2017 JMB Band Camp
- Student Leadership and Staff: Band Camp begins at Noon on Tuesday, August 1, 2017
- Feature Twirler: Band Camp begins at Noon on Tuesday, August 1, 2017
- Color Guard: Band Camp begins at Noon on Tuesday, August 1, 2017
- Jag Drumline and Front Ensemble: Band Camp begins at Noon on Tuesday, August 1, 2017
- Managers: Band Camp begins at Noon on Tuesday, August 1, 2017
- First Year Wind Players (Freshmen and Transfer Students): Band Camp begins at 5PM on Wednesday, August 2, 2017
- Returning Wind Players: Band Camp begins at 5PM on Friday, August 4, 2017
All events take place on the University of South Alabama campus. Check in and music
rehearsals take place at the Jaguar Marching Band rehearsal room in the HPELS building. Driving directions can be found here
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A JAGMAIL ACCOUNT
If you have not already done so, activate your JagMail account
. It will be required to access and fill out countless online applications and forms
throughout the year.
If you are living in on-campus housing (not The Grove), the Jaguar Marching Band will
cover the costs of your early move-in to University housing. Students are reminded
to apply for campus housing early and to check their application status often. Please
make sure to check MyUSA Housing Site
for information regarding housing applications, room assignments, and other information.
Students who are living in on-campus housing must move in on the following dates and
- Student Leadership and Staff: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
- Feature Twirler: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
- Color Guard: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
- Jag Drumline and Front Ensemble: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
- Managers: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
- First-year wind players: Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
- Returning wind players: Friday, August 4, 2017, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Other than the small number of pre-approved students arriving late from summer drum
corps performances, there will be NO EXCEPTIONS TO THESE MOVE-IN TIMES AND DATES.
that you are NOT
required to fill out your early-move in request through Housing's Early Arrival Program
- we will fill out your early arrival for you provided you have filled out the JMB Member
. However, if you have not filled out the Intent form by July 1st, you will be charged
a fee to apply for early move-in (the Jaguar Marching Band will not cover late early
Students who will be living in The Grove and other private residences should take
note that most realtors do not have set move-in dates before Band Camp. You will need
to talk to the realtor and ask them if there is any way you can move in before the
If you run into a problem with your off-campus housing, please contact our Drum Major,
Carson Watson, at email@example.com
and she will try to find another band member with whom you may stay. All dorm issues
must be handled by calling University Housing at (251) 460-6185. All issues with housing
at The Grove must be handled by calling (251) 341-9412.
The Jaguar Marching band will be covering lunch for all band members during the course
of band camp at the Fresh Food Co. on campus. In addition, there will be 2 to 3 full-band
cookouts during band camp (depending on when you arrive). Tentatively, your student meal plan will NOT be active before August 12th. There are a wealth of food options within walking and driving distance of campus.
You will not owe the marching band any money at band camp.
CONFLICTS WITH BAND CAMP
All portions of band camp are mandatory. Certain limited conflicts that arise due
to student testing, orientation, and other school-related events are acceptable provided
that you contact us in advance. It is your responsibility to take care of these conflicts
as soon as possible. Conflicts due to work or vacation (family or otherwise) are not
permitted. If you need documentation from us for your employer, please e-mail Dr.
Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org
. If you have any conflicts, e-mail or call now!
HANDBOOK AND SYLLABUS
All the rules and guidelines governing every part of the Jaguar Marching Band experience
are detailed in the Student Handbook
, which is available online. In addition the course syllabus for Jaguar Marching Band
(MUO130/430) is available online
. These documents are considered finalized on June 15 each year, and any changes will
be preceded by ample prior notice to the members of the ensemble.
The performance calendar for the Jaguar Marching Band is always available online
, and it is listed in your course syllabus
. This schedule is finalized on June 15 of this year, and it will not be altered except
in extreme circumstances. In the rare case where a performance is added or removed, ample
prior notice will be given to the members of the ensemble.
Several evenings during band camp will feature social activities. Events like movie
night, swim party night, cookout at the pavilion, section dinners, and more are all
potential events. You are expected to attend. These events will help you make friends
and get to know our campus and its history better. Most importantly, it will be fun!
PARKING AND PERMITS
During camp, you may park in any valid student (white striped) parking place on campus.
If you mistakenly receive a parking ticket when in a valid student parking space,
then we will have it removed from your university bill. However, if you were parked
illegally (a blue-lined faculty spot, a handicapped space, prohibited curb, double
parked, etc.), you are responsible for the ticket.
As for parking permits, you will register your vehicle for a parking permit through
an online form hosted by the USA Police Department. That link will be made available
later this summer. Once again the Jaguar Marching Band will not have to stand in the general public lines to pick up the parking permits.
