Plan for Band Camp 2020

Please read the following information about our Band Camp protocol for this year.  This applies to everyone so please take the time to read the following information thoroughly and make sure you are prepared to follow all of the guidelines set forth.

We are in very difficult times and please remember that this is a fluid situation and could change at any point in time.  Let me say this…if you feel for any reason that you cannot follow the guidelines set forth below you will not be allowed to participate.  I think it is crucial for us to come back together and do what we love to do.  These protocols are for everyone’s protection and they are not up for debate.

We will be working on an A/B Schedule for the weeks of July 20th and July 27th.  The schedule will be as follows:

Monday, July 13th – 9:00am-5:00pm – Leadership Camp – All Drum Majors, Captains and Section Leaders

Tuesday, July 14th – 9:00am-5:00pm – Leadership Camp Day 2

Thursday, July 16th – Rookie Camp – 9:00am-5:00pm – All new members to the band and all student leaders attend.

Monday, July 20th – 9:00am-5:00pm – Flutes, Clarinets, Saxophones, and Percussion
8:00am-5:00pm – Auxiliary

Tuesday, July 21st – 9:00am-5:00pm – Bass Clarinets, Bari Saxes, Trumpets, Mellophones, Baritones, Tubas, and Percussion
8:00am-5:00pm – Auxiliary

Wednesday, July 22nd – 9:00am-5:00pm – Flutes, Clarinets, Saxophones, and Percussion
8:00am-5:00pm – Auxiliary

Thursday, July 23rd – 9:00am-5:00pm – Bass Clarinets, Bari Saxes, Trumpets, Mellophones, Baritones, Tubas, and Percussion
8:00am-5:00pm – Auxiliary

Friday, July 24th – Picture Day will be rescheduled

Monday, July 27th – 8:00am-8:00pm – Flutes, Clarinets, Saxophones, Percussion and Auxiliary
5:00pm-8:00pm – Bass Clarinets, Bari Saxes, Trumpets, Mellophones, Baritones, and Tubas will join us for Full                                      Ensemble on the field.

Tuesday, July 28th – 8:00am-8:00pm – Bass Clarinets, Bari Saxes, Trumpets, Mellophones, Baritones, Tubas, Percussion and                                                 Auxiliary
5:00pm-8:00pm – Flutes, Clarinets, Saxophones will join us for Full Ensemble on the field.

Wednesday, July 29th – 8:00am-8:00pm -Flutes, Clarinets, Saxophones, Percussion and Auxiliary
5:00pm-8:00pm – Bass Clarinets, Bari Saxes, Trumpets, Mellophones, Baritones, and Tubas will join us for                                              Full Ensemble on the field.

Thursday, July 30th – 8:00am-8:00pm – Bass Clarinets, Bari Saxes, Trumpets, Mellophones, Baritones, Tubas, Percussion and                                                Auxiliary
5:00pm-8:00pm – Flutes, Clarinets, Saxophones will join us for Full Ensemble on the field.

PROTOCOL THAT MUST BE FOLLOWED WHILE AT CAMP:

STUDENT ARRIVAL ON CAMPUS

  • All students, staff and volunteers will need to enter campus through the main entrance gate on Norman Drive.  Everyone will need to park in the student parking lot.  If you are being dropped off by a parent, this will need to be done at the Breezeway in the student parking lot.  Signs will be posted with traffic flow.
  • Upon arrival you will exit your vehicle and proceed to the check in tables located on the perimeter of the parking lot.  There you will be asked a series of questions and your temperature will be checked with a contactless thermometer.  Any student, staff member or volunteer who has a temperature of 100.3 or higher will be sent home.  You will then have to be four days temperature free or have a negative COVID-19 test result to return to rehearsal.
  • Your first day on campus you will be issued a mask in the form of a neck gaiter.  You will be instructed on how to properly wear the mask.  This will be pulled up over your mouth and nose at all times.  The only time it will not be covering your mouth and nose is when you are playing, eating or drinking fluids.  If you do not have this with you everyday you will be sent home.
  • The only items you need to bring from home are your instrument, instrument supplies (reeds, valve oil, etc.), your 3 ring binder with sheet protectors, your neck gaiter, a pencil and your flip folder.  You may bring a backpack to keep all of your supplies.
  • Once you have been checked in you will proceed to the band practice field.

REHEARSALS

  • You must always follow the instructions of the directors, staff and volunteers because our number one priority is to keep everyone safe.
  • UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU EVER LET ANYONE TOUCH YOUR INSTRUMENT.  If you have a problem with your horn please let a staff member or a director who is running your rehearsal know.
  • Auxiliary and Percussion – DO NOT SHARE EQUIPMENT, MALLETS OR STICKS.
  • We will utilize outdoor spaces as often as possible for all camp activities, including music sectionals and rehearsals.  We will always seek shade for these off-field activities.  However, be sure to dress appropriately and prepare yourself for more outdoor activities and the heat and humidity that will come with it.
  • Anytime we are outside for rehearsal we must follow social distancing guidelines.  Those are staying six feet away from other individuals when off the field for water breaks and other transitional periods.
  • When/if we are rehearsing inside you must stay on the preset marks in all spaces.
  • When traveling between any two activities as a band, or when entering or exiting any indoor space, remain patient and still, awaiting staff members’ instructions.  They will carefully assign who can travel where and when to ensure proper distance is kept between members of the band.
  • When you are not playing you must have your neck gaiter pulled up over your mouth and nose.

