An hour before band camp began at La Cañada High School, a throng of freshmen and some returning band members tried on uniforms and stood on makeshift platforms to be fitted. As start time approached and more students filed into the band room, the explosive beats of a snare drum punctuated the excitement of friends reconnecting after the summer.
The school’s 10-day intensive band workshop took place from 1 to 8 p.m. every day this week and will continue at Cal Poly Pomona through the weekend and until Wednesday. It is a LCHS tradition that transpires two weeks before school reconvenes to bring incoming freshman into step with marching, and to promote bonding and friendship.
One of the goals for Music Director Jason Stone is to nail down the movement and music of the show’s opener in preparation for the band’s first performance at a Tommy’s Burgers cook-out for parents next Wednesday. The full field show will be ready for performance for football season in October.