The Blue Brigade Band Camp Survival Guide

SurvivedBandCampHigh school marching band camp is probably one of the hardest and most physically demanding things you will have done so far in this life. You’re looking at five long hard days, but don’t let that worry you. Most of us who have survived band camp look back and find that it was some of the best days of our lives. You will meet a lot of good friends in band, some who you will remain good friends for many years to come. Band is what you make it. Work hard and the rewards will come. Yes, it’s hard, but nothing worth while is easy. Enjoy the time you have in the band and just have fun. Here’s some tips that should help you make it through it all.

  1. Dress comfortably and appropriately. Low Country Augusts are hot, wear shorts and a light-colored t-shirt or tank top, hat, sun glasses and comfortable tennis type shoes for marching. NOT sandals or flip flops.
  2. Be on time. Remember, rehearsal starts at 8:00am. Being on time (or early) shows that you are commited to the band. Words to live by… In band: to be early is on time, on time is late, and late is unthinkable!
  3. Take the time to practice and exercise before band camp. Camp can be exhausting. Practice your instrument and get active this summer, walk, run or just move. Don’t be a couch potato all summer.
  4. Come to practive with a positive attitude. Complaining or bellyaching is extremely annoying and typically brings others down with you.
  5. Get to know other band members. Make friends. You already have a lot in common, duh, marching and music. Get to know those in your section, whoever is sitting or standing next to you in formation, and anybody else that seems interesting.
  6. VERY IMPORTANT! Take care of your body and it will take care of you. Do some stretch exercises. Marching band can be demanding especially during the summer. You will be spending plenty of time in the sun. A hat, sun shades and sun screen are your friend. Drink plenty of water, WATER! Soda and juice will dehydrate you. Avoid drinking milk or eating dairy products. (Think about what happens to milk in the heat! ‘Nuff said?) Get an insulated jug for water, maybe a water backpack, so you can drink water as often as you need without interrupting rehearsal. Eat healthy! A quick bowl of Cap’n Crunch before heading out to practice is not a healthy breakfast. Remember the milk thing? Camp is very physical, the healthier you eat, the better you’ll feel and perform.
  7. Get rest. Get a good night’s sleep. Practicing your thumb dexterity on the ole X-Box controller until 2:00am is not the best of ideas. Camp can be strenuous, and it’s easier if you’re well rested.

To all freshmen and any new members, welcome to the Blue Brigade.