2017 JMB Band Camp

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CAMP DATES

  • Student Leadership and Staff: Band Camp begins at Noon on Tuesday, August 1, 2017
  • Feature Twirler: Band Camp begins at Noon on Tuesday, August 1, 2017
  • Color Guard: Band Camp begins at Noon on Tuesday, August 1, 2017
  • Jag Drumline and Front Ensemble: Band Camp begins at Noon on Tuesday, August 1, 2017
  • Managers: Band Camp begins at Noon on Tuesday, August 1, 2017
  • First Year Wind Players (Freshmen and Transfer Students): Band Camp begins at 5PM on Wednesday, August 2, 2017
  • Returning Wind Players: Band Camp begins at 5PM on Friday, August 4, 2017

DETAILED SCHEDULE

The 2017 JMB Detailed Band Camp schedule is now available. Please be aware that slight changes may be made to the schedule throughout the summer.  Arrival times for Band Camp are firm.

LOCATION

All events take place on the University of South Alabama campus. Check in and music rehearsals take place at the Jaguar Marching Band rehearsal room in the HPELS building. Driving directions can be found here.

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A JAGMAIL ACCOUNT

If you have not already done so, activate your JagMail account. It will be required to access and fill out countless online applications and forms throughout the year.

COMPLETE YOUR ONLINE INTENT FORM

Please complete and submit your Online Intent Form. This must be completed before band camp begins.

ON-CAMPUS HOUSING

If you are living in on-campus housing (not The Grove), the Jaguar Marching Band will cover the costs of your early move-in to University housing. Students are reminded to apply for campus housing early and to check their application status often. Please make sure to check MyUSA Housing Site for information regarding housing applications, room assignments, and other information.
 
Students who are living in on-campus housing must move in on the following dates and times: 
  • Student Leadership and Staff: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Feature Twirler: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Color Guard: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Jag Drumline and Front Ensemble: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Managers: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • First-year wind players: Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Returning wind players: Friday, August 4, 2017, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Other than the small number of pre-approved students arriving late from summer drum corps performances, there will be NO EXCEPTIONS TO THESE MOVE-IN TIMES AND DATES. Please note that you are NOT required to fill out your early-move in request through Housing's Early Arrival Program - we will fill out your early arrival for you provided you have filled out the JMB Member Intent Form. However, if you have not filled out the Intent form by July 1st, you will be charged a fee to apply for early move-in (the Jaguar Marching Band will not cover late early arrival applications).  

OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING

Students who will be living in The Grove and other private residences should take note that most realtors do not have set move-in dates before Band Camp. You will need to talk to the realtor and ask them if there is any way you can move in before the week begins. If you run into a problem with your off-campus housing, please contact our Drum Major, Carson Watson, at clw1230@jagmail.southalabama.edu and she will try to find another band member with whom you may stay. All dorm issues must be handled by calling University Housing at (251) 460-6185. All issues with housing at The Grove must be handled by calling (251) 341-9412.

DINING

The Jaguar Marching band will be covering lunch for all band members during the course of band camp at the Fresh Food Co. on campus.  In addition, there will be 2 to 3 full-band cookouts during band camp (depending on when you arrive). Tentatively, your student meal plan will NOT be active before August 12th. There are a wealth of food options within walking and driving distance of campus. 

EXPENSES

You will not owe the marching band any money at band camp.

CONFLICTS WITH BAND CAMP

All portions of band camp are mandatory. Certain limited conflicts that arise due to student testing, orientation, and other school-related events are acceptable provided that you contact us in advance. It is your responsibility to take care of these conflicts as soon as possible. Conflicts due to work or vacation (family or otherwise) are not permitted. If you need documentation from us for your employer, please e-mail Dr. Petersen at wpetersen@southalabama.edu. If you have any conflicts, e-mail or call now!

HANDBOOK AND SYLLABUS

All the rules and guidelines governing every part of the Jaguar Marching Band experience are detailed in the Student Handbook, which is available online. In addition the course syllabus for Jaguar Marching Band (MUO130/430) is available online. These documents are considered finalized on June 15 each year, and any changes will be preceded by ample prior notice to the members of the ensemble.

PERFORMANCE CALENDAR

The performance calendar for the Jaguar Marching Band is always available online, and it is listed in your course syllabus. This schedule is finalized on June 15 of this year, and it will not be altered except in extreme circumstances. In the rare case where a performance is added or removed, ample prior notice will be given to the members of the ensemble.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Several evenings during band camp will feature social activities. Events like movie night, swim party night, cookout at the pavilion, section dinners, and more are all potential events. You are expected to attend. These events will help you make friends and get to know our campus and its history better. Most importantly, it will be fun! 

PARKING AND PERMITS

During camp, you may park in any valid student (white striped) parking place on campus. If you mistakenly receive a parking ticket when in a valid student parking space, then we will have it removed from your university bill. However, if you were parked illegally (a blue-lined faculty spot, a handicapped space, prohibited curb, double parked, etc.), you are responsible for the ticket.
 
As for parking permits, you will register your vehicle for a parking permit through an online form hosted by the USA Police Department.  That link will be made available later this summer. Once again the Jaguar Marching Band will not have to stand in the general public lines to pick up the parking permits.

