Band Camps and Rehearsals

Dates and Times

Spring Camp is usually a week in May. This is where the students are given music for next season’s show. These are held after school and usually last two hours per day. Color guard auditions are the week before spring camp. Guard members who play an instrument are welcome to come to spring camp and get acclimated to the music they'll be dancing to. Also, those who tried out and were not selected (or are alternates) are encouraged to join and pick up an instrument of their choice for a year to gain experience with the band.

Summer Camp usually takes place for two weeks at the end of summer before school starts, typically the last week in July and first week of August. These are typically full days, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Students bring their lunches, and the booster club provides a snack and dinner each day.

The students focus on music and drill for the up-coming show. There are also intense team building and leadership skills that are learned at band camp.

A Parent Preview show is presented at the end of camp or one evening in early August. Watch for announcements of the actual day and time.

After-school rehearsals are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. These are usually from 4:00-6:45pm, unless otherwise instructed due to heat.

Additional rehearsals may be scheduled prior to special performances and competitions. Please consult the band calendar for the tentative times for these rehearsals. Students will be advised of these rehearsal dates and times in advance. Most rehearsals are held at the grid (the bus parking lot across St. Andrews Road from the school). In the event of inclement weather, rehearsal will be moved to the Band Room/Orchestra Room. In the event those rooms are unavailable, rehearsal may be cancelled. Students should know how to reach parents should this occur in order to avoid students not having a ride home.

In addition to the full band rehearsals listed above, the band and guard team may have sectionals scheduled at the discretion of the Director or staff. Extra sectionals will be called as deemed necessary by the staff. Students will receive advance notice (at least one day) of these sectionals rehearsals.

Saturday Mini Band Camps During the season, there are some Saturdays that are used for additional rehearsals in preparation for competitions. Exact dates and times will be announced and posted on the website calendar.

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What to Bring Students should wear or bring the following every day:

What is Expected Students are expected to learn to be on time to all activities. Students also learn to take proper care of their instruments at camp. Students are expected to learn to cooperate with each other and staff to enable the band to perform at the highest level possible. Students are encouraged to push themselves hard and strive for the extra little bit of effort at camp and in all rehearsals and competitions.

Food Since these are full day sessions, the Booster Club typically provides snacks and dinner. Students should bring their own lunches, which will be put in coolers in the portable until lunch time.

We have two air-conditioned portables to provide a place for overheated students to cool down or provide for basic first-aid needs. Please make sure that students drink lots of water and clear liquids and rest between rehearsals. Please also ensure they get plenty of sleep at night.

Fatigue It is very possible that you will be very tired after camp. It is recommended that you don’t plan for a heavy duty/action- packed week after camp. On the other hand some students finish camp with lots of extra energy and excitement. ALL students can expect lots of fun memories and a true sense of accomplishment.

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