Pleasure Ridge Park H.S. Band
WELCOME TO "RIDGE REGIMENT" BAND CAMP 2021
Please be sure to read ALL of the information on this page! There are important items you need to bring, health information and important dates all of which YOU are responsible!
CAMP DATES FOR 2021
GUARD & PERCUSSION
As scheduled on Living Calendar
9AM-5PM (BRING YOUR LUNCH)
ALL BAND CAMP ACTIVITIES WILL TAKE PLACE AT PRP BAND ROOM AND PRACTICE FIELD.
BE SURE TO BRING YOUR LUNCH, A BLACK TOWEL AND A RED ONE GALLON WATER JUG WITH YOUR NAME ON IT.
EACH STUDENT MUST BE REGISTERED BY A PARENT / GUARDIAN ON THE FIRST DAY OF CAMP. REGISTRATION WILL BEGIN AT 8AM. Please plan to arrive early. Registration should take about 15 minutes. Students will not be allowed to participate unless they are registered by a parent / guardian.
All band camp dates, rehearsals and performances are MANDATORY. It is vital that YOU know your schedule and that you PLAN AHEAD.
"To fail to plan is to plan to fail!"
Missing a day of camp could put your spot in the show in jeopardy putting you in a alternate / non-performing position! It is vital that ALL MEMBERS attend EACH DAY of camp. IF you are too ill to attend a day of camp (this means you need to go to the doctor or ER), please follow the following procedure:
1. THE STUDENT(not the parent) WILL Call Ms. Burnell AT LEAST 30 MINUTES prior to rehearsal beginning. (Parents please realize we are teaching life skills here.) In the event the student is hospitalized or some other emergency event, the parent may call.
2. THE STUDENT will also text / call their section leader and inform them of the absence.
PLEASE NOTE! Telling a staff member or another student to inform Ms. Burnell of the absence IS ABSOLUTELY NOT ACCEPTABLE. Students who do this will be placed as an alternate IMMEDIATELY. In addition, any student who misses a day of camp without contacting the director will not be allowed to continue in the ensemble. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN IF THIS HAPPENS! This will be strictly enforced.
We must have commitment, not convenient commitment
Keep in mind, if you don't take care of your body, IT WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU! Illness is usually brought on due to lack of sleep, lack of proper hydration prior to rehearsal, lack of enough calorie intake (YOU MUST EAT), not eating breakfast, sunburn, etc. Please make sure to take care of yourself!!!
For all other absences beyond camp, please follow procedure as outlined in your marching band handbook.
In the PRP Band, we believe that:
TO BE EARLY, IS TO BE ON TIME
TO BE ON TIME, IS TO BE LATE
TO BE LATE, IS UNACCEPTABLE.
When you are late, you miss instruction, which in turn not only effects your performance, but the performance of all those around you. We all have occasion that we may run a few minutes late. If you are going to be late, you will need to call your section leader IMMEDIATELY. The section leader will then inform the staff.
PLEASE NOTE: Any student who is late will be responsible to make up the missed instruction time with their section leader THAT DAY. This may mean, you will have to stay after dismissal time to make up the missed time.
Habitual tardiness will not be tolerated and will result in removal from the ensemble.
"Time is the great equalizer for all of us. We all have 24 hours a day...We cannot save time, it can only be spent. And there are only two ways to spend our time: wisely or not wisely." Donald Wetmore
WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP
EVERY MEMBER SHALL BRING THE FOLLOWING EQUIPMENT TO EACH DAY OF CAMP / REHEARSAL:
1 RED 1 GALLON WATER JUG WITH A HANDLE
A BLACK TOWEL
(This towel will be used for stretches, instrument protection and other activities! Don't forget it!)
CHANGE OF SOCKS AND T-SHIRT
BACKPACK TO KEEP CLOTHES / SUPPLIES IN (Make sure your name is on it!)
SUNSCREEN / LIP BLOCK (sunburns hurt. dont get one)
A BLACK FANNY PACK (this will hold pencils, highlighter, dot book)
3 RING BINDER WITH 30 PAGE PROTECTORS
PENCIL POUCH FOR YOUR BINDER
A HIGHLIGHTER AND PENCIL IN YOUR POUCH
YOUR DOT BOOK (ISSUED TO YOU DURING CAMP)
WHAT TO WEAR AND WHAT NOT TO WEAR
Your clothes must be comfortable in hot, humid and hard rehearsals. Clothes need to be light colored (not black, dark blue, etc.). Shirts, shorts/sweats should be loose and allow for freedom of movement. Shoes should be low cut tennis shoes (no high tops) and allow for the "roll"of the foot. NO FLAT SOLE SHOES (chucks, vans, etc) You should also wear a hat and or sunglasses. Below is a list of what is acceptable to wear and what is not. If you have a question, ask your section leader.
