Marching Band “Boot” Camp: August 29 – September 2, 2016
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, camp begins at 9 AM and ends at 9 PM. Lunch is from 12 PM – 1 PM and dinner is from 5:30 PM – 7 PM. Students can go home for lunch or dinner or bring it with them to eat in the band room or on the field.
On Wednesday, August 31, camp will begin at 10 AM.
Before arriving at camp . . . EAT BREAKFAST. Every year, we have students who get too hot or tired or even faint. Most of the time, that student did not eat before coming to camp. “Boot” camp is more strenuous that one thinks, so please make sure students eat a nutritious breakfast. They can also bring small snacks if they get hungry. There will be water breaks, but having a water bottle with a strap allows them to have water with them at all times in the field.
On Friday, August 29, at 4:30 PM, there will be a preview performance of the marching band show based on Aaron Copland’s Rodeo, at the GRHS backfield. Refreshments will be served. Family, friends, marching band alums, and GRMPA alums are invited to gather at the top of the hill to see what the students have learned during the summer practice sessions and “boot” camp, AND to use this initial performance as a reference point as the band continues to improve throughout the season. Though the performance is somewhat “messy” and often not complete, it certainly demonstrates how much these students learn in a short period of time. That night, there will be an initiation ceremony for new members, followed by a pool party at a music parent’s home.
Supplies Needed for “Boot” Camp
- Binder for drill and music with clear plastic pages. (Plastic pages are not mandatory, but they will save you a huge headache by the end of the season.)
- Small spiral notebook to use as “dot” book
- Sunscreen: Students burn every year because they forget to put on sunscreen. You will be reminded, but you have to put it on!!
- Sneakers—not flip-flops or sandals—Sneakers. While on the field, students must wear sneakers. For the evening session, students and instructors will be inside, so sneakers are optional.
- Water bottle with a strap—a simple shoelace works. It’s an easy way for students to always have water with them on the field.
Keep in mind: Section leaders will also tell students what materials they need to bring to camp.