Pixel Tracker

Monday, March 18 , 2019, 3:56 pm | A Few Clouds 67º


Strike Up the Nick Rail Band Camp

Few sounds are quite as sweet as the songs played by a band of young students, regardless of the dissonance and tension that often accompanies them.

It is universally recognized that music is conducive to higher learning. Plus, music is known to strengthen one's ability for understanding and multitasking. The one misfortune is the traditionally high cost of music education.

Wanting to make music more accessible, especially to young people with such a flexible capacity for learning, Nick Rail of Nick Rail Music in Santa Barbara, conceived a way around that financial bar.

For 27 seasons, young students have been able to participate in Nick Rail Summer Band Camp, to be held this year June 13-July 20.

During that six weeks, a staff of instructors professionally trained in music will teach students how to play solo or as a group, depending on prior experience.

On July 20, at 6 p.m., the new young musicians will have an opportunity to show what they’ve learned in a final performance at First United Methodist Church.

Jocelyn Tipple, camp director for some two decades, said, “Mr. Rail wanted the price to be minimal in order to make it available to the larger population of students.

"It is still only $95 for six weeks of fun thanks to the underwriting of Nick Rail and the Santa Barbara Education Foundation,” she said.

Tipple highlighted the camp's accessibility to all fourth-through-eighth-grade students and how it ignites their excitement for further music education. “The emphasis is on a light-hearted, summer fun setting,” she said.

Students can use their own instruments or rent them from Nick Rail Music, and scholarships are available for qualifying participants.

The goal of Nick Rail’s Summer Band Camp is to provide the equal opportunity for all of the community’s youth to delve into a musical experience, overcoming the gap created by the financial inaccessibility of music education.

Tipple emphasizes one of the most crucial outcomes of attending the camp: “Area band teachers all agree, it super charges their school year bands and builds confidence in all their camp attending players."

More information on the camp and registration available at: sbefoundation.org/the-nick-rail-summer-band-camp.

— Mikayla McNair for the Santa Barbara Education Foundation.


Support Noozhawk Today!

Our professional journalists work tirelessly to report on local news so you can be more informed and engaged in your community. This quality, local reporting is free for you to read and share, but it's not free to produce.

You count on us to deliver timely, relevant local news, 24/7. Can we count on you to invest in our newsroom and help secure its future?

We provide special member benefits to show how much we appreciate your support.

I would like give...
Great! You're joining as a Red-Tailed Hawk!
  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.