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Band Camp - Day 2

posted Aug 2, 2016, 6:55 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Aug 2, 2016, 6:55 PM ]

Much fun was had and much progress made during the first full day of Band Camp. At 7am, the Band Camp chaperones started delivering water, gatorade, and ice to all the locations where band members practice during the day. That includes the main practice field, the Guard field, the Battery field, and the Chapel where the Percussion Front rehearses. Band members started their stretching exercises at 7:30am, and breakfast commenced at 8am. Yours truly was quite humbled when it was brought to my attention that I had actually consumed a bowl full of frosting, thinking all the time it was yogurt. Each Band Camp I succeed in doing at least one really stupid thing, that the rest of the Band Dads can rib me about the rest of the week. 

The Winds moved to the main practice field at 9am, while the Battery and Guard went to their respective practice locations. We experienced 1 ten minute shower and that was it in the rain department for the morning.  Lunch was at noon, and then there were sectional rehearsals most of the afternoon. Dinner ran from about 5pm to 5:45pm, and then it was back to the main practice field for another rehearsal at 6pm. This time, the Guard joined the Winds, and Doc got them through all of the first part of the show!  

There was an indoor rehearsal at the Dunn Center from 9pm-10pm, and then the parents got a chance to help the kids get to know each other by organizing several activities. I can only give you the details of the activity I was involved in, and it was a Trivia contest. With the help of several of the Band Moms, we made up 42 questions in 4 categories: Athens Drive HS, Athens Drive Band, Doc, and Wizard. Did you know that at the time, Athens Drive HS was the most expensive school built in the entire state of NC? And that 14% of the band today is made up of siblings? Colin Lanier was invaluable to me in getting the 5 groups of kids that cycled through to line up in 2 lines facing each other, with each pair of kids forming a team. I gotta tell you, I didn't know what to think of Colin when I attended my first band camp in 2012, but I have come to really appreciate his energy and enthusiasm, as well as his friendship over the years. And the kids love him! After the games, everyone was treated to ice cream with various toppings, and then it was back to the dorms. 

I got to run the Metronome for part of the evening rehearsal. I have no idea why I enjoy running a machine that makes a repetitive and annoying noise, but there are many things about me that defy explanation. That's it for now - I'll update you on Day 3 upon the conclusion of Day 3!

Respectfully submitted,
Greg Fishel