2017-18 Camp & Training Schedules

CT Johnson High School Bands

August 2017 Band Camp Summer Training Schedule

What is “August Band Camp / Summer Training”?

August Band Camp / Summer Training is an extended period of rehearsal held during the late summer months to prepare the Johnson Band for the upcoming competitive marching and football seasons. We will spend time rehearsing marching and music fundamentals, as well as learning the material for our fall Field Show and football shows. We also do a variety of team building exercises during the camp, and will go to Schlitterbahn again this year.

Beyond rehearsals, the camp and summer training serve as an opportunity for the students to come together to get to know the other members of the Johnson Band Family. Bonding opportunities take place throughout the week, as sections will spend time eating together, gathering at each others’ houses for social events, and ultimately perform together for the first time as members of a World Class Program. Camp and summer training are always an enjoyable time and are key ingredients for the success of the program.

Who attends August camp?

All members of the CTJ Marching Band attend August camp including woodwind, brass, percussion, and colorguard.

Why are summer rehearsals so long?

Our camp/summer training schedule is comparable to those programs competing at the highest level of UIL and Bands of America, and is designed to allow us to learn the fundamentals necessary to perform at a World Class level. We learn a great deal of our fall field show during summer training. Once school starts, we are limited to eight hours of rehearsal a week outside the school day. In a normal summer training day, we will rehearse as much in one day as we do an entire week when school starts. Many programs outside of Texas that we will compete against rehearse anywhere from 14-16 hours a week outside of school, compared to our eight. It is critical for us to learn as much as possible during summer training, as we are limited when school starts.

When does camp begin?

Monday, July 31, 8 a.m.

August Summer Training Events 2017
Varsity Band Members attend ALL rehearsals.
Fall Athletes/Pep Band members attend ONLY afternoon rehearsals during WEEK THREE & FOUR

WEEK #1 - 7/31, 8/1, 8/2, 8/3, 8/4
8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Rehearsal Block #1
12 p.m. - 1 p.m., Lunch Break
1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Rehearsal Block #2

WEEK #2 - 8/7, 8/8, 8/9. 8/10, 8/11
9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Rehearsal Block #1
1 p.m. - 4 p.m., Rehearsal Block #2
6 p.m. - 9 p.m., Rehearsal Block #3

**Lunch from 12:00 - 1:00pm
**Dinner break from 4:00 - 6:00pm

WEEK #3 - 8/14, 8/15, 8/16, 8/17, 8/18
9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Rehearsal Block #1
1 p.m. - 4 p.m., Rehearsal Block #2
6 p.m. - 9 p.m., Rehearsal Block #3

**Lunch from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
**Dinner break from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
**Note: Tuesday, Aug. 15 at Heroes Stadium from 5:30-8:30 p.m. (transportation not provided for Heroes rehearsals; please arrange or carpool)

WEEK #4 - 8/21, 8/22, 8/23, 8/24, 8/25
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Rehearsal Block #1
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Rehearsal Block #2
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Rehearsal Block #3

**Dinner break from 4-6 p.m. (Mon-Weds this week, then Meet the Jags Thursday, Meet the Band Friday)

MEET THE JAGS PEP RALLY: Thursday, August 24, 6:30 p.m.
2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR STARTS: Monday, August 28

Please bring all items each day for rehearsal

1. DOT BOOK - Band members need a “dot book” to keep track of their coordinates by Monday July 31 at camp. Please see the attachment for specifications on this, and what it is if you are new.

2. HAT - all band members must have a hat for all rehearsals outdoors, no exceptions. The hat should fully cover the head. Visors with a bandana are OK.

3. WATER JUG - at least a 1/2 gallon (prefer 1 gallon) water jug. Fill with water and ice each day prior to rehearsal. All band members must have a water jug to rehearse. We will take frequent water breaks. Nalgenes, small squirt bottles are not enough.

4. ATHLETIC CLOTHING - shorts, appropriate tops - no jeans or long pants for camp. Band members will overheat.

5. TENNIS SHOES - please wear appropriate tennis shoes. No boots, sandals, etc.

6. SUN BLOCK - please make sure your band member brings and applies sunblock every day. We will provide band members with 1 or 2 complimentary cans of bullfrog sunscreen, or a similar type, on Monday, July 31, to help them get through camp.


Blue 1-inch binder with sheet protectors to hold all sheet music. Pencils and highlighters to mark up music.

8. FLIP BOOK & LYRE - to hold stand tunes in the stands. Available at Hillje Music, High School Music, Music & Arts center, ETC … they will use this all 4 years in band to hold smaller versions of stand tunes we play at football games.

9. WHITE T-SHIRT - We will have some rehearsals we require a plain white t-shirt to be worn in addition to the CTJ White/Black practice shirt. We will mark in the weekly sheet if we will wear these shirts each week.

10. BLACK DANCE PANTS - We will have some rehearsals in our black dance/jazz pants and will mark these on the weekly sheet. These pants are available at Dorothy’s Dance Shop on Loop 1604 or Discount Dance Online/Amazon online.

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