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Praise Him in Glad Adoration
Ladore Music and Arts Camp 2013

Report by Harold Burgmayer

Musicamp Candid & Vocal Celebration Photos

Preview Concert Photos

Arts Celebration Photos

Banquet & Award Photos

Finale Photos

Shabach! Tehillah! Zamar! Yadah! Barak! Halal!

Ask any Pendel music camper what these Hebrew words mean, and they will be able to both tell and show you! Because the command to praise is so universal, each song, dance, presentation, and recitation of Scripture during the nine day Pendel Music and Arts week at Camp Ladore was a true reflection of the theme, “Praise Him in glad adoration!”

Registration day at Ladore Music and Arts Camp was a well-oiled machine. Staff greeted campers with smiles and songs. Luggage was put on a truck and delivered to cabins. Nurses were on duty. And every single room and corner of the Pavilion was occupied with evaluations. With ten majors to choose from (brass, voice, piano, percussion, guitar, timbrels, dance, choreodrama, step, and music makers, each divided into skill levels – plus theory and chorus for all campers), the PARC buzzed with anticipation for the week. 

The first evening, after getting settled into their cabins, campers were formally welcomed to camp with music by the staff ensemble, a look ahead to the “Praise” devotional theme, and an introduction of special guest composer, conductor, and soloist Marcus Venables from the land of Canada. Throughout the week, B/M Venebles was a transparent vessel in body and in spirit. He shared his written music, his skillful cornet-playing, his testimony, his encouragement, (and his hockey skills). He spoke softly, but his life spoke clear enough, and many were blessed through him.

Daily morning small-group Bible studies set the tone for each day as campers looked to God’s Word to learn about different expressions for praising God. Evening gatherings were a daily worship time with singing, Scripture memorization, drama sketches that highlighted the “praise” theme for each day, and a devotional by a music camp staff member.

During the week, the Music Department held workshops for music camp staff, which included updates and changes for both the Music Arts Proficiency (M.A.P.) curriculum and the structure of divisional music groups and rehearsals. These two sessions proved to be uplifting for the leaders as they shared, discussed, and were equipped with tools for use at their home corps.

Day four kicked off a succession of fantastic evening programs that evidenced strides already being made in musical progress. The Preview Concert featured presentations by instrumental majors classes, and solos by Oyinda Alliyu (Philadelphia Citadel), Joshua Laidlaw (Levittown), and Eryn Dennis (Philadelphia Roxborough).

Choral Night began with a glorious united arrangement – “In Glad Adoration,” using the familiar songs “Clap Your Hands, All Ye People,” Father, I Adore You,” “Thy Loving Kindness is Better Than Life,” and “We Bow Down.” Each chorus and voice class presented a song, along with vocal solos by Olivia Renkel (Williamsport) and Rachel Lee (Lancaster).

Arts Night featured dance, drama, timbrel, and step groups, as well as a ballet solo by Megan Pastin (Boyertown).

The Lord’s Day gathering centered around all eight Scripture verses that had been memorized during the week. During this special time, the choreodrama class presented a powerful piece about waving our white flags in surrender to God. Special guest Marcus Venables (North York Temple) and camper Ian Wettlaufer (Lancaster Citadel) both gave testimonies with the theme of surrendering. After a sermon by Captain Mike Laro using the words of “It is Well with My Soul,” cabin groups prayed, and campers accepted Christ and submitted to His will all throughout the auditorium.

The Lord’s Day banquet was a time for the entire camp of over 300 campers to eat a special meal together in a bright, decorated dining hall – each table served by music camp staff. There were table photos, music, good food, and laughter as the campers were guests of honor.

At the Finale Concert, every camper performed with a Majors group, sang in a chorus, and participated in the two full-camp united pieces – “In Glad Adoration” and “Solidarity.” Under the leadership of B/M Venables and Dr. Burgmayer, Ladore Band set the stage at each evening program as well as at the Finale. Award-winners from each class were recognized, and parents and corps families were present to witness the culmination of an eventful, but sacred week.

Praise Him in glad adoration!



Lakeside Brass

Marissa Riley

Phila. Pioneer


Josh Laidlaw


Stepping Stone

Brielle Jordan

Philadelphia Citadel

Ladore Learners

Alexa Gulliver



Faith Nazulme

Philadelphia Citadel


Rae Benner

State College

Guitar 1

Jacob Pierce

Lock Haven

Guitar 2

Donmir Rolling

Philadelphia Citadel

Beginner Timbrels

Monique Timmons

Phila. Tabernacle

Intermediate Timbrels

Jada Brown

Philadelphia Citadel

Percussion Ensemble

Nathan Harris

Philadelphia Citadel

Jr. Drama

January Baker

Philadelphia Citadel

Drama A

Jasmine Rivera


Drama B

Tyler Wendt

West Chester

Jr. Dance

Julia Bouder

Pen Argyl

Dance A

Milagros Salinas


Dance B

Claresse Steidinger

Bethlehem Citadel


Marly Mendoza



Korell Redhead

State College

Music Makers

Nick Miller



Malissa Lindenberger

West Chester


Clay Stache



Josh Ortiz




Seneca A

Meghan Pastin


Seneca B

Demanie Redhead

State College


Isabelle Cormier



Joseph Pearce

Lock Haven


Bridgette Brandt

West Pittston


Camron Baines



Selena Mendoza

Phila. Pioneer


Rebekah Epstein

Phila Roxborough


Angel DeJesus – Philadelphia Citadel
Shawn DeJesus – Philadelphia Citadel

Jasmine Rivera - Lebanon

Joseph Pierce – Lock Haven


Selena Mendoza – Philadelphia Pioneer
Marissa Riley – Philadelphia Pioneer

Oyinda Alliyu – Philadelphia Citadel
Abigail Pastin – Boyertown
Matthew Spencer - Boyertown



William Li – Reading Citadel