WELCOME to the JMU Marching Royal Dukes! All members are required to attend our pre-season camp August 17-23. Please review the information below in preparation for your move to campus. Also, the entire packet is available for download - please visit the MRD CAMP PACKET page to dowload this information.
If you have questions about any of the information below or the information included in the pre-season packet, please contact Mr. Rikkers @ firstname.lastname@example.org, or (540) 568-6033.
MRD BAND CAMP REGISTRATION
All MRD members must register for band camp between 10:00am and 3:00pm on SUNDAY, August 17. Registration will take place at the JMU Bookstore next to Godwin Hall (see enclosed map). Parking is available in the lots adjacent to Godwin. At that time, all members will receive a season drill book, water bottle, lanyard, camp meal card (see meal information later in this packet), nametag, and other important information pertaining to camp and our season ahead. NOTE: If you are unable to arrive by 3:00pm, you must make special arrangements to register for camp by calling the Band Office at (540) 568-6656.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: MRD REGISTRATION AND DORM CHECK-IN ARE TWO SEPARATE PROCESSES. RESIDENCE LIFE STAFF AT RESIDENCE HALLS WILL BE AVAILABLE BETWEEN NOON AND 2:45PM TO CHECK YOU INTO YOUR ASSIGNED DORM (if living on campus). Please see the details below regarding residence hall move-in.
THE JMU BOOKSTORE WILL BE OPEN DURING MRD REGISTRATION ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 17, 10am-2pm.
This will be an excellent opportunity to buy your books, JMU attire, or other supplies needed for the school year! And speaking of necessary supplies . . . plan on picking up the latest edition of the MRD season recording – available at the JMU bookstore!! Please use this time to prepare for the new semester BEFORE we begin the busy camp schedule.
LIVING ON CAMPUS – RESIDENCE HALL MOVE-IN
All students living on campus will move into their assigned dorm on Sunday, August 17. Residence Hall check-in will take place at each student’s assigned dorm between noon and 2:45pm. Please note: This is a SEPARATE REGISTRATION from the MRD registration.
It is recommended that students first register for MRD camp at the bookstore, then move to their assigned dorm to check-in with your RA and move in. The opening MRD meeting for all members is held at 3:30pm at Wilson Hall – please plan accordingly.
IF YOU HAVE SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ABOUT RESIDENCE HALL MOVE-IN, please contact the JMU OFFICE OF RESIDENCE LIFE.
CAMP MEALS – READ CAREFULLY!!
Meals will begin at dinner on Sunday, August 17. For freshmen with a JMU meal plan, the band office will provide a meal card for all meals through lunch on Tuesday, August 19 – your regular meal plan begins at dinner (you will then begin using your JAC card). For all others, the band office will provide a meal card for all meals through brunch on Saturday, August 22. If family and friends wish to dine with you on the first day of camp, they can purchase a meal ticket at D-Hall upon arrival. If you register to come to band camp, but do not show up or you drop the MRDs for any reason during band camp or before the end of the semester, you will be charged for all meals during camp week. If you are made an alternate, you are considered to be a part of the Marching Royal Dukes and will be required to pay for the meals if you decide to drop band. Once we submit our camp roster to dining services, we must pay for all of your meals that week. The cost of your meals will be charged to your account if you quit band. If this is not paid by December 12, 2014, a hold will be placed on your records. If you drop band for a medical reason, you must have a signed medical note from your physician explaining the condition and restrictions.
MRD CAMPUS MAP
Please see the MRD MAP for designated MRD locations for band camp and the regular season in your pre-camp mailing. You can also CLICK HERE to download the MRD Map.
A full campus parking map is also available on the JMU website at www.jmu.edu/map.
MRD INSTRUMENT DISTRIBUTION
If you play one of the following instruments: Mellophone, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba, or Electric Bass, YOU WILL NEED TO SIGN OUT YOUR MRD INSTRUMENT AT OUR INSTRUMENT DISTRIBUTION DURING REGISTRATION 10:00am-3:00pm ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 17. INSTRUMENT DISTRIBUTION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE MRD EQUIPMENT STORAGE ROOM IN THE STADIUM (see insert). Equipment for Drumline and Guard is also provided, but specific details for those units will be given at the first camp session by the respective instructors.
