Marching Band Camp
 
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, IT'S TIME FOR ...
BAND CAMP!!

THE SCHEDULE

Sunday August 6th:  9AM - NOON  Student Leaders Only

                                    Noon - 6PM  Everyone!

Monday August 7th: 1 - 9PM

Tuesday August 8th: 1 - 9PM

Wednesday August 9th: 1 - 9PM

Thursday August 10th: Rehearsal 1 - 5PM

                                        DCI at Regal Cinemas 6 - Midnight

Friday August 11th: 1 - 8PM

                                   1 - 6PM    Practice

                                   6 - 7PM    Parent Meeting 

                                   7 - 8PM    Preview of our show!


WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

  • First and foremost: A willingness to have an AWESOME, incredible, life changing experience!
  • Your printed music (even if you have it memorized - which you should be well on your way to doing) with lots of markings in it to help you play your absolute best! If you don't know how to mark your music up just ask and we'll help you out!
  • Your school-provided flip folder and lyre. Freshmen will be assigned one at camp. Even if you do already have music memorized, you should ALWAYS bring these to EVERY music and field rehearsal for reference.
  • A pencil ... this should also come to EVERY rehearsal. This is to mark changes and additions in your music.
  • Your dotbook, which will will be provided at the beginning of camp and must be turned in at the end of camp.  Do NOT lose them.  We only have one copy of your dotbook.  Take pictures of it on your phone so that you will have an extra copy as a backup.
  • Dot Markers - These should be bright and noticeable, not breakable or something that will trip or hurt others (ex. small bean bags, personalized poker chips, puzzle pieces, etc.) They are used to mark your drill spot on the field. if you have questions about this then contact your section leader.  Here are some Examples.
  • Sneakers for marching! ABSOLUTELY NO: flip flops, sandals, boots, or other shoes that can cause blisters, tripping, turned ankles, etc. Wear good, comfortable, supportive sneakers EVERY time you're on the field. You may also want a supply of band-aids, moleskin, and/or blister block just in case.
  • Sunscreen!!! Avoid pain and discomfort now and skin cancer later in life! Don't be a "hero" ... bring it, use it often, and without shame!!! 
  • A hat! It gets pretty messy trying to put sunscreen in your hair.
  • Sunglasses (optional) ... sometimes that lovely sun shows up in the most inopportune places.
  • FOOD!!! Primarily dinner ... either pack one or bring $$$ to buy it every day. Bring snacks you can easily stash in your pockets for a quick pick-me-up during rehearsal breaks. Also, be sure you've had a good breakfast and lunch each day BEFORE coming to camp. You'll need that energy and without it you'll likely get cranky and be unfocused, which will make the directors cranky - and you don't want us being cranky! ;-)
  • WATER!!! Hydrate well before coming to camp each day, but also be sure to bring water bottles/containers with you that you can access during rehearsal. Though we try to have bottled water available you should always try to bring your own supply that you can refill as needed. 

WHAT FEES/EXPENSES DO I NEED TO PAY AT CAMP?

Every member of the band is required to purchase and or pay for the following items and fees:
    • Tradition of Excellence T-shirt - $10 (if you have one from a previous year that still looks good and fits well you do not need a new one - the design will not change)
    • Gloves - $5 (everyone but percussion should plan on buying a new clean pair)
    • Shoes - $35 ("if the shoe fits, wear it"... unless it's grungy and beyond all hope of cleaning)
    • Dry cleaning fee - $20 (this is mandatory for EVERYONE every year)
In addition, percussionists should plan for the following:
  • You will be provided with one pair of sticks or mallets for your use. Beyond that you are expected to purchase any additional at the going rate at that point in time. Depending on your instrument this could range from $8 - $45. Snare and tenor sticks tend to break more frequently, but are at the lower end of the cost scale. In general, the better technique you use the less frequently you will need to replace your sticks and mallets. You are expected to maintain two pair of sticks/mallets at all times ... one set for practice, and one that should be kept pristine for performances. Again, we provide 1 pair and that means you must buy the second plus any additional replacements. More information will be given at camp.
If you will be attending the DCI show with us at Regal Cinemas in Newington on the evening of August 10th the cost will be $25. That includes transportation by bus and your admission to the theatre. Be sure to bring extra money for snacks. 

THEME DAYS

Each year we have a "spirit week" during band camp to make things even more fun, and the winners of each day's theme will receive awards on Friday!  Nothing wrong with a little friendly competition right?  Make sure all items / outfits are school-appropriate and won't interfere with or disrupt yours or another's learning of that days material though!

