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The Blue Brigade Band Camp Survival Guide

SurvivedBandCampHigh school marching band camp is probably one of the hardest and most physically demanding things you will have done so far in this life. You’re looking at five long hard days, but don’t let that worry you. Most of us who have survived band camp look back and find that it was some of the best days of our lives. You will meet a lot of good friends in band, some who you will remain good friends for many years to come. Band is what you make it. Work hard and the rewards will come. Yes, it’s hard, but nothing worth while is easy. Enjoy the time you have in the band and just have fun. Here’s some tips that should help you make it through it all.

  1. Dress comfortably and appropriately. Low Country Augusts are hot, wear shorts and a light-colored t-shirt or tank top, hat, sun glasses and comfortable tennis type shoes for marching. NOT sandals or flip flops.
  2. Be on time. Remember, rehearsal starts at 8:00am. Being on time (or early) shows that you are commited to the band. Words to live by… In band: to be early is on time, on time is late, and late is unthinkable!
  3. Take the time to practice and exercise before band camp. Camp can be exhausting. Practice your instrument and get active this summer, walk, run or just move. Don’t be a couch potato all summer.
  4. Come to practive with a positive attitude. Complaining or bellyaching is extremely annoying and typically brings others down with you.
  5. Get to know other band members. Make friends. You already have a lot in common, duh, marching and music. Get to know those in your section, whoever is sitting or standing next to you in formation, and anybody else that seems interesting.
  6. VERY IMPORTANT! Take care of your body and it will take care of you. Do some stretch exercises. Marching band can be demanding especially during the summer. You will be spending plenty of time in the sun. A hat, sun shades and sun screen are your friend. Drink plenty of water, WATER! Soda and juice will dehydrate you. Avoid drinking milk or eating dairy products. (Think about what happens to milk in the heat! ‘Nuff said?) Get an insulated jug for water, maybe a water backpack, so you can drink water as often as you need without interrupting rehearsal. Eat healthy! A quick bowl of Cap’n Crunch before heading out to practice is not a healthy breakfast. Remember the milk thing? Camp is very physical, the healthier you eat, the better you’ll feel and perform.
  7. Get rest. Get a good night’s sleep. Practicing your thumb dexterity on the ole X-Box controller until 2:00am is not the best of ideas. Camp can be strenuous, and it’s easier if you’re well rested.

To all freshmen and any new members, welcome to the Blue Brigade.

The 2017 BHS Color Guard Promo

Blue Brigade Productions proudly introduces the 2017 BHS Color Guard promotional / recruitment video.

Tryouts will be held at the Berkeley High School band room on May 1st, 2nd and 3rd from 4:30pm to 6:30pm

SCBDA – Solo & Ensemble – Charleston




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April 28 Swati Dadheech Linder
April 29

SCBDA AAA/A Lower State Championships

The AAA/A Lower State Championships will be held this Saturday, October 21st at Hartsville. Here’s the agenda:

  • 7:45am – Change into bibbers and shoes
  • 8:00am – Load buses
  • 10:30am – Arrive at Hartsville, unload trucks, eat a snack and change into full uniform
  • 12:00pm – Warm-up
  • 1:15pm – Performance
  • 2:00pm – Change out of uniforms and load trucks
  • 4:00pm – Awards
  • 4:30pm – Depart Hartsville
  • 6:30pm – Arrive at BHS and unload trucks
  • 7:15pm – Dismissal.

The event will take place at W. Hartsville Elementary at 214 Clide Road. We look forward to seeing everyone there to help support the Blue Brigade.

Florida IRG

It’s time for the fruit sale again. This fundraiser has always had great success with our band program. A little information from Florida Indian River Groves:

Welcome to Florida Indian River Groves, one of the leadera in fruit sale fundraising. Every year, thousands of high school bands, FFAs, churches, and civic organizations raise millions of dollars using the Grove Fresh Fruit available exclusively at Florida Indian River Groves.

At Florida Indian River Groves, our goal is to develop a long-term relationship with each of our clients and to handle every aspect of their sale with utmost care. Our personal attention to a client’s sale is our greatest asset, and you can be assured we’ll do whatever it takes to make your annual fruit sale fundraiser a tremendous success!

The fundraiser begins October 28th and ends November 8th. The fruit will be delivered to the Berkeley High School band room mid December. For those who would like to order online, you have the choice to pick up your fruit at the band room or have it delivered to your home at an extra shipping fee.

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2016 Marching Production


This year the 2016 Blue Brigade marching band will portray the sounds of space, traveling far and beyond the knowledge of our galaxy . Displaying images of nebula and the color scape of space.  Come join us this season to see our 120 musicians display an impressive visual display of space and NEBULA!!!

The Blue Brigade has a new member!

NewDragonPlease welcome the newest member of the Berkeley Blue Brigade, an eleven foot high, eight humped mobile dragon that will serve as the mascot for our 2015 competition show. Shown in the image to the left is only the head and tail of this monster. The entire dragon will span across the field between the two 30 yard lines.

This enormous beast was born in Haltom City, Texas to the proud members of the Haltom High School marching band and weighs in at a colossal twenty five hundred pounds. It has spent it’s life up to this point frolicking about the fields in many competitions and football games in Texas. However, this gigantic dragon has now found a new home with the Blue Brigade where it is waiting patiently to fill the fields in many competitions here in the low country.

We would like to thank three of the Haltom High School “dragon slayers” for personally transporting the dragon all the way from the Lone Star State.  It arrived Saturday morning, May 16th where they helped unload and store the many sections that this dragon is comprised of, but not before training our director, Thomas Richardson, color guard director, John Sanborn and two new “dragon slayer” apprentices, Larry Holland and Tim Fultz on how to assemble this scaly critter. It took more than twelve of the Haltom boosters and almost two hours to assemble this monster before each event so we desperately need volunteers.

The 2015 Blue Brigade Promo

We’d like to introduce the 2015 Blue Brigade promotional / recruitment video.