On Jan. 18-19 the Mid-Carolina middle and high school bands participated in a symphonic camp at Wando High School in Mt. Pleasant. A symphonic camp is designed to be two days of intensive training with a nationally recognized clinician. Due to the fact that the concert band is the central component in instrumental music education, these symphonic camps are an invaluable part of any successful program and greatly enhance the learning of the students involved. The students come away from this experience having decided on what pieces they will prepare for the state-wide concert festival. The students also have a better understanding of ensemble techniques and musicality, a greater appreciation for one another, a desire to learn after being motivated by someone other than their own teacher and most importantly a love for making great music. In addition, it is an extremely effective way for the teachers to witness other great teachers in a laboratory environment.