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Spring 2012

jimCamp Director's Message

A Note from Jim Mazzaferro

Goodness! It’s already the end of February and camp is just around the corner!

We’ve been busy at camp with many projects, but the biggest project we have been working on this off season is the Dining Hall. It was time to re-do the floor- the patches, the tile, the flooring, it all needed to be replaced, and Douglas Dreher with the help of Casey Jones, Mark Gensler, and Nick Ducusin have transformed the Dining Hall into a safe, LEVEL place to eat, rehearse and gather during the summer months. Picutures of the progress have been posted on our Cazadero Music Camp Facebook page, so if you haven’t checked out what is happening at Caz, head on over see what’s in store for this summer.

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Caz Registration Updates

Register Now!  Caz is Filling Fast!campfire2
If you haven’t registered for Caz for this summer yet, don’t wait.  It is going to be a spectacular summer and spaces and instruments are filling fast!  Get signed up now.  Download a 2012 Registration Form here

Last year we began our Bring-a-Buddy Discount program and it was a big success.   We had nearly 50 new campers sign up as referred, first time campers, and just under 40 returning campers who received a refund on their tuition.  WE LOVE THIS PROGRAM.  It’s such a win-win-win; your camper gets to have a buddy come with them to camp, we get a new camper who will have a great time, and you get a refund at the end of the summer for your help in spreading the word about Caz. Learn more here.

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Camp Staff News

Enjoy a few updates on what some of the tremendous staff from last summer at Caz have been doing in their "down-time" during the Caz off-season.

Taylor Weary, Counselortaylorweary_2011
I suppose I've mostly been living out of a suitcase since my last encounter with a redwood tree. I decided to take a year off before going to Harvard University in the fall, and I wanted to fill my time volunteering abroad. Starting in September, I spent 3 months in Cape Town, South Africa working in a daycare and a children's hospital in low-income communities. When I reluctantly returned to America, this Los Angeles girl experienced living through her first real (though mild!) East Coast winter in my new home in Pennsylvania. I knew my free time this year was rare and precious, and I had caught the travel bug pretty badly in Africa, so I planned another volunteer trip. I write this right now from my bedroom in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Vietnam with the fan blasting the 107-degree heat and mosquitos away from me. I'm in the middle of a month-long stay, in which I am working with children with various disabilities in a physiotherapy clinic and a temple-turned-orphanage. If anyone is interested in finding out more about my adventures, I've been keeping blogs at and!

>>Read more here>> about staff members Taylor Weary, Emily Spitz, Danielle DiDonato, Jason Galisatus and Carolyn Niehaus


Tuning Up for JumpStart in Music

“I see six months of progress in my
students in just three days!”

JumpStart in Music teacher

JumpStart in Music is Caz’s little known, but much-loved gem of a music program.  These weekend musical retreats for school and school district music programs are the highlight of our fall and spring seasons at Caz.  Working with our partners in the Oakland and Berkeley Unified School Districts, Oakland School for the Arts, Portola Middle School in El Cerrito and 8 middle and high schools in Sonoma County, Cazadero will host six weekends of intense musical instruction and fabulous outdoor fun this year.

JumpStart in Music is an intensive three-day camp music retreat providing a unique opportunity for students to experience the special benefits that nature and music can bring.  For many Jumpstart participants, this is a first opportunity to immerse themselves in music, have a chance to get outside of the classroom and city, and spend an overnight at a camp. 

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Ads for Caz!2011_concertprogcover

Have a business that needs promoting? Have a hobby that you want to expand? Looking for a new target audience to market to? Advertise with Cazadero!

The 2012 Cazadero Music Camp Summer Concert Program has great opportunities to advertise you, your business or your hobby all while supporting a great camp. With a distribution of more than 4,000 each summer, the Summer Concert Program, with your ad in it, will be seen by parents, grandparents, family, friends and neighbors from all over the Bay Area and beyond. Not only will you reach a large Bay Area audience, but you will be demonstrating your support of this beloved community program.

With great rates and full color printing the results will not disappoint. Follow the link to download a Concert Ad Form or call or email David Wagner, Executive Director, at the Caz office for more information. Download a Concert Ad Form here.





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