2013 Marching Band Information
Dear AF Band Parents and Students:
This past Marching Band Season the AF Band was extremely excited to have placed first in the Bands of America Western Regional in St George. It was an incredible experience and we must now look forward and plans are well underway for the 2013 American Fork High School marching band field and parade season. Right now we are planning on competing in Indianapolis at the Bands of America Grand Nationals. 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 trip to be $200. The Grand Nationals Tour to Indianapolis is estimated to be $1000. The total cost for marching band this year will be $1900. Complete cost 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 Trip 3 nights
$900 Total in-state expense
The marching band music is now being written and the drill will be started March 1. We 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 a $150 deposit by March 1. Remaining payments will be due per the attached fee schedule. We will have at least 3 major fundraisers to help with these expenses including the Summer Yard Sale, Family Portraits 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 2013 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.
We will hold our “Marching Band 101” Parent meeting April 25th at 7pm in the AFJH band room and the Band “Step-Off” meeting for all members and parents on April 30th at 7 PM in the AFHS auditorium. Please put these dates on your calendar and come meet the section leaders and learn more about the band. Students will receive their music at this meeting and can purchase band jackets, shoes etc.
Please read over the enclosed information, talk it over with your student and please feel free to contact us with any questions. If you decide to join with us this year, please return the enclosed contract with the $150 deposit by March 1. We are excited about next year and hope you decide to become part of, and help expand this exciting tradition of excellence that we call the American Fork Band. It takes hard work and dedication but it is well worth the effort. Vince Lombardi said it well and our program confirms that, “The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur. Choose excellence in everything you do, are, intend to be.”
9th Grade students will be accepted on a limited basis. How is this determined? 9th grade students will audition to Mr. Major or Mr. Bateman. Students will audition on the first two selections of our parade piece “Salute to America’s Finest” as well as the 12 Major scales one octave from memory. We welcome 9thgrade students into marching band if their ability and desire prove that they are capable of performing at this level. If not, we encourage them to wait another year until their ability level matures--allowing them to have a more positive and successful experience.
What transportation arrangements are available? 9th graders are expected to organize car pools to get them to the H.S. by 3 PM. A parent committee will help to organize this transportation.
What is the time commitment? A complete calendar can be viewed on the band web-site www.afbands.org. Attendance at rehearsals is crucial to our success and any absences must have prior approval. Time commitment is similar to involvement on any major sports team. Color Guard and Percussion will have additional practices.
What are the camps that are absolutely essential to attend? Band Camp June 24-28 is crucial and attendance is required. Band Camp on August 12-16 is non-negotiable concerning attendance. If a student is going to be in the AF Marching Band these camps are essential. All other summer practices are excusable for youth camps, trips etc. but an excuse form must be submitted two weeks in advance of any absence. Percussion and Color Guard have additional mandatory camps in August.
What do we do about family summer vacations and scout/girls camps? We encourage students to try to schedule activities around the band schedule but we realize conflicts will occur. The sectionals every Monday morning and Thursday evenings are crucial but they are excusable if conflicts occur. The only summer activities that are absolutely mandatory are the band camps during June and August.
What is the total cost of marching band? The basic marching band cost is $700. The tour to St George this fall is $200. The BOA Grand Nationals Tour will be appx. $1000, bringing the total cost to $1900. New students will need to purchase marching shoes for appx. $30. Replacement gloves are $4. (the first pair is given with the uniform) Most students will also want an optional band jacket that sells for appx. $50. The school will charge a $50 participation fee to help cover the cost of transportation. This will need to be paid at registration.
Are there fund raising opportunities to help defray these costs?. This summer we will be selling tickets to the Steel Days Breakfast and again, 100% of the ticket will be credited to your students account. In June the band will hold its annual Band Yard Sale at Robinson Park. We have several other tentative fund-raisers scheduled to help defray student costs. Many students, in the past, have paid off their entire fees with these fund raising projects.
What is the payment structure? In order to determine the exact numbers for the show design, we require students and parents to sign a contract that is submitted along with a $150, deposit by March 1.. A complete payment schedule is included in this mailing. Student’s delinquent in payments may be removed from the drill so we can make the needed adjustments during band camp.
Please feel free to contact us if you have further questions. Next year will be another amazing experience and we hope your student will be with us.
John Miller, Director of Bands AFH
Dana Slabaugh, Director of Percussion AFH /AFJH
Lance Major, Director of Bands AFJH
Richard Bateman, Director of Bands Mtn Ridge JH
Tiffany Miller, Director of Color Guard AFH /AFJH