Band Camp will be held on an off campus facility (date and time TBA). Transportation, rooms and meals will be provided. Report and registration will be at Lucy Stone Hall followed by a meeting for all students and parents. Many details can be found on this page, but please call the office, 732-445-2480 should you have any additional questions.
Uniforms: There is a $30 uniform fee, which is to be paid at registration (this includes 2 T-shirts and a baseball cap). This fee must be paid prior to receiving your uniform. You must have solid black marching shoes. Instrumentalists wear the MTX shoe available from Fred J. Miller. We will submit a bulk shoe order following camp registration.
Instruments: Don't forget your instrument. For those playing a university-owned instrument, there is a $15 fee, which is to be paid at registration. This includes all percussion, tubas, baritones, mellophones, tenor saxes, piccolos, and any other school-owned instruments. If you own your own tenor sax or piccolo, you will not have to rent an instrument.
Checks or Cash? You may pay for band fees with cash or checks.However, cash is preferred. Make checks payable to Rutgers Band. Please write a single check for uniform and/or instrument fees.
Health Form: Everyone must mail in or bring the Health Form you received over the summer to camp registration. This includes new as well as returning members members.
Early Check-In for Dorms: You must send in the form with your campus name and dorm name as soon as possible. Some freshmen will not know your room assignment until August, so call as soon as you know. As soon as band camp ends, you can move into your dorm for the semester.
Wire Music Stands: We will not have any music stands at the camp. You may use your lyre and flip folder for music rehearsals. You may also bring a wire stand to use (this may especially be helpful for the percussion). Make sure you have a lyre for your instrument.
Contact Phone Number: 732-445-2480
Auditions: Part-placement auditions for mellophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion will be held on Sunday morning of Band Camp. You will be asked to play selections from any of the music that you received thus far.
What should you bring for Band Camp?
Instrument, Lyre, Music, wire music stand (optional), Bug Spray, Suntan lotion, Sheets/Pillow/Blanket (for a single bed), toiletries, Clothes (shorts, T-shirts, underwear, socks, running shoes for marching), Recreational items (tennis racquet, softball glove, bathing suit etc.), Money? (not much...meals are covered), Good Attitude!
Rutgers Convocation Freshmen will be involved in convocation. However, the band will be performing for the Rutgers Convocation in the stadium a day or two following our return from camp. This is a mandatory performance for all band members not involved in convocation.
Class Credit: Don't forget to enroll for credit. If you have good attendance and do your best, you will earn an "A." Take advantage of it!
Free Tickets: You will receive free general admission to select home games. You may negotiate with other band members to obtain theirs or trade for another date. The tickets will be distributed the Wednesday prior to the game.
Rehearsal Schedule and Game Day Schedule: Rehearsals are held each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 4:30-6:30 pm at the practice field on Livingston Campus. On game days, we gather about 4 hours before the game and rehearse for an hour and tend to other activities.. An Academy Bus will pick up students in front of the Student Centers at College Ave., Busch, and Cook/Douglas thirty minutes prior to the reporting time. They will also return you to those places following the game. There is no stadium parking; everyone must be on the bus. We march into the stadium about 30 minutes prior to kickoff. After the game, we do a post game show on the field. This is a great Rutgers Band Tradition that your family and friends will love!
How long does the season last? Our marching season begins with band camp and concludes following our return from our bowl game!
Can I play in a Concert Band? Absolutely! Auditions are held for Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band during the first week of each semester. You receive one-hour credit for either class. Wind Ensemble rehearses on Tuesday and Thursday from 4:45-6:30pm. Symphony Band rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:30pm. Symphony Band rehearses in Walters Hall, Room 240, and Wind Ensemble meets in room 104 in Rehearsal Hall. You may elect to play in these ensembles for the Fall or Spring semesters, or play during both semesters. Just prepare a piece of your choice for the audition. You can find audition dates on the Music Department Web Site at the beginning of each semester.
Concert Band During the spring semester all instrumentalists are invited to join the Rutgers Concert Band. Your Conductor for this ensemble will be none other than Professor Smith.
What if I have a problem with a rehearsal, a band member, or study habits? Anytime you have trouble, you should feel free to call on Professor Smith. He is here for you, and he realizes that you put a tremendous amount of energy into the Band. He wants to help in any way he can.
Getting to Lucy Stone hall
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For information, call the band office at 732-445-2480 or email Timothy Smith, Director of Athletic Bands