BIKING ON CAMPUS

While there are a variety of parking options on campus, and the JagTran is a good way to go long distances, the absolute best way to get around on campus is by bicycle. Bike lanes and shortcuts are provided throughout campus, and there are bike parking racks at all buildings. If you have a bike that you plan on bringing to campus, we strongly encourage you to do so. However, make sure you properly register your bike with the University Police Department.

PROPER ATTIRE FOR BAND CAMP

Students should wear cool, comfortable, and appropriate clothing. Swimsuits, swimsuit tops, midriff revealing sports tops, etc. are not allowed. Full sports tanks and similar apparel is acceptable. Men must wear shirts at all times. In short, please dress for cool comfort, but make sure your body does not become a distraction to your fellow band members. Marching in jeans or boots is not allowed. Make sure to bring a swimsuit for the evenings! Do not wear clothing or accessories from any other University at any time during camp.

BAND SHOES, APPAREL, FLIP FOLDERS, LYRES, AND OTHER ACCESSORIES

All band members will be issued a pair of black marching band shoes, sweat-wicking t-shirt and shorts, a hooded sweatshirt, and a music flip folder with lyre (if applicable). Color Guard members will be issued a warm-up outfit, footwear and equipment bag. There is no charge for these items. 

INSTRUMENTS AND EQUIPMENT

The Jaguar Marching Band provides instruments and equipment for every single member of the marching band. All brass instruments come with a mouthpiece (mellophones include an adapter if you wish to play with a concert horn mouthpiece). If you wish to use your own brass mouthpiece, please remember that all instruments are large bore/large shank. Also please note that NO COLORED OR PLASTIC/CARBONFIBER MOUTHPIECES ARE ALLOWED ON ANY INSTRUMENT. So-called “loud” or “high” mouthpieces and other “gimmick” brands are not welcome. Quality of sound is our first priority. All reed instruments must provide their own reeds, and these must be maintained at an acceptable level of quality. Have several playable reeds at all times! You may use your own custom mouthpiece, but they must be black or clear. No jazz mouthpieces, no “gimmick” ligatures, and no plastic reeds!

PART PLACEMENT AUDITIONS

Clarinets, Saxophones, Trumpets, and Trombones have divided parts; therefore, placement auditions will be held for these sections on Friday, August 4th . If you play one of these instruments, then your placement audition materials are included in the packet made available to you online. This audition will be fast and efficient; in a few short minutes, we will determine your range and reading ability. All members of these sections must audition, including returnees. There is no seniority involved. Part placement is based on your part audition. You may not "opt out" to play a lower part. Section leaders do not need to audition, as they have already been placed. 

Piccolos, Mellophones, Baritones/Euphoniums, and Tubas do not have divided parts; therefore, no part placements for those sections are required. If you perform in one of those sections, or in the percussion battery, the music will be available on the online downloads page. Arrive at band camp knowing this music, not waiting to be taught it.

FITNESS AND CONDITIONING

Band Camp takes place during one of the hottest times of the year in Alabama. In preparing for band camp, please: 
  • Make sure you are active outside prior to Band Camp and get acclimated to the heat and humidity. 
  • Please get accustomed to wearing broken in tennis shoes/sneakers during band camp. You will not be allowed during any time of camp or during the season to wear sandals, flip-flips, or any similar footwear. Marching bare footed is also unacceptable. 
  • Engage in some type of aerobic conditioning to prepare you for the marching demands and other physical demands of Band Camp. 
  • Try to get used to drinking lots of water and sports drinks each day, especially in the mornings. Please avoid consuming caffeinated beverages (they cause you to lose fluids) and beverages with added sugar. Avoiding caffeine and sugar is a good policy when engaging in physical activity in hot and humid conditions. 
  • Eat a healthy breakfast. Avoid overly-large portions and greasy foods. 
  • Bring a hat, appropriate clothing, sun screen (body and lips), and a wash-cloth or small towel that you can dip into ice water (in a container we’ll provide) and place on the back of your neck. Instead of a baseball cap, try purchasing a bucket hat or some other type of hat with a very wide brim that goes all the way around the hat and protects your neck and ears from the sun. 
  • Please bring plenty of insect repellent. You can purchase products that combine sun protection and insect repellent in the same product. 

BAND CAMP CHECKLIST

CHECK THINGS OFF AS YOU PACK!

  • Make sure that you have registered for the Marching Band class (MUO130 or MUO430 for Music Majors at the upper level)
  • Activated your JagMail account 
  • Read the Handbook and Syllabus
  • Registered your JagMail e-mail address with your Facebook Account
  • Money for meals and social events 
  • T-shirts and shorts for marching (marching shirtless, in bathing suits, in jeans etc. is not permitted. ) 
  • Good marching shoes and socks (closed-toe tennis shoes, not sandals or anything else!) 
  • Washcloth or hand towel to keep your neck and ears cool 
  • Wide-brimmed hat (Bucket hats are best!) 
  • Sunscreen (Body and Lips!)
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal water supply (Camelbacks and other such devices are allowed. We will have water coolers on the field)
  • Reeds (clarinets and alto saxes)
  • Mouthpiece (optional for Clarinets, Alto Saxes, and Brass)
  • Swimsuit!