Check-in Procedures: (DO NOT go to the dorms first)
All members should report to the 1st Floor of the Old Fine Arts Building for general band check-in. Here you will verify contact info, get your 2018 shirt, pick up your order white shoes, and a few other things. We will then .....send you to the dorms!
Check in Times and Dates:
9:30am Saturday 4th
Percussion, Guard, Officers, DM's, Head Barcs, and Uniform Team
Monday 6th (Leaders check with Gabby for schedule Monday the 6th)
Section Leaders and BARCS
8:30 AM — Woodwind Rookies Check In
9:00 AM — Brass Rookies Check In
9:10 AM — Woodwind Vets Check In
9:20 AM — Brass Vets Check In
For those coming on the 4th that live in Elizabeth, White and Hester, they will be able to move into their permanent space. The rest will move into Elizabeth. This will be between 10 am and 12 noon on Saturday, August 4th. We will also allow the students who cannot move into their permanent space to put items in their permanent assignment. Please remind these students that they will pick up a key from the desk, move their items in, and then return the key to the front desk.
On the 6th, from 7pm til 9pm, we will move students who are in temporary spaces in Elizabeth to their permanent space. The students you have coming to campus on the 6th will also be allowed to move into their permanent space that night.
On the 8th, the remainder of your members can move in starting at 9:00 am.
What to Bring:
It’s up you, but it would be wise to bring all your stuff for the semester when you come to camp. You will be moving in earlier than other regular students. Some members in the past have chosen to have their parents bring everything on Sunday, August 12th since we don’t practice until 1 PM. That’s also when many other students arrive – it can become a traffic jam.
Guard, Percussion, and Leaders living in temporary housing from August 4th-6th Bring everything with you. You will be able to store your belongings in your actual room for the fall, while living in temporary housing for 3 days. However, you should aim to pack a separate small suitcase (include bedding) to live out of for 3 days so you don’t have to take all your belongings into temporary housing. Trust us – it’s a lot easier.
The Price Doyle Fine Arts Building is on the corner of 15th and Olive Street. Olive is the red light on 12th Street (US HWY 641) right before McDonalds. Old Fine Arts is right next to the eight-story building, straight across from the library. Check-in begins in the 1st floor lobby.
Off Campus Housing:
If you are a commuter or live off campus and need housing assistance for camp, please email Gabby Rapp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We don't process any special requests for early or late move-in. Housing is in training August 4-7 (Makes special move-in impossible).
FYI--It costs us $30 per day to have you on campus.
We are still accepting Guard and Percussion auditions
We are a little "mello" Light--Recruit
We also are looking for a bass guitar player and new person to run the sound board (Mix our sound).
If you haven't yet:
#1 Contact your section leader to verify you’re in our database (“2018 LeaderInfo” on Racerband.com)
#2 Join our facebook Group
We still don't have the final details from housing for Percussion and Guard move-ins. Bottom line......BRING ALL YOUR STUFF--it will go in your actual dorm for sure. More details hopefully Monday. (WW and Brass this doesn't concern you--all dorms are open when you arrive)
Instrumentation: To make the strongest Racer Band possible, all members should perform where they are most proficient (what you did in high school marching band). Racer Band is not the place to try something new! Instrument transfers will be handled on an as-needed basis (email for more information). If we have already talked, plan on what we discussed. QUESTIONS? – email Mr. Fannin.
Music Majors – you must perform on your major instrument. Exceptions require a request to Mr. Fannin and approval by Dr. Unrau (Department Chair), Dr. Blanco (Director of Bands), Mr. Erickson (Unit Chair), and your private teacher. Email Mr. Fannin if you would like to be considered to perform in another area/instrument.
Member Criteria: 98% of all successful high school band members will be able to meet the following Racer Band membership criteria:
Percussion Part Assignments: Please go to RacerBand.com for information regarding the video audition required for all new members prior to attending camp(and vets wanting to switch instruments). If you haven’t already, please submit your videos as soon as possible. You will receive an email by letting you know what instrument(s) you might play in the 2018 Racer Band. At camp, we will continue to evaluate all percussion members. We will continue switching people around over the first weekend until we feel like we have the line set. Bring sticks/mallets for your instrument (we will provide bass drum mallets & keyboard mallets). Our goal is to find a spot for everyone, but there are limited numbers of spots in each section based on equipment and talent level. Email questions to the percussion section leaders found on the website.
Color Guard: Color Guard: Members interested in Color Guard should submit an online application as soon as possible (See racerband.com for details) All guard members must submit an audition prior to camp. Uniforms and shoes for guard will be fitted and ordered at camp. Uniforms are free (covered by the budget) but expect shoes to cost around $25 – bring money to check-in.
