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NW MI Arts & Culture Network

Forest Area Schools Band Camp

During July 2021, Forest Area Schools offered an intensive band camp for 32 middle school and high school students in preparation of our fall marching season and upcoming school year. The camp was lead by the music teacher and color guard coach along with nine other Michigan musicians with various levels of music education and performance experience. During this five day camp, students received large group instruction on marching technique, drill instruction, musicianship, teamwork, and more. The students also received small group/sectional instruction by their personal instrument instructors to improve their instrument specific skills. The week ended with a public performance for family and friends to showcase the learning that had happened and the final result of our 2021 marching show entitled “You Are Not Alone”.

This camp had many obstacles but was a huge success. One challenged we faced was the fact we are still living with the long term affects of COVID resulting in low numbers of participation in the music program, especially at the high school level. As a result, we expanded participation to our middle schoolers and added eight additional students. The opportunity for them to get support from our outstanding camp instructors helped them gain the skill necessary to join this higher level ensemble in a fun and meaningful way. This year’s show theme is “You Are Not Alone” with a focus on Mental Health Awareness. This concept has been embraced by our MS/HS building principal and has been a catalyst for change and awareness in our building for ALL students.

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Charlevoix Circle of Arts

Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology

Dennos Museum Center

Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts

Good Hart Artist Residency

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

Leelanau Historical Society

Michigan Legacy Art Park

National Writers Series


Traverse City Dance Project

Glen Arbor Arts Center

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum

Jordan River Arts Council

Mash-Up Rock & Roll Musical

City Opera House

Benzie Historical Society

Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

Downtown Development Authority

The Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee

Northport Art Association

Voices Without Borders

Blissfest Music Organization

Raven and Lotus LLC

Traverse City Arts Commission

Crooked Tree Arts Center

Up North Arts

Cadillac Visitors Bureau

Parallel 45 Theatre Festival

Old Town Playhouse

Twisted Fish Gallery

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Traverse Symphony Orchestra

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The Croft Residency

Drama Kids – Rachael Harrell

Michigan Museums Associations Scholarships & Conference


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Edward Kocher

Nick Walsh

Heather Harris-Brady

Monica Stokes

Amanda Kik

Mercedes Michalowski

Sharon Hubbard

Leslie Donaldson

Elizabeth Calcutt

Maia Hausler

Becky Lancaster

Linda Dewey

Melissa Johnson

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H. Eleanor Jones

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