In a word, it felt very “summery” today at Wesleyan College, band veterans as well as newbies started invading the campus shortly after noon, and by 4.30pm, just about everybody was inlace.
At 5pm, all gathered at the Dunn center for a welcome message from Doc & to consume a subway dinner. Rehearsal on the field after dinner was to have commenced at 6pm, but alas, the thunderstorms (you know, the ones no on can predict more than about 5 minutes ahead of time) erupted overhead around 5.30pm. With thunder still audible at 6pm, Doc made the wise decision to send various sections of the band to selected indoor locations for practice.
When the radar showed we were in the clear, everyone was summoned up to the main practice field around 7pm, where they were able to practice marching (without instruments) until 8.30pm. Of course, during this 90 minute period, it was my job to periodically swing a golf club within Doc’s peripheral vision. This I do for the sole purpose of reminding him that he will not be able to pursue his addiction for an entire week!! I will keep you informed as to his mental state and the day to day trends as I continue to do my best to torment him!
The band then moved back to the Dunn Center for an indoor rehearsal & when this was “Dunn”, the students led activities designed to help the students get to know each other. This was followed by milk & cookies and a return to their respective dorms. It is worth noting that the students consumed the majority of the whole milk, leaving the adults with Skim Milk! Given our respective metabolisms, a wise choice for both groups!
(Note from Moderator - Many thanks to Greg for his great Band Camp Insights…..stayed tuned all week for his updates….. )