FMB 2011 Begins!

I sincerely hope everyone had a fun and relaxing month of June and July.  I am looking forward to getting started on the 2011 edition of the Fairbanks Marching Band!  Here are the upcoming events for next week:

Rookie Camp - Monday, July 18, 8am-noon.
The first morning of rehearsal is only for first-year members of the marching band as well as squad leaders. This rehearsal will focus almost entirely on teaching new members about the FMB marching style, including moving at rest, forward marching, backward marching, and instrument carriage.  Members should wear clothes appropriate for the weather.  Shorts, light shirts, socks, and tennis shoes are suitable.  (I would not recommend jeans or long sleeves) You should also bring some sunscreen, sunglasses, and a water bottle.  We will be outside the entire morning.  This is the day you rookies begin your FMB journey, so get a good night's sleep on Sunday night, be on time Monday morning, and be ready to begin the time of your life on July 18th!

Full Rehearslas - Tuesday, July 19 to Friday, July 22, 8am-noon.
Our full rehearsals before camp will focus on fundamentals of marching, preparation of pre-game and contest show music, as well as prepare for our first performance at the Union County Fair parade on Monday, July 25.  Again, please be prepared for the weather as we will be outside most of the time.  Cool clothes, socks and athletic shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen.  Please bring a water jug or water bottle if you have one.  Attendance is required for all band members as per the Fairbanks Band attendance policy.  Sign-ups for rooms at band camp will also commence on this date.

Drumline Mini-Camp - Wednesday, July 20, 1-5pm
The battery section of the band will get to focus on fundamentals of playing, warmups, cadences, and cheers at the drumline camp on July 20 from 1-5pm in the band room.  This rehearsal will be indoors and give percussionists a chance to work intensely on music for the season.  Full rehearsal ends at noon, so if you are not mobile, you should pack a lunch to eat from noon to 1pm.  Mr. Jeff Lucas will be running this rehearsal and your attendance, attention, and respect are required.  Snares, tenors, basses, and cymbals need to be at this mini-camp

Union County Fair Parade - Monday, July 25, 4:15pm.
We will once again start off our performance season at the Union County Fair parade on Monday, July 25th.  Band members need to meet on the South lawn of the Union County Court House, at the corner of 6th and Court streets in Marysville at 4:15pm.  Dress is summer uniform, including your official red band polo, all-black shorts, white socks, and white-ish athletic shoes.  Music for the parade is "The Victors" which is to be memorized.  The parade will commence at 5pm and proceed to the old Marysville Middle school where the parade will end.  Band members will receive free entry to the fair after the parade. Please arrange to be picked up at the end of the parade, as transportation back to the site of the parade start is not provided.

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