Alonso High School Bands

HOME OF THE RAVENS          8302 Montague Street, Tampa, Florida 33635


Band camp is held in late July/early August a couple of weeks prior to the start of school. Dates and times are always announced before the end of the school year. The staff and students work very hard throughout those days. The scheduled start and stop times may vary as well. It is important for the students to attend as many of those sessions as possible because this is when they begin to learn the music for their marching band show.  The officers and staff work hard to provide a nurturing environment for new members of the Raven marching band.  You can look forward to a great productive camp that will give you a tremendous sense of accomplishment and pride.

Students will get quite a workout. Be prepared for plenty of sweating therefore hydrate with water the night before and during the day often.  It is an experience most of the kids “love to hate.” Some portions of camp may take place indoors while most will take place outdoors. Make sure your students dress appropriately – t-shirts, shorts, comfortable sneakers, hat, and plenty of sunscreen. This is marching band and we live in FLORIDA! Bring a large water container – unlimited refills are available throughout the day – water is your best friend. Have your student drink a bottle of water before and after rehearsal as well so they will stay hydrated.

Band Camp culminates with a “show-n-tell” for the band families. It is great fun to come out and see how far the kids have come in just two short weeks. We plan for a parent meeting following the show-n-tell, so you can meet the staff, and the booster organization and complete and have notarized necessary paper work for the school year.

A major benefit of band camp – when your freshman or new marching band student arrives for the first day of high school, he or she will already be a part of a well respected group and will have a whole new group of friends (across all grades) to help with the transition into high school. Our band students look out for each other and especially for the new members.

Attendance at all band camp dates/times is expected.  Please make every effort to arrange vacations, doctor’s visits, jobs, family time, etc. at a time other than band camp.  IT is important that we accomplish as much as possible during band camp so we can be on track as we head into the school year.

One of the most important skills needed to be a successful high school student is punctuality. This is particularly important for all band activities. If something should cause you to run late, call your section leader ASAP BEFORE you are supposed to arrive so that the officers, staff, and director know where you are.

Perhaps most important of all is to come to camp with a positive attitude ready to try new things!!! Being a part of a high school marching band is one of the most positive experiences you can have – be prepared to work hard, be productive, and to have a great time getting better!

What to bring to band camp…

  • An awesome attitude
  • A desire for music and performance excellence
  • Instrument/equipment
  • Music
  • Pencil
  • 2-quart water cooler
  • Bag Lunch for the first week.

What to wear for band camp in July/August…

  • Close-toed sneakers
  • Shorts (Remember we live in Florida)
  • T-shirt
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat & sunglass

Important advice...

Be sure to get plenty of sleep to avoid fatigue

Eat breakfast!