Band Camp 2021

Riverside High School

Warrior Band


Welcome to a new year of the Warrior Band at Riverside!!   Now that we better understand the threat posed by the virus and have successfully vaccinated a large portion of our population, I expect that next marching season will be much more normal than last year!

We will officially kick off our season with the first day of camp on July 19th at 9:00am. Each day of the 10-day band camp will begin at 9:00am. The first week (July 19 – 23) will end at 5:00pm each day. The second week (July 26– 30) will end at 9:00pm each day.

I cannot stress to you enough how important it is that everyone attend every day of Band Camp.  Much of the instruction that occurs during camp will not be repeated and the skills learned will be used throughout the season!   Please inform me at [email protected] if you will be absent for any reason.

We make every effort to keep the costs of being in the band to a minimum so that everyone can afford to participate.  No students are ever turned away due to money.  We do ask, however, that you contact the Band Boosters if you need help.  The Boosters are willing to assist families in offsetting the costs associated with being in the band, but they cannot read your mind.  You will find email addresses for some of the booster officers at the bottom of this letter.

The Band Fee for this year will be $75.00.  This money will be used to feed the band lunch every day and dinners during the second week of camp (that’s only $5.00 per meal).  Your Band fee will be due on the first day of band camp. If paying by check, please make it payable to RHS Band (we do not have the ability to accept cards). Also, on the first day, please bring your completed Band Contract, Medical Form, Contact Information Sheet, and Picture Release forms, and sports physical (click here to download).  All Members must return these forms; we must have up to date information for everyone. 

In addition to the Band Fee mentioned above, everyone will be required to have black gloves and a pair of StylePlus “Impact” Black marching shoes.  We cannot look uniform unless everyone has the same shoes and gloves.  These shoes and gloves are available from various inline retailers as well as Music & Arts on Bigley Ave. in Charleston.  A list of links to shoes and gloves is available on the band’s website (click here) under the “Members Area”.  Everyone must have a pair of these shoes that fit and are in good condition, returning members can re-use last year’s shoes so long as they still fit. Everyone except drummers must have the black gloves. 

All wind players (Brass and Woodwinds) need to have a lyre and flip folder to hold their marching music.  We do not typically use lyres when performing on the field, but they are very useful during rehearsals and are necessary in the stands during football games.  We play a lot of music from the stands during games, and it simply isn’t possible to memorize it all.  Every wind player needs to have their own lyre and flip folder!

A Band T-Shirt will be designed and ordered for the season.  It will be required that all members have this shirt and wear it under their uniform.  The T-Shirt will be sold to band members at cost.  We will also take orders for shirts for parents and family members.

We will be working outside 3 hours every morning and a second 3 hours every evening of the second week.  Please plan accordingly and dress appropriately. Sunscreen is a great idea, sunglasses are good, a hat is wonderful, and a water bottle is absolutely required for everyone.  Drinking water is extremely important to prevent dehydration.  It is necessary to replace fluids lost from sweating and playing wind instruments. 

I encourage you to apply and re-apply sunscreen often because sunburns at young ages can turn into skin cancer later in life, but do not spray sunscreen inside the building!  We have learned in the past that sunscreen will not come up off the waxed tile floors!

You must wear actual shoes! Flip Flips and sandals do not work for marching; you must wear athletic style shoes to all rehearsals.

Please be sure to eat something in the mornings before coming to camp. You cannot work on an empty stomach!

Band Calendars are available Here

or directly through Google Calendar Here

Right now, these calendars are up for July-November with all “known” events.  I do update these calendars as new information comes available, so make sure that you check them often.  It is quite possible, even likely that many of our performances will be cancelled due to the pandemic.  I will make updates as decisions are made.  

When even one band member is missing from rehearsal, everyone is affected. Every one of you are an important part of this band, and missing is always a “big deal” – Please make every effort to faithfully attend all rehearsals and performances except in the case of emergency or illness. 

We make every effort to make band affordable for everyone and all expenses are kept to a minimum. Please let us know at any time if you need help with any band expenses. Please do not allow a financial problem to prevent you from being a part of the band.

[email protected]
304-348-1996 ext. 519

Or contact our Band Boosters Directly: 
President – Samantha Smallman: [email protected]
Vice President – Tiffany Sadler: [email protected]com
Treasurer – Susan Miller: [email protected]

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