Please read all of the enclosed material carefully, it contains all of the information that you will need for Band Camp 2014 and the requirements for Marching Band for the Fall of 2014. There are changes this year so PLEASE read carefully.
Once again we have a marching band twitter account!!!!!! Mainemarchingba We will be using this for all of our communications this year. You will all need to follow the page and get your cell phone to follow via text. This is VERY easy to do. On your cell, Text FOLLOW MaineMarchingBa to 40404 and you will then get all messages posted.
If you don’t have shoes, please fill out the order form to get them and mail it to me by August 18. Thank you. Dance team members must ALL have the same performance shoe.
For all SECTION LEADERS, FIRST YEAR MARCHING BAND MEMBERS, PERCUSSION SECTION, DANCE TEAM MEMBERS and MAJORETTES:
SATURDAY, AUGUST 23: You will Check in at the class of 1944 Hall first between 8 and 11 am. You will then proceed to Hancock Hall if you need housing and check in and move in there.
First group meeting is 11 am then you will go to lunch and have activities for the afternoon and evening ending around 9:30pm.
FOR ALL REMAINING BAND MEMBERS:
SUNDAY, AUGUST 24: You will check in the class of 1944 Hall between 9 am and 1pm then proceed to Hancock Hall for room check in if you need a room. There will be a full group meeting at 3 pm followed by sectional rehearsals, a full group performance and a picnic meal. Around 7pm that night you will be free to settle into your rooms. If you are not in Saturday’s group you may not check in early just to get here.
Daily rehearsal during band camp will be 8 am–noon, 1:30-4:30 and 6:30-9:30pm. These are required. Meals will be provided for all members from breakfast Monday, August 25 through dinner on Thursday 28. Your meal cards should begin working on Friday Breakfast. Students living off campus will be provided lunch and supper for the entire camp time.
Dormitory Check-in:I apologize for any inconvenience. All Marching Band students will be moving into temporary housing in Hancock Hall. ALL STUDENTS should check into the dorm during your assigned times. Every effort will be made to put you in YOUR room if it is in Hancock. Move in to your permanent assignments will be Tuesday morning from 8am to 10:30am. More details will be given at band camp. If you have questions regarding housing please call 207 581 4580.
Band Board Members: We will meet Friday, August 22 at 8 am in room 100. You can check into your rooms from 9-11 in Hancock on this day. We will meet at 8 then break and move in from 9-10 then meet again at 10:30 and finish all the stuff we need to do. Band Board members will be provided meals for Saturday and Sunday. Band Board Cookout will be Friday afternoon, August 22 at my camp. Check the Band Board folder on first class for more information.
All Wind and percussion players will need the following equipment. Dancers refer to Items #2,#3,#4 and # 9
2. A pair of comfortable Shoes Athletic trainers work the best.
3. Solid Navy Blue shorts. THIS IS NEW it again will give us a couple options for other performances.
3.5 Lyres and flip folders for your instruments (Flip Folders and Lyres will be available at the band store on campus Lyres will be provided for school owned instruments)
4. Sunscreen , Sunglasses a hat and a water bottle .
5. One pair of White Uniform Gloves, ( available at Band Store)
6. Marching Shoes See top of letter for details
7. Black Socks
8. Clip on suspenders to hold up your marching pants.
9. Dance Team OnlyNEEDS Black Dance Shoes All must have the same style shoe Bloch Boost DRT black Dance Sneaker.
If you need a University owned instrument please contact me at 207-581-1232.
The tentative schedule is as follows: This may change as I am still working on a couple of exhibitions. Final schedule will be given at Band Camp. Times will be given in the band handbook.
Band Camp August 23-30
8/30 Home Game
9/27 Parade and MBDA show
10/4 Home Game
10/5 Northeast College Band Show Worcester MA. TBA
11/8 Home Game
11/22 Home Game
11/29 Playoff TBA
TBA Games Are only there in case we make the play off games. If we get that far they will have us play if it is a home game, travel is unlikely until the final game, the National Championships.
If you have not been active this summer please start getting 30-60 minutes of walking or other type of cardiovascular exercise, it will make the transition to marching band easier and reduce the likelihood of injuries. It is NOT my goal to turn BAND camp into BOOT camp, but we all need to be in good working condition to avoid injury during band camp.
If you are receiving this letter then I am counting on you for this next season, please let me know ASAP if your status has changed. We have Awesome numbers again this year, as of today we have 107!!! A record, and there are still people I know who haven’t sent in their forms! ANYONE is welcome if they play an instrument! Do some recruiting!
This year’s shows are great! We are doing a Funk Show and a Justin Timberlake/Beyonce’ themed show, both are fun and exciting to play and move to.
I cannot wait for you all to return. The year 2014 will be the best year ever! See you all in August!!!
Christopher G. White
Sports Band Director