ATTENDANCE/PRACTICES Student attendance is expected at pre-Band Camp, at Jump Start on May 12 & 19, at all band clinics held on Tuesdays in July and August from 4-8 PM (see below) and if applicable, at Color Guard Camp, unless your student is out of town or sick.
Tuesday Clinics are scheduled for the following dates: June 26, July 10, July 24, and August 7.
Color Guard Camp is scheduled for June 26-30. The Guard Staff will provide additional details shortly.
This additional time allows kids to acclimate to their new environment, begin to learn music and marching moves, but most importantly, develop group synergy. Elite performances are possible when each student plays an integral part in our band program. Any absence will be noticed as a gap where your student marches, plays, or dances. We do not have substitute players to fill in for absent members. Families are asked to honor this commitment; barring illness or family emergencies, attendance is required at performances.
The first day of Band Camp is Monday, August 13, 2018. This is the first day of class for the academic class called “Marching Band” and will continue to meet until the end of marching season on November 9, 2018. Consult the Band Season Schedule for class dates which is subject to change at the discretion of the Band Director. Any absences require the same notification from parents as any other academic course. Please refer pages 10 and 11 of the HCPS Code of Conduct for further clarification.
Weekly After School Practice Schedule starting September 4:
Tuesday – Thursday: 4:15-6:30 PM
Friday: remain after school until after the football game (about 11 PM)
What happens after all marching band rehearsals? After all marching band rehearsals end students:
clean the band room
“Arc Up” (assemble for last coaching from leadership) for dismissal
Parents are strongly encouraged to arrive 15-30 minutes after the formal practice end time. For example, parents should pickup students at 6:30 PM if practices ends at 6 PM.
Note: Better yet – make sure your student has a cell phone to call for pick up. Saturday competitions occur at varying locations and times to prepare for assessments. Please block the entire day until you receive further information from the Band Director.
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