NO!! Many of the band's current members had never played an instrument before joining the band at the high school. We have summer sectionals and band camp to provide students focussed time to practice with their instruments.
Below is a list of items band members will need to purchase. Listed costs are approximations.
NOTE: Please be aware that no student is excluded from participating in band because of an inability to purchase necessary items. Please see Mr. Flynn if you have any concerns.
Sectionals during the summer are held by the section leaders and held at various students houses. They are designed to help the players get ready for band camp and get a head start on the music. They are not mandatory if students have plans for summer vacations.
Band camp is one week during the summer where the group learns the drill to the fall show. It is always 2 weeks before school starts. See the form below for an example of the band camp schedule. For the fall 2009 marching season, band camp will be held August 17th - 21st.
The schedule for band is intense for the months of September and October. We are always willing to work through the schedule for anyone who wishes to participate in other activities. After the first week of November the band does not have many after school commitments unless the student wishes to join a winter Activity (i.e. Winter Percussion, Winter Guard or Jazz Band).
See the attached schedule for September through the first week of November. After Marching Band season is over November 11, the band has very few after school commitments unless the student wishes to join a winter Activity (i.e. Winter Percussion, Winter Guard or Jazz Band).
(Link the yearly schedule here)
The Marching Band has always been known for its high quality of performance and is consistently rated high in state competitions. It is important that in the short time we have in the fall that the group performs to best of its ability.
We practice from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, then eat dinner and go to the game for 7:00 pm.
You can find monthly schedules, show schedules, pictures, and other information on the various pages of this website.
A typical show day will include a short practice in the afternoon, loading of the equipment trucks, traveling to the show, unloading of the equipment, warming up before performing, performing, loading of the equipment back onto the trucks, watching the rest of the show and awards, traveling home, and unloading of the equipment. The following is an example schedule.
|Rehearsal:||1:00 – 4:30pm|
|Load Trucks:||4:45 – 5:30pm|
|Arrive Back at Shepherd Hill:||11:15pm|
In the past the band and the choruses have alternately taken spring trips. In the spring of 2006, the band travelled to Toronto to participate in a local music festival. In the spring of 2008 the band travelled to Disney World, in Orlando, where the Jazz Band performed and the Marching Band marched through the Magic Kingdom.
In recent years, the Marching Band has ended its competition season with a trip to the USSBA regional or national championships. These competitions have been held in locations such as Allentown (PA), Baltimore (MD) and Annapolis (MD).
For the fall 2009 marching season, the band is hoping to travel to Annalopolis, MD to participate in the USSBA Nationals November 5th - 8th.