Answers to commonly asked questions:
Can I be in the band program and not be in Marching band?
Yes. Each year there are several students because of various reasons or preference who chose not to be in the marching band program. The marching band is one part of the total band program which includes Wind Symphony, Symphonic, Concert, Jazz and Percussion classes.
Can I participate in the fall marching band show if I did not participate during the summer?
Only under extenuating circumstances. We start the show in the summer and spend a lot of time on basics. We have shortened the summer practice time to give students more free time and feel that the summer time requirement is as minimal as possible.
What are the additional costs?
New students will be required to obtain white oxford marching shoes at an approximate cost of $35. for a new pair. Replacement gloves can be purchased for $3. Most students want a band jacket at a cost of $70. All these items can be purchased through the boosters. The only other cost would be that of frequently cleaning the uniform that is issued to the student.
Can a student receive P.E. credit for marching band?
Yes. Marching Band qualifies for one aspect of P.E. credit.
What will take place at band camp?
This period of time is a concentrated 4 day period for all students to receive help not only from the directors but from additional staff members brought in to provide individual and small group training. The entire field show will be taught. Attendance at band camp is not optional!
What is B.L.T.?
This is Band Leadership Training. On June 29 there is a camp held at A.F.H.S. conducted by a national leadership group. The famous Dr. Tim will conduct a one day workshop on leadership techniques and strategies for various life skills. It is a fabulous workshop and is highly recommended for anyone to attend. The cost is $60. for the workshop.
How do I clean the uniform?
All uniform parts should be dry cleaned only! A detailed uniform care instruction sheet is included in this handbook.
How often should the uniforms be cleaned?
Obviously, they should be cleaned any time they have been soiled. It will not be necessary to clean them quite as often if you take good care of them. Generally they should be dry cleaned 2 or 3 times during the season.
What should be worn under my band uniform?
You should wear a white T-shirt, possibly the band T-shirt and light-weight shorts. Long johns are encouraged during cold weather performances. Uniforms will be changed in the parking lot so modesty is encouraged.
What do section leaders do?
Section leaders are students assigned to individual sections who will serve as the leaders of that section. They are selected on their musical and leadership abilities. They will conduct sectionals and social activities throughout the season and will work closely with the drum-majors and the Director.
What do the Drum Majors do?
The Drum Majors are the field conductors for the marching band. They help rehearse and conduct the performance of the band. They are responsible for the espre de corps of the band and help to solve any personnel problems that occur during the season. They have major teaching responsibilities concerning marching style.
If my student chooses not to march as a 9th grader, can they still join as sophomores? Yes. Marching as a 9th grader is totally optional and we would hope they would join with us in the 10th grade.
What is the time commitment for Marching Band? A complete calendar is included with this handbook. Attendance at rehearsals is crucial to our success and any absences must have prior approval. Time commitment is similar to involvement on any major sporting team. Color Guard and Percussion will have additional practices.
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 total cost of marching band? The basic marching band cost is $700. (including the $150. deposit). The St George tour this fall will be an additional $200. We will be performing at Bands of America Grand Nationals in Indianapolis at a estimates cost of $900-$1100. New students will need to purchase marching shoes for appx. $35., replacement gloves are $4. each. (the first pair is given with the uniform) Most students will also want an optional band jacket that sells for $70.
Are there fund raising opportunities to help defray these costs? The band will usually conduct at least two group fundraisers. This summer we will again be selling tickets to the Steel Days Breakfast and again, 100% of the ticket will be credited to your students account. Many students, in the past, have paid off their entire fees with these fund raising projects. We also have a Band Yard Sale at Robinson Park on June 8th.
What is the payment structure? In order to determine the exact numbers we will be designing the show for, we require students and parents to sign a contract that is submitted along with a $150, deposit by March 1st. A complete payment schedule is as follows: April 1st $150. May 1st $150 June 1st $150. July 1st $100. August 1st $100 September 1st $100 Payment for the Indianapolis Tour will be made to the tour company
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 activity that is absolutely mandatory is the band camps during August.
If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Mr. Miller.
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