Belle Glade Sun

PMSHS band camp hits sweet high note

PAHOKEE — Pahokee Middle Senior High School (PMSHS) started the year at full volume, sending its new and experienced band students to the Hope Symphony Summer Band Camp at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Summer Band Camp is a comprehensive five-day summer band camp that provides a high-quality college experience for approximately 45 elementary and middle school students from PMSHS and Glades Academy.

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Approximately 45 elementary and middle school students from Pahokee Middle Senior High School and Glades Academy attend the Summer Band Camp.

The band director and founder of the camp, Alain Goindoo, better known to the students as “Mr. G,” said, “We created this camp to give our students a crucial head start by providing the highest quality musical instruction through private, small group and large group instruction by the highest quality music directors and undergraduate mentors at Palm Beach Atlantic University at no cost to the students.”

Mr. G further expressed, “The camp is much more than music; it’s about giving our kids opportunities and placing the idea of going to college in the minds of our students at an early age.”

Students arrived at camp never having played an instrument and, five days later, left playing a concert on the final day. Band camp was made possible through the partnership and the support of the Hope Symphony, The Honda Classic, Palm Beach Atlantic University and the School District of Palm Beach County.