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A new camp has girls rockin'- literally and figuratively

By Susan Bahorich, sbahorich@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jul 13 2013 12:32:06 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 13 2013 11:55:46 PM EDT

Campers are learning life lessons set to music

ROANOKE, Va. -

It may sound like a lot of noise, but inside this tangle of notes, melody and harmony, something special is happening.

"It's a great experience and I recommend it to everybody," says 11-year old Elena Lloyd.

That experience is Girls Rock Roanoke.
At this point, you're more likely to hear it, than see it.
But, the week-long music camp is working to build the confidence and self-esteem of these young girls.

"We're talking about girls ages 8-12, and that's when they're just starting to enter adolescence and they're starting to feel those pressures, pressures to look a certain way, to act a certain way, pressures from friends- and here what we're trying to do is to help them develop that self confidence and self esteem so they can stand up for themselves and what they believe in and not be influenced by peers in that way," explains founder LeeRay Costa.

At the beginning, most of the girls don't have a lot experience..

"I ended up doing drums and I really liked it," says Annabelle Buyck, 9-years-old.

"I learned how to sing way more here," says 8-year-old Cassidy McCoy.

But, by the end they've formed a band, are playing instruments and writing songs.

Explains 12-year-old Mya Nixon, "It's a great experience. You can make tons of new friends and even if you don't play, you can learn!"

"They teach us how to be confident and go out there and do your best and we have a lot of fun," explains 12-year-old Tela Espelage.

All this hard work culminates in a live performance in front of a crowd.
While the camp is only week...

"It's truly amazing and teaches you things you haven't learned and teaches you to be confident and brave," says 10-year-old Marisol Dobe.

.. these lesson will last a lifetime.
And, that's music to the ears of organizers.