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Camp fosters musical talent

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Students practice their songs Wednesday during NoteBusters Music Camp at Lakeside Baptist Church.

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Students focused on singing and dancing at the NoteBusters Music Camp held this week at Lakeside Baptist Church.

The theme of this year’s camp was “Musical Mammals.” About 19 students spent the week learning songs related to animals in preparation for a public concert that will be held tonight.

“I love this camp because we get to sing together, and Miss Amy is a lot of fun,” said Anna Fields, 12.

The camp was led by Amy Shortt, minister of music at Lakeside Baptist Church. Shortt said she chooses a theme for the camp each year. 

“The animal theme is one that interests children, but it also allows us time to spend talking about working together in spite of differences,” Shortt said.

Becca Blott, 8, said she saw a flyer about the camp and wanted to come because of the theme.

“I like to sing and I like animals and so I wanted to come to the camp. My mom surprised me by signing me and my twin sister up for the camp. It is a lot of fun. I feel like a mammal now,” said Blott, who is a mammal.

Shortt said she started the camp five summers ago as a way to open up the opportunity to learn more about music to all children in the community. Though there was a nominal $20 fee for the weeklong camp, several children were sponsored by members of the church.

“We don’t want money to ever stop anyone from coming,” Shortt said. “We just want to have an opportunity to help students learn how to sing and read music.”

Carter Krobeth, 10, is an aspiring musician who already takes piano and ukulele lessons and sings in his school choir in Raleigh. His grandparents, who live in the Rocky Mount area, told him about the NoteBusters camp.

“I definitely liked this because I love music and this is not like private lessons. It is great to be with other people who also like to sing,” Krobeth said.

Bo Browder, 11, takes voice and piano lessons. This is his fourth year attending the camp, which is designed for rising second- to seventh-grade students.

“It is more interesting to sing in group because I can hear them sing also and harmonize with them,” Browder said.

The students were harmonizing well together at practice on Wednesday. Shortt said that she is working with a talented group of students this year and they were able to work on rather advanced material. 

Participants in the camp will perform for the public at 6:30 tonight at in the Beer Garden at Rocky Mount Mills. The children will be presenting four numbers at Thursday’s concert including  “Would You Like to Swing on a Star,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Animal Imagination” and Aaron Copeland’s “I Bought Me a Cat.” Admission to the concert is free.

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