Band Camp

Here are a couple of reminders for our students of what to wear and bring with them to band camp!

  1. Instrument and all of your music (no brainer!)
  2. Wear comfortable tennis shoes and socks. (No sandals or flip flops)
  3. Wear lighter colored clothing. (Shorts and t-shirts) This will help you stay a little cooler.
  4. Sunscreen! Sunscreen! Sunscreen! Yes, we all want a nice tan, however a burn is not the way to go. Please check the dates on your sunscreens to be sure they are not expired.
  5. Bring a hat or something to cover your head.
  6. Sunglasses.
  7. Lip Balm with SPF.
  8. Water Jug with water. Yes, we will have Gatorade available during our break, however if we have a GUSH and GO, you will want the water on the sideline! Please do not share water jugs. Make sure your name is on the jug.
  9. Food! If you are staying on campus for lunch make sure to pack a lunch. Lunch is from 12:30-1:30
  10. EAT BREAKFAST! Please eat a healthy breakfast and try to stay away from dairy. Make sure to eat something of substance.. more than a cracker!

Every year we have one member get dizzy from not eating a proper breakfast.. do not let this be you! Hydrate in the morning as well!!

Additional reminders:

  • Arrive before 8:00 AM.
  • Pay attention and remain positive. It will be hot outside, but if you lose focus or become negative, it can make for a long day and really isn’t fun for the neighbors you are marching with. Keep positive and make it a fun day!
  • Keep your cool! Some of the drill may be difficult, but keep a positive attitude, ask questions of your instructors and we will find a way to help you. Don’t get frustrated. Remember all of your instructors have been in your shoes and know the best way to help you. If you don’t understand the concept right away, that is okay. We know with repetition you will!
  • Know Rehearsal Etiquette. Keep talking to a minimum and move quickly when we are resetting. Knowing rehearsal etiquette can make everything work smoothly for the band and shows professionalism.
  • Make new friends. Take this opportunity to meet new people! You will have life long friends!
  • Put in the effort! Make personal goals everyday and work towards achieving them. (examples- perfecting a difficult musical passage, holding up brass instruments at proper angle, perfecting your posture)
  • Thank those who help you. Whether it is a section leader, upperclassmen, or band parent volunteer. Take the time to thank them for their help. Everyone works really hard to make this a fine program. Thank you is so easy to say, and often not said enough! =)
  • Make your section the best! Work hard to make each and every section the best it can be. Never talk negatively about another section. You do not know what their workload is like. Do not assume it is easier than your own. Be positive and build each other up!