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February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

Last year my son attended La Honda Music Camp for the first time. This was literally a life-changing experience for him. While he has been studying music for a while, it was that experience of making and enjoying music with his peers that really inspired him. Now he is in the 6th grade and is currently playing in 3 orchestras (string orchestra and 7th grade band at school plus Berkeley Youth Orchestra). He converted his room into a music production studio, equipped with a computer and two synthesizers, learned musical score typesetting and is counting days remaining before the 2010 camp. Even more important than music itself, was (in my opinion) how many friends he made in the camp. It was absolutely amazing seeking kids of different ages and backgrounds, some much older than my son being so friendly and nice with him and really enjoying his company, especially since he was considered almost an outcast in his school. I think it boosted his self-esteem enormously and helped him a lot in his transition to the middle school. I could only envy him, because I did not have such an experience when I was a kid myself.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

were absolutely amazing -- so professional and dedicated to music and so loving, so great around the kids

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

offer a lot more, both in terms of longer camp programs which could also be help more often and in terms of reach, allowing many more kids to enjoy the music and improve their skills

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

I attended this camp when I was young, and my son has been attending for 4 years! He enjoys playing music with young people who are like him. He says he's made so many friends, and each year marks the calendar for the next as soon as camp dates are announced. The level of instruction and organization of the music leaders is outstanding. The outdoor and social activities, my son says, are also fun. We are from the local area, so he enjoys making others more comfortable in the woods as well. He especially loves the horses, swimming and archery. I had the same experience as my son, and our family can, without hesitancy recommend this fabulous camp. It is not expensive and is a personally rewarding experience for young people, whether beginners or advanced in their music level. Also, all of the campers seem to bond so easily, so new campers really feel welcome.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that when I was a camper years ago this intensive study and play program, with outdoor fun so inspired me that I excelled in school, music, and all aspects of life. My son is the second generation to attend; he has enjoyed much in the same way I did.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be assured it will be around for my great, great, great grandchildren and others well beyond. It is worth it!

Ways to make it better...

they could continue to be assured of good funding, so the music camp can offer the great programs/instructors, and the location itself camp can continue to keep the grounds and buildings up.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

Hayward La Honda Music Camp changed my life! I began going two years after I had started playing oboe, and it was the first actual chance I had gotten one on one oboe lessons.. from an actual oboist! I learned to make reeds at this camp, and these opportunities helped me get into college as a music major. This camp offers many different opportunities for the young musician. La Honda was the first opportunity I ever had to sing in a choir, take a jazz improv class, and play in an orchestra! Every ambition I had was encouraged. Being in an atmosphere where I was surrounded by people with like interests and passions hands down, made my youth more worth living.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Open, outgoing, knowledgeable, friendly, understanding, patient, personable. I am still friends with some of the staff today that I met 12 years ago.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

Hayward La Honda Music Camp was the highlight of my year for many many years of my teenage life. I loved music, I loved the other students, I loved the teachers and counselors. I would talk about it all year round. I remained close with the friends I made there. Truly one of the best experiences for young musicians.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that I am now at a conservatory studying the trombone.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fantastic, fun, inspiring.

Ways to make it better...

The camp lasted more than one week. I always left wanting more.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

I attended La Honda Music Camp for 8 years, and consider it to be a large part of my life. My musical ability has improved tremendously with the help of dedicated coaches and staff and support from fellow campers. I've been given the opportunity to play in a large variety of ensembles, take classes on music theory, and even expand my musical horizons to other instruments. This music camp is most definitely one of the highlights of my year. It's a time in which I can not only better myself as a musician, but also create and cultivate long-lasting connections with fellow musicians. Thanks La Honda!

