Band Camp Life

Sammi Parks, Staff Writer

Band camp is fun, but it’s hard. Practice is long and difficult, from 7:30 to 4:30 every Monday through Friday for four weeks with a 1 hour lunch break in the middle and a few 5 minute water breaks now and then. Then, we start the day off with stretches, 2 to 3 laps around the field, exercises, and marching basics and that is only our warm up. From 7:30 to 12:00 we march, lunch lasts an hour, then we practice inside for an hour, and finally we go back outside to march no matter the weather. We’ve marched through it all.

It’s hard when you’re really tired but you still have to focus really hard…it’s even harder as a senior because you already know this and it’s hard not to dial out because when we keep repeating it over and over again it you just want to move on and for everyone to just get it.”

— Baylee Ridings

Most band members believe the weather is the hardest element of band camp. Faith Turner said, “The one thing I don’t like is it’s so hot and I can a really bad heat intolerance.” Maintaining the necessary discipline to stay focused all day is also challenging. Baylee Ridings said, “It’s hard when you’re really tired but you still have to focus really hard…it’s even harder as a senior because you already know this and it’s hard not to dial out because when we keep repeating it over and over again it you just want to move on and for everyone to just get it.” You cannot talk. You have to power through being tired, muscles hurting, and just wanting to quit, go home and sleep.

Many upperclassmen had a hard time adjusting to the show this year because it’s so different from previous years’ shows. As this show is lighthearted and fun compared to past shows that were dark and mysterious. However, everyone seems to enjoy it. This year’s show is also a lot harder. It is more physically demanding with drill and visuals, like kneeling and squatting while playing, a lot more running around, breaking character, jumping, and acting like children, which much harder than it looks. And then, of course, there are the bicycles, which add another level of difficulty because if you are just one step off you could get hit by a bike speeding across the field.

The social element of band camp makes it all worth it as we all grow close to our section members because we spend so much time together.

Band camp is extremely difficult but it’s very worth while because all our hard work pays off in the end and the satisfaction of performing your show in the end makes all the hard work worth it.