BCHS’s Brea Jackson named First Chair at Furman Band and Orchestra Camp
Brea Jackson was named First Chair in the String Bass section at the Furman University Band and Orchestra Camp earlier this summer.
The rising junior at Brookland-Cayce High School said she is thrilled to be selected.
“The Furman University Band and Orchestra Camp was an amazing experience and opportunity to learn from accomplished professionals in the music field,” Jackson said. “Their fun paced classes and rehearsals really helped me to gain insight into music theory and playing my instrument. After auditions and a music theory test, I was placed in First chair Double Bass in the String Orchestra ensemble.”
She also said the Furman campus is beautiful and she enjoyed extracurricular activities, and social events. “Furman provided an exhilarating learning environment for its campers. There was never a dull moment. I look forward to returning next year,” Jackson said.
Her teacher said Brea is a committed and versatile student.
“Brea is a very talented young lady. She has shown great dedication to the Orchestra program here at Brookland-Cayce High School,” said John Rogers BCHS Director of Orchestra and Guitar. “As a musician she enjoys a challenge. Two years ago she accepted the challenge to switch from viola and learn the string bass because our Concert Orchestra did not have a string bassist.”
Rogers also said the ability to pursue opportunities came from the SC Department of Education’s 2015-16 Arts Curricular Innovation Grant.
“The grant proposal “New Horizons Strings” was funded for the amount of $3,940 and has provided the means to purchase a string bass, a string bass storage rack, a class set of string technique books, and string orchestra and small ensemble musical scores,” said Rogers.
Rogers thanked Jim Hinton, the director of student services for Lexington School District 2, for helping secure the grant.
“Mr. Hinton is committed to doing all in his power to help the students and teachers of Lexington School District Two succeed and be the very best they can.”
Rogers also praised the students and his colleagues in Lexington 2.
“This district is truly like no other I have ever had the experience of being with,” said Rogers. “I look forward to working with my students here at Brookland-Cayce High School again next year.”