Schedule for Swamp Classic at River Bluff September 30th

Tomorrow (September 30th) is the big day! We are looking forward to our first competition at the Swamp Classic at River Bluff High School!

Below is tomorrow’s itinerary for students. Dinner is provided for the students from 2:45-3:45 p.m. before leaving for the competition. Please be sure your student has money for concessions after performing.

11:00 a.m. WK Band Hall Opens – Move Equipment

11:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m. Stadium Rehearsal With Shako

2:00-2:45 p.m. Load Trucks @ stadium

2:45-3:45 p.m. Eat/Dress in Half Uniform

3:45-4:00 p.m. Load Buses

4:00-4:45 p.m. En Route to River Bluff

4:45-6:00 p.m. Unload/Watch/Restroom

6:00-6:30 p.m. Dress/Line-Up for Warm-up

6:45-7:30 p.m. Warm-Up

7:45 p.m. Perform

8:00-8:45 p.m. Re-Load/Un-Dress to Half Uniform

9:00-10:00 p.m. Watch Bands/Sit Together in Stadium

10:00-10:30 p.m. Awards

11:00-11:15 p.m. Load Buses

11:15 p.m.-12:00 a.m. En Route to White Knoll

12:00-12:30 a.m. Unload Trucks/Buses

12:30 a.m. Approximate Dismissal/Band Hall Closes

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Casseroles and Goodies Needed for Silver Showcase – Saturday, 9/23

Only 3 days until the Silver Showcase and we need your help!

Please review the important information below regarding home-cooked/ casserole/potluck/crockpot type dishes and goodies needed to feed the visiting Band Directors as well as Volunteer slots that still need to be filled on Saturday, September 23rd. If you are not able to be there to help on site at the event, but can whip up a delicious casserole dish and drop it off, we will do the rest!

Thank you to everyone for all of your help with making our Silver Showcase a success!

From Lisa Lowe – Hospitality for the Band Directors/Staff
Band Directors need to eat too! The Band Directors (about 70-75 people) that are visiting for the competition this Saturday will need something to eat and we are asking for your help. We are asking for some favorite dishes and homemade goodies that you are willing to cook and share. Please sign up for an item and bring on Saturday between 12:00 pm and and 2:30 pm. Crock pots are welcome.
Date: 09/23/2017 (Saturday)
Drop-off Time: 12:00pm – 2:30pm EDT
Drop-off Location: White Knoll High School – gym area
Please sign up using the following link to tell us what you can bring:

From Nicole Blas – Volunteers needed on Saturday
The below list of areas are the most urgent needs for volunteers. It is hard to put these positions in order of importance as they are all equally important to the success of our competition. Thank you to everyone that has already signed up! If you have any questions about what these positions would entail, please email Nicole Blas at Your help is very much appreciated!

Competition Flow – Warm-up Areas 3:30p-8p
Competition Flow – Field 4:30p-9p
Gym Dressing Room Band Mom 3:30p-7p (background checked chaperone)
Gym Dressing Room Band Dad 3:30p-7p (background checked chaperone)
Adults along Pit/Prop Routes 6p-8p
Band Only Stairs 5p-7p
Band Only Stairs 7p-9p
Tabulation Runners
Program Sales

Additional requested items for use
Please make sure that you label these items for easy return to you.

  • If anyone has a gator that could be used. The owner would be the only one driving it.
  • Tents
  • Tables
  • Cooler
  • Extension cords
  • Chairs
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Reminder – September Band Booster and Silver Showcase Meetings

The monthly Band Booster meeting will be on Tuesday, September 12th at 7:00 PM. Please try to have at least one parent/guardian of each student attend. Lots of important information is provided during these meetings. It’s a great opportunity to get to know fellow band parents and ask any questions you have about the program!

There will also be a Silver Showcase planning meeting immediately prior the Band Booster meeting at 6:30 PM. We would welcome everyone to help with planning our first competition of the year and stay for the booster meeting!

