GREEN BAY - The sounds of summer music boot camp are filling the halls of Green Bay East High School.
Tuesday was day two of a summer program that's part of East's Institute for the Fine Arts.
And many of the students receiving lessons this month are there on community-backed scholarships.
"Nothing in the world can change you like music," said Junior Allan Ortega, sitting near his violin.
Ortega and classmates are tuning up their talents this month, as East High School hosts its summer music boot camp.
"I'm the drill sergeant! Get in there and practice, soldier, so we're having fun," said Director Lucinda Roberts, donning a military uniform to fit the part.
Roberts started the boot camp five years ago.
Professional instructors spend three weeks with students in small groups and one-on-one lessons.
"It's so rewarding," said violin instructor Cassia Frantz. "I learn so much about myself every time I do this program."
Violin instructor Cassia Frantz comes back to her alma mater from Chicago each year.
She says this camp is an experience many of her high school classmates never had.
"For them to be able to study music with no financial burden is something that they never ever would have the opportunity to do without this program," said Frantz.
The out of pocket costs for the camp top $210.
But thanks to community donations, many of the students, like Ortega, are here on full scholarships.
This summer boot camp programs starts for kids as young as sixth grade. And the passion they find this summer could lead to bigger things in the future.
"As they get better at their instrument, they start realizing this is really fun I want to keep doing this, and they can look here to East to participate in the Institute for the Fine Arts," said Roberts.
That aspiration struck Ortega three years ago, when he started violin.
"I feel like the fine arts institute would give me a chance for just about anything musical," said Ortega.
This fall Ortega will begin his intense music instruction at East High School.
He plans on some day majoring in music education.
But instructors say even the kids here who won't play professionally still gain confidence, and the ability to really play well with others.
The music boot camp wraps up with a recital on July 25.
In addition to music performance, the East High School Institute for Fine Arts plans on adding visual arts this fall.
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