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Media Advisory: University of Minnesota Marching Band's Spat Camp August 21-30

August 19, 2013

Also known as "The Pride of Minnesota," the Marching Band is a 121-year tradition at the University of Minnesota, delighting audiences since 1892. Spat Camp is an intensive week and a half of practice that marks the beginning of the Marching Band season.

Upcoming highlights of Spat Camp 2013:

Wednesday, August 21, 9 a.m. - Noon
110 new members are dropped off at the residence hall by their parents. They check-in to begin their careers in the band and then head over to the stadium to get lockers, instruments, etc.

Thursday, August 23, 6:45 p.m.
Music rehearsal for the 110 new members. After the first joint rehearsal happens, the group will march across campus for the first time (road construction permitting).

Sunday, August 25, 3 p.m.
Teaching one of our signature moves, the rotating of the Block M, for the first time.

Sunday, August 25, 7 p.m.
Teaching the Battle Hymn sequence, a 50+ year old tradition in pregame.

Monday, August 26, 9 a.m.
Teaching the formation of the Block M in pregame for the first time.

Wednesday, August 28, 9 a.m.
Run through of the 16 minute pregame show for the first time

Friday, August 30, 7 p.m.
State Fair parade routine practice

Sunday, September 1, 2 p.m.
State Fair parade

Please contact Tessa Eagan to coordinate a visit to any of these Spat Camp activities.

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