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Colleton County High School’s Band of Blue goes to camp

With cooler weather Monday and Tuesday, the Colleton County High School’s Band of Blue’s practices went smoothly. The camp, which started last week, lasts a total of three weeks.

“We’re now teaching the show, including all of the drills and formations,” said Band Director Tom Finigan Tuesday. “It has been very nice and cool the past two mornings.”

Finigan said this year’s band consists of about 180 members, which includes both rookies and veterans. “One section consists mostly of rookies, and another section is mostly veterans.”

The band will be getting new uniforms in September and is marching in the state’s AAAA Division. “This group seems both hungry and excited,” Finigan noted. “With the younger members coming in, every year, it’s a new band.”

Full Band Practice (for everybody) began on Monday, July 30. Daily mid-morning breaks are being taken, and water is available, but students are encouraged to also bring their owned bottled water with their names taped to them in case of emergency situations.Practices are being held in the parking lot of the high school near the track. Gatorade packets are also available.

Lunch break is from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Students are allowed to leave the school as long as they have the permission of their parents. Some students also bring their lunch from home, Finigan said.

Afternoon rehearsals are held from 1-3 p.m. and are generally inside the school, but these practices are subject to adjustments.