What is the Meaning of Success – Band Camp

What exactly is success when it comes to band camp? Is it the friends that are made or the marchers remembering their places on the field? Or even the record amount of water that one drinks in a day of band camp? When every marcher goes into band camp, they have their own set goals in mind. For every marcher, a goal is fulfilled. That goal that has been fulfilled is that marcher’s very own bundle of success!

Last year was my rookie year as a marcher. Going into band camp, I had no idea what to expect and I had no goals due to not knowing the unknown; except to Marching Bandkeep a smile on my face the whole way! That’s exactly what I did and I came straight out of band camp as one of the most determined marchers of the band!

You may be wondering what success would be for the band as a whole. Well, I’m here to tell you from experience that it can be many different things. It could be the beauty on the field that was made in the days of band camp, the memorized music, or even discovering who the band actually is as a group.

My marching band just had their last week of band camp this week and I am indeed quite proud of how our results. We definitely had a successful band camp and that’s for sure! We learned part I of our show and managed to pull it all together for our first viewing within just two weeks!!

Here’s some advice for after your experience of band camp…. put aloe on your sunburn or else it will peel. I have officially learned the hard way! Also, have fun at your next band practice of the season 🙂

Band Camp Enthusiast,

Jillian

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  1. Paula

    July 25, 2017 at 2:19am

    Sounds like you had a blast at your summer band camp! I agree about the aloe. Crucial to keep your skin healthy while enjoying some much needed sunshine anyway! What about sunscreen? Did you wear any? :o) Water is the best liquid to be consuming in the heat! On an average, I drink about a gallon a day not being in the sun. I’m sure it would double if I were having to march in the sun all day. So glad you had a good time and that you have shared the experience! Looking forward to reading your next entry. :o) Cheers for band camp!!!

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      Jillian

      July 25, 2017 at 2:36am

      Hi Paula! I definitely had a fantastic time! I did wear sunscreen, in fact! However, funny story about that, I ran out of my good sunscreen half way through the second week and went to get a generic kind (which did NOT work). Great times at band camp haha!! I’d say that your water intake would for sure increase at band camp, as it does for me and everyone I’ve chatted with. Thanks so much for visiting Mastering the Music today! I hope you get to come back again soon 🙂

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  2. janet

    July 25, 2017 at 2:41am

    I love it! I’m so glad to hear that band camp is actually about the music and marching and not just all the stuff you see in teen movies. Great tip about sunscreen! My daughter will be going to band camp next year and I will remember your advice!

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      Jillian

      July 25, 2017 at 2:49am

      Band camp can definitely be a great first marching experience for young marchers! I’m sure she will have a blast 🙂 Keep in mind that the expression “too much sunscreen” does not exist during the long weeks of band camp hahaha!! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest post! I’m in hopes that you will get the chance to come back and visit us again soon!

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  3. CobusvdM

    July 25, 2017 at 3:07pm

    Very Interesting pot Jillian,
    I’m very impressed to see young people taking up band music and marching and find real joy in it.
    I can imagine that t being part of the band, has a special dynamics for each of the band members.
    Almost like feeling part of a big machine.
    Keep it up. Cheers 🙂

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      Jillian

      July 25, 2017 at 3:15pm

      Hey there Cobus! Marching band is indeed great fun! Although, I’ve never really thought of it as just a big machine, but now that you say that… YES! That is exactly what it feels like! It’s quite the amazing experience 🙂 Thank you very much for stopping by and checking out my new article! Hope you get the chance to come back and visit us here at Mastering the Music again soon!

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  4. Sean Greentree

    July 25, 2017 at 3:32pm

    Wow. I love marching bands. Unfortunately, we don’t have many here in the UK, which is a shame. I think it’s great when young people get involved with music from a young age. So to read about you guys have a boot camp is fantastic. Well done to you all. And thanks for sharing. Long may it continue.

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      Jillian

      July 25, 2017 at 4:09pm

      Hey Sean! That’s such a bummer! We have many here in the U.S. between high school bands, college bands, and drum corps. It is definitely an amazing experience to be involved with such a team as a marching band, whether one is high school age or college undergraduate age! Thank you very much for stopping by today! Hope you make it back again for another article soon 🙂

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  5. Jamie

    July 25, 2017 at 6:18pm

    Hello! Was super happy to hear about the joys of band camp. I always wish I had been in band when I was in school. It’s really awesome your school still offers it to. It’s sooo important for kids to stay into playing music these days, with all the budget cuts and all. I really liked your info aboyt being in the sun. I would not have thought about that. Keep up the good work!

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      Jillian

      July 25, 2017 at 9:59pm

      Hi there Jamie! I definitely know the feeling about missing out on the glories of band, because I’ve actually missed out on a few years of participating in it! I joined my sophomore year when I could’ve been in since the 5th grade haha! I agree that it is indeed important for young people to keep interested in the arts, because the schools are slowly trying to get rid of music education! It’s just crazy!! Thank you so much for stopping by today and checking out my latest article 🙂

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  6. Kevon

    July 25, 2017 at 11:01pm

    Band camp? How I miss the good old days of summer camp and having fun. I am a music lover and a musician at heart. Playing the guitar is my passion. But alas, I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had the time. A band camp sounds like a really great idea right about now. Great post. Thanks for sharing

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      Jillian

      July 26, 2017 at 1:57am

      Hey Kevon! Band camp is for sure a great thing for musicians to immerse themselves into! Whether it’s marching band camp, or even just a band camp that one can join as a summer camp, like you said! It’s definitely a blast 🙂 Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you get to comeback and visit us again soon!!

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