This is a great shot I got of Hyun-Joo Park while we were both snapping photos in the barn one night at Camp MMW 2009. For those of you who don’t know who Hyun is, she’s the one who runs shit at Camp MMW! She’s the one sending out emails, sorting through all your applications and helping the band divide us campers up into our ensembles (among many other things I’m sure.) I believe she is also the one who is making all the necessary arrangements at Full Moon Resort and handling all the paper work so that our time at camp can be as stress free and easy going as possible.
Events like Camp MMW don’t just come together without some serious effort and planning. Many hours of trouble shooting, phone calls and trading emails go into making an event like this go off without a hitch and I’m here to tell you that we have Hyun to thank for that. While MMW are doing their hard work on the road, playing great music at venues around the world while Liz (MMW’s band manger) is haggling with promoters and making sure everything is going well for the band on location, Hyun is manning the fort back in New York City making sure all other band business is in order. Now, I’m not gonna pretend that I understand all that goes into her job or what her responsibilities entail. What I do understand is that our time at camp wouldn’t be nearly as enjoyable if she wasn’t around making things happen the way they should.
So, If you need any help preparing for camp or if you would just like to shoot an email her way to say thank you for all the preparation she has put into making our “jazz fantasy camp” a reality, you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the last day of camp, when you are thanking all the members of the band for all they have taught you and you are reflecting on what an incredible time you have had and how much you have learned, take a minute to thank Hyun-Joo Park as well. Just because she didn’t teach you anything about how to improvise on your instrument or perform at a show, doesn’t mean she didn’t contribute to your experience.
Thank you Hyun!
Now, it’s time for me to go practice (but since it’s 6:30am maybe I’ll do it without an amp!)