2014 AF Marching Band Registration and Macy's Parade Info
AF 2014 Marching Band Contract and Med Form
AF Marching Band Information Letter
Macy's Parade Student Registration
Macy's Parade Fan Registration
Macy's Trip Cancelation Protection Plan
2013 AF Drummajors Selected
Congratulations to our new Drummajors. We had 14 great candidates tryout and they were all amazing! Our new Drummajors for 2013 are:
Welcome to the 2014 AF Marching Band
Initial AF Marching Band Information
Dear AF Band Parents and Students:
This Marching Band Season the AF Band was extremely excited to have placed first in the Bands of America Western Regional and to receive the State Marching Band 5A Championship award in St George. It was an incredible experience and we now look forward to the BOA Grand Nationals.
Plans are also well underway for the 2014 American Fork High School Marching Band season and for our participation in the Macy’s Day Parade in New York City. Because of the Macy’s Parade early financial commitments we need the contract and deposit by Nov. 7. At the parent meeting on Oct 22 the parents overwhelmingly voted to go forward with the Macy’s trip to New York City. Attached are the Contract, Medical Form and the Macy’s Parade Manhattan Concert Productions Participant and Fan registration agreements. The tour company will need a $25 deposit to assure tickets for the musical “Wicked”. If parents are planning on going to New York with us they will also need to submit the $25 non-refundable deposit with the Fan Registration Agreement. The $25 non-refundable Macy’s deposit check should be made out to Manhattan Concert Productions and submitted to Mr. Miller by Nov. 7. The balance of the Macy’s Parade payments will be made directly to Manhattan Concert Productions.
We are very excited about the coming year and hope you will be with us again this upcoming season. We have set a new standard the past few years and your involvement this year will take us to new levels of achievement!
The cost of all in-state marching band will be $700 including the summer activities and we are estimating the St George State Championships/Red Rocks trip is estimated to be $200. The Macy’s Parade Tour to New York City is estimated to be $1959. The total cost for marching band this year is estimated to be $2,859. Complete cost estimation breakdown as follows:
$10 Uniform Fund
$30 Custom Music
$60 Custom Drill
$15 Custom Design
$70 Camp expenses, includes cleaning camps
$15 Sectional Pictures
$5 Summer party and Corps Encore bus
$40 Additional Transportation
$15 UMEA Camp
$200 St George State Band/Red Rocks Trip 3 nights
$900 Total in-state expense
$1,959 Macy’s Parade Tour
$2,859 Total MB expense w Macy’s Parade
Next years marching band show is now being planned and the drill will be started March 1. We will need to know exact numbers for charting purposes. Therefore we will need to have every student fill out our standard Marching Band Contract and return it with the $25 Macy’s Parade deposit by Nov 7. Future payments will be due per the attached fee schedule. We will have at least 2 major fundraisers to help with these expenses including the Summer Yard Sale and the Steel Days Breakfast. We have several other fund-raisers being planned to cut down the total cost for students. Many students have paid a large portion of their fees with these fundraisers.
We are excited to have your student become a part of this wonderful program and encourage you to strongly consider signing them up for the 2014 marching band season. It will take hard work and dedication but the end result in your student’s life will be absolutely amazing. Parents are continually telling us of the positive impact that marching band has had on their children. The discipline and sense of pride that comes as a result of working together as a championship band brings great rewards and personal growth. Some of the frequently asked questions are answered in the enclosed fact sheet but please feel free to contact us if you have further questions or concerns.
Answers to Commonly Asked Questions
Download Contract and Medical Form
Jewel Chipman, American Fork HS Drum Major 1945-46
Her granddaughter Madison Murdock is our current Drum Major!
U of U Marching Band Audition Info
Wind Auditions for the 2013 Marching Utes are ongoing - contact Dr. Brian Sproul (email@example.com). Scholarships are still available within the marching band.
American Fork H.S. Band Leadership 2013-14
Why Your Teen should Join Band Blog
Stand Ready Poem by Laura Barney
Stand Ready by Laura Barney
Summer brings sunlit days
And late nights
Rest is not an option
Work is our Choice
We watch the Dawn
We Welcome the Dusk
Late Summer Comes,
Harder work begins
For a week we say goodbye to our family,
Minute upon Minute
Hour upon Hour
The unforgiving sun
Beats down on our backs
But we are happy
Working, working, working.
Early Fall begins, our work pays off
Late bus rides to far and near places
The Field is our battleground.
We stand and focus,
Move and play
Wave our Flags and wield our weapons
Our Instruments singing to the stadium lights
And the Judges, seated high.
After Our performance, we stand at attention
Red, Black, and White soldiers
A silent army.
The Announcer speaks, the tension grows.
Silence overcomes the field
Except for our beating hearts we make no move
Even our breath has stopped.
The winner announced but still we stay frozen, our breath restarted
We watch and wait for our leaders
Adrenaline back, racing and pounding through our head
Our Leaders return, holding their heads high
Arm and Arm, Trophies in hand, and still we say nothing.
At Ease! The call breaks out
The spell of our silence is broken.
Yells and whoops and screams of triumph
We clasp the hands and hug the other bands
Congratulating and complementing their hard work.
On the late bus ride home, who could be sleeping?
Again and Again we ride those buses
Again and Again the strained then powered silence.
Until the season is over, our hard work done,
We now wait with our memories
For the Marching Band Season to start again.
Instructions for using My School Fees
Log in to www.myschoolfees.com
Sign in with your email address and password
If you have never used the site before, you need register as a new user. Once registered follow the “Sign In” prompts.
The next screen will ask you a series of questions:
a) What State is your School in? Click on Utah
b) What District is your School in? Click on Alpine
c) Click “American Fork High School” on the next screen
#1 Student Payments
Public Payments. This side is for AFJH or MRJH School students, youth camps, clinics, etc.
Once you have chosen the fees you want to pay, then click on "add to cart" and then "check out"
There will be a button appear with lettering in green that says "continue to checkout". Click on that button.
You will then be asked to enter in the participant’s name. Please enter in your child’s name you are paying for and in the comment line please put in your student’s school ID# and grade. This will enter them into our system at the high school and the next time that you pay online you will be able to start at step #1.
Pay with your choice of credit card (we do not accept American Express)
Print your receipt and take it along with your contract to Mrs. Carter in the Band Room at AFHS.