COLLINS HIGH SCHOOL BAND
Dear Band Students and Band Parents,
The new school year is fast approaching and Band Camp is arriving even sooner. I hope you have had a wonderful vacation. Please know that in this uncertain time, I am doing the best I can to keep your children, you, me, and our staff as safe as possible. Please call me if you have any questions or concerns. We are all in this together. In an effort to make the new Band year start as smoothly as possible, please help me with the following:
Band Camp is July 20-24 and July 27-31 from 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-5:00pm
These camps are required for ALL members of the CHS marching band
.NEW: If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or are around someone who is exhibiting symptoms, follow the CCSD policies regarding COVID-19 safety. Band Rule #1.
Students should download and print a copy of this year's Warm-Up, Show Music, Stand Music, and Star-Spangled Banner, and CHS Fight Song. Band Paperwork should also be downloaded, printed, filled out completely and turned in on the first day of camp. All are available on this website on the bottom right hand side.
The expected schedule for both camps is as follows: Monday 7:30am-8:00am – Check-in.
All forms will be filled out, and the first fee payment must be paid by Monday July 20. No checks please.
(All students must have the medical release/travel form signed by a parent/guardian, and a complete personnel sheet to participate in after-school band. Band fees must be paid on time. )
M-F 7:30am-8:00am- Student check in/Parents fill out paperwork
5:00pm-5:30pm- Parents fill out paperwork (2nd chance)/Go Home
This year’s show theme is “Trains, Planes, and Automobiles - Get Here How You Can ”: Songs featured: Love Train, Learn To Fly, Vehicle
Dress Code for Camps: T-shirt, shorts (no long pants), socks, marching shoes (NO OPEN TOE SHOES/NO BAREFOOT), hat (optional), sunscreen. Modesty is a virtue, please dress accordingly. Ladies, please wear a sports bra.
NEW: All students must have and wear facemasks and personal hand sanitizer. Flutes and piccolos also need face shields when playing. These are available from any medical supply store. Let me know if you need help finding face shields.
Everyone will need: a water bottle or camelback (we will not be providing cups this year), pencil, highlighter, lunch money or sack lunch, and a ride home at dismissal time. Instrumentalists also need: Flip folder, extra flip folder pages, lyre, and instrument in good working order. You are responsible for your own reeds, oils, etc.
NEW: Brass players need a small bucket to collect water from the horn. The water must be disposed of by the student after class every day.
NEW: All Brass and Woodwind players MUST have their OWN mouthpiece(s). Mr. Porter will NOT provide mouthpieces and neither will CCSD or CHS/CMS.
NEW: All Percussionists MUST have their own sticks. Marching Snare Sticks are $15 while supplies last and can be purchased from Mr. Porter. Other sticks may be purchased at a music store.
Please be prepared to memorize the following music for camp: Star Spangled Banner, Fight Song, Hey Song,
All students MUST eat breakfast before each day of band camp. The number one reason students pass out at camp is NOT the heat. It is because they came to work on an empty stomach!
These camps are MANDATORY. You will be learning the show and preparing for the first football game. It is unfair to the group to have to back up and start over to “catch up” absent people. If you have a conflict, please let me know immediately. Again, follow CCSD policies regarding COVID-19.
Band Fees are $200.00 and include the Band T-shirt
Cash or money orders only. Covington County School District does NOT take checks. Money can be turned in to the Band Director.
If you need help paying fees on time, please let me know privately.
All fees are non-refundable. Fees are used to help fund the entire Collins Band program including your student(s).
Let me know if you have any questions regarding Band Fees.
We will have a check-in at 7:30am the first morning of each camp. A parent/guardian must be present to sign all forms and releases.
- Band fees are especially important this year. Fundraising will be an important activity this year. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and help.
- We will not be going to DCI as a group this year. Please go to https://www.dci.org/events/dci-southern-mississippi for more information.
As Band is an athletic endeavor requiring endurance and breath control. Students may be asked to run laps, or do calisthenics. Often this will be used to correct unwanted behavior. Please inform me of any medical issues in advance.
Students need to provide their own bibbers (band pants) and marching shoes. More on this later.
Marching shoes should be left in the band hall at all times so we may practice marching everyday properly.
Marching Band will be primarily an after-school activity this year. After school rehearsals will be critical and must not be missed as this will be the only time we can all practice together or work as sections.
The tentative After School schedule this fall is:
Monday- Full Band until 5:00pm (may be extended to 6:00 if needed. Students will be notified in advance.)
Tuesday – TBA until 5:00pm. (may be used as a “dead” day.)
Wednesday- TBA until 5:00pm (this may be used for percussion, brass, woodwind, etc. sectionals as needed.)
Thursday- Full Band until 5:00pm. (may be extended to 6:00 if needed. Students will be notified in advance.)
Friday- Football Game. A schedule will be sent home at the beginning of the week.
*Arrive at least one hour before game time for home games. Instructions will be given for away games.
**ALL STUDENTS will march back to the Collins Band Hall after EVERY game to receive instructions and to be dismissed. This will include cleaning the band hall and the bus (if applicable). If we all work together, this will finish very quickly.
***After-school sign in and sign out sheets will need to be signed by a parent of every non-driving band student. This is an issue of safety and liability. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.
****All band members must ride the bus to and from the first away game to determine what is needed. Parents may check out students after subsequent away games only if the student has arranged for another band member to take care of their responsibilities; AND a note from the parent is in Mr. Porter’s hand by the Thursday before the game.
This information is tentative and subject to change. Please be flexible.
Matt Porter- Collins Band Director 601-818-1206 cell phone
- Rule #1- You are not allowed to hurt yourself nor anyone else. This extends to equipment and facilities also.
- No Gum, Food, or Sugary Substances.
- Be On Time! (Arrive and Depart on time. We all have things to do.)
- NO DRAMA! NO EXCEPTIONS!
- New Rules May Be Added As Needed.
- Not Everything Goes According to Plan. Plans Change. Be Flexible.
- Do not say or do anything that will get you, me, or someone else in trouble.