WHAT TO WEAR
*Athletic Shorts (loose fitting) *T-shirts / Tank Tops (light colored)
*Hats / Visors *Tennis Shoes with Socks (Athletic shoe / low cut)
Sweat pants (that allow for marching and movement)
Sunglasses (outdoors) Leggings (not too tight) Doo Rags (not bandanas)
WHAT NOT TO WEAR
*Dark Colored Clothing *Flat Sole Shoes (chucks, vans, etc.) *Flip Flops / Sandals *Bare Feet *Halter Tops. *Crop Tops *Boots *Bandannas *Bikini Tops *Jeans
*Members are NEVER to be without shirts or have any part of the belly / chest showing
*Members should always have on shoes (guard may take off shoes in gym / dance studio / auditorium as needed)
*All clothing must be in compliance with JCPS Code of Conduct
TAKING CARE OF YOU
The physical and mental demands you will encounter during band camp is unlike anything most of you have EVER had before. You will be expected to be mentally and physically ready for each day will be physically and mentally tired at the end of each day. In order to be able to give your best each day, follow the following guidelines:
1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!!! Dehydration can be a huge problem if you don't take care of your body and listen to it. You need MUCH MORE fluid than normal and you must DRINK MORE than your body is thirsty for.
*Prior to coming to camp each day, drink at least 16 ounces of water. After getting home, drink 16-32 ounces of water.
*No Soda, Energy Drinks, Koolaid or other sugary drinks. The sugar and caffeine in these drinks dehydrate you!
*You may drink Gatorade / Powerade, but only if you drink water too!
2. Nutrition. Everyone must eat, breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. You will be working hard and your body needs the calories in order to function. Many new marchers avoid breakfast, thinking that the food will just sit in their stomach like a big lump and make them sick. The opposite is true. Your body needs this fuel in order to function and without it YOU WILL GET SICK! You should avoid caffeine, greasy food, carbonated drinks with caffeine, excessive candy / sweets, and dairy. I always recommend students bring snacks to eat on breaks (fruit, string cheese, etc). Section leaders will monitor sections at lunch to make sure everyone eats. Calories per camper will vary, but should be at minimum 2000 calories.
3. SLEEP!!!!!!!! You will need to rest when away from camp. Go to bed by no later than 10pm. You need 8 hours of sleep at minimum. Most marchers get at least 10. Your body will thank you for it!
3. SUNSCREEN - Sunburn hurts and is debilitating. Apply and reapply when we are outside. Don't forget your ears and your lips!! Wear a hat to help shade your face too. You should use SPF 30 or higher. Be sure to reapply when you are outside. (If it is sunny and hot, reapply every hour! You will sweat it off!) Get Chapstik with sunscreen. Sunburned lips are no fun.
4.CHAFFING - Many of our repetitive motions may cause chaffing especially on the inner thighs. Applying powder or even a thin layer of vaseline to this area can prevent chaffing. Gold Bond makes a great product called Friction Defender and it works great! If you do experience chaffing, a bath in cool water and then applying powder usually relieves symptoms.
5.MUSCLE SORENESS - Most student get sore the first few days of camp. A bath with Epsom salt and taking advil / ibuprofen can help with muscle soreness. If you experience cramps, eat bananas or other potassium rich food. A good stretch out helps too.
6. SORE FEET / BLISTERS- When your feet hurt, it affects your entire body. It's vital that you take care of them! Wear good socks and a supportive pair of running type tennis shoes. If you wear chucks / vans / flat soled shoes, YOUR FEET WILL HURT!!! And you will be told not to wear them, so just don't wear them! If you have flat feet, rubbing down your feet with some icy hot / ben gay prior to rehearsal will help to stretch the muscles. Also, taking ibuprofen prior to camp will help. If you are having trouble with your feet, talk to your section leader / drum major for help. If you notice you are getting blisters on your feet, use blister bandaids to help prevent them. Also make sure your socks are not too big and causing your foot to rub inside your shoe. Percussionist often will get blisters on your fingers / hands. Using athletic tape in affected areas prior to getting blisters will save you a lot of grief. If you do get blisters, we have plenty of bandaids in the band office.
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING PAIN AND NEED HELP, DO NOT REMAIN SILENT!!! GUARANTEED SOMEONE ELSE HAS EXPERIENCED THE SAME THING!!! TELL YOUR SECTION LEADER OR DRUM MAJOR!!!
FOOD DURING CAMP
BREAKFAST All students are EXPECTED to eat breakfast. You will need to consume at least 800 calories. Avoid foods that are very greasy or heavy in dairy. YOU WILL GET SICK IF YOU DO NOT EAT BREAKFAST! If you don't have access to food for breakfast or lunch, do not be silent! We are a band family and we take care of each other. Let your section leader, director or a staff member know so that we can remedy the situation.
LUNCH. PLEASE BRING YOUR LUNCH! YOU NEED LOTS OF CALORIES!!!
NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO LEAVE CAMPUS DURING CAMP FOR MEALS!!!
SNACKS: Students are encouraged to bring fruit, cheese, etc. for healthy snacks during camp!
