Band Camp is what millions of marching band students from all over the United States look forward to end their summer and bring in a new school year. Through the timeless traditions, seemingly endless hours of marching, and much fun, band camp is a time that all bandies cannot forget.
Starting band my junior year, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into.
I had heard many different stories from friends who had been in band since they were freshmen, but the actual experience can only truly tell the tale.
Band camp practices began early each morning with the field marches.
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We arrived at Grove City College on a Sunday, a band of more than 180. I questioned exactly how we were going to learn and perfect of the music and drills that we were going to incorporate into our show that we present at the local Band Nights and the halftime shows of football games.
Awakening at 6:30 a.m. Monday seemed to become earlier and earlier as the five-day experience drew to its end. Most likely this was caused by the nights of staying up later and later. Not to mention, the blasting 5 a.m.drum line wakeup call that made one particular Wednesday morning particularly tiring.
Breakfast became the time to prepare ourselves for the hours of marching ahead. At 8:30, it was time.
The first two days consisted of high spirits, and a readiness to learn our new show. Howland's theme this year is "Heroes Vs. Villains," a few of our songs being the "Superman Theme," "Dream On" by Aerosmith, and "Friend Like Me" from Aladdin.
One of our most impressive drills is when we form the Superman Crest across the whole field.
The real tedious work comes when we know our drills, and all of the movements, but constant repetition is needed to perfect every little component. Any Howland Band member will tell you, that the voice of band director, Mr. Gregory Rezabek's "Do it again" over the speakers becomes the slogan for the day.
Even though sometimes it can seem like constant frustration and body aches and pains, in the end, all the work melds together for a fantastic show.
On Aug. 16, Howland performed the show at their own band night along with many local bands and will continue to go to many of the local band nights in the area.
Along with all the work that a band puts into their performance, a whole lot of fun comes along.
At band camp, different events came about each night that the Band Booster Parents and Directors put together: Game night in the Student Union on Monday Night, Senior Skit Night on Tuesday, and a dance to cap a productive week of band camp off on Wednesday.
Through all the new friends that are made, the fun that is experiences, and the blood and sweat that go into a fantastic show, band camp truly lives up to the expectations people give it.
I can say that I anticipate the rest of this year and am happy I joined band this year.