BAND CAMP

What

  • Band camp is mandatory for all band students. This is the "pre-season" session that introduces and solidifies marching and field show fundamental skills. Aside from learning marching and music it is an opportunity to meet new band members and get reacquainted with old ones.


When

  • Early August - Two and a half week prior to the first day of school.
  • Please see the program calendar for the exact band camp dates


Time

(Week One - Monday thru Friday)

  • 9:00 a.m. - New Members/Drumline/Guard & Leadership report to band room
  • 10:15 a.m. - Remainder of Wind players report to the band room
  • 12:00 pm - Lunch provided for those who purchased at registration
  • 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Royal Regiment Camp (all students)
  • 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Royal Regiment Camp (all students)

Spirit Day Themes(Optional)

  • Monday - Crazy Socks Day
  • Tuesday - Neon/Bright Color Day
  • Wednesday - White Out Wednesday
  • Thursday - Blue Day
  • Friday - Section Dress Up Day


(Week Two - Monday thru Friday)

  • 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Royal Regiment Camp (all students)

Parent Performance (Last Day of Camp)

  • 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Royal Regiment "Season Kickoff" Parent Potluck Dinner, Music Booster Information Meeting & Camp Performance (potluck details will be sent out that week)


Band Time: The report location for much of Band & Guard Camp will be the marching (football) field, located across the campus from the band and orchestra rooms. It is suggested that the student arrive on campus 15-20 minutes earlier than posted report times, which is known as "Band Time".


Where

RBHS Band Room/Marching (Football) Field


Food & Drink

  • Students should eat a healthy and filling breakfast to have enough energy to make it through the morning block
  • Bring your own snack for later if you tend to get hungry.
  • Bring a thermos of water or sports drink to keep yourself hydrated.
  • Lunch is available for those that pre-ordered during band registration. If you did not pre-order a lunch, you may bring your own.

Dress

  • Students should dress appropriately for the weather. Athletic Shorts/T-Shirts or similar athletic attire are suggested for camp.
  • Bring a sweatshirt or light jacket for the evening sessions. Once the sun goes down, it can cool off quickly.
  • Wear comfortable athletic shoes and socks.
  • Hat and/or sunglasses for day time.
  • Your child will be on their feet for the majority of camp. Please make sure their shoes are comfortable and will last through the week.

What to Bring

  • Instrument/mouthpiece if not stored at school
  • Music and pencil
  • Sweatshirt – if it cools off
  • Bring sunscreen! This is very important for the daytime sessions on the marching (football) field. Pack sunscreen to reapply whenever necessary throughout the week.
  • Most important: Remind your student to bring plenty of water and/or sports drinks to remain hydrated! Marching band and guard activities are VERY physically demanding at times, and even on cool evenings, students need to remain hydrated. Breaks are given often to allow students to drink, so encourage your student to use these breaks to drink plenty of liquids. Students should bring a thermos to ensure enough water throughout the day.

Getting There

Get acquainted with band parents that live in your area. Arranging carpools cuts down on number of pick-ups/delivery for everyone and saves on gas, wear and tear on car/parent.

Parking

Park in the RBHS parking lot. You can drop students off in the circle in front of the Performing Arts Center, but do not park there.

Can My Student Drive His/Herself?

Yes, if your student is a licensed driver and has parent permission.

Can I Watch?

Parents are always welcome to observe band practices. For band camp you may not want to stay the entire time, but you can certainly watch for a while after drop-off or come a little early for pick-up.

What do I need to know as a parent?

These two weeks are all about building a solid marching foundation for the season. Call it “music intensive” or “music boot-camp,” but these weeks are a cornerstone of one of the best high school music programs anywhere. If you regularly come to band practices you will be amazed at the progress our students make as the season proceeds.


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are always needed. This event typically needs volunteers to help coordinate lunch activities: pick-up lunches, hand them out to the students, and light clean-up afterwards. Ask a Band Booster board member or committee chair how you can help for a single day or multiple activities throughout the band season.