We recommend that EVERYONE tries Marching Band at least once in high school!
Marching Band is not required if you are signing up for a high school band class, but we believe it enriches your high school band experience a great deal! The Marching Band truly provides a supportive “family” environment, where students are encouraged to succeed academically and to become a part of something larger than themselves. Students learn the skills of time management, discipline, teamwork, leadership, communication, and how one’s individual work ethic contributes to the whole. We rarely have a student try marching band for a year and then not continue it through high school because they get so much out of the experience! It also provides a built-in support system of 150+ people!
We offer the opportunity to try out our June “Parade Camp” before fully committing to the Marching Band. All you have to do is show up for our week of rehearsals in June to see if Marching Band is for you!
In order to plan your schedules accordingly, we will have a full calendar out to you very soon. In the meantime, here are the summer and fall break dates to be aware of so that you can schedule your vacations, camps, etc. around our rehearsals. We promise it will be a positive experience and it will definitely be worth your time!!!!
Summer – WE ARE CUTTING DOWN THE AMOUNT OF REHEARSAL WEEKS IN THE SUMMER!
May – We will have a couple of rehearsals in May to get freshmen and first-year marchers learning the first steps toward how to march and play at the same time. These dates will be distributed with the calendar. Leadership team will also need to be at these rehearsals.
June – We will rehearse June 19-23 from 9am-4pm each day and perform in the Fishers Freedom Festival Parade on Sunday, June 25th!!
July – We will rehearse July 24-28 9am-8pm each day and July 31-Aug 4 from 9am-4pm each day. These are our most intense weeks because we learn a large portion of the show for the fall season during this time. We also have bonding activities though and it’s a lot of fun even with the hard work!
It is important to understand that Fall Break is our most competitive time for Marching Band. Similar to a fall sport, we have qualifying competitions during fall break and therefore it is CRUCIAL that everyone is in attendance at rehearsals and performances. We have worked out a schedule that allows for families to take a brief vacation or reprieve and then we are back to work at the end of the week for our qualifying competitions on Saturdays.
Saturday, October 14 – We will have a VERY IMPORTANT QUALIFYING COMPETITION (ISSMA REGIONALS) FOR OUR STATE CONTEST THIS DAY, SO WE WILL HAVE A FULL DAY OF REHEARSAL AND AN EVENING PERFORMANCE TIME.
Sunday, October 15 – Wednesday, October 18 BREAK – NO REHEARSAL
Thursday, October 19 – Rehearsal 2pm-9pm
Friday, October 20 – Rehearsal beginning at 9am and a performance at BOA (Bands of America) Indianapolis Regional Contest in the evening
Saturday, October 21 – Full day of rehearsal and possible competition (if we qualify) at Finals of the BOA Indianapolis Regional
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