Re: Small school band camp?
Posted by East Texas Mater on 6/18/2017, 11:02 am, in reply to "Re: Small school band camp?"
"Been there done that" gives the best advice. I know our school adopted a new calendar that has students starting on the 16th. We will begin 2 a days on July 24 learning music and fundamentals that I will have in my show (using the 10 hours) so when August 1 hits, we are starting drill immediately. With school starting earlier, that means in-service does as well and depending on your administration, you could lose up to 1/2 of your planned rehearsal time if they expect you to be at all training. The conflict comes with all other activities being "stacked" after training from 4-9. Drill team, football, volleyball, THEN band seems to be the order here. Much different from your 6A schools where band kids are solely "band kids". |
Best of luck and also, get to know area community directors. They will be familiar, and if for anything, can at least "empathize".
: Don' kick yourself for not knowing all there
: is to know. We are all in that situation at
: one time or another. I would start band
: before August with lots of playing in
: whatever setting works for you. I have done
: large sections and small sections for
: several hours daily. Towards the end of
: July we also march fundamentals.(remember
: UIL allows 10 hours only of organized
: marching practice.) I August you will have
: to compete with two a days in football and
: volleyball practice in a small school. You
: will have to talk to the coaches and work
: out practice agreements so you can start
: teaching drill by August 1st, and still find
: time to practice music. We do several sets
: a day and play, so we have the first drill
: down before the first game and then add the
: rest. Talk to your admin and get their
: support, talk to the kids Upperclassmen,
: drum majors, etc to get input and for them
: to support your ideas mixed in with theirs.
: Good Luck.
: --Previous Message--
: Hey all.
: Stupid question... I am full of those.
: For those of you who teach at small schools,
: is your band camp 4 hours each day for a
: week, 8 hours each day for a week, 12 hours?
: I am used to how larger programs run and I
: feel like I'm clueless here. I plan on
: writing fairly simple drill, as I don't
: anticipate the program being highly
: competitive, so I don't see the need for
: super long days. I guess ultimately it's in
: the hands of my principal, but anyway. I was
: wondering how other people in my situation
: did things. It's a 7-12 band, about 30-ish
: members, I suppose I should throw that out
: there too.
: I hate being a first year teacher and not
: knowing everything.