By PAUL HOFFMAN
All are welcome to a summer music show featuring elementary students from Ramona and Julian in
Ramona Oaks Park, 25342 Pappas Road, at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 22. Admission is free.
It’s an opportunity to relax and enjoy the entertainment with friends and family. Barbecue foods will be offered, with all proceeds going to support the future endeavors of the band program.
Led by the Olive Peirce Middle School Band Director Karl Lampe, the students have worked for the past two weeks to prepare for the concert. Learning all the musical fundamentals in such a short time is no easy task, but the children are motivated by the challenge.
“I liked learning how to play the scale,” said fifth-grader Carolyn Stickney. “It was hard at first, but I can play a lot more songs now.”
“The summer band is awesome, and everyone is really, really nice,” said Emily Gardiner, a fourth-grade beginning player.
More advanced students, such as sixth-grader Ryan Chan, have taken the chance to broaden their horizons by exploring different instruments.
“I wanted to try something new, so I went with trombone,” said Chan. “It’s a lot of fun.”
Fellow sixth-grader Michael McCrory agreed. “Learning the tuba challenges me and makes me a better musician.”
Many of the older musicians from OPMS and Ramong High School volunteered to assist the younger students.
“The tutors are very helpful and never give up on you,” said fifth-grader Caedon B.K.
Her older sister Cameron, a sixth-grader, said “I enjoy getting to help the beginners learn music.”
All the tutors encouraged the elementary students to continue with music.
“Tutoring gave me something good to do with my time during the summer,” said Isai Castro, a ninth-grader. “Band is actually pretty fun, and it will help you get into college later in life.”
Tenth grade tutor Eréndira Martinéz shares her mature insight. “I’ve always tried to be a good role model for others, and I love encouraging the kids and getting to see them grow. Hopefully they can learn to always explore new opportunities, not only in music, but in all areas of life. What’s most important is to just enjoy yourself and have fun!” We can assure you, the kids have been doing just that.
Bring your enthusiasm and hear what the students have prepared. We hope to see you there!