Band Camp starts tomorrow as we start the 2017-2018 season!
The officers had a great camp yesterday! Thank you officers for your hard work. You’re all off to a great start to the season.
A special thank you to all of our parent volunteers and Band Boosters for all of their help with the Kick-Off Meeting. I think it really helped out to have two separate meetings. We couldn’t have done it without our volunteers!
Here are a few reminders:
Kick-Off Meeting: If you missed yesterday’s Kick-Off Meeting, please turn in your order forms and payments by tomorrow, July 31st. We are going to start ordering everything tomorrow. If we don’t have your student’s order form, they might not receive their items on time.
Donations: We could still use a few donations on the following items:
Fabric refresher spray/Febreze
Please bring any donations to the band office.
Required Band Forms: If you have not already done so, please turn in your required band forms at your earliest convenience. At the very least, please make sure we have your student’s emergency form by the start of band camp.
Band Camp 2017: Band Camp starts tomorrow! Please remember that the first two days of band camp are for all new band members, officers, all auxiliary and all percussion. Band members who did not march with the band in 2016 are required to attend the first two days of band camp.
Band Camp Checklist:
Caps & Hats
Shorts (must be at fingertip length or with spandex underneath)
Sneakers and socks (no sandals, flip-flops, or sliders)
Light colored top (tops must coincide with the PRHS Dress Code)
Auxiliary uniform: white t-shirt & black shorts.
Instrument/Auxiliary Equipment and all additional accessories needed for your instrument/section.
Music Binder with protective plastic sheets
Lanyard with Drill charts (These will be distributed during Band Camp.)
Plenty of water! (Consider purchasing a 2 quart water cooler)
A bag lunch – Students are required to stay on campus at all times during Band Camp.
A snack for short breaks (pretzels, granola bar, something that will hold well in the hot sun)
A great attitude!
What not to wear or bring to Band Camp:
Avoid wearing denim and clothing made of heavy fabric.
Avoid dark colored clothing.
Absolutely no sandals, flip-flops, or sliders!
Avoid bringing valuable items such as jewelry, electronics, etc.
Cell phones are NOT allowed during rehearsals.
What else can I do to prepare myself for Band Camp?
Arrive early! If rehearsal starts at 8:00am, we plan on starting right at 8:00am. Students should arrive early enough so that they can get their instruments together and do whatever else they need to do so that they can be ready to start at the scheduled time. (To be on time is to be late and to be early is to be on time.)
Practice your instrument/choreo before camp.
Get a good night’s rest before each day of camp.
Drink plenty of fluids that do NOT contain large amounts of sugar or caffeine.
Make sure you eat a healthy high protein/carb breakfast every morning.
Take a shower and use deodorant. J
Please don’t underestimate the amount of energy that is required during our Marching Band Season. It is important that all students properly hydrate themselves before and during rehearsals. Please be aware of your dietary choices. The food you eat is what will fuel you throughout the day. Choose meals that are high in protein and carbohydrates. Avoid foods and drinks that contain large amounts of sugar and caffeine. Hydrate and drink water throughout the day today!
End of Band Camp Party: We will have an “End of Band Camp” Party on the last night of camp Friday, 8/11 from 6:00-9:00pm. All members of the Marching Pride are invited to attend the party free of charge! Our Band Boosters will be providing food, drinks and a DJ for dancing! All students are encouraged to attend. This party is only for current PRHS Marching Pride students.
Parent Volunteers Needed: We’re looking for parent volunteers to help out with a few projects.
Paperwork: We could use 2-4 parents to help the Boosters sort through all forms. If you’re able to help at anytime on Monday, July 31st or Tuesday, August 1st between the hours of 8:00am till 4:00pm, please email Ms. Sarmiento at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bring your laptop if possible.
Sewing: We could use 2-4 parents to help Mrs. Claro hem the marching band pants. If you’re able to help at anytime this week between the hours of 8:00am till 4:00pm, please email Ms. Sarmiento at email@example.com.
Construction: We could really use 4-6 parents to help build the field props for the marching band show. If you’re able to help out this Saturday, August 5th at 9:00am, please email Ms. Sarmiento at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bring your power tools if possible.
Important Dates to Remember: Please take special note to a few dates on the calendar:
Freshmen Orientation is on Tuesday, 8/8 from 8:00am-12:00pm. All freshmen band students will go to Freshmen Orientation and then return to band camp when they are dismissed at 12:00noon.
There is Early Dismissal 9/20, along with no school on 9/21, but there is still a required football game performance on 9/22. It’s a home game and it’s also 8th grade night. In following week, we have a required football game performance on a Thursday night (9/28). We will not have Thursday night rehearsal on 9/21 or 9/28—instead, we will have a Saturday rehearsal on 9/23 from 8:00am-4:00pm. This rehearsal is mandatory.
There is no school on 10/16 and 10/17 but the band will still rehearse on Tuesday, 10/17 from 5:30-8:30pm. This rehearsal is required. We could not move it or cancel it because Band Show is that weekend (10/21) and MPA is the following weekend (10/28).
CHARMS: CHARMS Office Assistant is used for student accounts and email communication. Please check your accounts to make sure your contact information is accurate. Instructions on how to access your CHARMS account can be found at the following link: http://www.prhsbands.org/charms.html.
End Of Band Camp Performance: Parents, family and friends are invited to come and see the Marching Pride perform on Tuesday, August 15 at 8:00pm. This performance will be in the stadium and the band will showcase all that they worked on during band camp.
Band Uniform Fitting Schedule: Mrs. Claro who is in charge of our band uniforms has informed me that all of the returning seniors and juniors have already been fitted for their uniforms. Returning sophomore members are being asked to come in during the first day of camp. Here are the specified times:
Monday, July 31
All returning sophomore band members last name A-L (8:00am-12:00pm)
All returning sophomore band members last name M-Z (1:00-4:00pm)
Tuesday, August 1
Any returning band members who have not been fitted. (8:00am-12:00pm)