Band camp runs Monday-Friday for the last 2 weeks of August (15-19 & 22-26) Regular practices continue Monday, August 29, through the beginning of school.  

Please plan to be picked up and dropped off from the band room even if the session will be taking place on the band field. Park in legal spots only, even during pickup. See Mr. Stepneski's general schedule below.

It's going to be a great year. Keep practicing, stay in shape and start hydrating NOW!

  • Daily Morning Sessions begin promptly at 8:00. Students must arrive before 8 am to be prepared to practice on time. The morning session concludes at noon.
  • Afternoon Sessions begin at 1:30 p.m. and run until 4:30 p.m.
  • Evening Sessions commence at 7:00 p.m. sharp and conclude at 9:00 p.m.
    To be early is to be on time! To be on time is to be late.


General Camp Information

Health and Safety reminders for the rookies and for returning upperclassmen: Remember to hydrate for weeks before you come to camp....plenty of water, Gatorade, etc.  Try coconut water.  

Bring a BIG JUG of water with you.  

Be sure to eat a FULL, nutritious breakfast.  

Leave your chewing gum at home.  

Your shoulders should be covered, so wear a T-shirt with sleeves.  

Wear a baseball type cap or some kind of hat, as well as sunglasses and a good sunscreen, especially if you are fair-skinned and tend to burn when exposed to direct sunlight.  

Absolutely no flip-flops or sandals are to be worn on your tootsies ... a good pair of athletic shoes with socks are the only acceptable form of footwear to be worn.

Gym shorts or knee-length shorts are ok ... long baggies and super short shorts are not easy to march in, so don't come to camp dressed to make matters more difficult.  

Ladies, be sure to wear a good "foundation" be functional not fashionable (a good sports bra is the ticket).  

If you are on some form of medication, be sure to let the band director know immediately.   

If you are allergic to bee stings or any other form of insect bite, tell us about it.  

If you need and use one, be sure to have your inhaler with you.  

Don't forget, you need a good pencil and, of course, bring your instrument and music! (Unless you are told otherwise.)

Band Shoes

Band shoes are black, imitation patent leather, spit shine look, Corfam material, with a heel, no extra fancy trim, BATES high gloss or a plain DEXTER uniform oxford or the equivalent. Ask to see a sample. Parents have had luck finding shoes at:

  • Globe Shoes, Paramus (201-843-6515)
  • Iceberg Army Navy Store 400 Minnisink Rd Totowa (973-200-0096)
  • Rothco.com: www.rothco.com/product/rothco-uniform-high-gloss-oxford-dress-shoe)
  • Ebay

We also have a few pair of donated shoes by Band Alumni that are free for the taking if they fit! Nothing wrong with them that a little Pledge furniture polish can't fix.

White Gloves

The white gloves that band members wear at every performance are sold by the Band Parents and are usually sold when Spirit Wear is sold at General Meetings.   They will be available at the first parents meeting on  in early September and at times during band camp.