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Fall Silver Showcase Volunteer Slots

The Volunteer Slots for our Fall Silver Showcase on Saturday, September 23, 2017 are now up on Charms! Many hands make LIGHT and FUN work!  We need all of you to make this a successful event.  If we put on a fantastic competition and make this be what it can be, this event can be our greatest money maker for the band budget.  This will also be a great test run for our hosting of the SCBDA 2A/4A Lower State Championship on October 21, 2017, which will be an even bigger event.  Please sign up to come out and join the experience! Descriptions of every volunteer slot are listed below at the end of this post. If you have any questions about them, please feel free to email us at

Volunteers should wear their WK Gear.  We will begin setting up at 12 pm.  The first band will perform at 5 pm.  Awards will be at 8:45.  We hope to have everything cleaned up with stadium and band hall lights off at 10:30.  As we get closer to the event and the finer details are finalized, we will get that information out to the group.

We will have a Silver Showcase meeting every Tuesday from here until the competition.  These meetings will be at 6:30 pm, unless we have to make a change for any reason.  Please keep an eye out for Facebook posts or on the Google Calendar.  (Calendar links below.)  Please come out to the meetings when you can for further information.

The WK Band Students will perform the National Anthem at 4:45 pm and their Exhibition will take place at 8:15 pm.  Further information will be coming about when they’ll have to vacate their volunteer locations for those performances.  The adults at their volunteer locations will have to adjust for their absence.  I’ll work through this with each location once we have slots filled and know their final schedule.

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Calendar Link for all other phone or computer users, click this link while reading this email on your phone or computer, the calendar will open in your browser app, bookmark the link for future use:

Again, please let me know if you have any questions about the volunteer slots below!  Thank you!

-Nicole Blas –

Silver Showcase Volunteer Descriptions

Pre-Competition Setup
This includes putting out signage, setting up the canteen, prepping the stadium, etc.  We will have a full list of these items on the day of to split amongst all of us there.

Band Registration – Angela Bernardo & Kathleen Branham
Bands will have staggered arrival times, starting at 2 pm and ending at 5 pm.  There will be packets to hand them that will be explained as we get closer to time.

Hospitality – Sheri Marsden & Meg Woods (Leads)
Sheri & Meg will need help setting up and then cleaning/breaking down the different Hospitality Areas.  Director’s Hospitality Tent will be near the visitor’s canteen.  The Judges will be fed one meal in the school building before the competition.

Parking Lot Check-in – Buses / Trucks
Know the parking map for dedicated parking areas.  As well as the flow/warm-up area maps to direct foot traffic to the proper location.  (By the day of, we hope to have numbers/sizes of buses/trucks and should be able to have an exact parking location mapped out for everyone.)

Parking Stadium Lot
Know the parking map for dedicated parking areas.  Direct vehicles to the correct locations.  Keep an eye on empty spaces to direct vehicles to, know when to direct them to overflow.  Know the flow/warm-up area maps to direct foot traffic to the proper location.  Work with Sherriff’s department as needed for road traffic, especially at the end of the night.  Keep parking lot clean as you go.  Stay for cleanup.  Students are to come back after they perform to help.

Parking Overflow Lot
As the first lot gets full, they will direct traffic to this overflow lot.  This is overflow as needed, you may get buses, trucks or spectators.  Buses should be located closest to the school.  Keep an eye on empty spaces to direct vehicles to.  Know the flow/warm-up area maps to direct foot traffic to the proper location.  Keep parking lot clean as you go.  Stay for cleanup.  Students are to come back after they perform to help.

Band Ushers – 1 assigned to each band – Leadership or Alumni Only
Know the parking and flow/warm-up area maps.  Know your assigned bands day’s schedule.  Lead your assigned band from location to location.  Current WK Band Leadership will be assigned bands that interfere the least with the National Anthem and Exhibition, the WK Band Alumni will be assigned those bands.

Adults along Pit/Props Route
Know the pit/prop crew route map.  One should be near the top of the route at the parking lot to direct pit/prop crews along Platt Springs and down to Lexington Parkway.  One should be near the bottom on Lexington Parkway near the gates to the field.  This needs to be adults as you’ll be along the road.

Gym Dressing Rooms
The gym restrooms will be utilized as dressing rooms.  We’ll need a band mom and a band dad on hand in these areas to help keep watch.

