The Lancaster Band of Gold has had a long standing tradition of attending band camp at the University of Rio Grande. Band Camp 2016 will mark the 38th year.
In 1994, a change was made – to shorten band camp from ending on Saturday to ending on Friday evening with a parent performance. Even though the time and distance made it difficult for parents to get to Rio Grande, it became the norm.
Lancaster is now the last band to stay until Friday evening; all other bands leave immediately after lunch on Friday. This year, Rio Grande has asked us to adjust our schedule like this in order to help them prepare for bands coming in the following week.
As a result, the Band of Gold will be returning by bus to Lancaster on Friday afternoon. Later that evening, a short preview of our music will occur in front of the band room before dismissing to go home. Be sure to bring lawn chairs and invite your friends and family!
The following week, on Thursday, August 11, the Band of Gold will debut its pre-game and competition show on the field beginning at 8:30pm. Rehearsal that evening, and the performance that follows, will be open to the public. We hope this format will allow even more people the opportunity to see the group’s progress after band camp.
Please be sure to spread the word to any alumni who may want to see the band after camp.
Director of Bands,
Lancaster High School