Tips for a successful Band Camp
Get active to increase strength and endurance. Go OUTSIDE and do at least 30 minutes of activity a day two weeks prior to camp starting. This could be walking, running, biking, etc.
Expect and dress for high temperatures and humidity.
Wear supportive tennis shoes and socks every day. NO open-toed shoes, sandals or flat soles shoes are allowed.
Wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.
Bring and wear a hat.
Drink lots of water each morning, during the day, and after practice! At least 16 ounces prior to camp and 16-32 ounces right after.
Eat a nutritious breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Get plenty of sleep.
Be on time! Band Camp begins at 9:00am. Be on the field ready to learn!
PARENT & FAMILY SUPPORT
WE NEED YOUR HELP! Marching band is truly a TEAM EFFORT!!! We need help in many different areas. We will have a MANDATORY MEETING FOR ALL PARENTS / GUARDIANS on TUESDAY JULY 23RD AT 6PM IN THE PRP Auditorium.
REGULAR BAND BOOSTER MEETINGS ARE THE SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT 6:00PM
All students were required to pay their first payment of $75 by June 15th. All payments must be met according to the payment schedule given to students in the spring.
Final $125 payment is due on the first day of band camp July 26th. This makes for a total amount of dues due of $200.
In addition to the above student fees, members are also responsible for participation in our group fundraisers. Students will receive credits for these fundraisers. If credit goals are met, no additionally fees are due. Please see the fee sheet for more info.
It is vital that payments are made on time so that the band boosters can pay the bills for the band in a timely manner, allowing the band to remain competitive. Please contact Ms. Burnell-Wise, Ms. Wendy Masters (Booster president) or Julia Mudd (Booster Treasurer). if you have any questions about fees.
I am very excited to introduce our band camp and season staff to you all. I always endeavor to hire the BEST in instructors. This years staff is exceptional!
Visual Design and Marching - Mr Rob Lee
Mr. Todd Mullins- PRP Assistant Band Director
Front Ensemble -Melissa Lamb, PRP Alum / Transylvania University
Percussion- Chris Boone, PRP Alum / JCTC
Low Brass - Griffin Wlison - University of Louisville
High Brass- Stephanie Diehl- PRP Alum / University of Louisville
Color Guard Choreographer - Amanda Allen, BA Morehead State Univiersity & PRP alum
IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER ABOUT BAND CAMP
If you have not been vaccinated for Covid 19, you will have to wear a mask when indoors. Wearing a mask outdoors will be necessary if in close proximity to other students / staff. This will be covered on the first day of camp.
1. Band Camp is the hardest part of marching band. It is physical, intense and mentally draining. YOU WILL at some point have a "breakdown". THIS IS OK!!! We all do it! It is VERY demanding. Just keep working! Stay focused on the goal!
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time". Thomas A. Edison
2. We must be the MODEL ambassadors for our school! We spend three weeks on campus during the time while teachers are getting ready for the school year, principals are preparing for the school year and custodians are preparing the building for the year! Because of this, it is ESSENTIAL that we treat our facility with respect and make sure that the grounds are maintained. It is also vital that all students stay in DESIGNATED AREAS! Students are expected to only be in areas they are assigned with ADULT SUPERVISION. NO EXCEPTIONS!
3. All students are expected to act as responsible young men and women! This means:
*NO PDA *NO CUSSING *FOCUSED DURING REHEARSAL
*NO CELL PHONES DURING REHEARSAL
*BEING RESPECTFUL *TAKING CARE OF FACILITY
*FOLLOWING DRESS EXPECTATIONS
*FOLLOWING ALL BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS IN MARCHING BAND HANDBOOK
"In a world where you can be anything, be positive & nice." Ms. B
Any student having issues following rules or upholding our expectations will have their parents called upon the FIRST offense. Any offenses beyond that may result in the student being suspended or removed from the ensemble.
4. BE BAND SMART!!!
*WEAR SUNSCREEN AND REAPPLY OFTEN!!!
*WEAR APPROPRIATE CLOTHING!!! NO JEANS OR BLACK!!!
*BOYS MUST ALWAYS HAVE A SHIRT ON (AND GIRLS TOO IF APPLICABLE)
*NO BARE FEET OR FLIP FLOPS EVER!!!!!
*BRING YOUR WATER JUG, TOWEL, MUSIC AND DOT BOOK TO EVERY REHEARSAL! IF YOU FORGET AN ITEM, TELL YOUR SECTION LEADER!
5. UNDERSTAND THIS IS A TRUE TEAM EFFORT! We need all students and parents to be on board and to understand their participation is vital!!!
Thursday, Sep 1 at 12:00 AM - 1:00 AM
E Mail: [email protected]
(502) 485-8545 (Band Room)
(502)718-4622 (Ms. B's cell call / text)
Snail Mail: Debra Burnell - Band Director
5901 Greenwood Road
Louisville, KY 40258