Band camp can be hot and long but if you properly prepare for this event you will have a lot of fun. Band camp is the most important part of our season each year and your attendance is very important. All students who march are expected to attend every day of band camp. Rookie members follow a slightly different schedule than upperclassmen so please check the calendar on this website for the latest schedule.
Please keep the following in mind while preparing for band camp.
What to wear?
- You MUST wear tennis shoes! No sandals or hard-soled shoes.
- Wear clothing that will keep you cool like shorts, no dark colors and a cap that will keep the sun off your head.
- Sunscreen is a must. I recommend the highest protection available, as we will spend several hours outside at a time.
- Some type of lip protection. I recommend DCT made by blistex. It contains sun protection and will not break down the tissue in your lips that will affect your playing.
What to bring?
- Small personal water bottle. We try to keep water jugs full but they run out quick.
- Flip folder and lyre.
- Inhaler if you have EVER needed one.
What to do before and during?
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Eat a good breakfast every morning and drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Stay away from cokes and heavy pastas.
- If you have a medical condition of any kind please inform the directors before we begin any outdoor activities.
- Dust off your instrument and make sure it is in proper working order before you arrive at the first rehearsal. Play each day leading up to band camp to help your endurance during the first few days. (Long tones, lip slurs and scales always help)
- Get exercise. Walk or run around your block a few times daily throughout the summer.
What does it cost and is included?
- You will need to pay for a $50 band camp fee at F3 day.
- Lunch will be provided. Students will not be allowed to leave during lunch.
- You will receive a band t-shirt that will be worn under your uniform during performances.
- You will receive personal attention from hired instructors.
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