• 2022 Southwest Summer Music Session Guide

    Band camp is not the worst thing in the world. The worst thing in the world is to come to band camp unprepared. The following guide should help you arrive at band camp prepared, and more importantly, survive.

    1. What do I need to bring?
    2. Why do I need all of these things?
    3. What should I expect?
    4. What can I do at camp to make it a better experience?
    5. What are the main things to remember from these FAQ?


    1. What do I need to bring?

    Listed below are the mandatory items for band camp this year:


    • Your Instrument (yes, there have been a few that have forgotten this before...)
    •  Drill Book
    • Large Water Bottle/Cooler (water is available at all rehearsals, but it is better to bring your own supply)
    • Lunch (in a cooler, will discuss more below)
    • Pencils/Highlighter (sharpened, with erasers)
    • T-shirt (light colored, tank tops and sleeveless shirts are ok)
    • Gym shorts, khaki shorts, comfortable board shorts (Long pants and jeans are not allowed)
    • Socks and Tennis Shoes (NO SANDALS, FLIP-FLOPS, SLIDES, CHUCKS/CONVERSES, CROCS, or other shoes are not allowed to be worn outside on the field during band camp. This applies to front ensemble as well.)
    • Sunglasses and Hat
    • Sunscreen/Bug Repellent (lots)
    • Blistex or Carmex
    • Black towel
    • Lyre and Flip Folder


    1. Why do I need all of these things?


    Sunscreen/Bug Repellent: Sunburn is a given at band camp. Even if you never wear sunscreen, you need it at band camp because you will get tan, and possibly burnt. We are outside at the time where the bugs are active, please make sure you take measures to prevent itching, bites, stings, and severe reactions (allergies should be reported on the medical form).


    Breakfast: We have seen far too many students get sick and have to sit out the first day of band camp because they did not eat breakfast. You must eat a good breakfast. (Donuts are not a good breakfast) It will not sit like a lump in your stomach or make you feel sick while you are marching.


    Water: This one is obvious. You will sweat a lot at band camp. During breaks, you will need to fill up with water. Important note: Do not bring water bottles filled with carbonated sodas or sugar drinks (kool-aid, juicy juice), it will just make things worse. Water is best.


    Clothes: Wear shorts every day to band camp. There's no big explanation. Be comfortable and take care of yourself! Socks and Tennis Shoes are to be worn at all times. You are not allowed to walk around in socks or barefoot. Students may be asked to wear certain items during camp for drill/unification purposes.


    Blistex/Carmex/DCT: Brass players…are you listening? This will help keep your lips from cracking and drying out.


    Sunglasses: These definitely keep the UV light from your eyes and make the glare bearable, since you have to look up sometimes towards the sun.


    Hat: It will keep the sun out of your eyes and face (Lets you avoid "Raccoon Eyes" from sunglasses, which look silly in your school pictures).


    Lunch: Lunch is the relaxation time of the day. Bring a cooler with your favorite food or ask your parents to drop you off a sub or some other tasty food during the designated lunch period. Make sure you pack a good healthy meal. It's always better to have more food than to be hungry, and trust me; you will be hungry after a block of work. A typical meal includes (1) a subway sandwich, (2) some fruit, (3) chips, (4) water, and (5) a small desert. Do not drink carbonated soda, eat greasy foods, or eat a lot of candy or sweets. Depending on the hours of the rehearsal day, make sure you have the appropriate meals planned, whether it is just lunch, just dinner, or both! Students will be allowed to go to the store next to campus with adult supervision only. (Effective 2015-2016)


    Drill Book: Your drill book is used to hold all of your warm-ups, music, and drill. Insert 40-50 clear page covers to hold all of the papers you will be given during rehearsals. Make sure you have pencils and a highlighter accessible to make corrections in your music and to highlight your position on your drill.


    Black Towel: This is to lay your instrument on when it is not in use during rehearsal. This will prevent it from being dirty, wet, and being exposed to other materials that could damage the instrument.


    Lyre and Flip Folder: The lyre is the metal clip that allows the student to clip the flip folder to the instrument. Lyres can be purchased from Fuller’s Music, The Musicians Toy Store, or Jammin’ Johns. Check with these places well ahead of time (there are over 500 students between Craven and Onslow County alone that will need one before band camp!). We do have flip folders and pages, but it is best to purchase a flip folder if you desire a different form of lyre.



    1. What should I expect?

    Expect to work hard. Expect to have fun. Expect a suntan or sunburn, with tan lines from your shirt and socks. Expect to take directions and advice from people your own age. Expect the unexpected - every previous year's band camp holds several stories. Find an upperclassman for details. Expect to learn the majority of this year's show and expect to be proud of the hard work you will put into making the Marching Stallions one of the best bands around! There is nothing to fear about the camp experience. Returning members look forward to camp as one of the highlights of their summer. The staff and upper-classmen work hard to provide a nurturing environment for new members of the marching band. I am excited about this year's marching season and I look forward to getting to know all our new members.


    1. What can I do at camp to make it a better experience?


    Show Up: There have been a few cases of people who completely messed up and didn't realize that there was a band camp, or that band camp was required. The 80+ hours of rehearsals that take place during this two-week span will give us an upper hand during the season. It is imperative that members attend ALL rehearsals with no interruptions. Difficulties with families, vacations, doctor visits, and jobs should be avoided during the camp period. In the event that this cannot be avoided, please talk with the director prior to July 1. Should one member of this fine ensemble miss one hour of rehearsal, it means we ALL must go back and the learn the same material again....a loss of one hour multiplied by 60 members equals 60 hours of lost rehearsal time. The staff and director want to put the best possible musical product on the field at every performance. Clearly, this is a monumental task in itself. It becomes next to impossible to achieve if members have to attend to other business during rehearsal time.


    Be on time: If you are early, you are on time. If you are on time, you are LATE. If you are LATE, then you’re running laps. (Wow! That’s harsh) You are responsible for being on time. You cannot blame this on traffic, on car trouble, or on your parents. You take full responsibility for it. The only exception is if you call BEFORE the time you are supposed to arrive and explain the situation (i.e. car trouble, parents overslept, etc). The band room phone number is 910-455-4888 Ext. 50104. 


    Behave: Do whatever is asked of you. The instructors are here because you desire to work hard and get better. I trust the instructors and you are to treat them with respect. When you work hard they will take note - as well as the other members around you. Behaving also tends to get things done a lot quicker (nothing is worse than resetting over and over again because the band isn't behaving or listening to instructions!)


    Keep cool: Both mentally and physically. First make sure you are not overheating (the intent is not to make anyone sick), but also keep a calm mind. So you can't hit the line the first time you try it? As long as you give 100% each time, and listen graciously to advice, you WILL eventually get it. Our staff and upper classmen are here to help you, so let them.



    1. What are the main things to remember from this FAQ?


    • Respect the directors, staff, upper classmen and fellow new members. They have done this before and know what they're talking about.
    • Eat breakfast EVERY DAY.
    • Water, Water, WATER, WATER! Hydration is key!
    • Wear shorts and tennis shoes.
    • Wear sunscreen and sunglasses.
    • Get to know people. Go out of your way to meet upper classmen, it'll be worth it, I promise. And upperclassmen, new members are people too, treat them as such.



    Band camp is hard work, but you will find that there is something fun about working hard and seeing the result of that hard work - and being very proud of your accomplishments.