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  • I sensed a bit of parent confusion when we described Dot Books and Drill Books at the Boot Camp Parent Meeting.   So let's go back to square one:   Every marching band show is comprised of two main components: Music and Drill.   Music is pretty obvious   Students are given sheet music (and sheet music revisions) in small batches as the season progresses.   All music will eventually be memorized. This ...
  • It's helpful to think of marching band as a year round sport.   Timewise, it only runs June to November but season-wise? Your kid will wear everything from bikinis to parkas.   Spring/Summer:   In the early days, send them in layers. It might be 900 degrees for the kids marching in the parking lot while the front ensemble shivers as they practice under the bleachers. And once the sun goes down, the hoodies all ...
  • First off, let's clarify a rumor that wrecks havoc with new incoming marchers, every year.   LOMB does not feed students on rehearsal days.   Prepare yourself. You'll have at least one parent tell you otherwise. "But I heard someone say that they feed all the kids at practices."   They're wrong.   The LOBB organizes a series of meals prior to each marching COMPETITION. I'll write a post about Competition Meals when ...
  • Marching band is about to change your life. Or at least your summer vacation plans.   It's unavoidable. Competition season starts about the same time that school does and in order to be ready, summer rehearsals are a must.   The bulk of the learning happens during camp weeks (boot camp, mini-camp(s), pre & post camps). Wednesday rehearsals are an important way to keep students from backtracking between camp weeks. The fewer absences your student ...
  • Here's a mandatory piece of equipment that you need to start shopping for:  1/2 gallon thermal water jug with drinking spout.   You'll find them made by several manufacturers: Igloo, Coleman, Rubbermaid, etc.   Note that I said it was mandatory equipment? Yep, your marcher is about to become best friends with their water jug. They'll go everywhere together, not by choice but by director's orders.   LOMB rehearsals are almost always outside, far from ...