Sunday - COLOR DAY
Wear the following colors to represent your section!!

Flutes: PINK

Oboes: BLUE/PINK

Clarinets: PURPLE

All Saxophones (Alto/Tenor/Bari): YELLOW

Mello: SILVER

Trumpets: BLUE

Low Brass: GREEN

Percussion: BLACK

Colorguard: ORANGE

Field Staff: (Section/Segment Leaders, Presidents, VPs, and Drum Majors in Training): Section-Based Tie Dye (Flute Section Leaders wear Pink Tie Dye, Trumpet Section Leaders wear Blue Tie Dye, etc.)

Monday: UNITY DAY
Show your pride for your section!

Tuesday: HAT DAY
Wear your favorite hat!

Wednesday: WESTERN DAY
Wear your favorite western-themed attire (cowboy hat, plaid shirt, overalls, etc.)

Thursday: SPACE DAY (DCI Day)
Wear comfy street clothes for the DCI show that night!

Friday: RED/WHITE DAY
Show some Red Raider Pride!


WHERE IS DROP OFF/PICK UP?
Students should be dropped off and picked up by the school entrance closest to the Music Department on the Tech Center side of the main building.

Please DO NOT park, enter, or drop off/pick up in the parking lot behind the Music Department by the football field at any time.  There are a lot of construction vehicles and activities back there. Also, that area is too small and can pose challenges and potential accidents for drivers.

HOW CAN MY FAMILY HELP?

There are several simple ways to help!

1) Bottled water is welcome every day because we use it all day long each day of camp and then into the season itself. 

We're also in need of individuals with access to large coolers we could use as well as folks who could stock them with ice to keep the water cold each day.

Unfortunately we don't have a lot of extra storage space at the moment, so the ideal solution would be for folks to bring stocked coolers in the morning and then bring them back home in the evening, however we know that this isn't practical for everyone. Whatever you can provide would be greatly appreciated!


2) We are in need of people to donate freezer pops for band camp. We are looking for 185 freezer pops plus 2 boxes of a sugar free variety for each day during band camp starting this Sunday. They will need to be delivered at 3:45pm each day so they can be ready for the daily 4pm break. Please contact Gwen Pham at gwenpham123@gmail.com to let her know if you can help and on which date. 


3) Stay tuned for more opportunities! As things get going we will need help moving equipment, preparing and signing out uniforms, etc.


BUT WAIT, I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS!!

Start with your section leader first and if they can't answer your questions try e-mailing one of the directors:




or, send a message through the Remind text app (see the next article for more info on that).

At camp you will meet a number of additional staff members on-hand to help teach you what you need to know. Though these individuals are very knowledgable in their individual areas of expertise keep in mind that they won't always have the answers to your logistical questions. When in doubt be sure to ask a director.

Who are the student leaders? (top)

This year's student leaders will be announced soon.

 Drum Majors

 Devin DiBernardo, Jenna Hartwick, Molly Stanley, Patrick Stanley
 In Training: Sophie Adams, Isaac Melville, Corin Molinaro
 Presidents  Jeremy Lang & Owen Price
 Vice Presidents 

 Rebecca Bahlert & Jeremiah Richardson
 Percussion Captains

 Front Ensemble: Colleen Shannon & Chloe Molinaro (asst.)
 Battery: Spencer Wiles & Tim Coberly (asst.)
 Percussion Segment Leaders     Snares: Spencer Wiles, Tenors: Jack Ehmett
 Bass Drums: Tim Coberly, Cymbals: Austin Dumont
 Guard Captain                                                   Sabrina Burnham
 Guard Assistant  Captains  Meghan Morton, Dominique Bissette, Rozzy Mullen
 Equipment Captains: Lynsey Berry, Jaiden Hodgson
 Flute

 Olivia Lapolla & Chloe Warrell
 Oboe

 Owen Price
 Clarinet

 Makayla Baita, Jordan Britton, Noah Trueworthy
 Alto Sax

 Gabby Ferro, Ben Laine, Nathaniel Trueworthy
 Tenor Sax

 Ben Caplette & Jeremy Lang
 Baritone Sax
 Simon Ropars
 Trumpet

 Overall Section Leader: Emily McCollum 
 
1st Trumpets: Hailey Kean, 2nd Trumpets: Max Ehmett, 3rd Trumpets: Joe Breton
 Mellophone (French Horn)

 Becca Bahlert & Devin DiBernardo
 Trombone

  Jeremiah Richardson & Grace Rouleau
 Euphonium                                          Michael Perez & Derek Pratt
 Tuba              Kol Spielvogel & Patrick Stanley