Trash/Custodian – Stadium & Warm-up Areas
Report to Ms. Jan Barker for direction.  Trash cleanup throughout the day so there’s less cleanup at the end of the day.  Keep an eye on trash containers and empty/re-bag as necessary.  Stay for cleanup.  Students are to come back after they perform to help.

Water Table – band route (1 table)
Be ready for when bands come off the field with filled water cups.  Keep area clean as you go.  Coordinate with Trash/Custodian Team when you need trash removed and new bags.  Stay for cleanup and breakdown.  Students are to come back after they perform to help.

Water Table – pit/props route (1 table)
Be ready for when pit/prop crews come off the field with filled water cups.  Keep area clean as you go.  Coordinate with Trash/Custodian Team when you need trash removed and new bags.  Stay for cleanup and breakdown.  Students are to come back after they perform to help.

Stadium Ushers – spectator control during band performances
Block off steps when a band is performing.  Un-block after band starts moving off the field.

Security All Areas – stadium and parking
This position would be best suited for off-duty police in plain clothes or someone with security experience simply for the know-how in handling tough situations.  Keep an eye on the crowd and look for potential security issues.  Lexington County Sheriff’s Department will be on Platt Springs for the lane closure and could be called on in true emergencies.  We will also have an EMS team at the field entrance.

Tabulation Runners
We have someone coming in with Tabulation experience to do that part, she will need runners to collect the recorders for her and to possibly run things to a 2nd location.

Ticket Sales
Sell Tickets!  Spectators will be given colored event wristbands.  Adults: $10; Any School’s Student w/ID: $6; Kids 3 and Younger: Free.  We may do a ticket/program combo ticket, more details to come later.  Know maps and the day’s schedule in case you get questions.  Performing band students will have a wristband of a different color than spectators.

Program Sales
Sell Programs!  The adult here should keep an eye on the students in Stadium Sales groups.  As soon as we finalize the program, we’ll set a price.  If programs aren’t selling, especially if it’s late in the day, we may adjust the pricing so let Heather Green know if they aren’t moving.  Know maps and the day’s schedule in case you get questions.

Stadium Sales (Programs/Drinks)
Sell Programs and Bottled Drinks!  Two-person teams.  One carries drinks stocked from the canteen, one to handle money and sell programs.  Move throughout the stadium and ask for people to buy programs and drinks.

Stadium Entrance Gate Attendants
Spectators will be given colored wristbands at the ticket booth.  They will have to exit the stadium to visit the food vendors.  Check everyone entering to make sure they have a wristband.  Performing band students will have a wristband of a different color than spectators.

Performance Gate Attendants
One on either side.  Help with the flow of the show.  Be on hand to help pit/prop crews get on and off the field quickly.

Director’s Vote/Flowers/Wolfgram Table
Take votes for best band director, sell flowers, take wolfgram messages and payments and have a designated runner to get the wolfgram message to the announcer.  This table will be located at the bottom of the press box in between the two Spirit Stores.

Canteen Workers
Cook and sell food!  We’re only offering drinks and snacks at this competition.  Keep the canteen clean as you go.  Stay at the end for cleanup and breakdown.  Students are to come back after they perform to help.

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March-A-Thon – Saturday, August 26th – Updates & Reminders!

Important Reminders for March-A-Thon on Saturday, August 26th

Summer Uniform: NEW Polo, Khaki Shorts, White Socks & White Shoes
Guard Dress: Section Shirts, Black Shorts, (Mostly) White Tennis Shoes

 Aug 26th Schedule and Approximate Neighborhood Times

7:15 a.m. Band Hall Opens

7:30 a.m. Warm-up Begins

7:45 a.m. Band will load the buses

7:50 a.m. Buses Depart

8:05-8:50 a.m. Hunters Mill (approximate time)

9:15-9:55 a.m. Manors of White Knoll (approximate time)

10:10-10:40 a.m. Pit stop back at WKHS to cool down with frozen fruit (approximate time)

11:00 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Longs Pond Estates (approximate time)

12:30 p.m. Dismissal/Band Hall Closes

Breakfast and Pit Stop Snacks to Bring

Middle School Grades: Granola Bars (box) or Muffins (dozen)

Freshman: Fruit (apples, oranges, bananas, etc, enough for 6-10)

Sophomores: Granola Bars (box) or Muffins (dozen)

Juniors: Juice Boxes (package)

Seniors: Grapes or Berries, Frozen in Snack-sized Baggies (dozen)

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Premiere Show Canceled and Zaxby’s Night Tonight

Due to the heat index for today, the marching band Premiere Show this evening has been canceled.

