Will we wear masks?When we are practicing outside, masks are not required.When we are practicing inside, students should wear masks when not playing woodwind and brass instruments. Students can also utilize specialized instrument face masks. Students playing woodwind and brass instruments should also utilize a bell cover during indoor rehearsals.
What do we do for 9 hours a day?In the morning, we spend our time outside learning to march and learning the drill for our show! In the afternoon, we have lunch, then we learn the music for our show and work on memorizing it. We spend about half the time in sectionals and half the time practicing as a whole band.
How do you memorize all that music?Practice!! We’re here for 3 weeks and we spend hours everyday working on memorizing. It’ll come to you! It's intimidating at first, but you’ll get it quickly :)
How do I rent a marching instrument?There will be a form sent out and you can fill it out then. You can also talk to Helen (our band manager) about it.
What should I wear to band camp?In the August heat, you’ll want a pair of shorts and a t-shirt or tank top, nothing too tight to avoid trapped heat. You’ll also want a good pair of tennis shoes as we’ll be exercising for a good chunk of the day. Additionally, we recommend sunglasses, a hat, deodorant (please), and maybe an extra pair of socks because sometimes the ifeld is wet and you don’t want your feet wet for the entire day.
When do we perform?We perform our show at home games during halftime and at competitions. We will also have a parent preview where we will perform, and your parents will even have a chance to join you on the field when we’re done! When we aren’t performing at games, we do pep band, which entails us playing popular, fun songs that get the crowd going!
What should I know about section group chats?They are on Whatsapp! Section leaders will create them and add everyone in the section, and will send out updates on it. Be sure to check it, and the group description for any important information!
I want to try out for leadership next year. What should I do?There will be an audition process towards the end of the school year, around April or May. There’s a written portion, a teaching demonstration, and an interview. Talk to a section leader, captain, or drum major about the process if you have any specific questions! We’ll be happy to help :)