Volume Up At Central Methodist Band Camp

Event draws 90 students from Missouri, Illinois

Band Camp 2014 at Central Methodist University drew a record 90 campers from across Missouri and from Illinois, according to CMU Prof. Skip Vandelicht, camp director.

The participating musicians, all of them entering either high school or junior high this coming academic year, spent four days (July 8-11) at the university learning from experts, playing and rehearsing, and listening to music by some of Missouri's finest ensembles, Vandelicht said.

Many of the camp faculty teach at CMU. This year's faculty included Larry Bennett, Paul Copenhaver, Chris Farris, Donald Heaton, Steve Litwiller, Jackie Lordo, Andrew Marjamaa, Lori Pyatt, Bridgett Randolph, Clarence Smith, Dr. Dori Waggoner, Kelsey Whitacre, and Vandelicht.

Another 14 CMU music students or recent graduates served as camp counselors, including                 Lakyn Baker (a May graduate from Fayette), Susan Bishop (sophomore, Fayette), Chanel Daugherty (senior, Columbia), Sam Gaddy (senior, Waverly), Lucas Johnson (junior, Pacific), Daniel Long (May graduate, Odessa), Casey McDonald (senior, Pacific),

Luke McKinney (May graduate, Harrisburg), Michael Mountain (senior, Fayette), Ann Marie Pelley (senior, Saint Peters), Kaitlin Romine (senior, Cuba), Rebecca Shroyer (May graduate, Boonville), Brad Smith (senior, Sturgeon), and Denise Weigand (sophomore, Weatherby).

"We work hard to make the camp as educational and fun as possible," Vandelicht said. "They learn new things about their instrument, get an opportunity to take lessons with an expert on that instrument, and play in both large and small ensembles."

Boonville had the most participants with 24, Vandelicht noted. Several schools help provide scholarships for their students to attend the camp, including Boonville, Salisbury and Westran.


Posted July 14, 2014