BY MOLLIE S. WATERS
The Greenville Standard
Although school does not start back until August, the Greenville High School Band is getting ready for some important events and activities, including a uniform fitting day and band camp.
The GHS Tiger “Pride” Marching Band will have new uniforms for its instrumentalists, majorettes and dance team members. New color guard uniforms were purchased in 2015.
Because the students will have to be fitted for the first time for these new uniforms, a special uniform fitting day is scheduled for July 21 at the GHS band room for all band students.
According to GHS Band Director Brett Johnson, the schedule will have seventh grade students being fitted at 7 a.m., seniors at 8 a.m., juniors at 9 a.m., sophomores at 10 a.m., freshmen at 11 a.m., eighth graders at 1 p.m. and auxiliary at 3 p.m.
“Students should come at their scheduled times,” said Johnson. “They must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during their fitting. That evening, we will also have a mandatory band parent meeting at 6:30 p.m. to discuss our plans and expectations for the upcoming school term.”
Johnson said the band will have approximately 55 marching instrumentalists, eight color guard members, eight dance team members and five majorettes.
“The new uniforms are going to look great,” said Johnson. “Having more gold in them will certainly show up better on the field.”
Later this month, the band members will participate in a band camp to prepare for their halftime show for the 2016 football season.
Tech days, to help incoming marching band students, will be held on July 22. Auxiliary and percussion members will have rehearsals the week of July 25-29. The full band camp schedule will be July 30 and Aug. 1-5.