1st Semester Marching Band
As we get ready for an exciting season we thought it might be nice to explain some important aspects of marching band.
All band members must read and familiarize themselves with the expectations, grading policies, and requirements of the Verrado Viper Vanguard. Parents should also read through the handbook to know how to support their child in band.
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PRactice - 1st Semester
The expectation of the Verrado Viper Vanguard is to treat every full ensemble rehearsal, individual practice, and sectional as if you were performing at state championships. Therefore, each member of the Viper Vanguard is responsible for memorizing his or her music, drill, and routine. All Vanguard members will attend rehearsals, practice and sectionals fully prepared with working equipment, dot book, music, and instrument.
In order to compete at the highest level, marching band practice will take place throughout the week and will include some Saturdays.
2021 Marching Season Practice Schedule
Full Band Rehearsal
Mondays 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
(Practices will be on Tuesdays when there is no school on Mondays.)
Thursdays 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Additional Practice Schedule
Percussion Extended Practice
Thursdays 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
(following full band rehearsal)
Freshmen Marching Basics
Dates and times will be coming soon
These practices are student-leader facilitated and are highly recommended.
Section leaders determine which students should attend as they are not mandatory. Tutor bus is available for students.
Sectionals and Saturday Practices
Additional practices may be scheduled per section and section leader. These practices will be communicated to band students by their section leader not Mrs. Meldrum.
Uniform fitting will take place during Band Camp I. We try to do alterations as needed so if you have a talent for hemming please consider helping us out. All uniforms are dry cleaned before we fit (thank goodness). Dry cleaning fees are part of the Flat Fee price.
Anatomy of the uniform:
Bibbers - sometimes better known as overalls :)
Jacket - worn over bibbers
Gauntlets - worn near the wrist
Sash - attaches to the front of the jacket
Aussie - hat
Plume - feather that goes into hats
Band Camp 1
Band camp 1 will take place at Verrado High School in the band room and on the field. Students should wear comfortable clothes and shoes (gym shoes) for marching outside. Students should bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and a hat. Students are responsible for bringing a lunch. Students who drive may leave campus to eat lunch.
Freshman and Leaders Only - Monday, July 20, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Please meet in the band room at Verrado High School.
All Band Members - July 23 to July 28 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
July 29-31 Sections will be expected to hold at least one sectional through this time.
Band Camp 2
Cost per student - $300
Full Payment Due September 17 to the Verrado Book Store
We will be going to band camp this year in Heber (North of Payson) from the 4-7 of October. It is called Camp Shadow Pines. This covers all food, staff, transportation, and shelter. This trip is as close to required as you can get without being required. If a student does not attend, not only does it hurt the ensemble, but the student will not be allowed to participate in performances and certain rehearsals until he/she has caught up with what we learned while they were gone. There is a chance they may not catch up for the season. This is simply a safety concern. Chances are if we don’t learn new drill (which we probably will) we will be changing some things during the camp. If the student jumps right in, he/she or others will be hurt. As the time approaches, we will have a parent-student meeting just for band camp.
An invitational is a competition where bands from around the state compete to qualify for
the State Finals, and if they do well, can lead to bands going on to the Championship.
Most Invitationals take place all day on Saturdays. Students will be given a "call time" by Mrs. Meldrum, which is the time they are required to be at school. Parents can also check the calendar on the VIPS site to see the call time.
Students are responsible for having all their required items, such as instrument, reeds, drumsticks, valve oil, shoes, socks, uniform, and music.