Band Camp

Marching Band Camp begins two weeks before the first week of school and ends with the Season Preview Show and dinner the Saturday before the first day of school. 

This intensive two­-week series of rehearsals is designed as a team building event where the students get to know the instructors, learn the music for the season’s performance, learn the marching drill and come together as a team.


Band Camp Dates

July 24 - August 4, 2017
First Week:
7:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., and 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday–Tuesday and Saturday.
6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday.

Second Week:
6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

August 5th: Season Preview Show, Dinner—call 3:00, perform 5:00, dinner following

Rehearsal begins right at the time given so please have students arrive early enough to get materials prepared to start on time. The band usually works right up to the end time, so allow about 15–20 minutes after the end of rehearsal for wrap-up and clean-up time.

General Tips

Marching Band is a very physical activity and rehearsals are long and tiring. With that in mind, it is important to take care of the body by eating well, keeping hydrated and getting plenty of sleep.
  • Wear plenty of sunscreen. Students should apply sunscreen prior to practice and also reapply during breaks, as perspiration will wash it away.
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses too. Arizona summers are famously brutal and these items will help keep the sun at bay.
  • Drink LOTS of fluids. Bring a large water jug full of cool water. Sports drinks are good too, but are better for after rather than during practice. Students are given frequent water breaks and water fountains are available for refills. It is the responsibility of the student to be sure they have a refillable water jug as the school or boosters do not provide water bottles. Sodas and energy drinks should be avoided.
  • Dress in comfortable clothing. Wear lightweight, light-colored, comfortable clothing that is school dress code appropriate. T-shirts and shorts are usually the best choice.
  • Choose comfortable shoes. Wear comfortable tennis shoes that have been well broken in before band camp starts. If students have their marching shoes, they are also a good choice. Sandals or flip-flops are not appropriate and are not allowed during band camp or marching band rehearsals.
  • Eat healthy meals. Keep well nourished by eating a healthy breakfast in the mornings and by packing a healthy lunch and snacks for during the day (lean protein, nuts, fruits and vegetables and whole grains). Students are expected to remain on campus during the lunch break, so they must bring a sack lunch. Staff members will be present on campus during the Tuesday and Thursday evening dinner breaks, so students have the option of bringing dinner and remaining on campus or going home for dinner. If your student chooses to go home for dinner, please be sure they return by 5:45 so they may begin rehearsal promptly at 6 p.m.
  • Be prepared. Students should be prepared for each day by making sure they have their instrument/ equipment, supplies, music, drill, and a writing utensil just like for any other music rehearsal.
  • Be prompt. Show respect for the director and your fellow musicians by arriving at least 15 minutes early so that you are prepared to start working at the appointed time. There is much to accomplish during rehearsals and late-comers disrupt the hard work of the group.