We are looking forward to kicking off our 2023 band camp on Monday, July 31. Report time for students is 7:15am, meeting in the band room. It is VERY IMPORTANT to arrive on time in order for students to hear the daily itinerary and announcements before we start for the day. 

The information on this page will go over various aspects of camp, including student reminders, the lunch menu for the first week of camp, how to volunteer and help at camp, information about the student pool party, and an invitation to our potluck dinner and preview performance at the end of camp.

Let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Band Camp Student Reminders

It is important to come prepared for camp days, make sure you have the following essentials:

  • Instrument with any needed accessories (reeds, valve oil, etc.)
  • Music
  • Comfortable athletic/tennis shoes
  • Appropriate FCPS dress code attire
  • Workout clothes or light clothing – NO JEANS!
  • Refillable water bottles – the bigger the better.
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm/chapstick
  • Hats/head wraps
  • Sunglasses
  • Support braces
  • Cell phone charger
  • A positive attitude

Band Camp Lunch Menu

Lunch during band camp is approximately 11:30am – 12:30pm each day. The Band Boosters will be providing lunch for the first week of camp. For the second week, please pack a healthy lunch for each day.

Week 1 Menu *

Monday: Italian Delight Subs
Tuesday: Chick-Fil-A Sandwich and Chips
Wednesday: Anthony’s Pizza
Thursday: Hot Dogs and Chips
Friday: Chick-Fil-A Nuggets, Mac & Cheese

* Feel free to pack your lunch if you do not like our menu options.

Band Camp Volunteers – We Need Your Help!

Volunteering to help out at band camp is a great way to share in the experience with your student. They need and WANT you to be involved. Below are the descriptions of each area where help is needed along with the typical tasks to be performed. Any and all help is very much appreciated. You can help us to have a successful band camp! See the link below to sign up.

Morning Field Help 8:00am – 12:00pm

Volunteers needed every morning at 8am to fill (4) spout coolers with water & ice and take to the practice field. Set up tables, coolers, and tents on the field for breaks. Fill spray pumps & spray the students with water as needed. Prepare fruit trays to take out to the field around 9:30am. Bring back coolers and empty fruit trays to the school at lunch time to be refilled after lunch.

Lunch Help 11:00am – 1:00pm

We have roughly 150 students this season! Unfortunately we do not have access to the school cafeteria. We need a team to set up our 3 long serving tables, round tables and chairs every day for the 1st week. Help set up each day’s lunch per provided menu. Make (3) spout coolers full of lemonade & ice and (2) filled with ice water. Set out food & utensils/plates, etc, serve food to students as they walk by serving tables. Clean up, put food away, wash utensils, trays and lay open to dry for the next day.  

Afternoon Field Help  1:00pm – 5:00pm

Volunteers are needed every afternoon to re-fill spout coolers with water & ice and take to the practice field for breaks. Fill spray pumps & spray the students with water as needed. Prepare fruit trays to take out to the field around 3:45pm. At the end of the day, put tables and tents away, gather trash, bring coolers and empty fruit trays to the school, rinse and lay open to dry for the next day in the Community Room.

Uniform Help 

Help with fitting/measuring the students for parade uniforms and shoes, organizing uniforms, hatboxes, etc. Help is needed on selected days from 7:30am – 10:30am and 2:00pm – 5:00pm. Email Catherine Dodrill, dodrillotter@gmail.com if you are available to help.

Donations For Band Camp And Marching Season

Fresh Fruit

During band camp we serve fruit at lunch for the first week and take trays of fruit to the field for breaks twice a day, all 10 days. This is a lot of work and takes a lot of fruit! We have roughly 150 students this year plus staff!! We have access to a small kitchen with a small fridge and freezer. We are looking for fruit donations daily that are washed and ready to eat. Ex: apples, pre-cut orange slices, bananas, grapes, strawberries, pre-cut watermelon slices, Freezie Pops, etc.

We need lots of volunteers to get the fruit out to the field twice a day, please see link above in the volunteer section.

Cases of Bottled Water

Parents & students, as our new marching season is fast approaching, it’s time to stock up on water. Lots of it! We go through cases and cases of bottled water from now to November.

At every home football game we have water in the bleachers for band members. We also take coolers filled with bottled water and ice to every competition, plus parades and other events. This is a lot! Please help us to keep our students hydrated! Water donations are always needed and much appreciated. For band camp we do not pass out these bottles of water (students need to bring their own refillable water bottle from home).

Every year during band camp we like to throw the band students a private pool/pizza party to help cool them down after the first week of camp and hang with their bandmates. This is a FREE event and ALL band students are invited to participate!

Come out to Sherando Pool on Friday, August 4th from 7:00pm-11:00pm. There will be lifeguards & chaperones.

The Band Boosters will be providing pizza and drinks. The students are encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert to share with the group. You do not have to swim..feel free to play corn hole, bring a volleyball for the nets, football, cards, etc.

Don’t be shy, come join us, meet new people, and have some fun!

Please join us as we celebrate the end of band camp and the beginning of our marching season at our annual Potluck Dinner and Preview event. Everyone brings food to share for dinner and then we will all get to see the very first performance of this year’s show! This is a great opportunity to meet our Band Director, Mr. Joel Cosner, our band staff, and our Booster President, Adam Stein, who will introduce our board members and talk a little about the band and the Boosters.

When: Friday, August 11th at 6:30pm

What to bring: 
 Juniors & Seniors – please bring a main dish.
 Freshmen & Sophomores – please bring a side dish and a dessert.

Come through the main office entrance at Sherando. Dinner will be in the cafeteria/commons area. Performance will be on the main football field after dinner.