Amherst Bands Summer II Newsletter
Welcome to all New and Returning Band Boosters
I hope you have all had some fun with friends and family during your time off. Before you know it we will be having our first football game and our fall season will begin!
We are excited to get back to somewhat normal band camp and a FULL FALL SCHEDULE including returning to the competition circuit in OMEA. After the first few rehearsals we have had the past couple of days with the color guard, percussion, and winds I can safely say that this has been a special moment and all of our hard work and dedication in sticking with band during the pandemic has made an impact on our return.
Please read through the materials regarding information for camp. A more in depth memo was given to the members this week in our precamp rehearsals.
Thank you very much for believing in the Amherst Marching Comets and for your support.
Attendance Policy for rehearsals!
We know and have been informed of several conflicts and those conflicts have been approved. We are talking about new plans like going to Cedar Point with your non-marching friends because they invited you last minute....those kinds of conflicts should be avoided.
What to do if you are absent?
Final Forms Requirement
Band Camp Advice
Ideal Water Jug
Stay away from non insulated drinking containers. A great tip is to freeze a little bit of water the evening before so you have ICE all the following day. You may refill your jug while on breaks.
Feet and Shoes
Athletic Shoes! Stay away from shoes with little to no support. No crocs, sandals, keds, or other sneaker with no arch/ankle support. Try not to break in NEW shows at camp as well.
Hats and Sunglasses
As always, hats and sunglasses are a must on those hot days. Do what you can to stay cool and comfortable.
Ideal Water Jug
Feet and Shoes
What to bring to practice...
Sunglasses - protect your eyes!
Hat - the bigger the better!
Binder/folder - with all your music in it
Pencil & Highlighters - for music and drill marking!
Sunscreen - no one should look like a lobster
Sneakers/Running Shows - NO flip flops, crocks, flats, boots, you need an ATHLETIC shoes.
Towel - to use to cool yourself during rehearsal
Athletic Clothing - athletic shorts/t-shirts are the best options, light colors to stay cool
Flip Folder & Lyre - not mandatory, but recommended
Drill Chart & Chips - passed out on first day of drill learning
Instrument/Equipment - obviously required for band camp...but some do forget…
The remaining fees for band camp are due by Friday, August 6th
Pay by Check, Cash, or Venmo
**Venmo Address: Amherst-BandBoosters (code if asked: 1280)
$30 - Shoes -- For new members and/or veterans needing them
$10 - Instrument/equipment Fee -- Members using school equipment
$50 - Disney Deposit -- First payment toward the Disney trip
Band Camp Treats
Sunday, July 25th to Friday, July 30th:
Because our kids LOVE your Sweet Treats, we ask that the members bring a dessert ONCE to share during band camp. This helps keep our cost down and gives the kids a variety of things to choose from when they satisfy their sweet tooth (teeth). Please follow the schedule below. Treats should be brought to the music lobby the morning they are needed for that meal.
Sunday - Amherst Band Boosters will supply
Monday - Sophomores
Tuesday - Juniors
Wednesday - Seniors
Thursday - Freshmen
Friday - Amherst Band Boosters will supply
Friday, August 6th:
Our Band LOCK-IN is on Friday, August 6th. THERE IS A SLIGHT CHANGE THIS YEAR AS THE LOCKIN WILL CONCLUDE around 10pm. In the past, we used to bring sleeping materials and celebrate with an all-nighter. Because of COVID protocols and still being unsure of how much we will return to normal, a celebration has been planned for the last day of BAND CAMP instead of the sleepover. Once rehearsal ends that day, the lock-in will begin and fun activities will be available for the band members. Dinner will be served and is provided by the Band Boosters.
Band Camp Helpers
Just a few slots are left for help with meals and things for our band camp next week. Thank you to all that signed up for a time slot to help. If you are interested in helping out, check out what is left in need of help.