BAND CAMP

2019 Information Central



Hello Band and Guard Family!

Band Camp is almost upon us.  For some, this will be your last band camp.  For others, it is the first.  Regardless, below are some reminders and helpful hints to get your child prepared for the exciting marching season ahead!

Reminders:

  1. Band camp starts for Guard, Percussion, Leadership, and New Members on July 25th & July 26th from 12-3 pm. This is now open to all returning band members.
  2. Registration for the 2019-2020 school year will be held for Juniors/Seniors on July 17th, 5-9 pm; and for Freshman/Sophomores on July 25th, 7pm.  A mandatory parent meeting for parents to follow registration.  Please login to CHARMS prior to the meeting to make sure that your email address is listed.  www.charmsoffice.com / code is: Oviedo / password is: what your child created or if you are new to Oviedo Band, then their student ID.  The 2019-2020 Registration Packet can be printed from CHARMS and www.oviedoband.com.  Please complete and bring with you to registration. The medical form will need to be notarized.  If you do not have access to a notary, there will be notaries at registration.  However, having the form notarized prior to the registration meeting will speed up the process for you.  Pre-order for band camp dinners is to be announced.
  3. Full band ensemble camp is July 29th – August 2nd; 12 pm – 9 pm and August 5th – August 9th; 12 pm – 9 pm.
  4. Potluck and Preview Show is August 9th from 6 pm – 8 pm.
  5. Marching Band Rehearsals are Mondays and Wednesdays 6 pm – 9 pm starting August 12th.
  6. All the above information, plus more,  is listed on the calendars in both CHARMS and on www.oviedoband.com.

Helpful Hints:

  1. Have your child start drinking water right now.  It is important that they are well-hydrated during band camp.  During the first two days, they will most likely be indoors, but starting the following week, they will be outside on the field.  It gets HOT out there, so hydration is KEY.  In addition, have them spend some time outside during the heat of the day now to help their bodies become accustomed to the heat.
  2. Make sure they have a large sized water cooler.  Something similar to a one-gallon Thermos brand water cooler is best.  Volunteers will make sure they are filled up during the day and they get frequent water breaks.
  3. Don’t forget the sunscreen!  Have them put it on before they leave and send some with them.  They’ll need to reapply often!  A hat or bandana is also very helpful and protects the head from sunburn.
  4. Good strong tennis shoes or sneakers are required.  No open-toed shoes or sandals.  The artificial turf on the field gets to be well over 100 degrees so you want to protect their feet!  Socks are mandatory!
  5. Clothing that they can move in and keeps them cool and comfortable is required.  Please do not wear dark colored shirts or jeans to band camp or rehearsals.  That is a quick way of becoming overheated!  It is also recommended to bring a change of clothes (including socks), in case they rehearse in the rain or want to change clothes in general.  
  6. Have them eat a breakfast and lunch with a lot of protein.  Avoid dairy products.
  7. Pack a few protein-rich snacks for them, and some fruit and veggies for snack/break time.   Make sure your child has a healthy and nutritious dinner to get them through the rest of evening.  Dinner can be pre-purchased the second week of camp (see order form above).
  8. While they do spend a lot of time on the field, they will also spend a fair amount of time indoors, to give them a break from the sun and heat.  Of course, they will always be indoors during inclement weather.
  9. Our band directors and coaches are sticklers about being on time.  When band camp starts at 12 pm, they expect everyone to be at their designated area before 12:00.  It is suggested they arrive between 11:30-11:40.  Be early!!
  10. For Band Members –  have them start walking around on their toes!  Most of the backwards movements are done on their toes and this will help strengthen those muscles for band camp (and reduce cramping)!
  11. It is recommended that every band member bring a small towel or a “coolie towel”.  Coolie Towels are available at Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, etc.  You just put them in water and wrap them around your neck or head and they keep you cool for a little while.
  12. In order to chaperone during Marching Season or help out at band camp (which we hope you will – it takes a village), you must be a registered Dividend with SCPS.  Information can be found at SCPS Dividends Volunteer Program.  You MUST re-register each year per county guidelines.  (Please monitor SCPS’s website to make sure the volunteer application is for the correct school year.)
  13. The band is usually on the field the last hour or so of band camp.  Parents are always invited to sit in the stands and watch, and many do.  It is really exciting to see how much they can accomplish in a couple of weeks!  On the last day of band camp, there is a potluck dinner followed by a preview of the show.  Information regarding the times of this event are on the calendars in both CHARMS and www.oviedoband.com.  Parents are asked to bring an entrée and dessert to share with the band kids and their families.  It’s a great evening and all family members are invited.