Tips for New Marching Marauders
Hard Work & Determination = Success. You don't arrive to Band Camp perfect, you leave that way. --- Scott
Always be early, always be ready to go, and always maintain a positive attitude! AND Don't Forget Sunscreen!! Bring extra everything to Band Camp. Also lay everything out in advance because you will have very limited time to get ready. Finally, showers - plan ahead, the water will be cold and you will have approximately 3 minutes to shower. --- Sara
Work to excel; bring the band up with you, not down. Participate in everything, go socialize, and go out of your comfort zone. --- anonymous
There is no such thing as hazing and as long as you are respectable to others, they will respect you. Be cooperative! --- Kyle
Band isn't for everyone. If you really enjoy it, more power to you, if you don't it's always fun to watch. Don't come if you don't want to be there. For Band Camp: SOCKS. Lots and lots of socks and layers. It has rained, snowed, sleeted, tornadoed, and been sunny enough to die. Be Prepared!! --- Anna
Just say ok, do what you're told, and always show Your Marauder Pride. At Band Camp, don't be scared. People will love you no matter what. Don't be anyone but yourself. --- Sohini
Be yourself, don't try to be something you are not. At Band Camp, drink all the Kool-Aid you can, have fun & don't stress about things. --- anonymous
Always be apart of something, these people are your family, love and treat them right. At Band Camp: talk, go to the dock, play games & LEARN! Focus! Please don't listen to the hate. Be there for band, not drama. Love Band! --- Hana
Drink plentiful amounts of water and prepare to work hard. Use common sense. --- anonymous
What Did You Like Least about Band Camp?
The sun!! Really bad sunburn!
The food could definitely be better.
No Food in the rooms. That hurt. You always need food.
I did not like the lack of chocolate milk during some meals.
The food and the crowded cabins are the two biggest problems at band camp. Girls, prepare to have very little space to call your own.
Waking up early.
People being stupid and making us run.
What Did You Like Best About Being a Marching Marauder?
What isn't there to like about Marching Band? As a Marching Marauder, you are surrounded by a large group of people that you can consider your family. Before your first day of high school, you will have many friends to support you. I also enjoyed performing; it always brought a smile to my face. --- Sara
Being able to have fun with friends while (hopefully) being great on the field. --- Colin
I loved that there was a group of classmates that I would eventually call my best friends. --- Scott
Going to competitions and performing. --- anonymous
The family element and the traditions. --- Kyle
I loved being able to represent by school. School pride is everything & I am honored to be a part of such a program. --- Sohini
The best thing about being a Marching Marauder is being a part of the giant family. --- Hana
The 2014 Detroit Thanksgiving Parade. It was the greatest band experience I've had in my four years. We were able to show off our awesome group. --- Anna
Marching Marauder Comments & Advice For New Students
From The Class of 2015 Graduates
We Are The Music Makers, And We Are The Dreamers of Dreams
What Was Your Favorite Activity at Band Camp?
Afternoon breaks with my friends. We would sit on a pink blanket and just get to know each other. --- Sohini
Getting to know the freshman and breaking them out of their shell. --- Hana
Break time with the Pit. --- anonymous
After hour shenanigans after evening practice. --- Colin
Practicing drill or night time activities. They are a wonderful opportunity to bond with the other band members. --- Sara
Traditions done after practice. --- Scott
First day games and the bonfire. First day games break the ice and the bonfire is really enjoyable. Listening and learning from others is pretty cool. --- Anna
Freshman initiation. --- Kyle
Evening Activities. --- anonymous
What Did You Like Least About Being a Marching Marauder?
The fact that not everyone takes the band as seriously as I did. It was very important to me.
The only thing I don't like is the Drama.
I loved every minute. I honestly had no regrets my entire marching band career. Best decision I ever made.
The uniforms by the end of the year are smelly & nasty.
I can't say there is a downside.... --- Kyle
Sweating profusely in the uniforms was unpleasant.
The drama at band camp which is a result of lack of sleep.