SHOREWOOD – Several of Troy 30-C’s band students participated in summer camps this year, including one who attended two camps.
Alexander MacGregor, a seventh-grade Troy Middle School student this year, attended both the Eastern Illinois University Junior Band Camp and the Music for All Summer Symposium at Ball State University for tuba, making first chair in both camps.
Attending the Illinois Summer Youth Music Camp at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus were Kathryn Epling for trombone; Olivia Eldred and Desmond Walker for flute; Hannah Eldred for oboe; Emma Cartelli for French horn; Layne Barry and Amelia Dubs for clarinet; and J.T. Perella for saxophone.
Troy students who attended the Illinois State University Junior High Band Camp were Paola Lozada for clarinet; Claire Kranz and Analese Martinez for clarinet; Julianna Crompton for French horn; and Tyler Barnes and Abigail Athern for cornet.
Jenna Smith attended Dr. Cate’s Flute Camp in Montgomery; Molly Huntington attended Music for All Summer Symposium at Ball State University for saxophone; Mitchell Lucas attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison Band Camp for bass clarinet; and Gabe Lozada attended the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corp Band Camp in Rockford.
Troy Band Director Jennifer Carlton said summer band camps are very beneficial for the students, and some even offer pre-college courses with teachers who are professors at the university.
“There is so much they can learn,” she said, “and it’s always good to work with different conductors and directors and to be able to play with other kids who are as into band as they are.”
Most of the students received financial scholarships from the Troy Band Boosters to pay the camps’ costs, which Carlton said is a big help. The Boosters also pay for guest instructors to work with band students during the school year, help offset the costs of band trips, help maintain uniforms and occasionally donate instruments.
“The Band Boosters do so much to support our kids,” Carlton said.
Boosters President Nicki Lozada said the public can help the Troy band by contributing to its fundraisers, such as purchasing spiritwear and buying tickets for its annual spaghetti dinner, by visiting www.troybandboosters.org.