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Summer Music Camp Founder

In 1988, Dell Schroeder started Band at the Beach in her backyard. Since then, thousands of young students have enjoyed making music through the camp. In 2018, after 30 years, the PLNU Music Department was honored to take over the operation of the camp and continue this wonderful community tradition. Backed by the BATB 501c3 non-profit organization, the camp continues to thrive and advocate for quality music in our schools.

This week-long day-camp is designed to be inspiring and keep students playing music. Daily sessions include exciting ensemble and sectional rehearsals, masterclasses, and a finale concert in our Crill Performance Hall. Unique to this camp, is the salt and pepper rehearsal format, where students sit amongst professionals and community musicians. This special format has proven to be a powerful and impactful way to help students to foster a love of music-making.


DELL SCHROEDER (Camp Founder, woodwinds)

Current Occupation: piano and band instrument lessons, Music theory and music camp.
PTA Honorary Service Award (Loma Portal Elementary); PTO Honorary Service Award (Correia JHS); Nominee Del Mar Fair “Music Mania” Banner Project; Honoree Point Loma High School Bands “Rhapsody on the Point;” Induction to the Florida State University College of Music “Wall of Fame" (FSU Band Alumni), CMEA Retired (not) Music Educator of the Year.
Education: Converse College and Florida State University (BME); San Diego State University (MA); National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan; California Life Credential (Music K-12).
Co-founder: Peninsula Bands in Concert
Founder: Band at the Beach© and Band at the Beach Music Camp© , Floot Troop©; Summer Saxophone Insanity©.
Memberships: California Band Directors’ Association; CMEA/Southern Border Section; San Diego Clarinet Society; San Diego Flute Guild; Music Teachers Association of California (Certificate of Merit teacher); Presidio Optimist Club; Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association; Women Band Directors International; Sousa Honor Band (Staff); National Association for Music Education.
Participant: Community Council for Music in Our Schools; Organizer FSU Band Alumni for Disneyland Pigskin Classic; Florida State University Band Alumni Board of Directors; Full Bar Saxophone Quartet; Pit Orchestra for West Coast Premiere of “Sing for the Cure” narrated by Michelle Nichols (Lt. Uhuru from Star Trek); San Diego Concert Band (Principal Saxophone); San Diego Concert Band European Tour; Saxophone Christmas (Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland); Westwind Brass International Summer Workshop; USD Chamber Music Workshop; Hillcrest Wind Ensemble (clarinet), San Diego City Guard Band (clarinet), San Diego Bassoon Band, Bayfront Ceremonial Band, SDSU Summer Music Institute (volunteer),CMEA/SBS Educator Band 2013, member of the Spartanburg (SC), Symphony and the Tallahassee(FL) Symphony.


2022 Board

Interim President, James Simon
Secretary Dell Schroeder
Treasurer James Trepasso
Enrollment Stefani Schmitz
Camp Director Dean Hickman








I appreciate all the time you have given to us. S.H.

I'm going to Pepperdine on a music scholarship and I pretty sure it's because of you. T.M.

Many thanks for the sacrifice and hard work you have put into BATB. What a wonderful opportunity you have created for these students. E. K.

Band at the Beach is so different. learned so much in just one week! C.W.

All the kids did an incredible job. V. M.

Thank you for your awesome help at making band camp fun. C.R.

It was a great concert and I there must have been a great deal of effort behind the scenes. You and you staff put on a great show and what you all do for the students is remarkable. C.P.

We had the great privilege of being in the audience for the Band at the Beach concert on the 18th. There are no words strong enough to express our admiration for the adults and the students involved and the great concert they were able to present. Everyone involved should be immensely proud of his and her efforts.

Our grandson played the tuba in the concert. He told us that he was amazed at the superiority of the teachers that week over the teachers he has had in other situations. His verbatim comment was "These are real teachers!"

Thank you to you for your leadership and for allowing us to hear the results.

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