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

give scholarships to kids who wouldn't normally be able to attend camp, offer more classes, and accommodate more campers in general.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

This summer will be my eighth summer at La Honda music camp. Each year I look forward to that one week in the summer more than any other. Each year I tell myself that the next year cannot possibly be as fun as the last, and each year I prove myself wrong. La Honda has helped me to grow both musically and emotionally. Being surrounded by incredible musicians and getting to the opportunity to learn from them is only part of the experience. Soaking in the love of music that the campers and staff share is intoxicating. There have been times when I wanted to put music aside in favor of other things, but after one week at La Honda, I inevitably leave re-inspired to continue with music. One of the strengths of the camp is the focus on this atmosphere of shared music appreciation rather than creating a competitive environment. Even after I am too old to attend camp, I will always remember it as providing for some of the best friendships and best experiences of my youth.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the 7 years that I have attended the camp.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make no changes.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the happiness it gives me and the skills I learn.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredibly talented and incredibly supportive.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

inspire I love of music in many fortunate children.

Ways to make it better...

camp was longer

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

attracting younger campers when so many schools have lost funding for music.

One thing I'd also say is that...

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

My daughter has attended the camp for several years. She looks forward to it all year. she has made some terrific friends from all over the Bay Area. The camp experience, the music, the concerts, the learning and the beautiful location make it a truly special place.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing how much it has enriched the life of my child.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fantastic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Go all summer and serve more students.

Ways to make it better...

The only way to make it better is to make it last longer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Having enough funding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

This summer, I will be attending camp for the seventh time. When I refer to La Honda Music Camp as "the best place in the world", I am not exaggerating. During the whole year, I look forward to camp and am confident that each time, it will be yet another unforgettable experience. I have met some amazing musicians and people and have made life-long friends and memories. From a musical standpoint, it is amazing to be able to play in ensembles with high schoolers that are just as passionate about music as you are. All the coaches and conductors are extremely encouraging. (by the way...Mr. Gold is my hero! Just had to put that in here somewhere =D ) During the 8 days (used to be 9...so sad :'| ) I feel like I improve more than I could in months of regular school orchestra, and am re-invigorated and inspired to continue pursuing music so avidly throughout the year. But the great, unique thing about La Honda Music Camp that sets it apart is the fact that this is not only a music camp. It's a CAMP. Skit night, cabin bonding, dances, canoes, horseback riding, archery, rock climbing......there's never a dull moment, and it's all just so much FUN. Every year on the last day of camp my friends and I devise a plan to hide somewhere and stay because we know how much we'll miss it. Instead of getting home-sick, I get sick AFTER coming back...we call it "la-honda-sick" ! This will be my last summer where I will be allowed back as a camper (getting too old :/ ) Hopefully I can one day become a counselor and give back to this place that has given so much to me. As said before, best place on Earth.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

everything I do musically. I have improved so much as a result of this camp. I've also made so many friends.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

bring Mr. Gomez back =)

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the strong sense of community among all the attendees.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

inspiring, encouraging, amazing musicians and people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its program to include more campers, more ensembles and electives, and lengthen the duration.

Ways to make it better...

camp would change back, from 8 to 9 days. Or even longer would be better...

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

issues with the economy.

One thing I'd also say is that...

nothing left to say.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

La Honda Music camp is the most amazing place to be. I love it. I've been going for 2 years now and cant wait to go again this year. I have improved and learned so much from the experience. from my first year when I wasn't that great to my second year where I improved so much, and the teachers are just amazing.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning better technics

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting kids from all over

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be a couple more days longer

Ways to make it better...

i have nothing to complain about

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

This will be the 6th year that my son, now 16, will be participating in La Honda Music Camp. It is, without a doubt, the highlight of his summer each and every year. The camp experience has been a catalyst for him to grow and improve in his music by finding a private instructor, learning challenging audition pieces, and making connections with the community of young musicians in the area. I have been impressed with the balance of rigor and fun within the program. It is clear that the instructors and counselors are extremely passionate and dedicated, which helps drive the kids to excel. As with any collection of teenagers, there are always incidents. I have been pleased with the quick and consistent way the program addresses behavior or discipline problems. The location of the camp is beautiful and the week ending performance under the redwoods is always impressive and thoroughly enjoyable. It never fails to amaze me what the kids, with the help of the amazing staff, are able to pull off in a single week. I would highly recommend this camp experience for any young person who enjoys learning and playing music in a friendly, but competitive environment.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extremely passionate about bringing the experience of music into young people's lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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