The Fredericksburg High School Band, “The Pride of the Texas Hill Country,” is returning today, July 25, from its annual band camp at Angelo State University, in San Angelo.
The band left for San Angelo on Sunday, July 22, and travels annually to this four-day camp, where the instruction emphasizes the procedures of the program, the fundamentals of the performance aspect and building the team concept for the year.
“The students and staff work really hard and have a great time getting to know each other,” said Band Director Jason Younts.
“While the program’s annual trip to San Angelo has not changed, the program certainly has over the past few months,” Younts explained.
“Our program, and our district, have experienced a lot of changes leading into the school year,” Younts said. “Change is always an opportunity for growth and reflection in our efforts towards improvement.”
As changes such as departing band directors, a new superintendent and roles switched through teachers and administrators, alike, take effect, the goals of the FHS Band will stay the same, he said.
“The FISD band program will continue to do what we have done in most areas the previous years, but will tweak some items as needed,” Younts said. “Everyone has different approaches and ranking of priorities, so I believe the public will see and experience some changes with our program this year.”
Though the year will see the effects of the changes that swept the summer season, the mission of the band as a whole will stay the same.
“I am excited to experience a group of young folks coming together with a common goal and facilitate their efforts to achieve their performance goals,” Younts noted.
The show the band will perform this year is entitled “The Mandela Effect.”
Younts explained that the concept “is based off of a psychological phenomenon which is characterized by a group of people who all misremember something in a similar manner.”
The show will feature students playing multiple instruments and a variety of audio effects.
Upon the band’s return from camp, they will begin summer band practices every weekday until the school year begins on Monday, Aug. 13.
The band’s first performance will be at the FHS varsity football team’s first home game of the season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at FHS Stadium.