The Murray Middle School Band was able to, once again, hold their annual “Get To Know Ya” Day Camp on February 12th. After a year hiatus due to COVID protocols, the 7 hour long event allowed the band members to receive focused instruction from Music Educators by instrument family. To receive this type of experience, students must normally travel to attend a camp or clinic at a university.
Through the generosity of the Murray Foundation for Excellence and the Murray Band Boosters, we are able to hold this type of experience for our students at Murray Middle School by bringing the instructors to them. The Foundation Grant for “Bringing the Mountains to Mohammed” paid the salaries for 2 of our clinicians this year – Brad Rogers and Dr. Megan Boutin. Brad is a retired music educator from Oldham Co. An outstanding clarinetist and a much sought after clinician, he was able to share his talent and wisdom using the same teaching techniques that helped lead the Oldham Co. High School band into becoming one of the top band programs in the state of Kentucky. Dr. Megan Boutin is the new trombone instructor at Murray State University. Dr. Boutin has degrees from Ithaca College, the Eastman School of Music and the University of Texas at Austin. She brought her vibrant personality, her wealth of knowledge from personal application and studio teaching, and her ability to inspire her students to the MMS Low Brass players.
This event is always looked forward to by our band members and is an important tool in our continued efforts to give our students the best foundation they can receive. In addition to the instruction, during breaks the students compete with their sections in team building games. Since the two grade levels meet separately, this allows the students to “Get To Know Each Other” in both and instructional and fun setting. Building this sense of family is also one of the building blocks we thing are essential in the success of the Tiger Band.
Without the generosity of the Foundation for Excellence Grant and the Band Boosters who pay for the remaining clinicians, we would be unable to offer this type of event for our students.