Hayward La Honda Music Camp – Concerts Day

Junior concert band

Today we went back to the camp ground. Today is the last day of camp and the campers show cased what they had learned at camp. The concerts was scheduled to start at 12:45pm but we went early so we could find a good spot to watch the kids performing. The stage is named “The Duke Campagna Music Shell”. In front of it there’s a lawn area where parents can sit and watch. Parents were told to bring folding chairs or picnic blankets. We did packed lunch with us and so did everyone else.  The entire performance lasted about 3 hours.

On my earlier blog about this music camp, I forgot to write about the history of this camp.  So, here it is now:

“The camp was founded in 1962 by former Hayward School District music teachers, Edward Krenz and David Martin.  Assisting them in this effort were Lani Martin, Dr. Jack Lutt and his wife Carol Lutt.  The first camp had an enrollment of 30 high school students and was held in Yosemite Valley.  In 1963 the camp gained the sponsorship of the Hayward Area Recreation District and was moved from Yosemite to the grounds of the Oakland YMCA Camp at Loma Mar.  The present San Francisco YMCA Jones Gulch location has been their beautiful “hom” since 1964.  in 1965, Junior camp was added to the program, and consisted of approximately 35 elementary and junior high school music students.

In 1978 the music camp fell vicim to cutbacks caused by the passage of Prop. 13, the result of which was the loss of sponsorship by the Hayward Area Recreation Dept.  Fortunately a tremendous grown-swell of support by local teachers and parents under the leadership of Milt Bowerman, literally saved the camp from certain collapses.  Since 1978 the Hayward La Honda Music Camp has been able to thrive due to the dedication, generosity and support of a great many people.  Included in this support was Chabot College and the college’s former Chairman of Humanities, Elliott Charnow.  Milt Bowerman served as Camp Director until 2005 and remains the Associate Director at camp.”

This is a truly excellently run camp. The camp is in need of volunteers and fund.  You could reach them for more info by visiting their web site: http://www.lahondamusiccamp.org/.

As for my daughter, she has already planning for next year camp!  She had a blast at camp.  She learned a lot and at the same time, having tons of funs with new friends she met at camp.

Among the crowds
At end of jr concert peformance
Crowd's arriving
Jazz band
Junior concert band
Junior concert band
Jurnior choir
Prianka with junior concert band
Ready to go home
Senior Orchestra
String band
The stage is called Duke Campagna
one last foto op before leaving the camp
onto the podium for junior choir
the crowd
with new friends

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