Also, don’t forget tonight is White Knoll Band Night at Zaxby’s (Red Bank location) from 5pm until 9pm.  A percentage of the sales will be given back to the band. If you don’t have a flyer, be sure to tell the cashier that your meal is to support the White Knoll High School Band!

Thanks so much for your awesome support! Have a fantastic weekend!

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REMINDER – Band Booster Meeting – August 8th at 7:00PM

All Parents are invited to attend the Band Booster Meeting on Tuesday, August 8th at 7:00 p.m. at White Knoll High School in the band room. Lots of important information is provided during these meetings as well as a time for parents to ask Mr. Padgett and the Board questions about the band program.  It is also a great opportunity to get to know your fellow band parents. We look forward to seeing you there!

Also, there will be a Silver Showcase Planning Meeting at 6:00 p.m. before the Band Booster meeting. We would welcome everyone’s help in planning our first competition of the year!

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Important Changes to Football Fridays!

Football Fridays have two important changes this year! Be sure to remind your students and help them to be on time for the games! As always, we really appreciate the help of great band parents like you!

  • First, students are to go home from school on football Fridays. They will eat, shower and dress at home. They are to report back to the band room by 5:30 PM ready to line up.  The band students are to report wearing their under armor, black socks and black marching shoes. Hair should be up in a sock bun for those whose hair is long enough. The color guard students are to report wearing their body tights and undergarments, bling shirt and maroon shorts from the accessories pack this year, track pants and jazz shoes. More details will be provided as we get closer to our first football game.
  • Second, this year 3rd quarter meals will no longer be provided. Students will have time off after half-time (if performing during half-time) and 3rd quarter break. They can bring a snack in their bag for the break, bring cash for the concessions stand, or a parent can bring food to be given to the student during the break (not during time in the stand). The students are required to be back in the band section of the stands in their seats with 2 minutes left on the clock before the 4th quarter.
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August Special Events/Fundraisers

There are a lot of fun events and fundraisers going on in August to support the WKHS Band! Please see the information below and ask your students for more details. Thank you for helping us kick-off the new band season with success!

  • Mattress FundraiserSaturday, August 5 – 10 AM – 5 PM at WKHS – Students and parents can sign up on Charms. Tell all your family and friends who may be thinking about buying a mattress to come out and get in on all the great deals!
  • Red Bank Community Night – Saturday, August 5 – Brass, woodwinds and percussion students – We have been asked to perform at the Red Band Community Night in the Walmart Parking Lot on Hwy 6 near Platt Springs Road. Students will wear the new band polo, khaki shorts, white socks and white tennis shoes. If you have not paid for your new polo shirt, please turn in your money this week so the students will have it to wear Saturday. Students are to arrive dressed between 5:00 and 5:15 PM. We will walk in twos to Walmart to perform around 5:45 PM. We will walk back to WKHS and dismiss between 6:15 and 6:30 PM depending on the walk back.
  • Marco’s Pizza Spirit NightWednesday, August 9 – Plan on ordering a pizza to raise funds for the band! Ask your family and friends to do the same. Make sure everyone mentions the WKHS Band Flyer (included with the August newsletter) so we receive 20% donation from the sale.
  • Cookie Dough Call-A-ThonTuesday, August 15 during band rehearsal.
  • March-A-ThonSaturday, August 26 – 8 AM – 12 PM – Students will be in summer uniform (band will be the same as Community Night; color guard will be announced as we get closer). There is a mandatory $50.00 minimum contribution per student fundraiser. More information about the March-A-Thon will be coming out soon, such as neighborhoods we are marching in and times. We are requesting each student bring a donation for breakfast and snack. The break down by grade request is:
    • Middle Schoolers – granola bars or muffins
    • Freshmen – fruit
    • Sophomores – granola bars or muffins
    • Juniors – water or juice boxes
    • Seniors – just show up!
  • Patriot Yard – Subscriptions are ongoing. Deana Hage will be posting information on Facebook about the upcoming pick-up and return dates for the subscriptions for Labor Day through Patriot Day.
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Mandatory Band Camp Check-In on July 23rd – 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.

