Today is Alumnus Neil
Davis' last day with the Band Camp for
a while. He leaves for Delaware State University where he will be
majoring in Music. Mr. Goode and his fellow Band members say
good-bye for now, knowing that he will be back to visit them when
he has time on weekends and holidays.
For today's workout, the Band
marches over to near-by Rowley Park to get a feel for the size of
a football field. Mr. Goode has measured the open area in the
park so they can practice on it for the football game shows they
will be playing next Fall. They are a little raggity for their
first time, as you can see in the video below, but this will
improve. That's why there's a Band Camp!
After lunch, the Band goes
outdoors with their instruments, but they are just marching with
them to get used to walking, moving, turning, and stopping with
an instrument, whether it is a simple flute or a giant
sousaphone. In the video below, you can see the danger of walking
into your own mouthpiece as you are marching, as well as some of
the other difficulties involved when marching with an instrument
in your hands. The video ends with another indoor practice.
Meanwhile, the Band's drumline
prepares for a performance tomorrow evening (6:30 PM weather
permitting) at Oval Park,
where the city Recreation Department will be showing the movie
"Drumline." The Band will be permitted to collect funds
from the public for the Summer Band Camp program.
The Band will be playing a fund
raising event at Oval Park
this evening, and some of the new Band Members have only played
while sitting down at this point, so the entire Band moves
outside to the school's ampitheatre to learn how to play while
standing. It is also our first photo of the full Summer Band Camp
Although they took in about $80
and change, the point is that they all went out and did their
best. It is more important that the Band Members support their
own Band by participating in these events than how much they
collect from the public.