Marching band season starts with summer band camp in June while preparing for the Fishers Freedom Festival and Carmelfest parades and then starts up again in late July. Both marching band musicians and the color guard participate in summer band camp. During camp, students learn and practice music, run through drills, get fitted for their marching band uniforms, and more. These weeks of camp will be intensive instruction building on the fundamentals learned during Summer & Mini Band Camp. This camp begins the training for their fall competition program. Consistent attendance is expected.
What to bring to camp:
Your instrument and a black towel to set instrument on, WATER in a ½ gallon cooler, bug spray, sunscreen, snack, pencil, music printed from Dropbox, binder for your music, and a dot book (wirebound set of index cards). (All Boosters are asked to donate snacks to the band. A complete list of needs can be found by signing in to Charms.)
What to wear: Athletic clothing and shoes
What to do to prepare: Hydrate before practice, eat a good meal before practice, get a good night of sleep, and plan to arrive early.
ABOUT BAND CAMP
BAND CAMP DATES & SCHEDULE
Band Camp takes place from July 24 to August 4, 2017.
JULY 24 – 28, 2017
Mon, July 24: 8 am – 9 pm (Lunch 12 pm: You bring sack lunch; Dinner 5 pm: Chik-fil-a sandwich, chips, cookie, veggie)
Tues, July 25: 12 pm -9 pm (Lunch eat before you arrive; Dinner 4 pm: You bring sack dinner)
Wed, July 26: 12 pm -9 pm (Lunch eat before you arrive; Dinner 4 pm: You bring sack dinner)
Thu, July 27: 8 am – 9 pm (Lunch 12 pm You bring sack lunch; Dinner 5 pm: Rockstone pizza- 2 slices, breadstick, fruit)
Fri, July 28: 8 am – 5 pm; Pool Party: 6:30 pm – 10 pm (Lunch 12 pm You bring sack lunch; Dinner Eat at home)
JULY 31 – AUGUST 4, 2017
Mon, July 31: 8 am – 9 pm (Lunch 12 pm You bring sack lunch; Dinner 5 pm: Mo’s)
Tues, August 1: 12 pm – 9 pm (Lunch eat before you arrive; Dinner 4 pm: You bring sack dinner)
Wed, August 2: 12 pm – 9 pm (Lunch eat before you arrive; Dinner 4 pm: You bring sack dinner)
Thu, August 3: 8 am – 9 pm (Lunch 12 pm You bring sack lunch; Dinner 5 pm: Sahm’s catering- pasta, 2 breadsticks, side salad)
Fri, August 4: 8 am – 4 pm; Preview Night: 6 pm (Lunch 12 pm You bring sack lunch; Dinner Family Preview Night begins at 6 pm. Food trucks will be present for dinner.)
Snacks will be offered twice every day for the members on behalf of the Band Boosters! Please check Charms to find out needs and volunteer to provide snacks for the band.
Each evening kids will have PBJ as an alternative if they do not like what is served or are extra hungry.
Please contact Band Camp Committee regarding allergies.
Dinner is at 5. If you choose to drop off dinner to your child please have it there by 5 o’clock. Please do not block band doors or road for food drop off.
Students should always plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of camp to prepare themselves to be in place when camp begins.
End times are not when students will be available for pick up. End time is when they are expected to end practice. Time will then be required for a band director talk and to put equipment away. The earliest that students will be available for pick up is 15 minutes after the stated end time.
Remember: If you arrive on time, you’re late. If you arrive early, you’re on time.
FOOD & DRINK
Make sure students eat breakfast before leaving home, preferably one that includes protein. Avoid milk products, especially on the hottest of days. Marchers are required to bring a LARGE insulated container of water each day. It is very important that they stay hydrated in the heat. Please bring snacks. Many marchers find that they need the extra energy.
Sunscreen is a MUST on these days. They will be practicing outside. Have them apply it before they leave if possible, and you should send some along for them to reapply if they need it after lunch.
Bug spray is also needed on some evenings.
Acceptable attire includes – shorts, t-shirts or tank tops, socks & tennis shoes, hats or bandanas (if desired). Do not let your child leave the house in flip-flops, sandals, crocs, or anything else that isn’t an athletic shoe! If your child uses a rescue inhaler for asthma or any other emergency medicine, please have them carry it with them during camp.
INJURIES /ABSENCES / MEDICAL
If a student is too ill to come to practice, the parents need to email the directors and the marcher should contact their section leader. The expectation is students should attend practice if at all possible. Even if they need to sit and watch practice, they can fill out their dot books and learn the music and not fall too far behind. Please contact the directors with any questions.
If you have any other medical concerns, not already noted on your Health Form, you would like us to be aware of, please contact the Band Camp Committee Chair. All belongings should be labeled with their name!
BRASS, WOODWIND, AND PERCUSSION
Please review Movement one and memorize as best as you can! Also please review the parade tune as we will work on Pregame which utilizes Touchdown Song, Parade Tune, Star Spangled Banner and the fight song. Battery will learn touchdown song during pre-game instruction.
WOOD WIND PLAYERS
It is is imperative that your instrument be in proper working condition, please clean and oil all necessary parts. Be Prepared 🙂
If you’re a freshman and attending Mr. Kohler MUST know what day you’re attending. Please keep in mind that you will head straight to marching band camp immediately after Tiger fever.
Our Family Preview Night will be on Friday, August 4, 2017. More information coming soon.
WHAT TO BRING
Below are items, which you are responsible for bringing to band camp every day. The weather will be hot and the days will be long, so plan accordingly. Please make sure that you are properly hydrated and protected from the sun at all times.
- Sunscreen: SPF 30+ (Broad spectrum UV-A and UV-B)
- Water Water Water (A 1/2 to 1-gallon insulated cooler)
- Tennis Shoes (no open toed shoes allowed)
- A binder with plastic sleeves for your music
- Comfortable athletic type clothes
- Bug Spray if desired
- A healthy meal and drink (pack a sack meal for the late start days). No refrigeration is available for lunches.
- Snack (nothing messy or melt-y)
- Hat (suggested for keeping sun off of face and out of eyes)
- Lip balm
- Extra socks & clothing
- Dot Book – this is a small notebook or index card book they can tie on a string and wear around their neck or waist during practice.
- Black hand or bath towel (based on instrument size) to protect your instrument from the pavement.
Make sure that you eat a substantial and healthy breakfast every morning. A piece of toast or sugary cereal will not be enough to help you withstand the rigors of a morning marching in the heat. If you don’t eat properly, you risk ending up with heat exhaustion or passing out.
Put on sunscreen before you leave the house every morning. It takes up to 30 minutes for sunscreen to begin to be effective. If you put it on just before you walk out the band room door, you are risking serious sun exposure. Make sure to re-apply sunscreen liberally throughout the day.
Drink water. Always.
Read up on heat related illness and make sure that you are aware of warning signs and how to treat it.
Show your spirit and dress the part!
NOTE: Correct athletic clothing and gym shoes are still required for rehearsal. ANYTHING that constrains the ability to move or play efficiently will be asked to be removed. Be SMART and TASTEFUL!
JULY 24 – 28, 2017
Mon, July 24: Neon Day
Tue, July 25: Hawaiian Day
Wed, July 26: Color Block
Thu, July 27: College
Fri, July 28: Spirit Day (Red)
JULY 31 – AUGUST 4, 2017
Mon, July 31: Super Hero Day
Tue, August 1: Multiplicity Day
Wed, August 2: MixMatch
Thu, August 3: Section Spirit Day
Fri, August 4: Black Out (All black)