Summer Band Camp & Heat
Outside in the morning - Inside in the afternoon
Lunch is INSIDE (typically 90 minutes) around 11:00 or 11:30am. When lunch is over, around 12:30 or 1:00pm, we resume summer band camp INSIDE with music rehearsals.
After-School Marching Rehearsal
Our bell schedule is 8:15am-3:55pm every day. One reason we practice after school is due to transportation. Students come from all parts of town to attend LASA and the AISD buses are only able to provide transportation for LASA students based on school bell schedules, thus there are no buses available for before-school rehearsal.
After-school rehearsal goes from 4:15-6:35pm. Late buses are available for students and they depart at 6:45pm.
- white T-shirt (REQUIRED)
- shorts (REQUIRED)
- tennis shoes with socks (REQUIRED)
- 64oz insulated water jug (REQUIRED)
- sunscreen (REQUIRED)
- hat (STRONGLY ENCOURAGED)
- sunglasses (STRONGLY ENCOURAGED)
- Students are required to wear a white T-shirt to help reflect some of the sun's rays. (The 'summer band uniform' is for actual performances, not rehearsals.)
- Students are also STRONGLY encouraged to wear a hat to help reduce the amount of direct sun they get on their head and face.
- Students are REQUIRED to wear shorts and tennis shoes w/ socks.
- Many students find that sunglasses help them with glare, reducing eye strain.
- Put on sunscreen every time before outdoor rehearsal. Sunburn = no fun.
Clarification on summer band uniform versus band camp attire:
BAND CAMP ATTIRE
- For each day of band camp and after-school marching band, students should wear a white T-shirt. Exception is guard, who will be allowed to wear different colors based on Mr. Vereen's input.
- This helps the director staff with the visual learning process. When students are dressed the same, the on-field picture is easier to read allowing us to give useful feedback.
- This helps reduce a bit of the heat for students by dressing in a light color.
- This is the navy blue t-shirt and shorts students were required to purchase back in May, or coming up in a few more days when the online store reopens the ordering window.
- This is what we wear as entire band program at all our early season performances.
- We will plan on wearing our full marching band uniform for the first time at the CapCity Marching Festival exhibition performance.
- Every time we wear the full marching band uniform, we wear the summer uniform underneath (shirt and shorts); that way, when we're allowed to take off our jackets in the stands, we still look uniform.
Diet and Sleep (plus water, water, water)
Proper diet includes regular meals/snacks comprised of real food and plenty of water throughout the day. (Flamin' Hot Cheetos are not, contrary to popular student belief, REAL FOOD!) Protein keeps you strong and allows muscles to recover more quickly throughout the day. The vitamins and nutrients in vegetables, fruits, and healthy starches helps your body make it's own short and long-term energy. Eat bad = feel bad.
Students ABSOLUTELY MUST eat breakfast and lunch each day. Everyone is different, but experience has shown time and time again, that many students who feel bad during morning or after-school rehearsals DIDN'T EAT breakfast or lunch.
WATER WATER WATER
Students will drink 64-128oz water each day, throughout the entire day. Students MUST have a 64oz (or bigger) insulated personal water jug. Write your name on it and fill it up consistently throughout the day, even after you get home in the afternoon.
We will have two 10-gallon water jugs filled with ice and water prior to every outdoor rehearsal. We fill these up as necessary throughout the rehearsal. Thanks to our Student Field Managers for taking care of the band! In a typical hour of rehearsal outside, we take 3-5 water breaks.
We're Stronger Together
One of the surprising things about training in a group of people is how the group energy can help individuals meet the challenges of the situation they otherwise might not feel up for on their own. We're stronger together! Take care of yourself, let others know when you're feeling especially bad and take a 5 minute break on the sidelines then head back on the field. Take care of yourself, take care of each other and we'll have a safe and fun summer band camp.
NOTE: band directors are required to take CPR and First Aid training every two years and I am current on my certification.
Ponder East, LASA Band