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Bulldog Brigade band camp starts July 20 at THS

The Bulldog Brigade is getting ready for band camp.

Thomson High School Director of Bands Jessie Morlan said in an e-mail last week that he's excited about the upcoming school year.

"I am also looking forward to the musical and academic success that we will continue to achieve," he wrote. "We are estimating around 180 participants in the band portion of our music program and should march around 160 or 165 in our regular halftime band. These numbers will be more concrete once we complete band camp."

Band Camp Dates for the 2006 - 2007 school year are:

  • July 20 and 21 - Flag members, Dance Line, Feature Twirler and Percussion - 8 a.m.-noon; 1-4 p.m.

  • July 24 - All rising ninth graders, Flag members, Dance Line, Twirler and Percussion - 8 a.m.-noon; 1-5 p.m.; 6-8:30 p.m. (Ninth graders will be dismissed at 5 p.m., so that they may attend the ninth grade orientation in the THS administration.)

  • July 25 - Band Camp - entire band - 4-8:30 p.m.

  • July 26 - Band Camp - entire band - 4-8:30 p.m (Selected members will play for BOE District wide meeting. Call time is 7 a.m.)

  • July 27 - Band Camp - entire band - 4-6 p.m (Dismissal 6 p.m. so students may attend open house with their parents.)

  • July 28 - Band Camp - entire band - 4-8:30 p.m.

    All percussion will also participate in the Yamaha Sounds of Summer percussion workshop in the THS Band Room on July 24 and 25 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. This clinic is sponsored by Yamaha Music and is in addition to Band Camp. The clinician will be Ben Maughmer, the percussion instructor of the world famous Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corp.

    Band camp info and forms have been sent to all 2006-2007 THS band students. If you have not received a band camp packet through the mail, you may either e-mail Mr. Morlan at or download it from the band website at

    Band students are reminded to bring all forms, filled out with appropriate signatures, along with their band camp fees on the first day of camp.

    Mr. Morlan said the Bulldog Brigade's competition show will feature a jazz theme.

    "This theme is expected to be well received by all of our competition judges and should be very entertaining for the football crowd," he said. "It should also be well received on our Hawaii trip in December."

    Meanwhile, the Bulldog Brigade is getting ready for the return of a familiar face.

    Trent Henderson - a past member of the Brigade and a graduate of the McDuffie County School system - will soon join the Thomson Band staff full time.


    1. Drink plenty of water before you come to camp. We will be outside a good bit.

    2. Eat a good breakfast every day. Almost all of our illnesses are a result of not eating breakfast or lunch.

    3. You may and should bring small water bottles, etc., to keep with you during practice.

    4. Wear cooler colors (light colors) and loose comfortable clothes.

    5. Wear comfortable shoes. We will be on our feet all day. No sandals or flip flops. (This includes upper classman and pit members)

    6. During Band Camp we will have an hour for lunch (noon-1 p.m.) and an hour for dinner (5-6 p.m.). Students are more than welcome to bring a sack lunch or dinner and eat in the band room. Students may also leave campus for lunch and dinner if parental approval is given. Depending on the upcoming Band Booster meeting, we may have some cookouts. We will keep you posted.

    7. Bring a pencil and small pad to record marching coordinates and rehearsal info.

    8. Wear sunscreen and lip balm.

    9. Practice your instrument before you get to camp. If your endurance is weak the whole band will suffer.

    10. Be a safe driver in the school parking lot. Your parking permit will be taken for the semester if you are caught not driving safe.

    Web posted on Thursday, July 13, 2006

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