There’s a summer musical band program in the OB and Point Loma area for junior and senior high school students, and it’s been going on for 24 years – until now. Now, “Band at the Beach” is celebrating its 25th season.
A musically-inclined woman named Dell Schroeder has been running it in OB for all these years, and this year it’s taking place at Correia Middle School from August 5th to 9th.
Dell Schroeder has done a lot of wonderful things in an attempt to keep music alive in the schools this past quarter century. She has been a private music teacher for many decades and also volunteers at Correia and works with kids to help them learn their instruments better. In the words of one of her fans: “She is a saint.”
Here is what Band at the Beach says about itself – from its brochure:
Band at the Beach Music Camp started in the Point Loma area and has been meeting the first week of August since 1988. Young musicians from over 27 schools throughout San Diego County now participate in the camp program. In addition, Band at the Beach offers extra-curricular instruction, coaching assistance in local schools and provides piano accompaniment for competitions.
As a non-profit, Band at the Beach depends entirely on tuitions and donations to continue with its mission of keeping quality music in our schools. We welcome monetary contributions from all who are friends of music. Donations of available services and merchandise coupons are also welcomed and appreciated for their use as incentives and daily raffle prizes which help raise money for scholarships, staff honorariums, music purchases, licensing, liability insurance, rent, custodial service, nutrition breaks and website maintenance.
Band at the Beach is a 501c3 non-profit organization advocating quality music in our schools.
More info on the festival can be found at www.Bandatthebeach.org