When marching band students have to attend a program (either at their school or somewhere else, like a summer camp or college) for a period of time averaging about a week (depends on the school). Here they practice their instruments, learn/memorize songs for the upcoming season, and learn drills and how to march. For some people, it's the best time of their lives, for others it's a living hell. It all depends on the particular school and band.
-Despite common perception, not all band camps are merely staging grounds for sexual activity. Some schools enlist the help of band parents
in chaperoning the trip to make sure that the students (particularly the freshmen) don't get away with anything illegal or sexual in nature. Furthermore, sources show that most flute players have never shoved their flute into any part of their bodies, despite the line about it in American Pie.
Typical band camp activities may include: Marching, standing in the hot sun for hours, getting eaten alive by bugs, marching, playing instruments, getting weird tan lines, marching, choking down partially edible food, coming up with strange inside jokes nobody outside of band will ever understand, getting soaked, getting lost in nearby woods at night, sleeping, pulling off pranks, and oh yeah, more marching.
2)An excuse to tell a long (or not so long), funny, and often stupid story.
3)Where all your friends in band are during the summer. (also a viable excuse for not seeing your friends if you're in band.)
1)A few weeks before school started, the Anytown High School marching band went to band camp.
2)"This one time at band camp... we got lost in the woods on our way to practice and then these moquitoes that were like THIS BIG attacked us so I fended them off with my clarinet and then Jimmy jumped out at us and I got so scared I hit him with my clarinet too..."
3)-"Dude, I haven't seen you since July... where were you?"
-"Yeah, I was at band camp."