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Crank Up 2015

The official start to the Dreadnaught Marching Band’s regular season! It’s a chance to get our marching skills in shape, our musical skills in tune, and get a head start on learning our 2015 The Evolution of Pop Music!

Please read the schedule carefully so you know when you are expected to be here and what to bring.

Crank-Up Annual Dinner &

Exhibition Show August 13th @ 6:00 PM

Parents and families welcome

Each day, we will meet in the LHS band room. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation… please contact a band director or section leader if this presents a problem. We will be on a tight schedule each day, so please DO NOT BE LATE!

What to Bring

You will need to wear shorts, a t-shirt, socks, sneakers, and sunscreen. No flip-flops or sandals are permitted. School dress code will be enforced at all times during band camp – no bathing suits, crop tops, halter tops, or other inappropriate attire.

You will need to bring your instrument, lyre (can be purchased at Carlton’s or other music vendor), flip-folder (provided on the first day), two pencils, and sunscreen. Color Guard and majorettes should check with their coaches for specific items needed for crank-up.

It would be a good idea to wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen for outdoor activities (notice how we keep stressing "sunscreen" – please read the Health & Safety info below).

Dinner will be provided for you each evening. This cost is included in your crank-up fee. Students will not be able to leave campus at all during dinner breaks.

A water cooler or water bottle for your use. We will also provide water, but you need to bring your own container!

Health & Safety

Crank-Up is the most physically and mentally exhausting part of the entire marching season. We will have a great time, but we will work hard non-stop. Please observe the following guidelines to make sure you take care of yourself during Crank-Up:

Get lots of sleep.

This is not the time to stay up until the early hours of the morning with your friends. Go to bed soon after you get home each night… you’re working hard, and your body needs rest.

Drink water and sport drinks – no soda or fruit juice. Drinks with lots of sugar will dehydrate you quickly and drain your energy! Water, Gatorade, Powerade, Propel, etc. will both keep you hydrated and help maintain your energy level.

Eat healthy!

High-starch foods like pasta, potatoes, and breads will keep higher levels of stored energy in your body. Sugars and sweets will give you quick energy bursts that fade just as quick and won’t help you maintain your strength.


We will stretch everyday as a group before we start marching, and it’s a good idea to stretch again on your own at home each night to keep your muscles from cramping.

If you follow these guidelines, drink lots of water and exercise good common sense, you will feel great and be in good shape for the entire week! If you ignore or go against these guidelines, you could potentially run the risk of getting sick or injured. It’s our job to keep you healthy and safe for the ENTIRE marching season, so don’t get sick or get hurt before we even get through Crank-Up!


Please do not schedule any outside appointments during the stated times. Students will remain ON CAMPUS during the dinner break each evening. Please call the band room if you have any specific questions prior to crank-up.

Our director and staff are at camp to teach music, marching and drill, as well as to help instill self-discipline and pride within all of our members. If we are to be a successful band this year, every rehearsal is an important one. Please come prepared to work. We’ll get the job done and have some fun at the same time!

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