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Q: What is the Green Hope High School Band Program?
A: The GHHS Band Program was established in 1999 with the opening of Green Hope High School. The GHHS Band Program comprises various groups, including Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Color Guard, and Winter Guard, that perform and compete at local and state levels. Beyond the classroom environment, GHHS’ Band Program offers a comprehensive and diverse educational experience through music, performance, and life.
Q: What is the Band Boosters organization?
A: This parent—run organization is committed to creating an environment for our students to achieve greatness in their academic endeavors through a highly disciplined music based curriculum. Given the minimal financial support that we receive from the Wake County Public School System to the arts, the GHHS Band Boosters assists, sponsors, and supports financially and otherwise, the overall Band Program.
We cannot do this alone and need parents like you to share your time, skills and talent with an amazing group of young people and parents who freely give and support the Band Program. GH has a sizeable band and we need every parent to contribute financially through fair share, fundraising, chaperoning, donations, etc. Questions regarding band booster volunteering opportunities are at the end of this FAQ.
Q: What is www.greenhopeband.org/?
A: This is our official Green Hope Band website where you can find everything you will need to know about the Band Programs. This site contains important contact information for the Band Director, Band Boosters, on—line registration for the Band, photos from Band Camp, practices, competitions, concerts, football performances, formal band portraits, etc. It is continually being updated so please check it often for valuable information.
Q: What are the Symphonic and Concert Bands?
A: These are the year long academic classes. Students sign up for a band class in the spring along with their other courses. Students are placed in either Symphonic or Concert based upon their auditions and/or talent. These bands perform at concerts and participate in select community events. They also attend band districts in the spring. It is expected that all students in band classes will help raise funds through the few fundraisers the boosters provide to help cover costs of the music program. You do not have to be in marching band to participate in these classes, although all students are welcome to join the Regiment.
Q: What is the Percussion Ensemble?
A:Percussion Ensemble is a class offered at GHHS. Its emphasis is that of percussive
instruments, mainly drums of all sorts. You do not have to be in marching band to be in this class. This
band performs at concerts with the Symphonic, Concert, and Jazz bands. New to 2007 the band program will
construct a new extra—curricular select group at GH for competition, Winter Drumline. It will be organized similar to that of the marching band drumline and begins after the marching season has ended. This is a winter activity that runs from November to April depending on the competition schedules. There is a cost to participate in this activity, along with travel to perform in Drumline competitions in distant locales. Information will be distributed in Late October or early November.
Q: What is Concert Attire?
Male: Concert Band students will wear black slacks, socks and shoes, white tuxedo shirt, cummerbund and bow tie. Symphonic Band students in addition will wear a tuxedo jacket.
Female: the choice of the Sweetheart Short Sleeve Swing dress (purchase cost is $46.95) and the Sweetheart Blouse and Palazzo Pants set (purchase cost is $50.90). This requirement began with the 2010-11 season. For the 2011-12 season only the senior girls are exempt.
Q: Do I have to buy it or can I rent concert attire?
A: The male concert attire is available for rent or purchase. The concert dress package of a tuxedo shirt, cummerbund, and bow tie is available to rent for the school year for $15 or to purchase new for $30. The symphonic students in addition will pay $30 to rent a tuxedo jacket for the school year. The female attire is available for purchase only. Uniform moms will be at the school to assist students with sizing prior to the first concert of the season.
Q: What if I need an instrument?
A: Green Hope High School owns several instruments that are loaned out to students for the academic year. Students and parents sign a contract stating they will be responsible for any repairs deemed above and beyond normal wear and tear. The director deems which repairs are normal wear and tear. Beginning in the summer of 2008, those who are loaned school instruments are assessed a fee to help cover normal wear and tear repair costs. Repairs above and beyond normal wear and tear will continue to be the responsibility of the student/parent. This is the circumstance for both the classroom and marching instruments.
Q: What is Marching Band?
