July 25 email from Mr. Fessler

We are looking forward to the start of the 2018-2019 UAMB Season!

Upcoming events:

Thursday, July 26

8-10am – Leaders and Freshman ONLY

10am-12pm – Full Band

12-1pm – Brass Sectionals

  • If you have not turned in your medical form or self-administer form (if applicable), please bring them on Thursday.
  • Music will be distributed Thursday by Leaders. Row assignments are in progress and will be finalized as soon as possible – these assignments are subject to change slightly.

Friday, July 27

8-10am – Leaders and Freshman ONLY

10am-12pm – Full Band

12-1pm – Woodwind Sectionals

(We will be deciding band camp rooming on Friday)

Saturday, July 28

10am-11am – Pictures – more info to come at upcoming rehearsals

Monday, July 30

9-9:30am – Check-in

9:30am – Loading begins

10:00am – Departure

Band Camp

Band camp is hard, intense, and fun.

The goals of the first rehearsals of camp include learning the fundamentals of marching. During the second week of band camp, we will use the fundamentals taught to learn the pregame, maneuvers, and halftime show(s). During band camp, the unit becomes a team. We work together and get to know each other.

Camp Swoneky

Camp Swoneky is located near King’s Island at 605 Middleboro Road, Oregonia, Ohio 45054. The camp telephone number is 513-932-1794. The telephone should only be used in vital emergencies. The camp is not equipped with staff who are able to take messages or retrieve students. Please only use this telephone number in emergencies.

Camp Swoneky is a summer camp run by the Salvation Army. Swoneky stands for South West Ohio and North East Kentucky. The Salvation Army runs week long camps at Swoneky throughout most of the summer. The marching band has arranged to use the camp during the first free week after the Salvation Army programs. It is a beautiful camp and very appropriate for a marching band camp.


Much of what makes the band a cohesive unit comes outside of practice. The Seniors and Juniors organize activities including pool parties, dances, skit night, game night, senior dinner, etc., that are welcoming to new members and just plain fun.


Students sign up for cabins at the first rehearsals before we go to camp. Each cabin has two rooms that sleep 10 students each and one room that sleeps 8 students. Usually, students sign up for cabins with their friends and/or students from their class.


Busses are provided to transport the band to Camp Swoneky. Parents are responsible for picking up their student. Luggage will be loaded on school busses before departure. Instruments are loaded on the band trailer. Space is limited for luggage and at camp. Please limit your luggage to one large suitcase.

Directions to Camp Swoneky

Take I-71 south to exit 36 (Wilmington Road). Exit east on to Wilmington Road and take an immediate right onto Middleboro Road. The camp is on Middleboro Road about 1 mile on the right. Look for the signs at the exit of I – 71. Driving time from Columbus is about a 1-1/4 hours.


We prefer students to self medicate at band camp. If you feel your student is unable to self medicate, please contact the director to make alternative arrangements. There will be a nurse at camp.

Parents’ Day & Camp; Coming Home

Parents and visitors are invited to camp on the final day for a special preview performance of the band at 11:00 AM Saturday Morning. The booster group also signs up volunteers at this time, so bring your calendars. After the performance, students will help load equipment and instruments on the trailer. All other luggage must return with the student and parents.

A typical day at Camp Swoneky will follow this schedule:

7:00 Wake Up

8:00 Breakfast

9:00-11:30 Full Marching Practice

12:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Sectionals

2:00-4:00 Music Rehearsal

4:00-6:00 Memorization time

6:00 Dinner

7:00-9:00 Full Marching Practice

9:00-11:00 Organized Activities

11:30 Lights Out

What to Bring to Band Camp

-Bedding – a sleeping bag or sheets and a pillow. All beds are single beds



-Multiple functional pencils

-Folding Music Stand (for practice in the cabins)

-Clothes for 6 days of hot rehearsal.

-Good athletic shoes with socks are necessary. Sandals are not for marching (this includes Chacos)

-Band t-shirts will be distributed at camp to be worn at the performance on Saturday.

-Jacket or sweat shirt for cool nights

-Swim suit

-Pen, pencil, small note pad


-Rain wear

-Bug spray or repellent

-Sun screen


-Toiletries (soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.)

-Snacks if you like

-Money for pop if desired

-Each cabin may want to get together to arrange to bring a small fan or a small portable stereo

-Cell phones are permitted during appropriate times

-Water Bottle

What Not to Bring to Band Camp

Bad Attitude



Game Systems

Air Conditioners

Hot Tubs


Jewelry or anything else of value


Energy drinks

If you have any questions – please email me at tfessler@uaschools.org.