BIKING ON CAMPUS
While there are a variety of parking options on campus, and the JagTran is a good
way to go long distances, the absolute best way to get around on campus is by bicycle
. Bike lanes and shortcuts are provided throughout campus, and there are bike parking
racks at all buildings. If you have a bike that you plan on bringing to campus, we
strongly encourage you to do so. However, make sure you properly register your bike
with the University Police Department
PROPER ATTIRE FOR BAND CAMP
Students should wear cool, comfortable, and appropriate clothing. Swimsuits, swimsuit
tops, midriff revealing sports tops, etc. are not allowed. Full sports tanks and similar
apparel is acceptable. Men must wear shirts at all times. In short, please dress for
cool comfort, but make sure your body does not become a distraction to your fellow
band members. Marching in jeans or boots is not allowed. Make sure to bring a swimsuit
for the evenings! Do not wear clothing or accessories from any other University at
any time during camp.
BAND SHOES, APPAREL, FLIP FOLDERS, LYRES, AND OTHER ACCESSORIES
All band members will be issued a pair of black marching band shoes, sweat-wicking
t-shirt and shorts, a hooded sweatshirt, and a music flip folder with lyre (if applicable).
Color Guard members will be issued a warm-up outfit, footwear and equipment bag. There
is no charge for these items.
INSTRUMENTS AND EQUIPMENT
The Jaguar Marching Band provides instruments and equipment for every single member
of the marching band. All brass instruments come with a mouthpiece (mellophones include
an adapter if you wish to play with a concert horn mouthpiece). If you wish to use
your own brass mouthpiece, please remember that all instruments are large bore/large
shank. Also please note that NO COLORED OR PLASTIC/CARBONFIBER MOUTHPIECES ARE ALLOWED
ON ANY INSTRUMENT. So-called “loud” or “high” mouthpieces and other “gimmick” brands
are not welcome. Quality of sound is our first priority. All reed instruments must provide their own reeds, and these must be maintained at an acceptable level of quality. Have several playable
reeds at all times! You may use your own custom mouthpiece, but they must be black
or clear. No jazz mouthpieces, no “gimmick” ligatures, and no plastic reeds!
PART PLACEMENT AUDITIONS
Clarinets, Saxophones, Trumpets, and Trombones have divided parts; therefore, placement
auditions will be held for these sections on Friday, August 4th . If you play one
of these instruments, then your placement audition materials are included in the packet
made available to you online. This audition will be fast and efficient; in a few short
minutes, we will determine your range and reading ability. All members of these sections
must audition, including returnees. There is no seniority involved. Part placement
is based on your part audition. You may not "opt out" to play a lower part. Section
leaders do not need to audition, as they have already been placed.
Piccolos, Mellophones, Baritones/Euphoniums, and Tubas do not have divided parts;
therefore, no part placements for those sections are required. If you perform in one
of those sections, or in the percussion battery, the music will be available on the
online downloads page
. Arrive at band camp knowing this music
, not waiting to be taught it.
FITNESS AND CONDITIONING
Band Camp takes place during one of the hottest times of the year in Alabama. In preparing
for band camp, please:
- Make sure you are active outside prior to Band Camp and get acclimated to the heat
- Please get accustomed to wearing broken in tennis shoes/sneakers during band camp.
You will not be allowed during any time of camp or during the season to wear sandals,
flip-flips, or any similar footwear. Marching bare footed is also unacceptable.
- Engage in some type of aerobic conditioning to prepare you for the marching demands
and other physical demands of Band Camp.
- Try to get used to drinking lots of water and sports drinks each day, especially in
the mornings. Please avoid consuming caffeinated beverages (they cause you to lose
fluids) and beverages with added sugar. Avoiding caffeine and sugar is a good policy
when engaging in physical activity in hot and humid conditions.
- Eat a healthy breakfast. Avoid overly-large portions and greasy foods.
- Bring a hat, appropriate clothing, sun screen (body and lips), and a wash-cloth or
small towel that you can dip into ice water (in a container we’ll provide) and place
on the back of your neck. Instead of a baseball cap, try purchasing a bucket hat or
some other type of hat with a very wide brim that goes all the way around the hat
and protects your neck and ears from the sun.
- Please bring plenty of insect repellent. You can purchase products that combine sun
protection and insect repellent in the same product.
BAND CAMP CHECKLIST
CHECK THINGS OFF AS YOU PACK!
- Make sure that you have registered for the Marching Band class (MUO130 or MUO430 for
Music Majors at the upper level)
- Activated your JagMail account
- Read the Handbook and Syllabus
- Registered your JagMail e-mail address with your Facebook Account
- Money for meals and social events
- T-shirts and shorts for marching (marching shirtless, in bathing suits, in jeans etc.
is not permitted. )
- Good marching shoes and socks (closed-toe tennis shoes, not sandals or anything else!)
- Washcloth or hand towel to keep your neck and ears cool
- Wide-brimmed hat (Bucket hats are best!)
- Sunscreen (Body and Lips!)
- Insect repellent
- Personal water supply (Camelbacks and other such devices are allowed. We will have
water coolers on the field)
- Reeds (clarinets and alto saxes)
- Mouthpiece (optional for Clarinets, Alto Saxes, and Brass)