A: Marching Band is an extra—curricular activity that comprises students from the various Band Classes. It includes instrumentalists, the Pit, Drumline (Percussion) and Color Guard. The Marching Band performs their “Show” during half—time at all Friday night Football home games, typically 4—5 games a season. In addition, they perform at numerous local and award band competitions, parades, and selected community events. To become a member of the Green Hope Marching Regiment a student and parent must register by mid May for the upcoming fall season. The marching season starts with band camp in July and ends in early November. This group practices after school approximately 3 days per week. There is a significant cost associated with participating in this activity.
Q: What is Color Guard?
A: Color Guard is the group of members in the marching band who perform/dance with flags, rifles, sabers, and other possible props in the marching band “Show”. Practice begins in the summer at band camp and is open to the following school year’s GH high school students so that new members can learn the basics of spinning equipment and dance. This group performs around the musicians during the fall marching shows; so their routines are created later in the show drill process. There is a cost associated with participating in this group to cover the cost of instruction, costumes, props, and many other incidentals.
Q: What is the Pit?
A: The Pit is a musical section in the Marching Band. It is all of the auxiliary instruments that do not march. It is made up of the rhythm instruments like the xylophones, gong, etc. This group will often practice separately until the drill is complete because there is no need to haul all the equipment out to the practice field for every practice until then. The Pit is stationary during the show and because of time constraints when performing, they are helped on and off the field by the Band Booster Pit and Prop Committee.
Q: What are Capital fundraisers?
A: The Capital Budget is used for the general running of the GH band program as a whole, not just marching. The band director receives very little in the way of funding from Wake County Public Schools, and therefore it falls upon the booster organization to subsidize funds so that items can be purchased to help provide the most complete program possible for our children. Capital funds are used to pay for, but not limited to, the following items:
1.Purchase of instruments (many kids use school instruments or play two different instruments —— one for marching and one for concert/symphonic, the percussion section, etc.)
2.Repair and maintenance of all GH owned instruments
3. Classroom sheet music (This is very expensive, and the boosters cover the majority of the cost.)
4. Classroom supplies and equipment (music software, the TV, etc.)
5. Cost to go to Festival in March (both bands attend this)
6. Payment of the instructional classroom staff that come in to help out with sectionals throughout the academic school year
7. Practice field up—keep
All funds raised through a capital fundraiser are put into the Capital Account. It is so important that all families understand the importance of participating in the capital fundraisers. The funds raised through these events allow GH to have one of the finest music programs in Wake County. The items mentioned above would not be possible without the success of the following endeavors.
Knowing that a parent’s main focus is paying down the Fair Share, we generally only have four big fundraisers for Capital. They are the car washes during the summer, the raffle, Art in Motion, and the silent auction. This is why it is imperative that we all work hard to earn as much money as we can during these four fundraisers.
Q: Do I have to participate in fundraisers for Capital and Student Accounts?
A: It is strongly encouraged that all students — Marching Band and non—marching —— participate in all fundraisers to support the band and the student’s Marching Band activities. Capital Fundraisers receive 100% of funds raised. Student Account Fundraisers are split with 90% going to the student and 10% goes to the Band’s Capital Fund. (With the exception of the Fruit Sale at a 50/50 split.)
Q: What is Fair Share and why do we have to pay it?
A: The Band Program gets approximately $2,000 annually from Wake County Public Schools for all Band Programs in addition to new marching band uniforms every seven years. Green Hope Band received new uniforms in 2006. Fair Share is the fee those in Marching Band (including Color Guard) pay to be a part of the Marching Band experience. In the spring the budget for the fall marching season is created. The total cost for the upcoming marching season is then divided evenly into the number of students that are approximated to be in the Marching Band the upcoming year. Basically this fee pays for the running of the current marching band season. (We try to keep this amount down by off—setting costs with the Capital Budget when possible.) The Fair Share fee pays for, but is not limited to, the following items:
1. Staff Instruction. The boosters hire approximately six extra staff to help with the show from various aspects, including music, drill, design, guard, and drumline. This is a necessary major cost.
2. Band Camp, home and away. Some schools do not go away for band camp, but we feel that the time the kids have away is so productive, not just in learning the music and the “Show”, but encouraging the formation of everlasting relationships and traditions.
3. Show design, music and drill design. Our marching band shows are designed by outside sources; they write the drill and arrange music for our specific needs. Music copyright fees for our show music are also a large expense.
