Day one dawned bright (and HOT). We quickly got underway and the students learned an impressive amount of material for the first day. The staff did a terrific job instructing and the parents were right there taking care of everything necessary to keep the students safe, hydrated, and fed. The Equipment Team had to pull a double shift with two trips to bring everything to camp.
Day two saw temperatures approaching the level of the surface of the sun... literally so hot that we had to stop rehearsal and move inside for portions of our time. Between the weather and the first levels of fatigue setting in, we didn't accomplish quite as much as on day one, but we did finish the evening strong and are now marching and playing a portion of the first production.
A big part of the band camp experience is learning to work as a team and learning that you can push beyond your previous levels of accomplishment. Students work through the aches and pains of using muscles that might not often get a workout, and they work through the mental challenge of learning a LOT of material and having to apply it immediately.
As we move into mid-week, we continue to remind the students to get as much rest as possible, drink LOTS of water, and eat all meals so that they can make it through the long days with minimal discomfort. We also encourage them to commit to performing at their highest energy and focus levels. This is key to producing a performance that will entertain audiences and provide a sense of great accomplishment.
Please send positive vibes for a break in the hot weather and wish us luck as we continue our journey!