...and I've been to a grand total of 3 sleep-away camps. But seriously, Cazadero Music Camp is awesome. At Caz, I'd wake up under the redwoods every morning. I'd hear a trumpet waking me several minutes later, and climb out of my sleeping bag. After breakfast the entire camp would have a choir class together. (At Choir, we had a voice warm up where we sang Do, do re do, do re mi re do, do re mi fa mi re do, and so on, adding another note each time. On the last morning, my cabin mates told me I'd been singing it in my sleep! 0_o)
After Choir, we broke up for elective activities. My elective was Jazz Band / Improvisation. The teacher and the songs and stuff are great, and even people who play, say, string instruments are allowed in.
Then we had rehearsals. Since I play the clarinet, I played with the rest of the wind, brass, and percussion in the Band. I had never played in a band or ensemble before I went to Caz. I found that playing in a band was more difficult than playing solo, but the result, the music, was much more moving. What joy lies in making music with many other people!
In the afternoon, our schedule was alternating periods of free time and rehearsals. Strange as it seems, I really liked playing my clarinet for 4 hours each day. I felt like I could have lived my life that way... if I didn't have normal-life things to do as well.
During Free Times, I went down to play in the creek whenever I could. The cool water felt AWESOME, and a big log stuck out over the water. About 10 other kids and I would take turns jumping off it into the only deep-ish part of the creek. It's so fun!!!
I rode the bus to camp on Monday. On Saturday, we performed a concert for the families. In Jazz Improv, we all played improvised solos. In the Band, we played some awesome music.
I made plenty of friends at Cazadero, including drummers, bassoonists, and violinists as well as, of course, the other clarinet players. I was a little sad to leave them, but I'm also glad to be home.
(PS: as for the weird blank space, I don't know how to get rid of it. Sorry.)