at 902-956-2708.

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