Pre-Camp and Band Camp Information
It's almost time!
Pre-camp will start next Monday, July 20. Please read through this in its entirety as it contains a lot of information and there is a lot that is new this year due to our current situation.
First, please know that there have been a lot of efforts going on behind the scenes to make this a safe and enjoyable experience for our students. Creating a positive, safe, and rewarding program is of the utmost importance to us and Ms. Loney and her staff have been working very hard at creating something that will work for our current circumstances.
Divided into Sections
Students will be divided into groups based on section. They will spend most of their time with these groups, though some groups may be combined when outside where we are allowed to have larger groups together because of more space available.
Students will not have to wear masks while they are actively participating (it is hard to play an instrument with a mask on) but they will need to have a mask with them for other situations, especially inside. There will be traffic patterns created to allow for spacing. All of these things will be explained to students as we get started but please prepare them for the idea that things might be a little different.
All brass and woodwind players will enter through door 22. This is on the east side of the building. When you get there, your student will turn in any remaining paperwork and will be given further instructions. A section leader will show them where they are to go and will help with any questions.
Percussion students will enter through door 16 around the back of the building in the "pit area" and complete the same procedures.
YOUR STUDENT CANNOT PARTICIPATE IF THEY HAVE NOT COMPLETED FINAL FORMS AND TURNED IN A PHYSICAL.
If you are unsure if your student has everything in, please contact us for clarification or plan to arrive with your student. If they do not have things completed, we will have them contact you and they will not be able to participate until those things are in.
Where to Put Your Stuff
Each student will have a space designated for their things and we expect them to keep their things within those spaces.
Please remember that students need to bring the following things with them and please note that some of these things might be new:
Instrument and things needed to keep it working (valve oil, grease, reeds, whatever your instrument needs)
A one-inch black binder and sheet protectors for music (bring your printed chorales and warm-ups, if possible)
At least one mask. Each student will be given a Westerville North Bands mask for the season. They may not be in for the first day so please plan to bring one. We will have disposable ones available in case something happens.
A LARGE water jug . . . like the Gatorade sports one--not a 20-ounce water bottle but think more in terms of a half-gallon or gallon jug. They need to bring this even if your student "doesn't drink water." Good and constant hydration is crucial for their health and safety. We are looking at 90+ degree days and a lot of time outside.
Comfortable, supportive athletic shoes that are okay to get grass-stained. Band students will be on their feet for several hours. Even if they are an "I'm more comfortable in flip flops" person, this is NOT a flip flop occasion.
A beach towel to sit on during lunch.
LUNCH every day for both pre-camp and camp week. The Music Boosters are working to provide boxed dinners for camp week and snacks for both weeks. IF YOUR STUDENT HAS ANY FOOD ALLERGIES OR HAVE VEGETARIAN REQUIREMENTS, PLEASE LET US KNOW. We will do our best to accommodate those and will let you know if we are unable to.
Pre-camp will run from 9 am to 5 pm. Please be there and ready to start at 9 am. You will get used to the idea that to be early is to be on time. Camp will start on Sunday, 7/26, and will run from 1 pm to 9 pm that day. All other days will run from 9 am to 9 pm, except for Wednesday. Students will be dismissed at 5 pm on Wednesday and seniors will have their senior dinner with staff that night. The plan is to have a performance of what they have learned so far on Friday, 7/31, at 7 pm.
PLEASE WATCH YOUR EMAIL AND THE BAND APP FOR ANY CHANGES THAT MAY COME UP AS WE FOLLOW THE LEVELS FROM THE GOVERNOR AND ANY CHANGES FROM THE DISTRICT.
We are so excited to see everyone and get started. Please reach out if you have any questions.