NAPLES—About 400 Collier County middle and high school students delayed the usual summer activities of beach-going and family outings to improve their music skills at the Village School and North Naples Church Music Camp.
The camp, which ran from June 4–14, has been ongoing for the past 15 years. It concluded its fourth year at the North Naples Church campus.
It’s a mix of experienced musicians, teachers and eager students. This year’s special guest instructors include Neal Caine, well-known bass player with the Harry Connick Jr. Band, and three prominent jazz artists: Dan Miller, Jeff Rupert and Lew Del Gatto.
Students could choose between beginning and advanced band, jazz and chorus.
Nearly every Collier County School is represented.
Organizers offer full scholarships for students in need, and bus transportation was provided for students from specified schools.
Support was provided from Papa John’s Pizza, and Cadence Music provided free use of more than $58,000 worth of instruments. Other sponsors included Champions for Learning and the Community Foundation of Collier County.