Band Camp Information Guide


What is Band Camp?

Tesoro band camp is up to 9 days of music and marching rehearsals to prepare the TESORO ENTERTAINMENT UNITS for their performances at football games and competitive Field Show events. The band will begin learning music for our football games and competition show. We will also begin learning marching techniques and drill formations during camp so attendance is extremely important.  What is the Tesoro Entertainment Units? The TEU, as it is often called, is comprised of Marching Band, Drumline, Pit and Dance Guard. All units perform a single show together!

Who has to attend Band Camp?

ALL incoming 9th graders, New and Returning students who plan to perform with Tesoro’s Marching Band and Dance Guard are expected to attend. Positions in our field show drill formations are assigned during camp so it’s important that EVERYONE attends. Plus, it is loads of fun!

Who teaches Band Camp?

Mr. Magana and Ms. Choi are Tesoro High School’s Instrumental Music teachers. Together they instruct and manage the Tesoro Entertainment Units. We also have additional instructors who specialize in percussion, dance and equipment work, marching and visual presentation, and band section coaches. 

Does it cost to attend Band Camp?

Like all extra-curricular teams and activities on campus, we ask for a contribution from all of our participants to cover the expenses of the entire Marching Band season, which includes the expenses to operate our Band Camp. All funding for the Tesoro Entertainment Units is provided by the generous donations of participating members collected by the Tesoro Music Boosters. The school district does not provide any funds for our TEU. 

Click on "Fair Share Contributions" at the top of this page to  make your donation online via credit card or opt to print the donation form and pay by check.

What if I plan to join the TEU (Marching Band) but cannot attend band camp?

Students unable to attend a portion or all of band camp may still join the band when the school year begins, but will have to work quickly to catch up with all they missed in camp. Students who cannot attend all or a portion of our Band Camp rehearsals should notify the directors by email prior to July 30th. (Mr. Magana - )

If I am enrolling in only concert band, shall I attend Band Camp?

Absolutely! We would like you to come to the New Member Orientation and perhaps at least the first day of Band Camp to experience the Marching Band activity before you make your final decision to only play in the Concert Band or Wind Ensemble. Don’t forget that Marching Band class earns P.E. credit! Students enrolled in Marching Band do not sign up for P.E. in the Fall.


What do I bring to the New Member PRE-Camp Orientation?

Incoming 9th grade and NEW upperclass members will meet on August 7th from 9 AM to 12 PM. Please bring your instrument and comfortable clothes and athletic type shoes. It is also very important that you bring plenty of water with you each day of camp to stay hydrated. Write your name on a large jug or bottle of water and keep it with you all day during camp. A hat and sunblock are recommended too. 

What do I bring to Band Camp?

  • Wear comfortable clothing (shorts or comfortable pants, lightweight shirt, hat or cap, athletic-type shoes. No sandals or flip flops.)
  • Bring your instrument. Make sure it is in good playing condition prior to camp. Large low brass, all percussion and a limited number of other school-owned instruments are available to borrow.
  • Bring plenty of reeds, valve oil, slide grease and whatever else you need to keep your instrument in top playing condition.
  • Band Camp Dinners will be provided and served by Tesoro Music Boosters for a nominal fee. Complete the online Band Camp Dinners Pre-Order Form (helps us determine quantities) and visit our Boosters Square site to purchase. If you do not wish to purchase the dinner package, you will need to bring your own dinner. Students may NOT leave campus during our dinner break. Over 99% of band camp participants order the Band Camp Dinner package.
  • Bring a BIG bottle or jug of water and mark your name on it.
  • And don't forget your liability/medical form on the first day of camp! (Forms can be downloaded from the band camp page)

What about uniforms?

  • Students will be measured and assigned a uniform, shako (hat) and black gloves during Band Camp.
  • Dinkles are shiny black marching shoes. You may order your own pair through us the first week of camp for $31, (available on the Boosters Square Site) or we do have a limited supply of used Dinkles you may use throughout the season. If you have Dinkles that fit from last season, go ahead and use them again.

What is Parent Preview Night?

On Thursday, August 16th from 7:00pm - 8:45pm, the Directors & Music Boosters will host a mandatory meeting for all New and Returning member’s parents. The meeting is followed by a performance of the TEU’s opening production number of the 2018 competition field show  titled "Imagine"!