Band Camp 2019

HERE WE GO! The 2019 edition of the Marching Bees begin next week!

We hope this bulletin finds you all doing well and ready for another incredible year! We have an exciting year ahead with our Disney Trip over Spring Break and Wind Ensemble and Concert Winds performing at Severance Hall in January. More info on both these incredible opportunities coming soon!

Please review the packet that was sent to your home in June for detailed information. If you have misplaced any materials contact Ms. Astey to pick-up a packet in the band office.

Pay-to-Participate Fee: The participation fee for this year as determined by the school district in $105.00. A whole savings of $6.00 from last year! This can be paid at Uniform Fitting Nights.



WEEK #1 – Precamp

  • Monday 7/29
    • Leadership Symposium 1: Student Leaders ONLY (8:00am-10:00am)
    • Brass & Woodwind Music Rehearsal (10:00am-12:00pm)
      • ALL Brass and Woodwind students
      • Bring instruments/music. School instruments may be checked out ahead of time this week from 10am-2pm.
    • Percussion Rehearsal (6:00pm-9:00pm)
      • ALL Percussion students
  • Tuesday 7/30 
    • Leadership Symposium 2: Student Leaders ONLY (8:00am-10:00am)
    • Brass & Woodwind Music Rehearsal (10:00am-12:00pm)
    • Percussion Rehearsal (6:00pm-9:00pm)
    • Uniform Fittings: 
      • Seniors (6:00pm-7:30pm)
      • Juniors (7:30pm-9:00pm)
  • Wednesday 7/31 
    • Rookie Camp: New Members & Student Leaders ONLY (8:00am-12:00pm)
    • Percussion Rehearsal (6:00pm-9:00pm)
    • Uniform Fittings: 
      • Sophomores (6:00pm-7:30pm)
      • Freshmen (7:30pm-9:00pm)
  • Thursday 8/1
    • FUNdamentals: ALL MEMBERS (8:00am-12:00pm)
    • Percussion Rehearsal (6:00pm-9:00pm)
  • Friday 8/2
    • Picture Day: ALL MEMBERS (8:00am-12:00pm)
    • Percussion Rehearsal (1:00pm-4:00pm)

WEEK #2 – Band Camp (Check out the theme days and evening activities!)

  • Monday 8/5-Thursday 8/8
    • 8:30am–12:00pm: Outdoor Field Rehearsal
    • 12:00pm-12:45pm: Lunch on site (students are not permitted to leave)
    • 12:45pm-3:00pm: Indoor Music Rehearsal
    • 3:00pm-6:00pm: BREAK-students REQUIRED to go home.
    • 6:00pm-9:00pm: Outdoor Field Rehearsal
  • Friday 8/9
    • 8:30am–12:00pm: Outdoor Field Rehearsal
    • 12:00pm-12:45pm: Lunch on site(students are not permitted to leave)
    • 12:45pm-3:00pm: Indoor Music Rehearsal



Make sure you are taking good care of yourself during both weeks of Band Camp. Here are some Band Camp survival tips:

  • HYDRATE! Drink water every night before rehearsal, drink water with breakfast every day, and bring water with you to rehearsal every day. Avoid soda and dairy-based drinks.
  •  Eat healthy meals! From breakfast through dinner, balance your meal with different nutrients, such as vitamins, protein, carbohydrates, and good fats. They’ll provide you with long-term energy, and refresh your body for the next rehearsal period. Avoid junk food and high amounts of dairy.
  • Sunscreen! Bring and apply sunscreen often. SPF of at least 30 is recommended.
  • Dress appropriately! We will be practicing on a blacktop parking lot with zero shade. Wear light colored clothing and athletic shorts. Compression shorts can also be a good idea to wear underneath shorts to avoid chaffing. Tennis shoes/sneakers with ankle height socks are a must! Hats and sunglasses are also recommended.
  • To be early is to be on time. To be on time is to be late. To be late is to be forgotten.”
  • Did we mention water and sunscreen?



Students will need to bring instruments (in working order) to camp on MONDAY, JULY 29th.

  • School instruments for marching band may be picked up anytime Wednesday/Thursday/Friday this week (July 24-26) from 10am-2pm. Come to rehearsal early if on the July 29th if you can not make it to BBHHS to pick up your instrument this week. 



Due to new class size limits, our MB Student and MB Parent accounts will no longer be supported by Remind beginning on July 23, 2019. We have started the process of adding some of you to our new accounts, but could use your help in expediting this process. If you did not get a notification that you were added to a new Remind account based on your student’s graduation you, text the appropriate code below to the number 81010.

Senior Students: @BBHBand20s

Senior Parents: @BBHBand20p

Junior Students: @BBHBand21s

Junior Parents: @BBHBand21p

Sophomore Students: @BBHBand22s

Sophomore Parents: @BBHBand22p

Freshmen Students: @BBHBand23s

Freshmen Parents: @BBHBand23p



  • Every student is being asked to PRINT ALL MUSIC and have it loaded in your Flip Folder by JULY 29TH.  The password was sent via Remind. You should have all of the Woodstock Show, Pregame, and Warm-Ups printed and ready to go.
  • LYRES & FLIP FOLDERS are required of all members, and may be purchased at uniform fitting nights (percussion/flags are exempt).  To ensure effective music memorization, students MUST have their lyre, flip folder, and all music, for every rehearsal. CELL PHONES ARE NOT PERMITTED AS A SUBSTITUTION.
  • Make sure to double check your PART ASSIGNMENT, to print the correct part (this will be checked). Please come prepared! If you do not have access to a printer, let us know.
  • Students should come to camp with familiarity of their parts and the music to ensure a productive Band Camp. Memorization of all music is expected, so don’t procrastinate. Music Check-Off procedures and deadlines are available HERE. Put in the work now before school starts!



As always, we will make every effort to compromise with school athletic tryouts, practices, scrimmages, etc.  The key to this is communication — Please let us know your athletic schedule, and we will talk with your coaches.  We will be meeting with all student-atheletes at some point during camp.



We are excited to welcome some new staff to our Marching Bees family:

Mr. John Pasternak – Assistant Director

Mr. Scott Velardo – Percussion Advisor

Ms. Ivory Kovach – Flagline Advisor

Ms. Jessica Chrzanowski – Flagline Assistant

Mr. Jake Ciulla – Brass Tech

Mr. Trent Thacker – Student Intern, Ohio University

Due to scheduling changes at BBHMS and a quickly growing baby, Mr. Hanna will not be involved with the Marching Bees this season. Please see the words he has to share with our band family HERE. We will miss seeing Mr. Hanna as much at BBHHS, but know our bees will make these new faces feel welcome!