New Member & Freshmen Information

Always check the White board in the Band Room for the times and places you need to be in the coming week!
Always check the White Board in the Band Room for the times and places you need to be in the coming week! Info will also be added to Remind and the Facebook page as we get it.

MOST IMPORTANT FOR NEW MEMBERS (and Parents) : Please make sure that you sign up for the REMIND app (instructions here) and the Freedom Big Red Marching Band group on FaceBook so that you are aware of all the news, dates and times for Band!

Please also take the time to read the information on the UNIFORMS page for items you need to purchase to complete your uniform, and also the Stadium Rules page for what is expected of you during events.

Rookie Camp

Rookie camp will be held on July 27th, 2017 at the Freedom Area High School from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. All new band members are required to attend. All 7th, 8th, AND 9th Graders as well as Drum Line, Section Leaders and Drum Majors should attend!

This orientation will help you to learn how to march for parades and on the field, along with everything else you are expected to learn to become a successful part of the “Big Red” band. Please bring a drink and sunscreen as we will be outside.

Please bring a packed lunch.

NOTE: Students should wear comfortable clothes and athletic shoes. They should also bring paper and pen/pencils to jot down notes.

Band Camp

All band members are required to attend band camp, it is MANDATORY, Band camp will be held Monday — Thursday on July 31st to August 3rd and August 7th to 10th, 2017 from 8:30 am to 4 pm each day. (No FRIDAY camp.)

Please do not be late. Be ready to start warming up before 8:30 am.

Students are encouraged to bring water and/or Gatorade with them and dress appropriately for the weather. This is a school function, so please follow the school dress code. Tennis shoes are a must.  The students will be outside for a good part of the day, so using sunscreen is necessary. Water is always available to the students and Gatorade will be available if donated.

Lunchtime is usually from 11:30 am to 12;15 pm. Students have the option of bringing their own lunch or purchasing one. The Booster organization will make lunches available from a small fee (ordered and paid for in advance per the information you will receive in the Summer Newsletter – see the FORMS page). Items are chosen by each student from a menu provided by the boosters and choices may vary daily. Additional drinks, snacks and fresh fruit may also be available for purchase. Parent volunteers are needed to help during lunch each day. Please contact any of the band officers if you are able to help during band camp.

The medical release from included in your summer newsletter should be promptly returned by mail or on the first day of Band Camp. Students are not permitted to march until the medical release from is completed and returned.


All band members should receive their form packet via USPS and email. These forms need to be returned by the date listed. The Band Lunches Form MUST be returned with payment by July 15th to the address listed on the form.

Forms may also be found on the Forms Page.

Student Activity Fee

Each Student is responsible for paying a $20.00 activity fee. This fee covers the cost of treats at halftime and on road trips during the regular football season. Please fill out the Activity Fee form and return it with the other forms. This activity fee MUST be paid by the END OF THE FIRST WEEK OF BAND CAMP.