Summer Band Camp

Mini Band Camp

Mini-Camp is held on during the last two weeks of June. In 2018, freshmen, new band students, and section leaders will attend camp on Tuesday and Thursday of the 3rd week of June. All band members attend mini camp Monday-Thursday on the last full week of June.

From the Marching Band Handbook:

Please notify Mr. Stevens in advance for scheduled conflicts with June Mini Camp rehearsals at mstevens@ms.k12.il.us Since parade and field show music as well as marching basics are taught during these rehearsals, it is important that students miss as few rehearsals as possible.

Band Camp

Band Camp takes place Monday-Friday, 8:00am-12pm and 5:00-8:30pm, plus Saturday morning, during one full week in late July/early August. (It is usually the week that includes August 1, but the specific dates are spelled out in the Marching Band Handbook sent home with students in late winter/early spring.)

Drumline and Color Guard members attend an additional full week of camp (M-F, times TBA but usually 8:00am-12:00pm) the week before full band camp.

Attendance at Band Camp is absolutely required for participation in Marching Band.

Band camp is hot and long. Students should be prepared with the following:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water (most students bring small (2 quart) coolers of ice water)
  • Sturdy athletic shoes
  • Pen (for chart notes)
  • Chart Book (handed out at band camp and the student’s responsibility thereafter)

Band Camp Snacks

The Music Booster parents provide simple, healthy snacks during each morning and evening session of band camp. Email requests for volunteers to serve and to provide this food will go out in July a couple of weeks before camp.

Band Camp Meal and Parent Preview

During the Friday evening session, parents (and any other fans!) may come and watch a short performance of all the students have learned during band camp. Following this performance, the students are served a simple dinner. Email requests for volunteers to bring food items will go out in July a couple of weeks before camp.

Picture Day

Picture Day is the Saturday morning of band camp week. Photos will be used for the Marching Bulldog Festival program, Photo buttons, and other band promotional items.

Parents are welcome (and even encouraged) to come and take their own photos of their students and the band. Please be respectful of the photographers assigned to take the actual promotional photos.