Band Camp


This is the space to tell everyone that story of the foot-long cockroach you found in your bed at the University of West Georgia on your first night of band camp. Or maybe it was the rush of¬†adrenaline¬†you felt when the band played that first chord together. What’s your favorite memory from Spirit band camp?

9 Responses to Band Camp
  1. Sue Naff
    August 2, 2011 | 11:19 am

    OH, WOW! Band camp memories?!?!?! WHERE DO I START??? ;-) I have SO MANY! Here are my own “favoritestest”……
    *The moment THE VERY LAST band member for each year was checked in and registered on that first day. Great feeling!
    *Hearing the very first notes that the band played together and listening to George’s AWESOME arrangements come to life!
    *The moment that the last uniform article was issued to the last band/guard member and everything FIT! WHEW!
    *DRESS REHEARSAL! Seeing everyone in FULL UNIFORM and watching you perform for your parents and families…..GOOSEBUMPS!!!!!

    • Noah Echols
      August 2, 2011 | 10:33 pm

      Probably my favorite memory was sitting in that old barn on West GA’s campus sweating buckets when Scott stood up and started whaling! I got major goosebumps at the realization of just how special that band was – so many people from so many different places in one room playing together.

      Also, watching Alicia (I forget her last name) dance to ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ was an emotional experience. Such a beautiful song.

  2. Lisa Quible
    August 5, 2011 | 9:28 am

    One memory? Oh My…We played Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera, and part of the show was 2 circles rotating. Whenever I hear the song, I always hear Mr. Whats-his-name (sorry, I don’t remember his name) shouting “Rotate, Rotate, pretty, pretty rotate” to the melody of the song…brings a smile to my face every time because I usually say it too!

    I’m rather un-tall, and I remember the first time I used the bathroom in our room in Austria, the toilet was so high, my feet wouldn’t touch the floor. (it was also the first time I think I had ever seen a bidet)

    I have so many wonderful and treasured memories…I remember the phone calls between my mom and Sue, I was interviewed by my local paper and had a front page story in one section of the paper…It was truly the journey of a lifetime!

  3. Tanya (Tonnie) Severns
    August 5, 2011 | 3:06 pm

    The first year I went, 1989, I guess I had spoken with Sue one too many times as when I was checking in (hadnt said my name yet) I hear Tonnie is that Tonnie from Sue. She knew me by voice and I was just amazed. Thats why I went back 2 more times.

    • Noah Echols
      August 5, 2011 | 3:23 pm

      Isn’t that amazing. I remember walking up my first year to band camp and her knowing who I was instantly. I am horrible with names, so its super impressive to me. :)

      • Tanya (Tonnie) Severns
        August 7, 2011 | 6:33 pm

        Yeah she is fantastic!

        • Sue Naff
          August 9, 2011 | 11:18 am

          Awwwwww………you guys are making me blush! So sweet! ;-)

  4. Alicia Jones
    August 10, 2011 | 8:23 pm

    - Hearing the first notes played by the whole band after only being able to rehearse to the tape
    - Being greeted by Sue (both times) and knowing it was where I belonged
    - Feeling like I was a part of something so much bigger than myself
    - Late night chats and snacks with friends
    - Flirting, crushes, and beginnings of summer flings
    - Sectionals under a tree in the corner of the field on a hot, sweaty Georgia day
    - Seeing Peter Orca sneaking on to the girls’ floor and running down the hall so he wasn’t caught
    - Truth or Dare around Papa John’s Pizza . . . I had to drink two Garlic Butters. So healthy!! Every time I order Papa John’s I still think about that and chuckle.
    - Seeing how proud my parents were at dress rehearsal (and then watching my parents cart away bags of uniforms after the sweaty dress rehearsal, only to wash half band’s uniforms that evening and return them smelling fresh and folded for their trip to Europe in the morning).
    - Cock-Roach Races!! So gross!! We’d capture the cock-roaches at the beginning of the week in the dorms (they were HUGE), feed them, “train them,” then race them. (I take credit for being the brainchild behind that one).

  5. Ross Comstock
    October 16, 2011 | 10:35 am

    Does nobody else remember the “How NOT To Dress In Europe” Fashion Show!? :)

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