Brace yourself; Band Camp is coming
Seven Tips to surviving your first Band Camp at West Chester University.
Jacqueline Cotto, School of Music Mentor
It’s summer, which means one thing: Band camp is coming! Band camp is a great place to start getting adjusted to college life. Here are seven tips to surviving the West Chester University Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band 2014 Band Camp.
Number one- take care of everything you need to do before band camp. This includes selling raffle tickets, handing in forms, and memorizing music. The more you can get out of the way before the camp, the less you have to worry about and can focus your energy on new music, drill, and getting to know other people!
Number two- prepare for long days. At West Chester, you have breakfast at 7 AM and then go from 8 AM until after 8 PM with an hour for lunch and dinner. You will be mostly inside doing sectionals/music rehearsals in the morning and some basics, and then you are outside anytime after lunch until it gets too dark to see the field. Be prepared mentally for long days and be ready for any weather. There has been 95° weather or higher, hurricane’s and earthquakes at past band camps- be prepared for anything!
Number three- bring water. Bring a case of water bottles to put in your room or even better, go to Target or another department store and buy a water jug soyou can hold more water. The more water you have, the better you will be at learning new drill and getting through the hot days.
Number four- bring sunscreen. Even if you’re one of those people who “tan instead of sun burn” bring sunscreen. Also bring aloe incase you do get burned to get rid of that uncomfortable dry and burning feeling!
Number five- make sure you do whatever you need to stay healthy during band camp. Either exercise leading up to band camp or making sure that all your medications are up to date. Band camp is very long and it is better for everyone if you are healthy so you can put in your best effort!
Number six- bring bug spray. There are a lot of mosquitos around our
practice field, especially after it rains. You will save yourself a lot of discomfort later on, and you never know when you’ll be bit by a bug you’re allergic too (cough author cough.)
Number seven- get to know everyone! Band camp is a great place to meet other college students who come from many places with a variety of majors. Go to the after-band activities such as SIGMA night where you can learn about the music fraternities/sororities. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to others- especially the directors and officers who want to get to know everyone. There will be some of the best days of your life- work hard, meet new people, and treasure the memories you make. See you in August! Rams.