Students should not let anyone touch their instrument at any time during rehearsal. If you have a problem with your horn please let a staff member or a director who is running your rehearsal know.
Auxiliary and Percussion – DO NOT SHARE EQUIPMENT, MALLETS OR STICKS.
We will utilize outdoor spaces as often as possible for all rehearsal activities, including music sectionals and rehearsals.
Anytime we are outside for rehearsal we must follow social distancing guidelines. Those are staying six feet away from other individuals when off the field for water breaks and other transitional periods.
When traveling between activities as a band, or when entering or exiting any indoor space, remain patient and still, awaiting staff members’ instructions. They will carefully assign who can travel where and when to ensure proper distance is kept between members of the band.
When you are not playing you must have your mask pulled up over your mouth and nose.
In the Building/Facilities
Common areas will be disinfected regularly.
Only two students at a time may enter the restrooms.
All water fountains and drink machines will be off limits.
Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles or jugs form home. If you bring your own water jug you will not be able to refill from our water coolers. We must keep everything as sanitary as possible. Please make sure your name is on your water jug if you decide to bring one. Water bottles will be provided in the event that students don’t bring their own.
Social distancing is still in effect as student leave rehearsal. Students will be dismissed from rehearsal in small groups. There will be no “gathering up” in the parking lot. Please go straight to your vehicles and leave campus.
Rehearsal will take place via Zoom. Please check in to rehearsal by 5:50 P.M. so that rehearsal may begin on time. Virtual band camp went very well. We will continue to build upon that success and continue to follow virtual learning etiquette as outlined in the attached diagram.
Students will follow in real time with in person participants. Students should be prepared to follow along with all music rehearsals as well as marching techniques. Please dress comfortably and prepare a space indoors or outdoors that is suitable for the entire rehearsal.
Just as in the in person rehearsals, students will need a working instrument supplies (reeds, valve oil, etc.), 3 ring binder with sheet protectors, and a pencil.
If a student cannot be fully present in the virtual setting by being on time, with proper space conducive to rehearsal, with a working instrument, music, proper attire, and staying the entire rehearsal then this may not be the best option.
Come with a great attitude expecting to learn something new in each rehearsal.
-Wind players should have all accessories (mouthpiece, reeds, valve oil, etc.)
-Percussion will only need a pair of snare drum sticks and a practice pad.
-Anyone that needs to pick up their personal instrument or school owned may pick it up from VHS Mon – Fri 8 A.M. – 3 P.M.
Have Your Music
-Students should be ready to play music in each rehearsal
-Three ring binder to store music
-Pencil to take notes
-All marching band music for the camp is available on the band’s website:
-Anyone needing a hard copy of music may pick it up from VHS Mon – Fri 8 A.M. – 3 P.M.
Good Space to Rehearse In
-Remember this is a band rehearsal
-The space students are rehearsing in should be clear of distractions
-Students may rehearse indoors or outdoors.
Good Zoom Manners
-Be on time
-Plan to stay the entire session
-Mute microphone upon entering Zoom session, do not unmute unless instructed to by director
-Enable camera so all participants can be seen
-Use student’s full name and instrument for participant name
-Session will open 15 minutes prior to start each day
Be ready to work in each session
Dress in practice attire for each session
Phase 1 Wrap Up
As the VHS Marching Cats Summer Sessions wrap up phase 1, students are encouraged to continue to work their minds and bodies to be ready for the upcoming season. Here is a workout regimen that any student from beginner to advance can follow to stay in shape. Perform this workout 2 or more times per week.
Part 1 – Music Rehearsal
set metronome to 60 bpm
Brass players work to have smooth, even, and consistent lip slurs
Woodwind players work to have consistent tone in every range of your instrument
Percussionists work to have good timing, metronome is a must
Major Scales – work to have F, Bb, Eb, & Ab major scales memorized
Music - Select 2 marching band selections to rehearse and memorize for each session
Part 2 – Workout & Marching Rehearsal
Stretch – 3 minutes
Jumping Jacks – 1 minute duration
Beginner (10 in 1 minute)
Intermediate (25 in 1 minute)
Advance (50 in 1 minute)
Wildcats Entrance Cadence
Work to keep balance throughout the cadence
Beginner – perform cadence 2 times with no break in between
Intermediate – perform cadence 4 times with o break in between
Advance – perform cadence 6 times with no break in between