Let me first say thank you to all of the students who performed on Friday night. Your work ethic over the past two weeks was fantastic. I know that you probably went home each night and passed out on the sofa, but just think of the progress that we made. If we continue to work like this over the next few weeks I am sure that we will be in great shape for the first home football game on September 15th.
Parents your students are amazing! Please continue to encourage them; we are far from done when it comes to learning and the things that we learned during camp need to be continuously reviewed and refined. They should be practicing every day. In addition to practicing their music, they can also practice moving their feet to the beat of their favorite song. Here’s a link to tune that would be perfect to practice their marching to. https://youtu.be/dTAAsCNK7RA
There are so many people who I should have thanked on Friday night, but band directors get nervous and anxious just like your students and sometimes things slip our mind. Here is a list of people who we owe a standing ovation to:
Over the next two weeks we have rehearsals on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 6 – 9. There has been some confusion on this since the original hand out said 5 – 8. Some other changes are that we will not be performing at the first home football game on September 1st. Our first home football game is not until after school starts on the 15th. Additionally the Calvert County Showcase of Bands has been cancelled for this year. Every Middle School in the County but one is holding their back to school night that night. So we will try to hold this event next year.
I am very excited about this season. If your students are new to the program, please continue to encourage them. They need to work at what they’ve learned everyday so that it does not leave them. If you are the parents of students who have done this before please remind the students of what I said when I arrived at Northern. The only constant in this world is change. We are not the same band that we were last year, but we will get there if they trust the process and continue to work hard.
Thank you for your continued support,
It is almost here. The start of another marching band season. Hopefully, you have managed to pick up your instrument and practice over the summer. I also hope that you have taken the opportunity to get some exercise before the start of camp. There is nothing worse than arriving the first day of camp and not being physically prepared. Take the time to get your self in shape. If you don't know how, then go outside and start by taking a walk. The good people over at Livestrong have come up with some great advice on how to get in shape for band camp. I highly recommend that you read the article.
This week, the single most important thing you can do is to get hydrated. Their are lots of myths about hydration. Both the CDC and the Mayo Clinic say that it varies by person and that we get our hydration from both beverages and food, but the "Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day." The most important thing to remember is that your body uses water to flush out toxins. How do you know if your dehydrated? Check your urine, if your urine is clear than your in good shape, the more yellow your urine, the more dehydrated you are. Not a fun topic to talk about (or write about), but one that is so important to your health over the next few weeks.
Now for the nuts and bolts, here is a list of things that you need to bring to camp with you.
Musically, Mr. Beall (Tim) sent a out a great email for all of the percussionist on their musical responsibilities for the first day of camp. Wind players, you have similar responsibilities:
This summer I've been reading blog post by Seth Godin. In one of his Blog Post he talks about an island of the coast of Spain which has a church.
Here is the complete post:
"There's an island off the coast of Spain that houses a church. The church has 230 steps to the top, and it's said that it's worth the climb."
What a great expression. Gaztelugatxe can now mean, "it's a lot of effort, but worth it."
The opposite of fast and easy, but worthless.
(Click for the pronunciation of this Basque word...)"
This year our word is Gaztelugatxe, learn how to say it and embrace our meaning of the word. We have a lot of new members this year, who may not yet understand what it is that we do. Marching band takes a lot of effort, but is well worth it!!!