Mellophones/Baritone/Sousaphones: We will provide as many baritones, mellophones, and sousaphones as we can. Our goal is to find a spot for everyone on his or her instrument of choice, but there are limited numbers of spots in each section based on equipment and talent level. If we run short on instruments you may be asked to play something else. We have 27 mellophones, 19 baritones, and 20 sousaphones. **Bring your own mouth- piece**
Trombone Players — MSU does not furnish trombones. You must provide your own instrument. If you have a nice instrument that you don’t want to march with, you might try a pawn shop to get an older trombone to march with. We want all trombone players to play trombone—it’s louder.
Wind Part Assignments: Trumpet, trombone, mellophone, and clarinet players will be assigned parts. This will be very informal! Don't stress! The music for the auditions will be decided on by the section leaders at a time TBA (you will be contacted and informed) Please try to memorize as much music as possible prior to camp! MP3’s and PDF’s of most music will be on Racerband.com shortly. Download the music and play along! Contact your sec- tion leaders to ask what part. (As a general rule, pick a lower part.)
Food is provided for you at Winslow for FREE during camp! If you are living off-campus you may still make use of the free meal plan during band camp (you don’t have to have a meal plan for this.) This is a great deal – take advantage. Check the schedule to see when you can and cannot eat at Winslow – some breakfasts & lunches are on your own(not many 1 or 2). If you have food allergies/requirements (gluten, vegan, lactose, etc.) please make sure that you indicate this on the Racer Band Registration Google Form. We will make sure you have something to eat.
You need to do 3 things NOW (if you haven’t already):
1) Register online at Racerband.com – click “Join Racer Band”
2) Call your section leader to verify you’re in our database
(“2018 Leader Info” on Racerband.com)
3) Sign up on myGate-– MUS 152 for underclassmen and MUS 352 for upperclassmen— If you do not have Internet access, call 1-901-569- 3051 to leave your information with Gabby Rapp, RB President.
If you have a class conflict:
1) Make sure you won’t be missing more than 1 hour of Racer Band per week due to class conflicts
2) Sign up for MUS 152/352 Section 2
(Same RB class! – Times are TBA to avoid myGate problems)
3) Fill out form at: https://goo.gl/Dwi5i4
**Remember: Check racerband.com regularly for any updates--
Please check Racerband.com the day before you leave for last-minute instructions.**
There is a football game a few days before Halloween. For the game, Racer Band will put on a themed musical performance and members are asked to wear Halloween costumes! Start Planning your costume today. It's a cool tradition. More details to follow at camp.
Click here to order a 2018 Racer Band Shirt
Racer band members get their shirt free--this link is for parent and fans to order a RB shirt
Shirt pick up is available
Racer Band Camp Registration
August 12 Racer band Concert 5-6:30pm
Sept 22 Festival of Champions
Sept 29 Family Weekend
We won’t have time to ship any at this time (Crazy 8 weeks)
Bug me in October and I work on a shipment option (if you need a shipping option)
Someone asked a great question today...... "To my understanding, color guard and percussion will come to camp starting August 4th along with moving in on the same day. Will we stay there until school school starts on the 14th?"... Once you arrive at camp...you will be busy until school starts.
Here ya go
See earlier posts for check in schedule
Sunday 5th-Tuesday 7th (Guard and Percussion only )
Rehearse all day inside
There is free time each day
Wednesday 8th WW and Brass
See earlier posts for check in schedule
Thursday 8th--Saturday 11th
There is free time each day
1-3 practice--get ready for concert
This is subject to change
Check in for guard, percussion, and leaders on the 4th will be at 9:30 AM and check in for woodwind and brass on the 8th will begin at 8:30 AM (check the website for your section’s specific check in time) on the 1st floor of the Fine Arts building. Here you will receive your 2018 RB shirt, order white shoes, and receive your meal card for camp.
More Housing information will follow. Bottom line bring your stuff for the semester when you come to camp.
The MSU Housing Office will notify all on-campus students of their permanent housing assignments on MyGate during the third week of July(if they haven't already).
Guard/Percussion/Leaders – After check-in on Saturday the 4th, you will move into temporary housing until the evening of Tuesday the 7th. If you live anywhere on-campus, you should be able to store belongings in your permanent room. Members living in some dorms (TBA soon – check racerband.com often) will be able to completely move into their permanent rooms when they come to campus on the 4th - no temporary housing necessary (we will keep you posted).
