Marching season is competitive! This means we practice... a LOT. it starts before the school year even begins!
What do I need to bring to camp?
* Full 64oz water jug – with name on!
* Snacks & money/food for lunch
* Small backpack/bag to keep anything you’re not wearing or carrying in fanny pack (ex. food, extra sunscreen/bug repellant)
* Fanny pack
* Instrument – with name tag on case/music (band students)
* Phone/smart gadget portable battery charger (band students)
* Phone/smart gadget with these apps downloaded (band students);
- Band App
- UDB Pro
- TE Tuner
- Dropbox downloaded
In spring, percussionists should also bring:
* Black 1″ binder (with outside plastic sheet cover)
* 50+ sheet protectors
* Pencil Bag
* 2 mechanical pencils
* Metronome/tuner app
* Ear buds (any brand will do)
INCOMING PERCUSSION FRESHMAN MUST ALSO BRING:
* Marimba Mallets – Innovative Percussion IP240’s – 2 pairs
* Stick/mallet bag – Innovative Percussion Cordura Mallet Tour Bag MB-1 or MB-3 (small or large)
IF AUDITIONING FOR BATTERY, ALSO BRING:
* Practice pad – Offworld Invader V3 – Dark matter surface (Black or red)
***DO NOT ORDER GUM RUBBER OR VINYL PAD***
* Multi height practice pad stand – Lone Star percussion concert height snare practice pad stand
* Marching snare sticks – Innovative percussion FS-JC Jim Casella signature marching snare stick
This equipment is needed to create the best technique and establish correct muscle memory. These practice pads have a rim like a true marching/concert drum. The size of this pad (14″) enables it to fit snugly into the stand. Other pads are smaller and tend to tilt/move in the stands, making it impossible to drum correctly. Stands hold the pad at the correct height for the proper technique. Many kids will sit their practice pad on their lap or on a bed/chair which causes bad technique/hand position.
What do I need to wear to camp?
* Sneakers (no high tops or hiking boots)
* Sun block/sunscreen
* Bug repellent
What about school-owned instruments?
School owned instruments WILL be available from the spring camps onwards, though the maintenance fee of $75.00 is not due until school starts in August. This fee is paid through your student account in the School’s cash on-line store. These instruments include;
Tenor and Baritone Saxophone
Euphonium and Marching Baritone
Knox PAD Camp – MANDATORY
This is for all incoming freshmen percussionists focussing on fundamentals, and is usually held 2 days/week in April, 4:30pm – 6:00pm at Knox.
Percussion Experience PAD Camp – MANDATORY
This is for all current and incoming percussionists focussing on fundamentals, and is usually held 2 days/week in May, 5:00pm – 7:00pm at College Park.
Full Band & Guard
Mini-Marcher Camp – MANDATORY
This is a short 3 – evening camp for all current and incoming band students, usually held towards the end of May. This is a great introduction to marching for incoming students, and allows students to meet Directors and their new peers. It is a great reminder to work on conditioning before marching season!
Guard camp 1 – MANDATORY
This is a 1 week full day camp for all guard students, usually held in the first week of summer.
Guard camp 2 – MANDATORY
This is a 1 week full day camp for all guard students, usually held the week prior to summer band camp.
Percussion camp 1 – MANDATORY
This is a 1 week full day camp for all percussionists, usually held in the first week of summer.
Annual Percussion Campout – OPTIONAL
This is not required but percussion students really look forward to it! A great way to continue to bond as a section and blow off steam from all the practices. This usually happens just after 4th July, for 3 days/2 nights.
Percussion camp 2 – MANDATORY
This is a 1 week full day camp for all percussionists, usually held the week prior to summer band camp.
4th July Parade – OPTIONAL
ALL band students in town are encouraged to attend a run through on July 3rd, and the 4th July parade. We are representing College Park High School in this large community event.
Summer Band Camp – MANDATORY
This is a 2-3 week camp for full band and guard, held towards the end July and goes into August, right before school starts. Masterclasses may also be incorporated into the schedule (at no additional cost). These are smaller group lessons, instructed by private lesson teachers, and are given by section. They provide valuable instruction to prepare for Region Band try-outs. Summer camp involves long hot days, some evenings and some Saturdays in August. Summer camp is required to be considered for a marching spot. No marching means no PE credit.
Look out for communications from school with updates concerning dates and times!
INTERCOM: “Football practice cancelled due to intense rain…… Marching Band practice extended due to sudden availability of field” Anonymous