Students receive band camp scholarships

Jul 14, 2014
Photo by: Donated BAND CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS — Pictured are Tuscola High School band camp scholarship winners Zachary Ryan Price, left, and Fisher Charlton.

Four high school music students will attend band camp this summer through the assistance of scholarships from the Haywood Community Band.

Funds for the scholarships come through donations received at the Community Band concerts on the third Sunday of each month from May through October at the Maggie Valley Pavilion. This year, a total of $800 has been awarded to Pisgah students Noah Waldrop, trombone; Nancy Jo Robinson, baritone; and Tuscola students Fisher Charlton, clarinet; and Zachary Ryan Price, percussion.

"I would like to attend music camp because I want to improve my skill as a musician and a marcher, and learn new skills so that I can achieve even harder challenges," said Robinson.

Waldrop was first chair trombone in the all-county band; Charlton has been recognized for the past two years as the student of the year in marching band; and Price “would like to better my technique and general skill so I can perform better” on percussion. All winners were recommended by their band directors.

In addition to providing opportunities for local students to improve their music skills through these summer enrichment camps, the Haywood Community Band has also created a loan program for students who cannot afford to purchase a band instrument. Donations of unused band instruments in good condition can be made by calling Rhonda Wilson Kram, band president and owner of Stone Cottage Band Instrument Shoppe in Waynesville, at 456-4880.

The next concert of the Haywood Community Band will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at the Maggie Valley Pavilion.