Superintendent’s Artist of the Week: Camden Tracy


Superintendent’s Artist of the Week: Camden Tracy

March 15, 2023

Warwick Valley Middle School eighth grader Camden Tracy was at center stage, literally, for most of the Guitar Club concert last month.  He played bass, electric guitar (two different models) and sang. His guitar solo on “Master of Puppets” by Metallica was one of the highlights of the concert.

“Camden’s a natural and learns by ear,” said Guitar Club advisor Mr. Algera.  “Just this last year he decided to play guitar, and he’s the best guitarist I’ve ever had.  It’s going to be sad for me next year because he’s not going to be in the guitar club and his enthusiasm and excitement helped keep the club going. He’s also just a very nice kid.”

Camden started playing the bass guitar about five years ago because he was jealous that his younger brother Holden was playing the piano. Camden wanted to find an instrument of his own. Their father Justin, a former bass player, let Camden use his instrument.

Camden then started taking lessons from Ryan Marks and learned the bass quickly. He played the bass for his first two years in the guitar club. He decided to start playing the electric guitar after his great-grandfather gave him a Fender.

“Camden’s musicianship was immediately recognizable,” Mr. Alegra said. “ But what really set Camden apart was his willingness to listen and learn.  Throughout the years, Camden would often show up to Guitar Club rehearsals on days when he wasn’t on the schedule to help other people or just to play the song.  He is, by all definitions of the word, passionate about music.  I expect great things from Camden in the future.”

Camden joined the chorus at the end of last year, mainly because WVMS music teacher Mr. Peters needed a bass player. Mr. Peters soon discovered that Camden has an amazing voice.

Guitar Club is now over for the year, but Camden still sings with the chorus and also plays in a band with some friends. 

“Ever since I picked up the bass, it’s been a dream of mine to go on stage in front of thousands of people,” said Camden, who practices six or seven hours a day. 

Based on the talent Camden has displayed at WVMS, his teachers would not be surprised to see his dream come true.

“Camden is a rock star in the making,” said WVMS music teacher Shane Peters. “He is a leader in the chorus, has an amazing voice and some incredible guitar chops!”

View the Warwick Valley Television video of the Guitar Club concert.

Warwick Valley Middle School student Camden Tracy on March 10, 2023.


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