Band of Angels’ scholarship recipients head to summer music camp

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- All year FOX 4 has been been collecting instruments for Band of Angels, a charity created by FOX 4 and Meyer Music which gives students donated and refurbished instruments to students who otherwise couldn’t afford them.

Most of those violins and trumpets are donated by you, our viewers.

They get repaired, and then handed out to students who can't afford their own. Now, the Band of Angels summer camp is in full swing.

Band of Angels scholars spent part of their summer at The University of Kansas for the Midwestern Music camp.

These students are striking the right chord.

“It’s challenging, it’s different. It’s like higher levels than I’ve ever played,” said Nikyla Davis, who is attending the camp.

It is four days of just music, and something these middle schoolers aren’t taking for granted. Each one won a Band of Angels scholarship to attend summer camp.

According to the students the essay portion was hands down the most challenging part.

“Scary because I’m not a good writer. My sister had to make one for the high school camp, too, so I took a few ideas from that,” said Connor Craves, who plays the baritone saxophone.

“I wrote about how I was really good in music and how I was first chair in band class,” said Tyler Pearson.

Pearson started playing the trumpet in the fifth grade. The trumpet he used at camp was donated by the organization.

Some already packed their instruments in anticipation.

“I was excited. It was way before the camp was beginning, I had already started packing. I was like, oh my gosh, yay,” said Davis.

If you would like to apply for an instrument through Band of Angels, or if you have one to donate, just CLICK HERE for more information.

There are three Meyer Music locations around the city; you can drop off used instruments there throughout the year.