Band Camp is held at Pine-Richland High School every August. There are two weeks of practice to prepare for the new marching season. Week one is typically eight and a half hours per day Monday through Friday. Week two is typically three hours per day Monday through Thursday. The last Friday of Band Camp is Kennywood Day. Band Camp is MANDATORY for all band members.
Mini Band Camp
Mini Band Camp takes place on two consecutive afternoons from 2:30pm-5:00pm in the middle of May. This is an opportunity to introduce incoming freshman and new students to the program, complete registration, size uniforms, and provide information to new incoming band families. Parent meetings usually occur both evenings to welcome new parents and provide an overview of the program.
On the final Friday of Band Camp in August, the band celebrates Pine-Richland Day at Kennywood Park. Band members ride all-day and perform in the park’s Fall Fantasy Parade that evening.
August 2015 marked the beginning of a new tradition. Some years, Pine-Richland Marching Band is invited to play the National Anthem on the field at PNC Park to kick-off a Pirates game. Following the performance, band members watch the game together in the stands.
Each year, a number of band festivals take place in the fall. Pine-Richland hosts or travels to such festivals where multiple area bands showcase their half-time shows. These events are always open to the public.
On the Saturday before Halloween, the marching band gathers in Richland’s Grandview neighborhood to take part in their community parade. Band members wear costumes of their choice to this fun event.
Veteran’s Day Parade
The Pine-Richland Marching Band performs annually in the Pittsburgh Veteran’s Day Parade downtown. If the parade takes place on a school day, students are typically excused for the event.
Multiple concerts are held throughout the school year to showcase the talents of Pine-Richland band students. The annual All-District Band Concert usually takes place the Wednesday after Thanksgiving and features bands from fifth through twelfth grade. PRHS Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble also perform. Additional concerts take place throughout the school year featuring the many grades and different ensemble groups that make up the Pine-Richland Band Department.
Spring Band Trip
Each spring, the PRHS marching band offers an optional trip. The band trip is a school trip that is selected by the PR Band Staff and approved by the Pine-Richland School Board. PRBB is not responsible for this trip; however, PRBB offers administrative support to the Band Staff during trip preparation and provides chaperones. These chaperones must meet District requirements.
Trips cycle at least every four years. So, each student will have an option to travel and perform somewhere new. At least once every four years, the band travels to Orlando, Florida. One trip takes the band to Walt Disney World, the other to Universal Studios. In between the Florida years, smaller trips are planned. In the past, these trips have included a trip to the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame, with a performance at Cedar Point, and a stay at Kalahari Waterpark in Ohio. In 2016, the band traveled to New York City for the Broadway Musical Aladdin and to march in the Tartan Parade. In 2018, the band performed in the NATO Parade in Norfolk, Virginia. The trip included a stay at Great Wolf Lodge waterpark, an afternoon at Busch Gardens, and some time visiting Washington D.C.
Sometimes, opportunities arise for the band, drumline, or specific ensembles to participate in special performances. For example, the annual “band tour” to the three elementary schools highlights what the band has to offer, while a teacher performance at PRHS welcomes faculty back for a new school year.