Band Camp

Marching Band newcomers and old guard alike have just 12 days in September to get into midseason form. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)
Marching Band newcomers and old guard alike have just 12 days in September to get into midseason form. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Our cameras followed the students of the UConn Marching Band who, like their football-team counterparts, return to campus early each August for preseason training camp. With the summer heat, 12-hour-plus days, and instruments that weigh up to 35 pounds, it can be the most physically taxing activity any of them have gone through.

“We come in 10 days before classes start, with newcomers on Saturday and the rest on Monday,” says David Mills, who is in his 27th year as director of bands. “The band literally does everything together for the whole time. It’s a great 10 days, and it’s very intense.”

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