By CHRISTOPHER QIU, BΦ
Hello all readers of the Encore! As you all know, every year the band conducts a Band Camp before school startsin order to prepare everyone for the upcoming season. Nothing really beats the 12-hour days and the massive inflow of new, young faces which make Band Camp a truly different time. We members of Psi helped to plan and run several events during the season, which helped welcome new members and get them used to life in the UCLA Marching Band.
We began the year by hosting a Drumline/Guard breakfast to try and help support those who had to come to school extra early for band camp. This event was a true test of determination, as brothers John Lasseter and Jacob Hambalek were the only brothers available to run the entire event. (yikes!) That same night, Psi and EK hosted the Pizza Social which helped welcome all new members to their sections before their first day of Band Camp. As the week went on, members of PsiEK continued to help transition new band members into life within the band through the Hail Learning and Hemming party. This event helped new members adjust their uniforms to better fit them for the season while also teaching them our Alma Mater.
Of course, there were also several social events meant to make everyone feel more welcome into the wonderful community that is the UCLA band. Two such events were the Diddy Riese Run and Ice Cream Social. During the Diddy Riese Run most of the band met up at the De Neve crosswalk and, as a collective mob, overwhelmed the Diddy Riese with far too many hungry band kids. This event was, like usual, a great outlet for new members to meet returning members and vice versa. The Ice Cream Social was the last event PsiEK hosted during Band Camp and worked as a final hurrah for surviving Band Camp. During this event, band members played several icebreakers such as extreme rock paper scissors and human knot. This year was special in that there was a human knot which took roughly 2 hours to unravel!! (How did that happen??) No one knows, but it certainly was a time for those involved to get to know each other better! Now that marching season has come to a close, we’re looking forward to more events to keep the band close until the next Band Camp. It’s sure to be a great one!