The 28th Annual Nick Rail Summer Band Camp


Providing an enriching and affordable summer music experience for kids since 1989

There was a time, many years ago, when band was just as much a part of summer school curriculum as all the other topics you’d expect to find offered. Then, in the late 1980’s, the economy contracted and choices had to be made. Summer classes were cut, including band.

Fortunately, Nick Rail of Nick Rail Music, the district’s primary vendor for band and orchestral goods and services, learned of the proposed cuts before the end of the 1988-89 school year. Not wanting students to be deprived of the opportunity to play and study music over the summer, Nick went to work. With a bit of luck and fast thinking, a plan to reinvent the class was born. The district agreed to rent the band room at La Colina for a modest fee, Dr. Charles Wood of SBCC accepted the position of camp director, and professional musicians were recruited to complete the teaching staff. Voila: The Nick Rail Summer Band Camp was born!

The primary goal was to offer band class during the summer and the secondary goal was to make it as affordable as possible, so lower income students would have equal opportunity to participate. Nick Rail Music has been privileged to support the camp since its inception, and both goals have been met each year.

Under the able and expert management of SBEF, the The Nick Rail Summer Band Camp is guaranteed to be able to continue serving the musical needs of our community’s youth for many years to come. Now in its 28th year, this camp is not to be missed! FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE

FullSizeRender (1)Director Jocelyn Tipple with the advanced band

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