1. All students should be on the BAND app. There is an app for smart phones and you may also join via a computer. All correspondence to students will be done via this app. Parents will still get emails keeping them in the loop. In the app, there are also music files, forms, and a calendar. Click here to join.
2. Make sure to have sunscreen, a pencil, a hat, and a large water jug to get you through 3 hours of rehearsal at a time.
3. Students should have a three-ring binder along with page protectors. For battery and wind players, this will hold all your music and drill charts all season. Page protectors are a MUST have in case of rain! For guard, you will use the binders for your drill during band camp.
4. Every student should be pre-hydrating! It’s not enough to just drink water the day of practice.
Camp will be in and around the high school. Students should report to the band room doors at the start of each day. Each block will run from 9-12 and then again from 6-9 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Wednesday, there will be a scavenger hunt for the students to participate in mid-day. Students are encouraged to bring lunch or lunch money to hang out with their section mates. A lot of great bonding time happens during mini camp and band camp!
One last note
I know that it can be daunting to start something new and especially something that can be so monotonous. If you or your child is unsure about continuing, the mini-camp and band camp experience is usually one of the most fun parts of the season. It’s where friendships are made and we learn more than just basic skills. Any vet of the band will tell you it is worth sticking it out!
I think that’s everything. I will send out a more detailed schedule as we get a little bit closer so keep an eye out for that.