MEALS

  • In the past we have released students for lunch and/or bused them to the mall.  We will not be doing that this year.
  • We will be providing all meals for lunch for Rookie Camp, the week of July 20th and the week of July 27th.  We will also be providing dinner the week of July 27th.  Most of the meals will be boxed meals and if it is food that needs to be served it will be plated for the students so there is no passing of utensils.
  • We are asking each everyone to please bring the following to offset the cost of the meals:
    • Flutes, Clarinets, Saxophones, Bass Clarinets, Bari Sax, Trumpets, Mellophones, Baritones and Tubas will need to bring $10.00 for the week of July 20th and $15.00 for the week of July 27th.
    • Auxiliary, Percussion and Drum Majors will need to bring $20.00 for the week of July 20th and $25.00 for the week of July 27th.
    • At Rookie Camp on July 16th Lunch will be provided for free.
  • On the week of July 27th if you are in the student group that arrives at 5:00pm you will be provided a meal.  If you are not checked in by the nurses by 5:30pm you will not be allowed to attend rehearsal.
  • NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO LEAVE CAMPUS FOR LUNCH OR DINNER FOR ANY REASON.  
  • During our meals we will be utilizing many areas of the school so that we have room to spread out and adhere to social distancing guidelines.  You must remain in the assigned areas and strictly follow the directions of the directors and staff.
  • Please clean up after yourselves and put your trash in the trash cans provided.

FACILITIES IN THE SCHOOL:

  • Common areas will be disinfected regularly.
  • Only two students at a time may enter the restrooms.
  • All water fountains and drink machines will be turned off.
  • Eating/Rehearsal areas will be disinfected before and after use.

WATER

  • Students will be provided cups of water at several watering stations around the band rehearsal area.
  • If you bring your own water jug you will not be able to refill from our water coolers.  We must keep everything as sanitary as possible.  Please make sure your name is on your water jug if you decide to bring one.

STUDENTS LEAVING CAMPUS AT THE CONCLUSION OF REHEARSAL

  • Students will be dismissed from rehearsal in small groups.
  • Please maintain social distancing guidelines as you exit to your vehicle.
  • There will be no “gathering up” in the parking lot.  You are to go straight to your vehicle and leave campus.
  • If you are a car rider, your parents need to park in the student parking lot to pick you up.  Under no circumstances do your parents need to pull down to the band field or park in front of the school.
  • Please remember that there will be a lot of pedestrian and car traffic as we enter and exit the school.  Please drive responsibly on campus.  If you are caught speeding or doing other reckless acts, I will have your driving privileges on campus suspended for the entire school year.

PARENTS WATCHING EVENING REHEARSALS

  • If you plan on coming on campus to watch our evening rehearsals the week of July 27th you must park in the student parking lot and walk to the band practice field.
  • All persons must follow social distancing guidelines.
  • The band store will be open at the practice field the week of July 27th.  Discount Cards and other Bridgemen products will be for sale.  Please make sure you stay six feet apart while in line.

 

Items You Will Need For Band Camp

I am looking forward to seeing all of you in the next few weeks.  Please take a look at this document and it will go over what you will need for band camp.  Please make sure you have everything you will need.

Remember the following:

  • Everyone will need a 3 ring binder with sheet protectors for your music. Your name and section needs to be visible on the outside.
  • All wind players need a flip folder for their stand’s music.  See attachment for info.
  • All brass players need a pair of baseball batting gloves for rehearsal.  See attachment for info.

Please read the document below in full.  There is a lot of important information.

Items for Band Camp

We need Parent Volunteers at Band Camp

Our Band is very dependent on volunteers to take care of our 400+ awesome kids. This starts long before the first football game.

1) During band camp, parent volunteers serve tens of thousands of cups of water to our kids in the intense heat of the summer. We need volunteers in the morning and volunteers in the afternoon. Some people can work mornings all week, some can work all day on just a few days. Any help you can give is appreciated.

2) We also need volunteers to serve food during lunch or dinner breaks.

3) Once school starts, we need help serving water during after-school practices.

We need YOU! We can work around your schedule. Please complete this form with your availability and we will contact you about specific days and times that you can help.

https://forms.gle/KFmy2zpbqTSKkmMp8

Request for Money from Hollywood Trip

In your child’s trip account is money that you deposited for the Hollywood trip. This trip has been cancelled, but we are planning a big trip for Spring 2021. Use the form below to tell us what you would like us to do with that money. This form can only be completed by the parent or legal guardian of the student (as listed in the school system records).

Request for Money from Hollywood Trip

Parent Volunteers Needed

Parents…WE NEED YOU!!!  It takes a lot of volunteers to make our band successful. Some people have a lot of time to volunteer as a band parent, and other people have only a little time to spare. Either way, there is a spot for you with the band boosters. We would love to hear from you and get you plugged in. You are sure to meet some wonderful people and enjoy the time you spend helping this great organization.

Steps:

  1. Fill out this form:  Be a 2020 Parent Volunteer
  2. Attend the summer Band Booster Meeting on June 22, 2020 at 6:00pm, where you will complete your background check paperwork and get vital volunteer information.
  3. Attend Mr. Bowman’s July Mandatory Parent Meeting on July 21, 2020 at 6:00pm.

Information from Rising 9th Grade Meeting

If you were not able to attend the meeting last night, here is the information that was gone over.  Please take time to look through the Power Point presentation.  You can also access all the forms with the links provided.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me at jonbowman@lowndes.k12.ga.us

Rising 9th Grade Parents Meeting 2020

Letter to 9th Grade Students and Parents

Commitment Form 2020

Health Form 2020

Payment Calendar 2020

Band Camp Schedule 2020