Off-campus members should contact their appropriate housing offices to make sure they can move-in. If you are a COMMUTER AND a member of the GUARD, PERCUSSION, or LEADER groups, AND need housing for camp, please email Gabby Rapp at email@example.com. MSU temporary housing Aug 4th-7th may not be available for those living OFF campus in the fall!
Brass/Woodwinds – All on-campus brass and woodwind players move into their permanent housing assignments on the morning of Wednesday the 8th. Check the schedule for check-in times. Off-campus residents should contact their appropriate housing offices to make sure they can move-in. If you are a COMMUTER and a member of the BRASS or WOODWIND section, AND need housing for camp, please email Gabby Rapp, at firstname.lastname@example.org
**Special requests for early or late move-in are nearly impossible because of RA Training**
**Final Information regarding camp housing will posted on racerband.com and Facebook Group!!** **NO REHEARSAL TIME WILL BE MISSED TO MOVE IN/OUT**
What to Bring
It’s up you, but it would be wise to bring all your stuff for the semester. You will be moving in earlier than other regular students. Some members in the past have chosen to have their parents bring everything on Sunday, August 12th since we don’t practice until 1 PM. That’s also when many other students arrive – it can become a traffic jam.
Guard, Percussion, and Leaders living in temporary housing from August 4th-7th may also bring everything. You will be able to store your belongings in your actual room for the fall, while living in temporary housing for 3 days. However, you should aim to pack a separate small suitcase (include bedding) to live out of for 3 days so you don’t have to take all your belongings into temporary housing. Trust us – it’s a lot easier.
Saturday, August 4th— Guard, Percussion, and Leadership Move-In (subject to change)
9:30-10:00 AM….Racer Band Check-In……...1st Floor Fine Arts
10am-Noon……..Housing Check-In………….(Check the Web)
Noon……………..Lunch……………………...On Your Own
1:30-2:00 PM…...Staff/Leadership Meeting….Band Room– FA 3rd
2:00-2:30 PM…….Meeting with EVERYBODY…...Band Room
2:30-5:00 PM…….Percussion & Pit Auditions…… Fine Arts
2:30-5:00 PM…….Guard Rehearsal………………….Johnson Theatre
2:30-3:30 PM…….Leadership Meeting………… Band Room
5:00 PM…………..Dinner………………...………. Winslow
6:00-10:00 PM....Guard and Percussion Meeting…Johnson Theater/FA
7:00-8:30 PM……...Leadership Meeting……..Band Room
Wednesday, August 8th— Woodwind and Brass Move-In
***All wind members must check in so we can start
drill writing at 10:30 am***
Member Check-In (Old Fine Arts Building, 1st Floor)
8:30 AM — Woodwind Rookies Check In
9:00 AM — Brass Rookies Check In
9:20 AM — Woodwind Vets Check In
9:40 AM — Brass Vets Check In
**Lunch is on your own— everyone should have time at some point** Housing/Uniforms (Housing Assignment/Roy Stuart Stadium)
10:30am Uniforms – Woodwind Vets
11:00am Uniforms – Brass Vets
11:30am Uniforms – Woodwind Rookies
12:15pm Uniforms – Mello/Baritone/Tuba Rookies
12:30pm Uniforms – Trumpet/ Trombone Rookies
1:00pm – Uniform Room Closes
1:30-3:00 PM — Brass horn check-out (Fine Arts—Mr. Thile’s Office)
**Part Assignments TBA @ check-in**
1:30-3:00 PM — Guard/Percussion Rehearsal Lovett/Johnson Theater
3:00-5:00 PM — Rookie Training @ Lovett Auditorium
5:00 PM — Dinner @ Winslow
6:15 PM — Wind Rehearsal @ Lovett Auditorium
6:15 PM — Percussion Rehearsal @ Fine Arts Complex
7:00 PM — Full Band Practice @ Lovett Auditorium
7:30 PM — Full Band Meeting @ Lovett Auditorium
7:45 PM — Full Band Introductions @ Lovett Auditorium
9:00 PM — Move to Stadium
9:20-10:45 PM — Full Band Rehearsal @ Stadium — Learn 2001
**The rest of the schedule will be posted online at www.racerband.com soon**
August 4th: Percussion, Guard, and Leaders Report to Camp
August 8th: Woodwinds and Brass Report to Camp
August 14th: MSU Classes Begin
September 29th Family Weekend —All day event
October 27th Homecoming— All day event
August 12th: End of Camp Concert
September 15th: Tour– Location TBA
September 22nd: Festival of Champions
October 20th: Tour– Location TBA
Some Drum Corps-ish Stuff
Some Older Classics