In 2009, more than 100 parents and family members were present at Atlanta’s Fulton Library on Friday afternoon as The Salvation Army Lakewood Corps culminated its first annual Stanyon Summer Music Camp with an emotionally charged concert of instrumental hip-hop, jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel music performed by over 40 children from Atlanta’s impoverished Pittsburgh Community.
The Summer Music Camp, is one of the many musical and other performing arts programs offered at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Center Atlanta.
The program provides each camper ten days of beginner to intermediate level guitar, keyboard, drums, trombone, or saxophone lessons.
“By the first week of registration, we had dozens of local kids that wanted to learn to play an instrument, and only 20% of those registered for the program had ever had any experience playing.” explains Dewayne Martin, professional musician and Director of this year’s Summer Music Camp. “We knew we would need to do something unique to meet their needs in such a short amount of time.”
Martin looked to the community and his fellow musicians and pulled together a staff of professionally trained and locally celebrated instructors; who not only inspired their young students by their passion and talent for creating music, but also gave generously and compassionately of their time to instruct and nurture each child’s desire to learn.
The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps will host its annual Vacation Bible School June 7-11, for children in grades 1-6. Find out more by calling 404-638-7195.
Find out how you support The Salvation Army Summer Camp programs at http://www.salvationarmyatlanta.org.