Congratulations to our percussionists on a successful week of camp and thank you to everyone who volunteered to help with the Car Wash on Saturday! Full Band Camp begins on Monday for all band and guard members! Please check details below.
Summer Band Camp
Full Band Camp: August 1 – 5 and August 9, 11, and 13.
Please remember that attendance at all rehearsals, camps, and performances is required of all band members, and that any schedule conflicts need to be communicated via email to Mr. Love as early as possible.
Band Camp / Fall Sports Conditionings
We are thrilled that so many of our band students take the opportunity to also participate in the many other athletic and activity offerings available at West. While official sports practices do not begin until August 15, many sports have ongoing optional conditioning sessions. Our coaches and band staff work well together to facilitate schedule compromises whenever schedule conflicts occur.
Traditionally band students have been excused from athletic conditioning and expected to attend band camp during camp week as this is a unique and critical time for getting the band prepared for the year. There are also times exceptions need to be made to accommodate student / program needs. As always, any questions about schedules and attendance should be addressed to Mr. Love via email in advance.
Throughout camp we host a variety of competitions, including spirit days. Show your fun side and help your section earn points! Details shared during camp as well.
Monday – West Colors (as always for rehearsal)
Tuesday – Sports Day – dress like your favorite sport or support your favorite team
Wednesday – Family Vacation Day
Thursday – Favorite character day
Friday – WEST day – dress for a pep assembly – show your West Side Pride!
Below are reminders for camp framed in the context of our program expectations to help set both parents and students up for a successful experience:
Be Punctual - Sessions BEGIN at 7 AM each day. Arrive early enough to be set-up with equipment so we can start on time at 7.
Park on outside the barriers on the band lot or in student parking. Do NOT park in teacher parking along the North side of the building. Drop-off is in the bus loop outside the band door.
Be prepared - Wear tennis shoes with socks; shorts or athletic leggings; and a BVW colored t-shirt. Guard will wear all-black as is tradition.
Bring water and don’t forget your sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses.
Bring a sack lunch or you may walk / drive to any of the area restaurants during our break.
And of course, have your instrument and binder at every session!
Be present – We can’t learn and progress if we aren’t physically present and mentally engaged in every rehearsal. That is why communicating conflicts in advance is essential so that we can make plans to help everyone keep moving forward!
Read the weekly email update and check out reminders on the band app. Everyone has a responsibility to keep themselves informed of upcoming announcements and events.
Be purposeful – Camp always takes a physical and mental adjustment as we get back into performance shape. No matter how easy or challenging you may find the activities, giving your best effort each rep will help US get better, and will ensure we ALL have FUN!
Be proud – The way we handle ourselves OFF the field is equally important. We have fantastic parent volunteers and school staff around – please and thank-you go a long way! Pick up after we finish an activity or rehearsal – trash, stands, chairs, etc are everyone’s responsibility. Take care of your instrument and equipment – use your case and locker appropriately and keep track of your stuff!
Uniform fittings for all marching band students take place on August 6 and information will be communicated during band camp this week. It is imperative that all band members be fitted this week – any conflicts need to be communicated with Heather Valler our uniform chair or Mr. Love.
Parents – we are in need of volunteers to assist with uniform check out and alterations.
Uniform Fitting Volunteer Sign-up
Sewing and Alteration Sign-up
Reminder that there are two forms due in the coming weeks for band.
Fair Share Form – Due August 1 with first payment. Forms can be submitted digitally or printed copies can be dropped in the band room.
KSHSAA Physical – Required for all band members. Due no later than August 15.
KSHSAA Participation Forms – Online forms required of all band members. Due no later than August 15.
Full Band Camp – Monday – Friday, 7 AM -4:30 PM, ALL BAND MEMBERS
Saturday, August 6
Uniform Fittings: 10 AM – 4 PM – All Band members – specific times TBA
Monday, August 8
All Parent Meeting: 7 PM in the PAC. WE EARN $5 per PERSON in attendance at this meeting towards our mattress sale fundraiser!
Tuesday, August 9
Band Camp: 5- 9 PM
Thursday, August 11
Band Camp: 5-8:30 PM
Movie night: 8:30 PM until….
Friday, August 12
Drumline performance @ BVUSD Rally in the Valley – details TBD
Saturday, August 13
Band Camp & Parent Preview: 7 AM – Noon (Preview at approximately 10:45 AM)
Tuesday, August 16
Drumline performance for Transition Day: 7-8 AM
Leadership Team / Volunteer Performance for 9th Grade Assembly: 9:45 AM
Thursday, August 18
Evening Marching Band Rehearsal 6-8:30PM
September 1 – London New Year’s Day Parade Registration Deadline
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