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August 27, 2012

Local teens rock out at summer camp

Staff Report
The Daily Star

The Daily Star — The fourth annual Community Music & Arts Network Summer Jam Camp came to a close on Aug. 17 with a two-hour concert given by 22 area teens at the School for Environmental and Vocational Arts in South Kortright.

Director and program developer Pamela West-Finkle began the event with a brief talk on the community music movement that is making its way in rural areas across America, providing all access music making to those living in economically challenged and geographically isolated areas.

The concert began with a performance by alternative rock band Off Limits, faeturing Ed Newman, Kevin Prior, KC Rockwell and Dominick Parker, all of South Kortright Central School. They were followed by rock band Splice, which featured Bobby Williams from South Kortright Central School, Destiny Ray Falconio of Unatego Central School, Dakota Key of Charlotte Valley Central School and counselor-in-training Matthew Keating, a 2012 graduate of Stamford Central School.

Rock group Light Purple featured Larissa Shultis and Cass Kadow, both of Roxbury Central School; Toby Harmon of Milford Central School; and Lauren Whritner of South Kortright Central School. The group performed an original song as well as three covers of classic rock songs.

The final group was a “Glee”-style vocal ensemble called Vocally Inclined, which included Sam and Poeu Breckenridge of the Woodstock Sudbury School, Anthony Ortiz from Stamford Central School, Jessica Alexander and Emma Sanzone of Stamford Central School and Addison Harmon from Milford Central School. The group performed an original song and several covers, and featured backup singers, choreography and accompaniment on other tunes.

The two-week day camp consisted of band formation, daily rehearsals, instruction on songwriting and arranging, master classes with guitarist Mike Herman and percussionists Marcel Smith and Theodore Finkle, and lessons on both a primary and a secondary instrument.

The camp was supported by O’Connor Foundation, Performance Plus of Stamford, the SEVA Foundation, The Community Music & Arts Network, Artisan Tile & Stone Company, Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties, Mark Birman of Tennis Everyone in Fleischmanns, Boyle’s Excavating, Stamford Farmers Cooperative, Ably Insurance and TP’s Café in Stamford. Additional equipment for the camp was provided by Music Square of Oneonta, Bruce Kenyon’s Wired Heifer House Studios, Matt Woodin and Theodore Finkle.

The Community Music & Arts Network provides year-round, all-ages, all-access music programming and is based out of the Hobart Activity Center, with additional early childhood and preschool music classes in Oneonta. For more information, contact West-Finkle at 652-2330, or