Friday, July 22, 2011

International hosting with a musical theme

Via the Yellow Springs Arts Council

From Brent Hayden, a music educator in Springfield and resident of Xenia. Please read through and if you are interested in hosting international students for a few days, please contact Brent at his contact information below.

July 21, 2011

Dear Musical Friends,

We have a exciting news to share with you! My wife and I are the Chairpersons for an International Exchange from July 28th-August 1st with the Concertband Maasmechelen from Belgium. This International Exchange is part of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Twin Lake, MI) International Program. During their visit they will be staying with host families, performing a concert, and experiencing life in the Dayton, Ohio area. For more information on Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, please visit their website at

How can you be involved in this international experience? We'd love for you to be a part of this by being a host family for 1 (or more!) of the 60 band members. Their ages ranges from 12 to 55 so we need a variety of host families. You may wonder, “What is required of me as a host family?”, so here are some of the basics....

*Provide a room/place for them to sleep
*Provide most meals (depending on the schedule of the group)
*Provide transportation to and from some activities/rehearsals/concert
*Have a good time meeting and spending time with new friends
  • Thursday, July 28th - 9:00p.m. - Concertband Maasmechelen arrives at Wright State University
  • Friday, July 29th-Morning with host families/ 4-6 pm rehearsal for band at Wright State University
  • Saturday, July 30th-Morning with host families/7pm concert at Young's Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs
  • Sunday, July 31st-Morning with host family/Evening farewell potluck picnic for all at John Bryan State Park Lower Shelter
  • Monday, August 1st- Concertband Maasmechelen meets at Wright State University at 8:00a.m. for departure
Please contact us ASAP if you are able to host one or more of our Belgium friends.
If you have any questions at all, please contact us at: 937.372.1153 (home)
We really hope you'll join us in this International Exchange and welcome Concertband Maasmechelen in their first “stop” on their journey to our wonderful country!


Rachel and Brent Hayden

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