Some Bexley High School students traded in their white gloves and blue uniforms for T-shirts and bare feet. Others swapped their black and white dressy performance wear for sundresses and cargo shorts.

Some Bexley High School students traded in their white gloves and blue uniforms for T-shirts and bare feet. Others swapped their black and white dressy performance wear for sundresses and cargo shorts.

High school marching band and orchestra members convened at the school this past week to prepare for a year's worth of music.

Some 50 band members split their time between memorizing music and learning the marching routine for the first home football game against Canal Winchester on Aug. 22.

This is the 38th year for the music camp, which started for the band only. The orchestra joined the music camp in 1975.

Led by band director Andy Johnson and a group of camp staff members, marching band students practiced the Stevie Wonder halftime show, which includes songs such as "You Are The Sunshine of My Life" and "Sir Duke."

Junior baritone player David Hahn said he enjoyed camp and thought it was a very productive work atmosphere.

"It's a lot more effective than last year," he said. "We learned the program in half an hour."

Hahn said he also was excited about the camp's optional evening activities, which included a night at GameWorks, the Bexley pool, a movie night and a night of Guitar Hero in the high school auditorium.

"The evening activities are more for group bonding," Hahn said.

Cam Cross, who has been helping out with the band during the summer camp since 1980, said he is thrilled to be back in Bexley, a place he calls his home away from home.

The trumpet player, who just moved to Cleveland from Vermont, will be a band director in the Cleveland school district this fall. He got to know Bexley while a student teacher with former Bexley band director Jeffrey Schneider.

"I just love Bexley," Cross said. "I'm so proud of these kids. This band has a lot of personality."

Orchestra director Sandra Crandall, with the help of Ohio State University music education major Sara Woodbury, helped students get head starts on their string pieces for the year.

Woodbury, who previously assisted at another music camp led by OSU professor Robert Gillespie, said assisting Crandall was a wonderful experience for her as a future teacher.

"I am really privileged, because Bexley is one of the leading school districts in the area," she said. "I'm getting a chance to learn about the whole process."

The OSU senior got the chance to direct the freshmen orchestra during music camp.

Senior violin player Elise Skaggs said she thinks rehearsing with the orchestra over the summer is important for the overall health of the ensemble.

"I think it will really help get the orchestra prepared for the rest of the year," she said.

Both the band and the orchestra will show off their week of hard work with performances beginning at 5 p.m. Friday at the high school.