PLAYERS IN THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS MUST PROVIDE THEIR OWN INSTRUMENTS: Flute/Piccolo, Clarinet, Saxophone (Alto/Tenor/Bari), and Trumpet. Woodwind players, be aware that we may be rehearsing in inclement weather and/or varying temperatures/conditions! Please plan accordingly and have a sturdy case available.
All MRD members are expected to provide the appropriate accessories for their instruments. Please plan accordingly and make sure you are prepared not just for MRD Camp, but also for the entire season. Please have the proper mouthpieces and/or reeds, valve oil and/or slide grease, cleaning supplies, and appropriate instrument cases. MOUTHPIECES ARE NOT PROVIDED. Individuals using a school-owned instrument must provide their own preferred mouthpiece. Mellophones must supply a MELLOPHONE mouthpiece – the Yamaha MP14F4 Mouthpiece is recommended. Trombones should provide a large-bore mouthpiece. Baritones should also provide a large-bore mouthpiece – the Yamaha 48 or Bach 6 1/2AL are recommended.
ALL MRD MEMBERS (except for Flutes/Pics) MUST PROVIDE THEIR OWN MUSIC LYRE that will be used while playing with flip folders in the stands during game days. FLIP FOLDERS are provided.
OPENING CAMP MEETING
MRD CAMP WILL OFFICIALLY BEGIN AT 3:30pm ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 17, WITH A MEETING ON THE UPPER QUAD IN FRONT OF WILSON HALL (see enclosed map). All MRDs should plan to meet in front of Wilson Hall by 3:30pm. In case of rain/inclement weather, we will meet inside Wilson Hall. Instruments are NOT required at this meeting, but will be needed after dinner for our first rehearsals.
Please review the enclosed schedule for the first day of MRD Band Camp. With everything that takes place during this first day, it is necessary for all members to be informed and responsible for reporting to the assigned locations at the appropriate times. PLEASE PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION TO SCHEDULE UPDATES DURING BAND CAMP (and the season), AS TIMES AND LOCATIONS MAY BE ADJUSTED DUE TO POTENTIAL INCLEMENT WEATHER CONDITIONS AND/OR FACILITY AVAILABILITY.
The MRD Camp Schedule will follow this basic outline each day, with a few exceptions (listed below):
8:30am Morning Sessions
11:30am Lunch Break
1:00pm Afternoon Sessions
4:30pm Dinner Break
6:00pm Evening Sessions
9:30pm Camp Closing
SOME IMPORTANT TIMES DURING THE WEEK:
Sunday, August 17 – Uniform Distribution for all returning members (2013 uniform) @ Forbes Center
Thursday, August 21 – NO morning or afternoon rehearsals (Freshmen Orientation), 5pm evening rehearsal
Friday, August 22 – MRD Performance @ Freshman Pep Rally
Saturday, August 23 – Final Camp Rehearsal (time T.B.D.) – camp closing– no evening rehearsal
Monday, August 25 – FALL CLASSES BEGIN! MRD Sectionals – 6-7:30pm
Tuesday, August 26 – FIRST REGULAR FULL MRD REHEARSAL at Bridgeforth Stadium – 6-7:30pm
The JMU Band Office works with the JMU Office of Orientation to accommodate the needs of all incoming students.
AN ORIENTATION SCHEDULE FOR ALL MRD FRESHMEN IS INCLUDED IN YOUR CAMP PACKET. PLEASE REVIEW THIS CAREFULLY. You can also visit www.jmu.edu/orientation for more information, or contact us with any questions.
2014 SEASON SCHEDULE – MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!!!
Please review the enclosed season schedule carefully and mark ALL PERFORMANCES (including game days) in your calendars NOW!! The success of the JMU Marching Royal Dukes depends on 100% attendance. Please begin your season preparations by ensuring that there are no schedule conflicts or anticipated attendance issues. Specific details about the MRD Attendance Policy will be provided and reviewed during MRD Camp. If conflicts exist, these must be addressed with Mr. Rikkers (and via the online attendance forms) A.S.A.P. in order to make the necessary arrangements.
REGULAR SEASON REHEARSAL LOCATION & TIMES
ALL MRD REHEARSALS are held at Bridgeforth Stadium, Monday-Friday 6-7:30pm. Sectionals are held on Mondays (6-7:30pm), and we will not have rehearsals on Fridays unless there is a game or performance that weekend. Please check your class schedule for conflicts.
MAKE SURE TO REGISTER FOR MARCHING BAND – MUAP237/537!!