1st Annual Mandatory Band Camp Check-In

It is that time of year again!!  BAND CAMP!  Starting this year we have a new process for ALL parents and students, yes veterans and rookies, yes all band and colorguard!  Everyone is required to come to the mandatory band camp check-in.  The check-in will be Sunday, July 23rd from 12:30 pm until 4:00 pm.

The forms detailed below will be available at check-in. You may also have already received them via email.

  • Registration form for the FY17-18 school year.  This form is required to be completed every year.  Please make sure all information is complete and accurate.  Some students have turned in this form.   Some of the forms turned in are not complete and we will ask you to complete them at the check-in.  If you are unsure if your child has turned in their registration form, please feel free to email the and we will let you know if we have it already.  These forms will be reviewed and turned in at the registration station on check-in day.
  • VERY IMPORTANT – Within the registration forms, there is a form for medical information.  If your child has medication that must be administered at specific times or if your child has a medical condition, please complete this form as well as notify Mr. Padgett and Mr. Berry by phone or email.  It is imperative the band directors and staff are aware of these medical conditions and needs.  The medication forms will be turned in at the Chaperone station on check-in day.
  • Family and Friends Show Shirt Order form.  This is a one-time only pre-order for our 2017 Show Shirt.  The pre-order is providing reduced rates for band camp check-in only.  If you do not pre-order your show shirt, you will be able to purchase a show shirt at the spirit store, however it will be at the regular price, not the pre-order price.  Your student has already been sized or will be sized at the check-in for their band outfit needs.  One short sleeved shirt will be provided to them.  The form attached is for you, your family and friends to place an order in advance for a reduced rate. These forms along with payment will be turned in at the Spirit Store station on check-in day.  We will accept cash, check or credit card payment.  Charms credits cannot be utilized for payment of show shirts or other spirit store items.  There will be a flash sale of spirit store items as well during the check-in.
  • Band parent volunteer form.  Participation in this program is crucial for its success.  We need your support.  We understand everyone’s schedule is different and there are many ways parents can help.  This form will be turned in at the fundraiser station on check-in day.

We will have stations for registration, treasurer, chaperone/medication forms, uniforms, spirit store, fundraising and concessions, hospitality and equipment.  Please stop by each station and check with each booster parent.  Each station can offer information about the coming year.

New for this year, the band students will be getting new polos.  Please stop by the uniforms table to see the new student polo.  The pricing for the polo shirts are small to x-large – 23.00, 2X – 24.00 and 3X – 26.00.   These polos are only for the band students.  The color guard students do not get a polo shirt as they have the bling shirt.  The uniform coordinators will be taking payments for the new polos.

We are asking for donations of the following from parents as well.   We would welcome them being brought in the day of band camp check-in as well as throughout the year.

  • Cases of bottled water
  • Large cans of Powdered Gatorade (any color EXCEPT blue)
  • Packs of black crew socks
  • Rolls of black electrical tape
  • Rolls of white electrical tape

Also for the two weeks of band camp, we are asking for donations of fresh fruit that has been cut and frozen the night before.  Excellent fruit to prepare and freeze would be grapes, watermelon, oranges, and pineapple.  Please wash and cut the items into bite size pieces, place them into a Ziploc bag and freeze them the night before.  You can send it with your child the morning of your donation day for them to give to the chaperones. The entire band will have this at a morning break for water and fruit.  Please only use fresh fruit.  Please see the chaperone table at check-in to sign up for a day to donate.

“Band Camp Survival Tips” – Please read the information below as it will provide helpful tips and hints for the success of band camp for you and your child.  Please do not hesitate to ask questions!

We look forward to seeing you at Band Camp Check-In!

