Summer camp doesn't have to be about swimming, hiking or volleyball.
For more than 100 middle school students in Nashville, it's more about the trumpet, the tuba and the trombone.
Musical tones are the sounds of summer in the rooms of West End Middle School.
Teenagers are committing their free time to hone and improve their musical skill. Come fall, band audiences will thank them.
"If you don't have fingers in the right place, it's not going to sound good," one student said.
Pretty sounds come in all shapes and sizes, the hidden tuba player, the classy clarinet or the soul-filled saxophone.
"Well my mom told me she'd always wanted to play saxophone," one student said. "That was her dream. I decided to do it for her."
None of this is as simple as these kids make it look. It's multiple, musical and multi-tasking.
"They had to read notes and do fingering and do rhythm and stay together," an instructor said.
Led in every room by band directors from Metro Nashville schools, Lela Waters can make the tuba roar, though she's still not sure if it's the instrument of her future.
"My parents think it's too big for me," Waters said.
The payoff at this camp isn't in the little rooms. Band is defined when things come together.
Band camp is just one of many camps held this summer through Metro Schools. Art, orchestra and some intense and challenging creative learning camps are also on the schedule.
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