ALL WIND/PERCUSSION/GUARD MEMBERS OF THE JMU MARCHING ROYAL DUKES MUST BE REGISTERED FOR MUAP 237 – Section 0001 (Section 0002 is for the Dukettes only) BY THE FIRST REGULAR REHEARSAL (TUESDAY, August 26). MUAP 537 is reserved for graduate students only. If you have a class conflict and are unable to register, you need to download the OVERRIDE FORM (pdf), complete the form, and submit it to the University Registrar’s Office (in the new Student Success Center). IF YOU HAVE NOT REGISTERED FOR MUAP 237/537, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE AND WILL LOSE YOUR MARCHING SPOT – THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS REQUIREMENT.
IF YOU HAVE NOT REGISTERED FOR MUAP 237/537, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE AND WILL LOSE YOUR MARCHING SPOT – THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS REQUIREMENT.
BAND CAMP PARKING
Regular JMU Parking Regulations will be in effect during MRD Camp (see insert). All students who will have a car on campus must have purchased and properly displayed your new parking permit by Monday, August 18. If you plan to have a car on campus but will not be registering it during the season, you must purchase a temporary permit PRIOR TO BAND CAMP at the JMU Parking Services Office located at the entrance to the stadium parking deck. THE JMU BAND OFFICE WILL NOT BE REPONSIBLE FOR TICKETS RECEIVED DURING CAMP/THE SEASON.
Please visit www.jmu.edu/parking for more information. Parking services will be open 7:30am-4:30pm.
IMPORTANT REMINDER ABOUT PARKING: The JMU campus is closed to thru-traffic 7am-7pm during the regular semester, and this may begin during camp. Please see the insert in this mailing for additional details.
We are excited to be using our new uniforms for their third year. However, we will be changing the distribution process slightly this year in order to better accommodate the band camp schedule. ALL RETURNING MEMBERS who indicated they wanted to receive the same uniform they wore during the 2013 season should plan to pick theirs up at the FORBES CENTER loading dock at some point during MRD registration on Sunday. RETURNING MEMBERS WHO WANT A NEW UNIFORM AND NEW MEMBERS WILL BE FITTED AFTER MRD REHEARSAL DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF CLASSES. SPECIFIC ASSIGNMENTS FOR DISTRIBUTION WILL BE ANNOUNCED DURING CAMP.
MRD ORDERS & CHARGES
PLEASE REVIEW THE ENCLOSED ORDER INFORMATION FOR THE 2014 SEASON. ALL MEMBERS WILL PLACE THE REQUIRED ORDERS ON THE MRD WEBSITE PRIOR TO AUGUST 15. You will find an “MRD ORDERS” link on the MRD Camp page. ALL MEMBERS (new and returning) ARE REQUIRED TO PURCHASE A NEW MRD T-SHIRT AND LONG-SLEEVE T-SHIRT FOR THE 2014-15 SEASON. ALL WIND & PERCUSSION MEMBERS WILL ALSO PURCHSAE WARM-UP PANTS FOR TRAVEL AND REHEARSAL. For other required items, please reference the ORDER INFORMATION included in this packet. ALL MRDs MUST PROVIDE THEIR OWN BLACK MARCHING SHOES. THESE NEED TO BE PURCHASED BY THE START OF BAND CAMP. Recommended vendors (shoes), descriptions of all items, and prices are provided in an enclosed info sheet.
MRD Members are also able to purchase additional hats and t-shirts for family/friends. MRD promotional items (sweatshirts, long-sleeve t-shirts, stickers, etc.) are available for pre-order. Please see insert in this packet. CHARGES FOR ALL MRD ORDERS, equipment/uniform charges, and/or fines/replacement costs will be billed directly to each individual’s JMU student account. Initial charges will be submitted to the University Business Office in September and all others will be applied as they are incurred.
PERCUSSION STICK/MALLET FEE
ALL PERCUSSION MEMBERS MUST PAY A $50.00 STICK FEE. This fee will be submitted to the University Business Office and applied to student accounts in September with other MRD charges.
COLOR GUARD ITEMS
All guard members will have specific equipment and uniform items to purchase. These orders were placed over the summer (after auditions) and will be filled during band camp. Charges will be submitted to the University Business Office and applied to student accounts in September.
IF YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT THE BAND OFFICE AT (540) 568-6656.
THE FULL MRD CAMP PACKET IS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD (PDF) AT THE CAMP MAILING PAGE.