Band Camp is fast approaching. We leave a week from Sunday on July 15th. It seems like it hasn't been that long since we got out of school but it has been nearly a month. As some of you know, there is a lot of behind the scenes planning that goes into band camp. The first thing I always do is hire the staff. The past few years it has been easy since our staff remains nearly unchanged from year to year. This year in fact, we have the exact same staff coming back as we had last year, including our band moms! It'll be great to have such experience with us again at camp. Let's just hope it cools off! The next thing I worry about and stress over is the marching show itself. Many of you know that it is a Stevie Wonder show this year. The songs are: Sir Duke, Superstition, and Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours. Chad wrote the drill for the first two songs before he joined the U.S. Air Force, and Mr. Rose is writing the last tune. There are some neat things in each of the drills and I know you'll have a good time learning them. The next piece is the paperwork, and that's where you come in. Please be sure you have turned in your paperwork for camp, either early next week, or when you come to your Band Camp Boot Camp rehearsals. You must have:
- Student Information Sheet
- Parent's Day Pick-up Form
- Physical Form, must be within the calendar year
These forms are available to print on your own from this website, click here. If you take prescription medication, you will be given a form for each medicine for your parents to fill out and return before we leave for camp on Sunday.
A Few Changes for this Year
Remember last year when we altered the schedule due to the heat? I thought it was very successful to get out early in the morning and march together as a band rather than have sectionals first. We are going to do that again this year. Here is the revised band camp schedule for this year:
6:15 am-- Reveille
7:00 am-- Breakfast
7:45 to 7:55 am-- Room Clean-up
8:00 to 9:45 am-- Full Band Rehearsal
10:00 to 11:00 am-- Sectional Rehearsal
11:00 am to 12:00 pm-- Free Time
12:00 pm-- Lunch
1:00 to 2:00 pm-- Sectional Rehearsal
2:00 to 2:30 pm-- Squad Rehearsal
2:30 to 2:55 pm-- Break
3:00 to 4:30 pm-- Full Band Rehearsal
4:30 to 5:30 pm-- Free Time
5:30 pm-- Dinner
6:30 to 8:30 pm-- Full Band Rehearsal
8:30 to 10:30 pm-- Evening Activity/Free Time
10:30 pm-- Taps (Lights Out)
Please notice a few items.
- Time in the schedule each morning to clean your rooms! Rooms will be inspected daily by counselors and rooms that aren't clean will be cleaned during free time.
- There is a Break from 2:30-2:55. You will be expected to be relaxing during this time in a shady spot or doing something fun with other band members. (this will also be known as Frisbee time)
Cell Phone Use at Camp
I can tell you this. I have lost sleep this summer thinking about just what to do with cell phones and band camp. Banning their use just doesn't seem to work, and I don't have the time or energy to police the cell phone use anymore. Our time can be best spent in other ways. So, I'm going to allow cell phone use at camp under the following parameters (regulations):
- All phones must be clearly labeled with a student's first and last name. Use tape or some other method that will last throughout camp.
- Phones will be powered off and checked in with counselors during Sunday night's activity time.
- Phones will be checked in each evening and kept in a secure location with counselors. They may be checked out each morning at a time designated by each counselor.
- Phones will not be seen or used during any meal, rehearsal, sectional, or organized band activity. This includes the evening activity of the band, which is meant to be a team-building and bonding activity. Phones must be left in rooms during this time.
- Common sense and courtesy is necessary in using devices that contain a camera. Do not take pictures of anyone without permission, and do not invade personal privacy.
- Phone charging must take place during the day and is the sole responsibility of the student. Phones will not be kept overnight for charging.
- Band Camp is a time for band interaction and team-building. Students who isolate themselves consistently to talk or text may face additional limits on cell phone use.
- Parents should depend on cell phones for casual communication only. Signals at camp can be weak, inconsistent, and sometimes even non-existant. In emergencies, call the camp directly at 231-829-3421 and ask to speak to Mr. Driver.
- If a staff member observes a student failing to follow the above rules, the phone will be confiscated for the remainder of camp (student removes and retains battery). Students who do not check in a phone in with their counselor and use it "secretly" will face disciplinary action and consequences.
What to Bring (and what not to)
-supplies (reeds, oil, etc)
-flip-folder and music
THE ABOVE ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE AT KEIFER'S MUSIC IN BATTLE CREEK
highliter and pencils
Low-top athletic shoes
-comfortable and fitting
-plenty of socks
Pillow and sleeping bag
Soap and deodorant (lots of it)
All joking aside, you MUST shower everyday at band camp. If it is suspected that you are not, I will have that very uncomfortable conversation with you.
baseball hat (or 2)
Plenty of t-shirts
Non-required but recommended
Modest swimwear (if you choose to swim)
A FEW snack items
sandals or flip-flops to wear when not rehearsing
mp3 player/ipod (only to be used in one’s room during free time, you may not walk around camp with earbuds!
Senior Hunt items
Your luggage must be a medium-sized suitcase or bag, plus your instrument, sleeping bag and pillow.
Between now and band camp
What should you do now, today, to get ready for camp? I think you should get your instrument out and play it. Play the fight song. Play something you like. Play something you know. Make sure your instrument works correctly and is clean. Go run around the block. Get your blood moving through your veins! Work up a sweat doing something. There will be a lot of sweat at band camp which just makes it great! Check with your parents and make sure you know the schedules for camp and boot camp next week. It's all on the website. Click each date for details on who is supposed to come.
The last thing you can do is just think about band and band camp and why you're doing what you do. Think of all who have marched before you and worn the Pennfield uniform. If you are new to HS this year, welcome. If you're returning to band, welcome back, and you know the feeling of pride when you've marched your best and performed for a grateful audience. Discipline, pride, and tradition is what the Pennfield Band program has been built upon. It's up to you now. Band, are you ready?