Preseason Information

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Countdown to Preseason:

2019/08/19 08:00:00

Where and When

2019 Move-In Dates

New Members, Leadership, Percussion & Color Guard Saturday, August 17th Check in: 8:45AM to 12:00PM
Returning Members Monday, August 19th Check in: 8:45AM to 12:00PM
Follow the signs! Check-in in the courtyard: receive a meal card, final Preseason information, and a detailed schedule. Check-in is the time to ask any questions of the Band Council members and Section Leaders. You then go to Charter Oak Community Center to pick up your keys and check into your room. Please check in at the Music Building first. Try to be as early as possible so you do not have to rush later on in the afternoon.

Please purchase:

  • Banquet fee – $25
  • Season Meal Fee (For Members without meal plans) – $30
    • Members with meal plans are encouraged to donate flex passes/meal swipes to help cover costs of meals throughout the season.

Other UCMB apparel will be available for order.

Instruments

If you play the following instruments, you must sign them out at check-in:

  • Mellophone (Horn)
  • Trombone
  • Baritone
  • Tuba
  • Percussion

Other instruments are available in very limited quantities. If you need one, you must make arrangements with Emily Collins (ucmb.office@gmail.com) before you arrive for preseason.

Uniforms

Uniforms will be issued during Preseason. Members are responsible for the condition of their uniform and are accountable for the uniform issued to them. You must have a garment bag to be issued a uniform. 

Special Events

Planned social events occur frequently following rehearsal and all band members should attend these events. “Spirit Days” are events that unite sections and groups within the band with a fun activity.

Preview Show

Plan on inviting your family, friends, and High School Band Directors to the Preview Show at the Sherman Family Sports Complex. Check back soon for the time  and date of this performance! It is a great opportunity for everyone to see what the UCMB has accomplished during preseason and what it will have to offer this fall. (In the event of bad weather, the Preview Show will be held in Jorgensen.)

Preseason FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What do I need to bring to preseason?

Because you will be moving in to your dorm/apartment/living accommodation for the year when you check into preseason, you will need to bring everything you need to move into your dorm. You will be given time during check in day to move in and get lunch before rehearsals begin. Some band members choose to go home and get the rest of the things they need for their room during Labor Day weekend.

Some specific items you will need for marching band include:

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sneakers and socks
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra shirts and shorts
  • Athletic clothing
  • Lyre for outdoor rehearsals if applicable
  • Reeds/valve oil/instrument accessories
  • Something to wear in the rain
  • Khaki shorts or slacks
  • Alarm clock
  • Long black socks
  • Uniform garment bag (if you don’t own one, garment bags will be available for purchase during the week for $5)
  • Uconn ID
  • Deodorant
  • Asthma inhaler/ any medication you need

Here’s a handy video to help you out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clqALmxqWcw

Where do I live during preseason?

All members who will be living at the Storrs campus will be able to check into their university assigned rooms for the fall semester upon arrival at preseason. This is a great advantage as you will avoid the rush typical of freshmen move-in day. The university does not provide housing during preseason for commuting band members. Please contact us if you commute and would like the convenience of staying nearby with another member. Detailed instructions for early check in will be provided to all members as preseason approaches.

What do I eat during preseason?

When you check in on the first day of preseason you will receive a conference card to use at dining halls for the first couple of days. University meal plans begin during the week of preseason and once they begin the conference cards are no longer valid. At this point you will be required to use your meal plan for at least two meals a day. Per diem will be provided for dinner on specific days. If you do not have a meal plan you are welcome to bring your own lunch, buy something in Storrs Center, or get some friends to swipe you into the dining hall for meals that you are not given per diem.

Do I need to bring any money to preseason?

There are few things required for payment during preseason: end of year banquet ticket $25, if you live off campus $30 for food during preseason, $5 for garment bag, $3 for ear plugs. The only required payment the day of check-in is the $30 if you live off campus.

What should I do if I have a conflict?

