Year-Round Staff 

Administration 

Dennis Dockstader

Camp Director and Owner

Percussion/ Timpani  

 

Dennis has been a resident of camp since 1968 following 3 years as an Army band member. He is a life member of the AFM (musicians' union) and has performed many concerts and shows in Southern California as a percussionist/timpanist. Dennis has BA from CSU San Bernardino and did graduate work at UC San Diego. For 24 years he was a counselor/ teacher at an at-risk-teen school. He became Camp Director in 1984.

Larke Dockstader

Camp Manager

Violin

Larke is the granddaughter of Camp Founders Fred and Edna, and the daughter of Camp Director Dennis. She grew up at the camp and participated as a camper from 1988 to 1998. Her various roles throughout the summer seasons have included Elementary Session Program Director, Kitchen Manager, Head Chef, Camp Counselor, and Health Supervisor. 

 

She holds a bachelor's degree in fine art with an emphasis on installation and sculpture from Long Beach State.

 

Larke is a hobby violinist who has played with Glendale Community College Orchestra, Santa Monica College Orchestra, Santa Cruz University Orchestra, and Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra. 

 

When not busy in the camp office you may find her leading hikes, teaching at the arts and crafts station, and hanging with her two rescue pups, Marco and Lola. 

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Seasonal Staff 

Ross Durand

Assistant Camp Director

Horn/Guitar

 

Ross first camped at Arrowbear in 1982 under the baton of Fred Ohlendorf and others. He joined staff as a counselor in 1985 and has not missed a summer since. In addition to a key role in hiring and supervising counselors, he is also the songleader and Dennis’ faithful sidekick when at camp.

 

Ross studied Environmental Science and Music Composition at UCSB. Having started his teaching career at Orange County Outdoor Science Schools since 1996 he has spent his school year teaching Biology and Environmental Science at Rancho Alamitos High School in Garden Grove. 

 

Ross lives in Orange, California with his wife, two daughters, and their dog.

Stacy Burcham

Program Director~ 1st & 2nd Intermediate

Stacy Burcham entered USC on a trumpet scholarship in August of 1995. As a trumpet performance major, Ms. Burcham would enjoy playing in Thornton’s Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Film Scoring rotations, and would also march in the Trojan Marching Band. In the Spring of 1996, Ms. Burcham co-founded USC’s premier a cappella group, the SoCal VoCals. Performing with the VoCals, she discovered her passion for creating and teaching from within a group. Ms. Burcham went on to serve as the musical director, and vocal arranger, and as producer on several award-winning albums. Notably, the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) has awarded the SoCal VoCals four consecutive championship titles and Ms. Burcham six “Best Arrangement” titles – an ICCA record. Ms. Burcham graduated from Thornton with her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, a teaching credential, and a dual emphasis in trumpet and vocal performance (opera and musical theater).

 

Ms. Burcham has dedicated 16 years to public school education, teaching music at the elementary, middle, and high school level. Her arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner has been featured at home games for the Lakers, Clippers, Kings, and Trojans, as well as at the 2008 Democratic National Debate. Ms. Burcham has performed live with Kristin Chenoweth, Roger Daltry, Jeremy Irons, John Lithgow, Adam Marcello, Carson Cohen, Kyle Gass, Lea Michele, Fred Willard, and Josh Groban in events at the Hollywood Bowl, Greek Theater, and Anaheim Convention Center Arena. As a session musician, Ms. Burcham has collaborated with Gabriel Mann (Modern Family), James Snyder (If/Then), Jeremy Silver (Miner), John Spiker (Tenacious D) Ross Golan (Maroon5, Justin Bieber), AJ Jackson (Saint Motel) and Molly Bryant. As an actress, Ms. Burcham has appeared in several notable television and film projects, most recently for Storage Wars, BuzzFeed, and Neon Trees. She remains a frequent adjudicator for the ICCA. Visit her on Soundcloud or Imdb.

Jessandra

Office Assistant~ Jazz Improv, Choral, 1st Intermediate

Jessandra is a cellist, music teacher, and former Arrowbear camper. She holds bachelor’s degrees in cello performance and educational sciences from the University of California at Irvine. She is currently pursing a master’s in music education with licensure at Boston University. She hopes to one day teach music in public schools as an orchestra conductor. In her spare time you can find Jessandra reading, studying, or enjoying the west coast weather.

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909-867-2782
info@arrowbear.com
P.O. Box 180 Running Springs, CA 92382