4. Color Guard show costumes and flags created to fit the show theme
5. Props for the show
6. Marching Band Uniforms (Keeping the uniforms clean and stored properly is vital.)
7. Competition Entrance Fees (There is always a cost to participate in a competition.)
8. Transportation to local competitions and truck rental to transport instruments and equipment
9. First Aid and hygiene items
Similar fees are also set up for Winter Guard. Their fees cover, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Staff Instruction
2. Show design
3. Props for the show
4. Performance Floor up—keep
5. New costumes and flags may need to be purchased and/or made each year
6. Transportation to competitions for students and equipment
7. Competition Entrance Fees (There is always a cost to participate in a Winter Guard competition.)
Q: What does Fair Share cover?
A: Fair Share payments cover, but not entirely, the costs for show design for Marching Band, Color Guard and Winter Guard; instructors for Marching Band, Color Guard, Winter Guard, Drumline, and Jazz Band; equipment transportation costs; show props, field maintenance; Jazz Bands; and offsets the costs for Away Band Camp.
Q: What are the amounts for Fair Share and when is it due?
A: For the 2014—2015 Season, Marching Band and Color Guard Fair Share is $1200. Winter Guard is TBD.
Winter Drumline has not yet been set for 2014—2015.
Jazz Band is $50.00
Q: How do I pay for Fair Share fees?
A: A check may be written to cover this cost, and/or the family may participate in Student Account fundraisers and use this money to pay these Marching Band costs.
When you participate in a Student Account fundraiser, 90% of your profit goes toward your student account, which you can then use to pay your Fair Share fee. (With the exception of the Fruit Sale with a 50/50 split.) The boosters try to provide students and parents with many Student Account fundraising opportunities such as CITI Pass books, plant sales, working at Walnut Creek, Innisbrook, etc., so there are financial opportunities, other than writing a check, for the students and parents to cover the fair share fees cost.
Q: What are the other financial expectations throughout the year (i.e., competition trips, awards, capital, etc.)?
A: Every even year there is a trip planned over the winter break. Should your student choose to go, there will be hotel, food, transportation and entertainment costs associated with this trip. This trip is voluntary and will be open to members from all band program disciplines.
There will also be small fees to audition for All—District. Should your child make an All—District and/or an All—State band, there may be costs for the weekend participation of these events.
Q: What is a Student Account and what are Student Account fundraisers?
A: This is an account set up in the student’s name by the Booster Treasurer. As the student or parent participates in Student Account (SA) Fundraisers, the profits earned are put into the student account. The parent may request to the Treasurer through email or in writing, for the SA funds to be used to pay Fair Share fees at any given time. The monies earned from a SA fundraiser can only be used toward fair share fees and other marching band expenses as detailed in the Student Handbook, and can never be directly given to a student. (By law, funds raised under the GH Band name must be used to pay for GH Band expenses. Therefore any unused student account monies can be held and transferred to a sibling account, or will convert to the capital account. Please see handbook for more extensive details regarding student accounts and their particulars.)
Please refer to our website, www.greenhopeband.org/ for a complete listing of fundraisers. Money (profit) earned by participating in student account fundraisers is split with 90% of the profit going into the student’s account and 10% going into the Capital Account. The only exception to this 90/10 split is the Fruit Sale, which is split 50/50 between the Student and Capital Accounts.
Q: How do I access my Student Account?
A: Please contact the Treasurer who will provide you with a summary of your Student Account. If you wish to wish to use the funds in your Student Account to apply towards Fair Share or other expenses, you must notify the Treasurer in writing.
Q: What about Health & Safety?
A: A first aid bag is available at all rehearsals, camps, competitions, etc. Chaperones will assist with “basic” first aid. If more extensive issues arise, then parents will be called as well as 911, if necessary.
It is imperative that you complete the Medical Forms as requested during the registration process as we will be unable to administer any type of basic first aid or medications without the parents’/guardians’ permission.
Please remember to bring all medications recommended by your Physician with you to all events, such as diabetic medications, Inhaler, anaphylactic meds, migraine meds, allergy meds, etc.
Q: What is Band Camp?