There is a form on HuskyCT that you will need to fill out IMMEDIATELY so we can help you resolve any issues.

When will I receive the show music?

Our show music is written during the summer and will be provided whenever it is finished by our arrangers. Usually you will receive at least a draft of Part 1 toward the end of preseason.

Does music need to be memorized before preseason?

Yes! You will be provided with the music that is required to be memorized by your section leaders prior to the start of preseason.

What do preseason rehearsals consist of?

It depends on the day, but generally the day is split into two, 3-hour rehearsal blocks and one, 2-hour block with 1-hour meal blocks in between. After the evening block there is usually a social event for the whole band.

Individual rehearsal blocks vary. Each block will either be a music or a movement rehearsal with sectional time built in.

How much water should I bring and will there be some provided for refills?

  • We encourage the minimum size for a water bottle to be 32 oz, but you can bring as much as you need. Some of our members bring gallon and half gallon jugs and others bring Nalgenes and Camelbaks. It does not matter what kind of vessel you use just make sure it is durable.
  • During the entire season water will be available to all members during all rehearsals and games both on the field and in the stands.

Is there a dress code for preseason?

No! There is not a specific dress code for preseason but we ask that you wear athletic SNEAKERS and comfortable clothing that allows you a full range of motion and covers your body appropriately. (No jeans, no sandals, no boots) We also require that wind players and percussionists wear a hat any time we are rehearsing outside. Also bring lots of sunscreen.

Does preseason conflict with Weekend of Welcome (W.O.W.)?

Yes, however UCMB members are excused from all WOW activities.

How much water should I bring?

We encourage the minimum size for a water bottle to be 32 oz, but you can bring as much as you need. Some of our members bring gallon and half gallon jugs and others bring Nalgenes and Camelbaks. It does not matter what kind of vessel you use just make sure it is durable.

During the entire season water will be available to all members during all rehearsals and games both on the field and in the stands.

Is there a dress code for preseason?

No! There is not a specific dress code for preseason but we ask that you wear athletic SNEAKERS and comfortable clothing that allows you a full range of motion and covers your body appropriately. (No jeans, no sandals, no boots) We also require that wind players and percussionists wear a hat any time we are rehearsing outside. Also bring lots of sunscreen.

Do I need anything to store my drill/music during rehearsal?

Every member of the UCMB will be provided with a Home Depot apron to use during rehearsal to store music, your phone, or any other materials you need for rehearsal.

Where do we rehearse during preseason?

We will rehearse on campus, primarily on our rehearsal field at W Lot or in and around the Music Building.

Is it possible to learn a new instrument with the UCMB?

Yes! Many of our new and returning members decide to learn a new instrument, and are very successful in doing so. We are especially in need of mellophones, baritones, trombones, and tubas, as well as pit percussion and color guard. During the spring semester, a brass conversion class is offered to all band members. If you think this may be an option for you, please feel free to contact us.

Can I join the band if I've never marched before?

The UCMB prides itself on its composition of students with a diverse range of experience. While many members have participated in marching band prior to joining the UCMB, about ¼ of the band has had little to no marching experience. Our instructional procedures during preseason and throughout the regular season quickly bring new marchers up to speed.

What platform does the UCMB use to learn drill?

We primarily use an app called Ultimate Drill Book which is available on respective app stores for free.

What instruments are loaned out by the UCMB and which need to be provided by students?

All members of the clarinet and saxophone sections, as well as the trumpet section are expected to provide their own instruments for use during the season. Piccolos will be provided. All mellophone, baritone, trombone, tuba, and drumline section members will be provided an instrument upon arrival to preseason. Additionally, members of the color guard will be provided necessary equipment. There are a very limited number of woodwind instruments and trumpets available for loan through the university. In the event that you are unable to provide your own flute, clarinet, saxophone, or trumpet, please contact our Administrative Assistant, Emily Collins at ucmb.office@gmail.com

Preseason Schedule

The 2019 UCMB Preseason Schedule will be available soon!

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