Submitted by George Blevins,
The Salvation Army’s North Central Florida Music Conservatory held their final festival on Friday, July 1, at the old historical Jail building. The concert, under the supervision of George and Gale Blevins, received great praise. The three-week youth music ministry introduced several dozen students to a broad range of music, concluding in the concert that attracted family, friends and supporters from throughout the county.
The Blevins led a devoted team of instructors/counselors, as well as local volunteers, who combined to bring success to this second annual band camp. Of course, traditional Bible study was also emphasized during the morning segment of a program that also offered lunch, snacks and the use of instruments at no charge.
The final festival featured group and individual performances in a variety of categories. All agreed the selections were delivered exceptionally well, especially considering most students had never played prior to the program. Instructors from Perry were Kevin Moore, Candice Story and Janea Murphy Joining them, from Madison, were David Sanders, Aaron Pitts and Zet Primm. Each were notably pleased to participate in this great community youth service.
“We are grateful for the support we have received from the Madison County Commissioners in allowing us to use the Old Historical Jail Building. The Salvation Army, known as the North Central Florida Outpost, has been in Madison and Taylor County for nearly three years. We have been busy with our neighbor feeding program, Bicycle for kids, Angel tree and food box Christmas programs, as well as social service and other need services.
We are excited to bring the opportunity for kids to participate in our local music camp and send some kids to our Music Institute in Starke as well. The Salvation Army is supported entirely by public donations. We receive no federal or local government funding, so our programs depend on local donations, without which these programs would not be possible,” George Blevins noted.
In addition to the musical numbers, awards and special recognition were presented, featuring:
CREATIVE ARTS AWARDS:
- Keyboard Elective: Jaylon Reaves
- Guitar Elective: Shedrick Johnson
- Coreo-drama Elective: Marley Burrows
- Chorus: Corbin Brown
- Coronet: Lauryn Burrows
- Baritone: Jamarrion Coasey
- Trombone: Ja’Bryan Butler
MUSIC EDUCATION AWARDS:
- Bible Award: Kelsie Peacock
OUTSTANDING CAMPER AWARD:
- Hannah Sparks
- Sa’Mya Wright
Not in the photos of the final concert were Eli Curl, Brishauna Conners, My’Aisa Arnold, Jalisa Daniels and Jordan Robinson, our most experienced musicians, they were at our Florida Music Institute camp in Starke the last week of camp which was an award of its own.
The Salvation Army is very proud to be in Madison County and continues to utilize music development as a core group activity, currently possessing the largest organized band in the world. For more information and to support this worthwhile and unique program, call George or Gale Blevins at (850) 232-4981, or email them at George_Blevins@uss.salvationarmy.org. Donations can also be mailed to Salvation Army PO Box 728 Madison Fl. 32340