Band Camp is right around the corner and here is some information to help you have a safe and enjoyable experience!
Band Camp is an intensive but fun way for us to kick start the year! We learn all the music we will use during the fall; learn some marching routines and choreography; and play some of games to develop our community! This is an important moment in our band year, As with all other rehearsals and performances, attendance is required. If you have a conflict with any portion of our camp week schedules or evening rehearsals this fall, make sure you have filled out the attendance form and visited with Mr. Love. We want to be sure everyone has the best chance to learn the music and feel successful heading into our fall season!
Schedule for Camp Weeks
You can find the schedule HERE. As a general reminder:
Percussion Students: July 26 - 30, 6-9 PM; August 2 - 6, 7-11 AM & 5-9 PM; August 9-11, 7-11 AM; August 10 & 12, 6-9 PM
Woodwind & Brass Students: August 2 - 6, 7-11 AM & 5-9 PM; August 9-11, 7-11 AM, August 10 & 12, 6-9 PM
Color Guard: August 2-6, 5-9 PM; August 10 & 12, 5-9 PM; August 16-20, 5-9 PM
Uniform Fittings: Saturday, August 7, 9 AM - 2 PM. All students will receive an appointment via email to come in for their uniform fitting. Stay tuned for details.
Why morning and evening blocks? I need help with transportation!
Due to ongoing construction at West and COVID protocols, most of our rehearsals will be spent outside, and we want to take advantage of the cooler / shadier parts of the day. If you need assistance with getting to / from our camp rehearsals due to parent work schedules, etc. please reach out to Mr. Love or our Booster President, Mandy Stone and we will help put you in touch with other band families who might be able to provide carpool assistance. This also allows students considerable time to rest between blocks.
What do I need to bring / wear?
White t-shirt (guard wears black,)
Shorts or comfortable athletic leggings
Sunglasses & sunscreen
Music & 1 inch 3 ring binder with sheet protectors
A reminder that ALL forms and current Fair Share Payments should be turned in prior to the start of Camp. Information can be found HERE.
Students may park in the east portion of the lot by the baseball fields or in the main student lot. Students should be dropped off in the bus loop by the auditorium. See MAP for details.
A tradition during camp Is to have spirit days. Students dress according to a particular theme, and there is a competition amongst the sections for prizes and pride! Student Leadership will share themes as we get closer to camp.
All band students received a Canvas Course Invite. It Is Important that band members accept the course Invitation as that will make It easy to access music and other files during the year.
Dear BVW Band Families,
WELOME to the newest members of our Blue Valley West Band Family! We are excited to have you join us! Know that you are in for a fantastic experience!
We begin our 2021-2022 band year with our Kickoff Rehearsal and Info Meeting on Thursday, June 3. A reminder that this event is for ALL 2021-2022 Blue Valley West Band and Color Guard Members! See additional information about that event HERE.
Parents - we need you! High school band is unique in that parents have opportunities to share in their student's experience from a front row seat! You can learn more on June 3!
Summer Conditioning - A reminder that ALL BVW Band students participate in our marching program and get to experience something that makes high school band such a special and unique opportunity! With the restrictions in place on our music programs for the past 14 months, it is important that we "stretch out" our musical muscles as we prepare for a more "normal" school year. Students should attend any and all conditioning sessions and sectionals when in town, HOWEVER, If you are on a trip or scout camp, etc. just let us know - no worries! We have plenty of ways to ensure everyone feels confident before band camp in August! For additional details, click HERE. If you know someone who wasn't sure about joining high school band, please encourage them to come check it out - we're going to have a great time!
Thursday, June 3: Marching Band Kickoff and Parent Info Meeting for ALL Band Students In Grades 9-12.
Please see additional information HERE.
In the Future:
Thursday, June 10: Summer Conditioning Session #1
Thursday, June 24: Summer Conditioning Session #2
See the CALENDAR page for more!
While this year has been anything BUT normal, we are excited to begin our preparations for a return to the marching field this coming summer! Please take a moment to view the information about our plans for summer and fall marching band activities! We are looking forward to taking our first steps together into the next chapter of the Blue Valley West Band history!
Planning is beginning in earnest for our 2021 Fall Marching Band Season! If you are Interested in auditioning for a leadership position with the BVW Marching Band for 2021 there will be an informational meeting this coming Thursday, January 28.
Leadership Interest Meeting 1 - 12:35 PM (during Academic Check Time) - attend via Zoom OR live in the Band Room
Leadership Interest Meeting 2 - 3:05 PM - attend via Zoom OR live in the Band Room
Interested candidates must attend one of the two meetings.
During the meeting we will review the application process and requirements. Those wishing to audition for a leadership position must complete an application which can be found here:
2021 MB Leadership Application
Audition clinics / practice sessions will be held throughout February. Check the calendar and Band App for updates.
ANY band student Interested In being involved in the marching band leadership team is welcome to attend! There are no experience requirements - come learn what its all about and see if this might be something you are interested in! A new year always brings new possibilities!
Blue Valley West Bands