Summer Band Camp returns to Ramona July 11

Eighty students from Ramona in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh grades will be participating in the sixth annual middle school and elementary Summer Band Camp starting July 11.

All sessions of Summer Band Camp will be held on the Olive Peirce Middle School campus in Room P101. Students will meet Monday through Friday, July 11 to 22, for 90 minutes of intensive instruction. They will be working their skills on wind instruments such as flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, bassoon, and oboe. They will also be learning fundamentals on percussion and bass guitar.

Three sessions are open to age-eligible students (current third-graders through seventh-graders).

Summer Band flute students work with SmartMusic, a computer program designed to help students learn to play their instruments. Courtesy photo

The first session is for beginning students with no instrumental background. The second session is for students with a year of elementary band, and the third session is for students with more than one year of band experience.

According to Summer Band Director Karl Lampe, one of the most unique and exciting parts of the Summer Band program is the individual tutoring that is offered by Ramona Unified School District students. Each of the students enrolled in the Summer Band program will have 20 minutes of daily individual instruction from a trained tutor knowledgeable on his/her particular instrument.

“During the regular school year, as many as 40 students can be in a band class with only one instructor, and the students only get one half hour of instruction per week,” said Lampe. “The summer program really helps students get off to a good start with an understanding of the fundamentals to become a highly successful band student.”

The amount of instruction the students receive during the two-week summer program is almost equal to the amount of instruction time students get during the regular school year, said Lampe.

“Students joining the summer program also have the advantage of individual tutoring,” he said.

This summer a fourth session of Jazz Band has been added to the program, and the band is looking for a middle school age student to accompany the Jazz Band on drum set, added Lampe.

A concert open to the public is scheduled for July 22 at 6:45 p.m. in Ramona Oaks Community Park. The students will perform music they have worked on during the Summer Band Camp. The concert will include solos, duets, trios, and band arrangements.

For more information, contact Lampe at or 858-472-4185.

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