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What to expect at Preseason Camp
posted July 22, 2013
Hey guys! Darby again. Can you believe that in a month we'll be in the throes of preseason camp?! I hope you all are getting super pumped for an unforgettable introduction to the season. If you're panicking or overwhelmed, have no fear; I have a few important notes about camp to share with you.
First and foremost, it's hot. Say it with me: It. Is. Really. Stinking. Hot. I do love the south (the fact that mac and cheese is a vegetable here rocks!); however, our climate is home to some of the highest temperatures and humidity percentages around. As a marching band, we do tend to spend the majority of our time in the great outdoors. So what does this mean for you? Hydration! Water and other non-sugary/carbonated fluids are your new best friends (except for your R.A.T. Leaders, of course!). Dr. Spurlin and our other staff are really great about dispersing water breaks throughout our time blocks, so make sure you can take advantage of the breaks by bringing your own refillable bottles/jugs to fill with water, gatorade, and the like.
Another thing to expect during camp is to learn a ton of information. Preseason camp is a learning experience for all, not just for new members; brushing the dust off of last year's marching technique is always a learning experience for me! Once we all get our fundamentals down, we will learn our pregame show and our first halftime show. It seems like a lot, but rehearsals in the AUMB are extremely efficient; you'll blink and we'll have learned the opener of the halftime show. If you feel like you need extra help, don't be afraid to ask a veteran member or student leader!
Intimidated? Don't worry! While a lot of camp is work (hard work), we still have tons of fun! You are sure to bond with your sections, R.A.T. Groups, and other AUMB members because you will spend a lot of time together. You will also be introduced to our service organizations and have an opportunity to be selected for Tau Beta Sigma's Kim Jackson Scholarship (for more information, email Brittany Dennis at firstname.lastname@example.org). Plus the R.A.T. leaders have tons of fun R.A.T. drills and night activities! Get excited, it's going to be awesome.
If you have any questions about preseason camp, email one of us and we'll be sure to explain what you need to know! If you haven't done so, check out the Preseason Camp page to get more camp information and schedules!