Dear Parents and Campers,
Camp ExtravaBANDza will be here in very soon! We have a fun, exciting, and educational camp planned for the kids. Listed below, we have included all of the information that you need to plan for the camp.
We have attached release and medical forms for Camp ExtravaBANDza. Please print and sign these forms and turn them in during registration Sunday.
Check-in will be in the West Cabin from 3 PM to 5 PM on Sunday, June 11. After check-in, students will be able to settle into their rooms and play their audition for chair placement.
The camp will end with a concert at 5 PM on June 14 in the Alva Tabor Auditorium.
If you have any questions about the camp, please email us or give us a call! It is going to be another great Camp ExtravaBANDza!
Directions to Camp ExtravaBANDza
• Traveling North or South on I-75 take Exit 135 (Perry-Marshallville). There are signs for Camp John Hope at the exit.
• Travel West on GA 127/224 . Approximately two miles from I-75, GA 127/224 will split.
• Keep to the right on GA 127 approximately five miles.
• Turn right onto Camp John Hope Road and travel approximately one mile, turn left onto Hope Entrance Road.
• Check-in will be located in the West Cabin – follow the signs!
• The address for Camp John Hope is 281 Hope Entrance Rd / Fort Valley, GA 31030
Things to Bring to Camp
• Shorts, slacks, shirts, blouses, and
other casual items may be worn.
• Blue jeans or blue jeans shorts and camp t-shirt will be dress for the concert.
• Socks and shoes are required for outdoor activities
• Sandals or flip flops are ok for indoor activities
• Swimsuit and beach towels
o Note – if your child likes to swim with a shirt on, the pool rules call for “swim shirts” designed for that purpose…not just a cotton tee shirt.
• Paintball: Long pants and long sleeve shirt are required to be worn during the paintball activity.
• Laundry bag for dirty clothes
• Umbrella and/or raincoat
• Sheets (twin size), blanket (cabin may get cold), pillow and pillow case.
• Towels and washcloths
• Soap and shampoo
• Shower shoes
• Toothpaste and toothbrush
• Sun Screen and Bug Spray
• Radio and/or iPod
• Alarm clock
• Snacks (cookies, candy, soft drinks, etc.)
• Money for snacks and drinks (bring change)
• Instrument –Woodwind and Brass players must provide their own instruments and necessary accessories.
• Percussionists should bring Snare sticks, plastic mallets, yarn mallets, and a practice pad. The camp will have the instruments required for the music that we will be performing.
• Folding music stand – All players must provide this piece of equipment.
• Extra reeds, oils, drumsticks, etc.
• All personal items must be labeled or tagged (including music case and music stand.) Camp staff will not be responsible for lost items.)
Chair Placement Requirements
• Wind players should perform their concert Bb scale, one octave chromatic scale, and a short sight reading.
• Percussionists should prepare the Bb and chromatic scale on mallets, long and flam rudiments on snare, and a sight reading exercise on each instrument.
• Please fill out the attached media, release, and medical forms and bring them with you to registration.
All middle school band students are welcome to attend Camp ExtravaBANDza. Students should have at least one year of band or lesson experience to attend the camp. Camp ExtravaBANDza provides campers a wonderful opportunity to have fun, make great music, and learn in a well-supervised, safe environment. All camp activities will be held at the historic Camp John Hope FFA-FCCLA Center, located just outside Fort Valley, GA. Instruction will be provided by experienced music educators with proven success working with middle school band students. In addition to great musical instruction, campers will enjoy great recreational activities, team building exercises, leadership training…and even arts and crafts!
The primary goal of Camp ExtravaBANDza is to offer a great music camp experience at an affordable price. Our experienced and dedicated staff is recognized for excellence in teaching young people and has a proven track record of motivating young students to high levels of achievement.
Master Classes for each instrument are designed to help students develop an understanding of their instruments, as well as methods for developing better range, tone quality, technique, and expression in performing.
Large and small ensemble instruction gives students numerous opportunities to rehearse, perform, and experience making music.
Supervised Recreational Activities include pool time, walking trails, ensemble performances, movie night, ice cream social, dance, arts and crafts, and other opportunities to socialize with fellow campers.