June 6, 2016
Dear Band Member:
Congratulations!!! You have been invited to perform with the mighty “Blue Machine Marching Band”. You have made an excellent decision in choosing to spend the 2016-2017 school year at Fort Valley State University, one of the leading historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) in the state of Georgia. I hope you are ready to experience one of the most exciting and rewarding ventures of your college experience.
All band requirements and information can be downloaded from the band web site at http://fvsubluemachine.com. Any updates relating to band camp or the marching season can also be found there beginning in July. Be sure to read the information carefully as it is for both new and returning students.
We work in conjunction with a number of departments (Housing, Financial Aid, Food Services, etc.) to make our program efficient and well organized, so please submit all documents before the advertised due date(s). Late submissions will cause you administrative difficulties and in some cases, lateness will jeopardize your band scholarship and may cause additional expenses to attend the university. Please be sure to get your physical examination early and use the document(s) we have provided because you will be unable to rehearse or perform without your physician’s approval signature on the required form. There will be no physical exams given on campus. We have an exciting performance schedule this season, so come prepared to have a good time as we compete against other bands in the SIAC in front of audiences in venues around the country. Have a safe and productive summer and I look forward to seeing you August 7th for pre-drill (band camp)
Director of Bands
Fort Valley State University