Next week marching band camp officially kicks off! Camp is Tuesday-Friday, August 13-16, and Monday-Wednesday, August 19-21, from 9am to 4pm each day. Click here to see what you or your son/daughter need to bring to camp. Also, please check your email for updates. Although the current tentative camp schedule does not reflect this, Ginny Reese, the FHS music assistant, will be fitting students with marching band uniforms from 4-5pm after camp each day. Please contact me if you have any questions. Looking forward to next week!
Just a reminder that Tuesday-Friday, August 13-16, and Monday-Wednesday, August 19-21, is Braves Marching Band Camp. Each day begins at 9am and ends at 4pm, except for Friday, August 16 (8:30-11:00am). Daily, all students need to arrive at the FHS band room between 8:45 & 9am to check in.
Food! Granola bars and fruit will be available for breakfast and snacks throughout each day. Regarding lunch, the FHS Band Parent group will be serving Pizza on the first day of camp (Tuesday, August 13), and a Mexican-style buffet on the last day of camp (Wednesday, August 21). Students need to bring their own lunch on the other days.
The goals of the camp are to learn/review marching fundamentals and field commands, prepare to march/play in the Northwest Montana Fair Parade, and learn the first song/drill for the 2019 halftime show! Uniform for the fair parade are the band polo shirts (checked out on the morning of the parade) and shorts or pants -- not the traditional marching band uniforms.
Attention all new and returning students! Braves Marching Band Camp will be held Tuesday-Friday, August 13-16, and Monday-Wednesday, August 19-21, from 9am-4pm. Six instructors teach percussion, brass, woodwinds, color guard, and drill. The instructors have extensive knowledge and experience in marching band methods and a number of them are former members of the Blue Knights drum corps of Denver, CO.
NO FEE! THE CAMP IS FREE!
At FHS, all students enrolled in Braves Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Percussion are required to march. However, there are exceptions. If a student participates in one of the following fall activities: cheer, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, or volleyball, they may be exempt from marching band. Exempt students, however, must choose ONE of the options below to receive full credit:
Does marching band sound scary? Never marched and played an instrument at the same time? You are not alone! There are a number of students at the same level. Marching band is easier than you think! The band performs at 4 home varsity football games, 2 parades, and the “Showcase of Bands” at Montana State University in Bozeman. The season ends with our last game on Friday, October 25. All seven days of camp are used to prepare students for the required performances (with emphasis on the “Showcase” in Bozeman). Students are also fitted for marching band uniforms during this time.
Comparable to other sports/activity practices, camp is school-sponsored. In other words, most employers allow students time off for school-sponsored practices and events. If this is an issue, please contact me. Eligibility to march in the first required performance is dependent on a student’s participation at camp (similar to football players who need a specific number of practices to be eligible to play in the first game). Exceptions to this policy include medical reasons, family vacation, and “Option 1” (See above). To see if other exceptions apply, please contact Mr. Johnke.
Look for more information including sheet music and mp3's coming soon! To give you a taste of our season, check out the YouTube video below.
Please refer to the Flathead High School Band website for updates and more information.