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Let's Talk About Band Camp 2018

So let's get to the heart of the matter. Some situations have arisen that fundamentally change how we conduct band camp. These factors include, but are not limited to:

1. Finding a consistent site for FMB camp has been difficult. We are essentially locked into having band camp the week after the Union County Fair. If we do it the week before the fair, so much learning will be lost due to lack of reinforcement. Learning a show and taking 10 days off will lead to weeks of re-teaching. This also means that pre-camp would be set to begin on July 9. That is simply too early for all involved.  If we go the next week, it is the week before school starts. We ALL have preparations to do for the upcoming school year.

The problem lies in the fact that university academic calendars are continuing to creep earlier and earlier. The week we usually hold camp is now not an open week for every local university. We have investigated camps at Otterbein, Ohio Wesleyan, Kenyon, Denison, and Urbana, a…