Learning about brass
Students enrolled in the two-week Salvation Army band camp are learning a life-long skill they can hone in their church communities in the future.
Capt. Jessica Cox, who runs the Haywood Salvation Army operations with her husband, Capt. Roland Cox, said about 30 youths are participating in the summer camp.
Each student at the camp must learn to play a brass instrument, and then choose an elective such as guitar, rhythm, drum or chorus. There's no need to own an instrument to be part of the band camp experience.
"We have donors who provide instruments and help with the camp cost," Jessica Cox said of the $50 a week fee. "Most of our students on here on scholarship."
The youngest students — or ones who haven't played an instrument before — learn the basics of music from Jessica Cox, who incorporates music theory along with practical lessons.
After just a week, the beginners were able to play together the first stanzas of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in a way the tune was recognizable.
Students working with Roland Cox were studying more advanced lessons and will definitely be a crowd-pleaser for the 6 p.m. Friday end-of-camp concert held in the Salvation Army sanctuary. The event is open to the public.