Walker High School junior Colton Johnson will pack his bags in a few weeks to attend a six-week music camp in North Carolina.
Johnson was accepted to the Brevard Music Center summer institute and festival program, a six-week session held on a wooded 180-acre campus in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.
Johnson applied to the competitive music camp in February and learned in April that he was accepted, making him the first Walker student to attend the program, a news release said.
Johnson credited band directors Jeff Seighman and Edwin Hirst with supporting his efforts to apply for the camp. He also thanked Principal Jason St. Pierre for supporting the school’s arts programs, and music teachers Tren Alford, Steve Menard and Larry Campbell for instruction and support.
Johnson, who has a 4.0 grade-point average, has been a member of the Louisiana Youth Orchestra, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church choir and the trombone quintette the Obnoxious Noises.
He has participated in more than 20 honor ensembles, including the Livingston Parish Honor Band, District IV Honor Band and the Louisiana Music Educators’ Association All-State Honor Band.
He also is a member of the Walker High School advanced choir.
Johnson has to raise $4,300 to attend the summer camp, the release said. For information on how to donate to Johnson’s camp fund, go to gofundme.com/coltonjohnson.