Emily Gentles, 13, of Lake Hamilton Middle School in Pearcy, Ark., plays ‘On the American River’ by composer Alan Lee Silva on the flute at Dixie Band Camp. The University of Central Arkansas is currently hosting about 750 middle school band students from the South. The camp is one of the oldest in the United States, originating 75 years ago. According to Tim Cunningham, Dixie Band Camp board member and director of Conway School bands, UCA has hosted the camp since 1989.