Maintaining Your Health in Marching Band

Marching band is a great musical, social, and athletic activity. The following suggestions will help you stay healthy during band camp.  Remember to bring the items on the band camp check list.  They are:

  • 1 gallon insulated water jug filled with water and ice – this MUST be at every rehearsal that takes place on the field the entire marching season, may purchase at Walmart, Academy Sports, Home Depot, Lowes
  • Sunscreen and bug spray – These are essentials when we are out on the band practice field
  • Hat, visor, sunglasses – To help keep the sun out of your eyes
  • Chapstick
  • Deodorant
  • Medications needed such as inhalers, contact solution, ibuprofen, etc – make sure to include a medication form for all medications and inform Mr. Padgett and Mr. Berry if there are medications to be taken at a specific time
  • Band bag/Guard bag to keep your items
  • Gloves
  • Band instrument with supplies (mouthpiece, reeds, oils, etc – all items to make your equipment work properly – woodwinds should have at least 3-5 good reeds on hand)
  • Electrical Tape: Black – band, White – guard
  • Tennis Shoes – No flip flops, clogs, crocs, sandals, basketball shoes or other footwear – make sure to wear in your tennis shoes if they are new before band camp starts
  • Guard flag bag with equipment
  • Bag lunch – students will not be allowed to leave for lunch
  • Towel to sit on grass when needed during stretching
  • Extra set of clothes in bag in case of emergency

Heat and Sun Protection – VERY Important

During band camp, you will be out in the sun for several hours at a time.   Even if the forecast differs, prepare for each day as though it is going to be sunny and 95-100 degrees outside.  Be aware of cloudy days, because you can still burn.  Dress comfortably and appropriately.  Since band camp takes place mostly outside in the sun, you will want to wear shorts and a light-colored t-shirt or tank top, unless otherwise specified by your section leader, Mr. Padgett or Mr. Berry.   Wear sunscreen.  Sunscreen should protect from both UVA and UVB rays.  Check the label!  Reapply multiple times throughout the day.  Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.  Make sure your sunglasses also provide UV protection.   Even though you are wearing light-colored clothing, it is best to put sunscreen on underneath your clothes as well.  Don’t forget the backs of your hands, your ears, or your lips when applying sunblock (many lip protectants also contain sunscreen).  Sunscreen will prevent burning!  Remember band camp and sunburns are not a great mix!!  Remember to reapply every 2 hours or so. Wear chapstick that protects against the sun. Sunburned lips are not fun to play an instrument with, especially for brass players.   Bring a change of clothes just in case!  You never know if you might slip in the mud, get sweaty or just get uncomfortable.  Also bring deodorant to apply as needed throughout the day.

You will be on your feet for many hours at a time during the next several months.  You must have proper footwear in order to be comfortable and avoid injury.  A good pair of sneakers or tennis shoes is essential for participation in marching band.  Sandals, flip-flops, basketball shoes, crocs or boots are not appropriate for this activity.

Many people can overheat during band camp.  If you start to feel fatigued, dizzy, nausea, you may be suffering from heat exhaustion.  Tell a section leader, drum major, or staff member immediately.  They will access you and get you to sit in some shade and get some water if they think this is happening to you.  Take care of yourself.  You will perform better and feel better if you take care of your body.  While marching band is technically considered an art, it is more rigorous than many sports.


Make sure you prepare by getting fluids in BEFORE heading outside.  Be sure to drink a full glass of water 20-30 minutes before you go out into the heat.  Bring an insulated gallon water jug filled with ice and water with you during band camp.  Drink every time you are given a break, even if you do not think you need it.  Do not wait for your body to tell you you are thirsty.  If you are thirsty, it means you are already heading to dehydration.  Water is the best thing to drink at every meal as well during band camp.  Avoid caffeine and soft drinks.  Sports drinks contain artificial colors and sweeteners.  Use these in moderation, if you sweat a lot as it will replace some salts.   Juices which are free of artificial sweeteners and skim milk are other options as well; however, water is really the best option.  Avoid drinking milk or eating dairy products just before camp.  Dairy will take a while to fully digest and you could become nauseous.

There will be water coolers brought down to the field as well as coolers with Gatorade.  Making sure you are hydrated is a necessity.  Make sure your urine stays a light yellow color. If it gets darker, you are not getting enough fluids.


