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Q&A Wrap Up

Here are the questions asked at Friday's Q&A Session, along with answers from our directors.

QuestionAnswer
Will we be having an icebreaker? mini-camp? summer practice?On-campus events will not take place for the rest of this school year. Neither will our Tuesday summer rehearsals. Right now, we are planning on returning for Leadership/Percussion/Guard Camp on July 13 and Band Camp on July 20.
When and where can we make our first band payment?You'll find a link on the Parents Page under "Online Payments." This will take you to SchoolPay, where you can continue as a guest or log in.
I was told trombone players play euphonium on the field. Is this taught at band camp or something we must learn on our own?Trombones have a number of disadvantages on the field; the baritones we use are specifically designed for marching. The transition is not a difficult one, and we will teach you everything you need to know at band camp. However, it can't hurt to start figuring it out now.
At what point does SchoolPay move incoming freshmen from their middle school to University?It may not be until school starts in the fall. In the meantime, you can make payments on SchoolPay as a guest using the link on the Parents page. Enter the student's name and we are good to go.
How much time is there between school and band rehearsal?For marching band, an hour and 40 minutes. Plenty of time to eat, change, do some homework, and get ready. After Thanksgiving Break, jazz and concert rehearsals start 40 minutes after school, but these are done much earlier.
Will we be doing indoor percussion this year?It is a possibility but will not be decided until the fall.
What is the dress code for band camp?Wear comfortable athletic clothing to help you beat the heat. I recommend a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, light-colored t-shirt, athletic shorts, socks, and a good pair of sneakers. Definitely do not wear jeans.
When can I come on campus to pick up my instrument, rent a school instrument, or clean out my locker?We should be able to do pick up/drop off this week. Keep your eyes out for an email early this week with details.
When will audition results be released?I'm going to try to have that done this week, possibly early next week.
Will we have custom uniforms this year?Yes. They're being designed now.
Can we get show shirts for parents who volunteer at competitions and use the blue chaperone shirts for football games and school events?Expect an updated look for parent shirts this year.
What is covered in concert band?Concert Band focuses on the fundamentals of playing, including tone production, scales, and rhythms. Check out Ensembles → Concert Band to start looking at technique packets and rhythm sheets.
I'm in the performing arts magnet. Do I need to take piano if I can already play piano?No, you'll be able to perform for the music faculty and choose a different ensemble or elective.
Are students allowed to take water breaks during practice?Students are required to take water breaks during practice, and breaks are given at least every 15 minutes. Each student should get a gallon-size water jug and keep it filled.