Things to Know for Band Camp

The online band camp registration form is required of all Members: Rookies & Vets. Once you register for band camp, please also register on your individual “Section” website. This will ensure that your section leaders know you plan to audition for a marching position. This is especially important for students who will be marching drum corps and will be late arriving to camp! Check the Sections page to find a link to your section’s website. If you experience any problems registering on your section’s site, simply email your section leaders instead.

All new members will attend Rookie Camp, which will begin on the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 2. Dorm check-in for all rookies will be from 2-4 p.m. on Aug. 2. Vets will report Sunday, Aug. 4. Any vets planning to live in the dorm for band camp must check into the dorm at the same time as the rookies, on Friday, Aug. 2, from 2-4 p.m. If you are marching drum corps this summer, you will need to report to camp no later than the 6 p.m. rehearsal on Monday, Aug. 12. Drum corps participants will need to report to the dorm they are moving into and see a resident assistant between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday, Aug. 12.

If you would like to be housed in a dorm room during band camp, here are a few things you will need to know. For those of you staying in a dorm as your permanent housing for the fall semester, you will move directly to your permanent dorm when you check in at camp. If you are not staying in the dorm for the upcoming academic year, you will be housed in Dixon Hall (males) or Curtiss Hall (females) until Wednesday, Aug. 14. On that date, before 12 noon, you will need to move to your apartment, house, etc. The dorms do not provide any of the basic necessities needed for overnight stays; therefore, you will need to bring your own linens and toiletries for band camp.

Food Services on campus will be open during band camp. You might also plan to visit restaurants in town for your meals. Please note some local restaurants do not accept credit/debit cards, and others do not accept checks. Plan accordingly! Finally, some students will bring small refrigerators, buy food at the grocery store, and prepare their own meals. Whichever way you go, be sure to eat healthy, complete meals during band camp. You’ll need strength and energy to make it through rehearsal!

Our outstanding band organization did not gain its international reputation without the full attendance of its members. Accordingly, your perfect and timely attendance is expected to be the norm. Please print and keep the camp schedule for reference during band camp. Minor adjustments in the rehearsal schedule will occur as needed; however, the time parameters will not be expanded. Ask off from work NOW!

Your instrument and equipment should be brought to each rehearsal (including our first meeting). You will need a pencil to mark your music and drill charts, and a wire stand for all music rehearsals. During rehearsals it is very important to wear only quality athletic footwear. Long practice hours will take a toll on your feet, so be prepared!

Uniforms will be checked out during band camp week. Your Band Uniform Maintenance Fee of $100.00 is required to be paid prior to uniform checkout. In addition to your black patent leather uniform shoes, each student must purchase his or her own white uniform gloves ($3.00). Everyone wears the same type of shoe for Southerners. A representative will take orders for shoes during camp ($30).

The instrument manager will check out university-owned instruments during the first meeting of band camp. All large instruments (20-Js, percussion, baritones and mellophones) are provided by the University free of charge. However, individuals are responsible for any damages. Please take care of our precious instruments!

Music & Charts:
Although the Southerners always memorize their music for performance, we prefer that instrumentalists carry their music for reference during all rehearsals. Also, please plan to carry a small notebook and pencil for drill coordinate notes. These items significantly improve the efficiency and productivity of our rehearsals. Download the traditional stand music here. Due to the limited amount of music stands in the music department, all percussionists, woodwind and brass players are REQUIRED to bring their own wire music stand to camp.

Members will be required to purchase some personal items for use in the guard. Please be prepared to make these purchases upon arrival at camp. Please check the JSU Colorguard website for additional information.

Be sure to maintain contact with your Group Leaders for all other details regarding Ballerina preparations. Please check the Ballerina website for additional information.

You may contact the Band Office at (256) 782-5562 for general information. For more specific questions regarding your section, it is recommended that you post your question on the Southerners Facebook page. You can usually expect an answer there within a day or two.

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