Band camp takes place in early August at the high school.
Band members (both incoming and returning) are expected to attend band camp, where marching routines and music for the pre-game and first show are learned and practiced. Camp culminates in a Friday night or Saturday morning performance for band parents to show off these newly learned skills.
Band camp is hard, intense, and fun.
The first fall performance of the Golden Bear Marching Band occurs shortly after school restarts in August. To be ready for the first performance, the band begins rehearsals in late July/early August. The goals of the pre-camp rehearsals at school include learning the fundamentals of marching. During the week of band camp, we will use the fundamentals taught to learn the pregame, maneuvers, and halftime show(s). During band camp, the unit becomes a team. We work together and get to know each other.
Much of what makes the band a cohesive unit comes outside of practice. The Seniors and Juniors organize activities including parties, dances, skit night, game night, senior dinner, etc., that are welcoming to new members and just plain fun. These evening activities are not mandatory but are strongly encouraged and provide a great opportunity for the kids to get to know each other and bond as a band.
A typical day at camp may follow this schedule:
8:30-12:00 Indoor/Outdoor Rehearsal
12:00-1:00 Lunch provided by Boosters
1:00-2:45 Music Rehearsal and Sectionals
3:00-5:30 Indoor/Outdoor Music Rehearsal and Music Checks
5:30-7:00 Dinner with sections
7:00-8:30 Indoor/Outdoor Music Rehearsal
8:30-10:00 Organized Activities
What to Bring to Band Camp
- Ipad with Music
- Secured shoes (not Crocs or flip flops)
- Water Bottle
- Money or food for dinner