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Band Camp

Band Camp

2017 Band Camp Summer Schedule

Band camp is not the worst thing in the world. The worst thing in the world is to come to band camp unprepared. The following guide should help you arrive at band camp prepared, and more importantly, survive.

 I. What To Bring

There are a number of essentials that you must have:

  1. Socks and tennis shoes. No sandals, flip-flops or other shoes that aren’t made to march on a football field or practice field.
  2. **Your instrument** Yes, there have been a few that have forgotten this before…
  3. A small note pad that you can put a string through and wear around your neck & a pencil.
  4. Many upperclassmen will tell you that the following are just as essential:
    – Hat or some other head covering
    – Sunscreen
    – Eat breakfast
    – Water bottle or jug/cooler
    Leave out any of the above and there is a strong possibility you will get sick at band camp. The truth is, there is no excuse to get sick at band camp. Much sickness at camp can be avoided just by taking care of the above items.

    Now, on to the less essential but still important checklist:
    – Shorts
    – DCT / Chapstick
    – Sunglasses
    – Lunch or money for lunch

 II. Why The Essentials Are Essential

Sunscreen: sun poisoning, although rare at camp, is not fun.

Breakfast:  Just like any day, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  You will need to start your day fueled and ready to withstand the full workout that marching band provides.

Water:  Other than the obvious, you will most likely want to bring your own water jug to eliminate any waiting in line at the water cooler.  We absolutely do not recommend any sugar-filled or carbonated beverages.  Water (or sports drinks) is the best thing to keep you hydrated.

Shorts:  Warm weather means wear cool clothes so you don’t overheat.

Chapstick: Only if you think you’ll need it.

Sunglasses:  Again, the obvious is to protect your eyes while you’re in the sun.  You will also be looking up at the director and/or drum major(s) and sometimes that will be in the sun.

Hat:  Again, to keep sun out of your eyes and protect your face.

Lunch: Some people prefer to stay in the band room and eat a packed lunch. If you have a car, you can travel to one of the local restaurants. Freshmen and others without cars, should get approval from your parents to get a ride with an upperclassman.

III. What To Expect At Band Camp

Expect to work, and work really hard. Expect a suntan or sunburn, with tan lines from your shirt and socks. Expect to get bossed around a little. Expect the unexpected – every previous year’s band camp holds several stories. Find an upperclassman for details. Most of all, expect to learn the majority of this year’s show, have some fun doing it, and expect to be proud of the hard work you will put into making the PANTHER PRIDE BAND one of the best bands around!

IV. What To Do

There are several things you can do to make band camp a little easier on yourself.

Show up

Early is on time, on time is late!!! Be on time


Keep cool

V. Final Notes – The Most Important Things To Remember

Respect the directors, staff, officers & upperclassmen (they have done this before and know what they’re talking about) and no one will get hurt.

Eat breakfast EVERY DAY.

Drink plenty of water or Gatorade during every break.

Wear shorts and tennis shoes.

Wear a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.

Bring your instrument.

Always have a pencil and your note pad (called a drill book).

Get to know the people in your Band family – freshman, go out of your way to meet upperclassmen (it will be worth it) and upperclassmen, please remember that freshmen are people too!!!

Band camp is hard work, but you will find that working hard and then seeing the results of that hard work is something to be really proud of. Remember, excellence is not just for sometimes, excellence is for all of the time!!!

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