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Orford Music Camp Provides More than Musical Support

By In Uncategorized On September 25, 2017


In May of this year, these five lucky NHIMA members were awarded camperships to attend the Orford Music camp in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was their first time attending a NHIMA camp and for some, the first time attending any camp in their adult life. Here are some thoughts from our participants.

Friends and family used to laugh at me :  ” How can you join a band if you don’t even play an instrument ?!”

Can you imagine my surprise when I learned about a wind ensemble starting up locally for people with little or no knowledge of music. And then, after two years of playing my sax with NHB Montreal, I heard about a music camp—over a hundred musicians from all over North America coming together for three days of music. I registered as soon as the site opened, and good thing: the camp was sold out within 24 hours.

With sessions offering jazz, ukulele, conch, vocal and Celtic among others—what a camp this turned out to be. The instructors were patient, enthusiastic and talented and pieces that had seemed daunting on day one seemed manageable by day three. I also took advantage of the beautiful surroundings. Within a short distance of  our rehearsal rooms I saw a beaver, a grass snake, a porcupine and many beautiful birds.

In summary,  a delight!

Submitted by Barbara MacDonald,  Montreal

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