All South Carroll High School instrumentalists are strongly encouraged to participate in the SCH Cavalier Marching Band. The Marching Band plays a variety of music for varsity football games, competitions, and school-related events. Marching Band is an excellent opportunity for students to increase their performance skills, socialize with other band students and contribute to school spirit.
Participation does require a commitment of time outside of the school day. Interested students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this performance opportunity.
2019 - 2020 SHOW
This year, the Cavalier Marching Band will be celebrating the music of summer with a show entitled 'Endless Summer.' Bring a towel, catch a wave and join us on the beach!
Band Camp is our time to prepare our show so that every member will know their music and their positions on the field. There will be fun, group activities every evening of Band Camp.
Mini Camp took place at South Carroll HS on:
June 25 from 6PM – 6:30PM for all marching band students and parents (mandatory meeting –in SCH Auditorium
June 25 from 6:30PM – 8PM for all students (following meeting – Band room)
June 26 and 27 from 6PM – 8PM for all students (Band room, chorus room, and auxiliary gym)
Full Camp will take place at Mt. Airy MS on:
August 1 and 2 from 9AM – Noon for winds (brass and woodwinds)
August 1 and 2 from 9AM – 3PM for percussion, drum major & color guard
August 5 – 9 from 8AM – 4PM for everyone
We will perform a preview of the marching show for friends and family at Mt. Airy MS on August 9 at approximately 3:30PM.
Beginning the week of August 13th, we will begin our regular fall rehearsal schedule at South Carroll High School. We will rehearse from 6PM – 8PM on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and from 3PM – 4:30PM on home football days.
The first few rehearsals are:
August 13 from 6PM – 8PM for everyone
August 15 from 6PM – 8PM for everyone
August 20 from 6PM – 8PM for everyone
August 22 from 6PM – 8PM for everyone
We will have a few weeks where we will need to cancel rehearsals because of other activities at SCH. These changes will be announced with ample notice so you can make any arrangements, if necessary, to your own schedules.
The Marching Band will perform at all home football games – typically five or six throughout the fall season. Games are usually held on Friday evenings unless they are rescheduled due to inclement weather. You can find the schedule on the CavMusic calendar via the home page of this website or via the Carroll County Athletic League Website.
We will also perform in several community parades and local marching band competitions. The schedule will be announced and posted on the CavMusic Calendar as soon as the dates are available from the community organizers.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Does high school marching band conflict with academics?
A: No - research shows that it ENHANCES academics! Students participating in band score higher on their SATs (Verbal: 20 points. Math: 25 points). The vast majority of SCHS Band Students take Honors and AP Courses. Instrumental music students at SCHS are often ranked near the top of their class, and have a very high rate of admission to very selective colleges/ universities.
Q: Do I have to be in Concert Band / Wind Ensemble or Orchestra / Honors Orchestra to be a member of the Marching Band or vice-versa?
A: Not at all!
Q: Do I have to audition to join the Marching Band?
A: The short answer is NO! If you play a woodwind or brass instrument, Mr. Stevenson may want to hear you play a bit so that you can be placed on the correct part (if you section has split parts, like clarinets or trumpets). If you play a percussion instrument, there is a "placement" audition to determine what instrument you will play. Every percussionist will play something - be it in the field or sideline percussion sections - and the percussion staff works very hard to place students on instruments which will give the overall group the best chance at success. Students interested in joining the color guard must successfully complete several spring clinics to take part and may have a “placement” audition to determine which equipment and routines each student will perform with.
Q: I am interested in taking part in other activities and am worried about conflicts; can I still be in the Marching Band?
A: The Marching Band after-school practice schedule makes it challenging for students participating in a fall sport (cross country, football, etc.) to be a performing member. If you play a fall sport, or are torn between joining the band or a sport team, please email Mr. Stevenson and let’s talk about it.
Q: I don't play a wind or percussion instrument. Can I still join the Marching Band?
A: ABSOLUTELY! Many of our best performers in Marching Band are string players who march because it is such an awesome experience! There are opportunities to participate in the drumline, colorguard and even to learn a wind instrument.
Q: I feel like I can barely play my instrument while sitting down...how in the world am I supposed to do that marching band stuff?
A: By being brave and believing in yourself, you will achieve whatever it is that you set out to do. You’ll be amazed at what kind of person is inside of you!
Q: How will Marching Band work in my regular school schedule?
A: Since the Marching Band practices outside the school day, there really is no conflict with your regular school schedule. Of course, like with being involved in any extracurricular activity you have to stay on top of your classwork and keep your grades high! This shouldn't be a problem though, because you will be hanging out with many of the smartest kids in the school you have instant access to lots of tutors, help, and motivation!
Q: I am planning on taking honors/ AP classes and I’m afraid of the workload along with the Marching Band...what should I do?
A: Many of the students in the band program are enrolled in honors/ advanced placement courses and have been since they began their high school academic careers. While moving on to high school can be a frightening experience due to increased academic pressures, the overwhelming majority of band students develop advanced organizational skills, a strong work ethic, and a drastic increase in academic discipline due to their experiences with our program. Our band members are high achieving students who form a strong support structure both academically and emotionally. Think about it...what other group can you join where you’ve immediately made lots of other friends who have all “been there before” and are willing to share their experiences and lend a helping hand? There is no place you'd rather be! If you ask the students who didn't participate in marching band as freshmen, they would tell you how much they regret that decision now that they are older. They would tell you that as a freshman, you absolutely CAN and SHOULD get involved.
Q: I have a REALLY great question but I can’t seem to find it on this page...what should I do?!?!?
A: The best question of all! Please feel free to email Mr. Stevenson or stop by the band room and ask in person.