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Oak Hill Middle School Hosts Fast Start Music Camp



Attend any band class and you’re likely to find flutes, oboes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, French horns, trombones, baritones, tubas, and many other types of instruments all playing in the same room. That’s what a band class is. But what you’re less likely to find is a professional flutist teaching students how to play the flute, which is exactly what Oak Hill Middle School Band Director Trent Henderson wanted to add to the experience of beginning band students.


Last year the Fast Start Band Camp was limited only to students of Oak Hill Middle. However, this year students in fourth, fifth, and sixth grade coming from both Midway Hills and Lakeview Academy were able to attend.


In Fast Start Band Camp, classes from across the county are divided into their specific instrument group to attend a vital opening workshop taught by professional players of that specific instrument.


“Most school systems in the state of Georgia start band in sixth grade,” Henderson said, “we have a unique opportunity in Baldwin County because we start band in third grade.” So, at the end of the day on Wednesday, August 24th, over one hundred students from Baldwin County Schools poured into the Oak Hill cafeteria with their individual instruments. Henderson and fellow band director Elise Allen brought in professionals of each instrument who would be able to give them a primer pertaining to their specific instrument.


"Most school systems in the state of Georgia start band in sixth grade, we have a unique opportunity in Baldwin County because we start band in third grade.”

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