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The Journey Begins...
Band Parents: Ask your children to
fill in the gaps of the story for you using our photos as
Some eager students and their
parents have been at Cicely Tyson School since 7:30 AM. It is now
8:30 AM and Ms Saez is beginning to bring out the instruments and
supplies that will be accompanying them to Camp Kweebec.
The instruments and supplies are
lined up on one side of the parking lot and everyone's personal
luggage is lined up on the other side. The Band Parents have to
be well organized because once they get to the camp, if they
forgot anything, they may have to do without it for a whole week.
The big wooden crates serve as trunks to carry supplies, but they
can also serve as platforms and podiums out on the field.
Everything is now ready to go,
but the buses have not yet arrived, so to keep the students from
getting bored and also realizing that they will have to sit still
for an hour or two during the drive to the Camp, Ms Saez has them
do some calisthenics. Lining them up like this is also the best
way to take attendance and make sure no one is missing.
Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh - 8/25/13 - 10:23
By 10:15 AM the buses arrive and
everyone scurries into action, first loading the instruments and
supplies into one bus. Everyone helps load the instruments, from
the youngest to the oldest, the smallest to the tallest.
Photo by Elijah Goode - 8/25/13 - 11:35 AM
Then each person finds his or her
personal luggage to make sure that it gets loaded underneath the
Photo by Elijah Goode - 8/25/13 - 12:07 PM
By 12:00 noon, the band lines up
one more time for one more attendance check. This time they have
their carry-on luggage, which usually holds something soft and
squishy that can serve as a pillow for the long trip to Camp.
Photo by Elijah Goode - 8/25/13 - 12:10 PM
The Band got to say hello and
good-bye to (L-R:) Shakquel Peters and Issac Davis who had come
to see them off to Camp. They will be going back to Cheyney
University for their own summer Band camp there, but if they can
find a ride from Cheyney to the camp, they may be able to stop in
to see them from time to time.
Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh - 8/25/13 - 1:59
They arrive at Camp Kweebec at
about 1:50PM and disembark. Then they unload the bus in the
reverse order in which it was loaded and each person makes sure
he or she has personal luggage.
Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh - 8/25/13 - 2:13
The next stop is the Camp Kweebec
Dining Hall where the camp staff serves them lunch.
Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh - 8/25/13 - 2:31
I guess we can assume that they
enjoyed their first camp dining hall lunch from the smiling faces
and the empty plates and the looking around to see who is not
eating dessert in case they are willing to share.
Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh - 8/25/13 - 2:53
After lunch, the Band forms a
line outside the dining hall and gets ready to take a brief tour
of the camp so they will know their way around from building to
Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh - 8/25/13 - 2:55
First on the tour is the camp
basketball court, which will serve them as a place to exercise,
drill and march. However, as you will see, they occasionally get
to use it to play basketball.
Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh - 8/25/13 - 3:18
Then the Band gathers in the
newest Camp building, the Performing Arts Center overlooking the
lakes. This is where they will spend a great deal of time, but
for now, they get a brief introduction to the camp rules and the
Band rules for respecting the section leaders that will be in
charge of each cabin.
Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh - 8/25/13 - 3:52
Then they went to the cabins
where they will be "living" for the next week. It is
important for them to know not only their own cabin, but where
their friends will be staying as well. Boys and girls have
separate cabins, so they have to learn the cabin rules as well.
Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh - 8/25/13 - 4:02
Each cabin can accomodate up to
12 campers. They inspect each cabin to make sure that it is
clean, and from then it will be their responsibility to keep it
clean and finally to leave it as clean as they found it when it
is time for them to go back to East Orange.
Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh - 8/25/13 - 7:29
After dinner, they come back to
the Performing Arts Center where they will go off by sections to
get their instruments and bring them back for the first day's
rehearsal. Let the music begin!
Photo by Elijah Goode - 8/25/13 - 8:51 PM
This was the first photo we
received from Kweebec by e-mail. The good news is that they are
there and have arrived safely and have begun working on their
music since they all seem to be carrying instrument cases in the
Photo by Elijah Goode - 8/25/13 - 8:56 PM
The Band assembles in the new
building that the Camp built last year, a large covered open air
performing arts center (see inset) that overlooks one of the
lakes and has enough stadium seats to seat the entire group of
campers at one time.
Photo by Elijah Goode - 8/25/13 - 9:05 PM
Behind the stadium seats is a new
fine arts studio that our Band Camp will probably use for other
purposes. Meanwhile, it looks like Sousaphone Section Leader
Jorge Vega is taking on more and more responsibility and may be
in line for being chosen as a Drum Major this year. Time will
tell. For now, he is in charge of his cabin and sees that they
get to each activity on time.
Photo by Elijah Goode - 8/25/13 - 9:03 PM
It appears that one of the new
uses for the Fine Arts Studio will be to house the EOUMB
"Store" where Band campers can "buy" fruit
snacks, health bars and other goodies using their "Band
Bucks." Band Bucks are earned by students for good deeds,
good behavior, and are won as prizes in various competitions
between students or sections. The opposite of Band Bucks are
"Stop and Drop" exercises, for using inappropriate
language, fighting, and so on. To keep these punishment exercises
from becoming excessive, the person who orders the "Stop and
Drop" exercise also stops, drops, and exercises along with
the student being penalized. No fun there, so punishments are
There seem to be no videos from
Day 1. Sorry!
Find this map on Camp Kweebec's Web page and you can click on
each activity to see a close-up photo and learn more about what's
on the map.