Participants form a band, make a video

by: HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: KATHY FULLER - Members of the band War Paint practice Proud Mary during Camp Amp at Century High School earlier this week. War Paint and a dozen other bands will perform in concert tonight, 7 p.m. at Century High School and will take the stage again Saturday during Celebrate Hillsboro.Clara Callison wore a Minnie Mouse T-shirt. Hailey Parmentier donned a shirt from the band “My Chemical Romance” and Hannah Johnson showed her sense of humor with a T-shirt stating, “T Rex hates handstands.”

All three girls with different senses of style had one common goal this week: learn to blend their voices to sing Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary” with a garage band.

In two weeks — 10 days of three-hour classes — musicians in Hillsboro Park & Recreation’s Camp Amp form a rock ‘n’ roll band, learn several songs together, design a logo, make a video and put on one heck of a raucous concert for friends, parents and the community at the end of camp.

That concert happens tonight at 7 p.m. at Century High School, 2000 S.E. Century Blvd.

Don’t worry if you miss it , though. All 13 Camp Amp bands perform again Saturday, July 19, on the youth stage at Celebrate Hillsboro (see Page A14). Jazz musicians from the Hillsboro Arts Summer program, the morning counterpart to Camp Amp, will also play at Celebrate Hillsboro.

With names like “War Paint” and “Dunlop’s Destroyers,” band members have fun collaborating to give their band an image.

Now in its seventh year (Hillsboro Arts Summer is in its eighth), more than 160 students participate in the two-week music and arts camp, said Pam Cummings, program director with Hillsboro Parks & Recreation.

Many of the students attend both the morning arts, dance, drama and jazz camp and the afternoon rock ‘n’ roll camp, she said.

The goal of both camps, said camp director Jim Dunlop, is to make the arts accessible to students.

“The motivation is to let kids try things they don’t get to try in middle school. There aren’t enough electives,” he said.

Dunlop brings in professionals artists from all over the community, including staff from STAGES, Elements Dance Studio and Five Star Guitars.

In addition to playing together as a group, individual musicians are coached in “sectionals” by teachers specific to their instrument.

Allie Drennen, a senior at Liberty High School, was busy winding a microphone cord while she talked about her responsibilities overseeing concert production, including set design and making a video documenting activities at Camp Amp.

“Most groups are pretty rough right now,” she said, as strains of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” wafted down the hallway.

By concert night, though, the music will be great.

“In some cases I like the versions I hear here better than the ones on the radio,” Drennen said.

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