Marching band is a physical activity, and there are some long days during band camp. Eating right is just as important as getting enough fluids. Protein and carbohydrates are your friends and that starts with a good breakfast.  While you may not be running a marathon, you should still eat like an athlete!  Keep the following in mind when you make your breakfast plans.

GOOD options for breakfast:

  • Carbohydrates: Oatmeal, bagels, low-sugar cereal, whole grain bread, fruits
  • Protein: Eggs, peanut butter, yogurt, lean meat (such as Canadian bacon or turkey bacon), protein drink

BAD options for breakfast:

  • Carbohydrates: Pop Tarts, doughnuts, sugary cereal, candy bars
  • Protein: Fast food breakfast sandwiches, high fat meat (such as real bacon or sausage), gravy

DO NOT SKIP BREAKFAST!  Without breakfast, your blood glucose levels will drop, causing fatigue, lack of focus, and a general “blah” feeling.  Combined with the increased activity level and time in the sun, this can even lead to fainting or worse problems.  Have some protein bars and fruit on hand as a backup in case you miss breakfast for some reason.

Remember to bring lunch every day!!  The same tips about nutrition go throughout the day. Avoid high-fat and high-sugar items, and make sure you get a good mix of carbohydrates and protein. Do not avoid fat altogether, though, as your body does use it for fuel.

What to Expect At Band Camp

Expect to work and work hard.  Expect to be pushed towards excellence by the directors, your peers and yourself.   Expect to make friends!  Expect to grow and get stronger every minute as you develop personal poise and performance skills you will draw upon in the future.  Expect excellence in everything you do. Expect to learn the majority of this year’s show, and expect to be proud of the hard work you will put into making WKHS band one of the best!  Expect that when you graduate, you will be grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the best organization at WKHS.

Get some rest. Band camp can be strenuous, and it is easier if you are well rested.

Be on time! Timely arrivals show you want to make a commitment to the program and will save your section from having to run laps, or being otherwise reprimanded by staff. Remember: In band, being early is on time, being on time is late, and being late means running laps.  Also, being on time or early gets rehearsal to start (and end) on time. You do not want to be the person that makes rehearsal end later.  Warm up and stretch before rehearsal.

Ask your section leader or staff if you are not sure about something.   Try your hardest.  “When in doubt, play out.”  Never be afraid to ask questions or for help!  The success of the band depends on every member being confident in his or her performance.  Be optimistic. Complaining is extremely annoying and unhelpful.  If there is a problem, please bring it to your section leader and also try to provide a possible solution.  Positive attitude and being helpful makes for a great team.

Be respectful and courteous towards band directors and assistants.  Do not talk when the band director, staff, drum major, or section leaders are talking. It will distract people around you from what they are saying, which could be very important. If you need help finding your drill spot, quietly raise your hand and someone will gladly help you.   Learn the show.  Now is the time to practice.  Learn your formations, work, music, rhythms, etc.  Remember that everyone is at band camp to learn. If you’re a newcomer, do not take it personally when an instructor gives advice. Remember, they are trying to help you look better in performance. If you are a returning member, help out newcomers and be patient with them. You learned once, too.

The ground is not going anywhere. If you stare at the ground for the entirety of band camp, you will learn next to nothing and spend the rest of the season playing catch-up. Trust yourself and your neighbors.  Remember – ask questions if you do not know.

Talk to people outside of your section. You are with other musicians, and band students tend to be accepting. Besides, you might find a really good group of friends.

Be considerate of chaperons.  They are there on their own time, often using vacation time. Chaperones assist the band director. They are not there to pick up after you.

Be respectful and courteous to other sections and band members.   Do not bad-mouth or try to correct the other sections.  If there is a correction to be made, the band directors and staff will make it.  As a marching band, remember, you have to work as a team.  If something goes wrong in one section and you talk badly of it, not only does it reflect badly on you, but will also reflect badly on the band as a whole.  Keep your negativity to yourself.  Remember if you work together as a team with a positive mindset, you are sure to thrive together and you will learn something great along the way!  Stay positive and upbeat!  It will show in your performances.

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