A: Band Camp lasts approximately two weeks. It is the opportunity to be away from day—to—day life to bond as a team. The first few days are from 8:00am to 8:30pm at GHHS to teach and refresh students with the fundamentals of marching (drill) and begin playing the music in groups by instrument. During the morning the students will work on marching. After lunch they will be inside in small groups, called “sectionals”, according to their instrument to practice the music. After dinner they typically return to outdoors for further marching. The band attends camp away at a local college for four to five days to further their bonding and concentrated efforts in learning the “Show” (both the music and the drill). The students stay in dorms and are exposed to a wonderful controlled independence. Chaperones are available at all times during practices and are assigned eight students to be responsible for during down times. Once home they take a day off and then return for a few more days to the 8:00am — 8:30pm schedule to continue learning the drill. Band Camp ends with the passing out of the show shirts and an “Informance” where family and friends are invited to come and see the progress that has been made on the “Show”. Depending on the day this falls on, we may have a ‘pot luck dinner’ to celebrate the occasion.
Q: Do I have to attend Band Camp?
A: Yes, it is absolutely essential you attend the full sessions of Band Camp to learn the music, choreography, and team building. If, for any reason, for any length of time you wish to be excused from any portion of band camp, you must first get permission from the director. There are extremely few exceptions for missing band camp. Upper classmen who are experienced marchers are typically the only ones who may be excused in order to attend such events as Governor’s School, etc.
Q: Why do I need to attend Band Camp?
A: All members of the marching band need to attend band camp because this is when we learn our music and drill (marching coordinates) for the Fall Show that we will perform at Friday Night Football Games and local and away marching band competitions. It is very advantageous to freshmen because they become a member of the band before they actually start high school and with this comes the new friendships and a feeling of belonging.
Q: What is the cost for Band Camp?
A: Band Camp cost is covered thru your Fair Share payments. Please see Question #15 for more detail about Fair Share.
Q: Am I done after Home and Away Band Camp?
A: No. After Home and Away Band Camps, there will be weekly practices on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 5 pm — 8:30 or 9:00 pm at Green Hope High School. Once school starts, practices will move to after school and be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 pm to 6:00 pm.
There are also various Sectional Practices held throughout the season. These practices will be announced by the Section Leader.
Additional marching clinics or rehearsals may be needed and will be called at the Band Director or Section Leaders discretion.
Q: Do I have to attend all Marching Band practices/rehearsals?
A: Yes, attendance at practices is mandatory. Occasional exceptions will be made at the discretion of the Band Director.
Q: What is needed at Band Camp?
A: You will need to bring the following with you to Band Camp at GHHS (July 23, 24 & 31 and August 1):
1. Medications recommended by your Physician, such as Inhaler, anaphylactic meds, migraine meds, allergy meds, etc.
3. Light—colored clothing
5. Sunscreen…applied before you start to burn!
6. Water jug — insulated, 32 oz. with a strap for carrying over shoulder. This will stay with you on the field while you practice.
7. Eat breakfast daily before coming to the Green Hope Camp.
8. Athletic shoes and a few pairs of socks — NO sandals, flip—flops, or backless shoes. It’s extremely important to have proper footwear and socks for comfort, protection, and the prevention of blisters. EXTRA SOCKS WILL BE YOUR FRIEND AT CAMP.
9. Bring lunch each and every day in a personal cooler or insulated lunch bag. Refrigeration is not provided.
10. Instrument and instrument supplies
11. Three—ring binder, pen, pencil, paper, music
11. Dot Book
Additional items to bring to Band Camp at Wake Forest University (July 25—29):
1. Medications recommended by your Physician, such as Inhaler, anaphylactic meds, migraine meds, allergy meds, etc.
3. Light—colored clothing
4. Sunglasses, sun screen, bug repellent
5. Water jug — insulated, 32 oz. with a strap for carrying over shoulder. This will stay with you on the field while you practice.
6. Athletic shoes and socks — NO sandals, flip—flops, or backless shoes. It’s extremely important to have proper footwear and socks for comfort, protection, and the prevention of blisters.
7. Linens for twin size dorm bed. Dorms are air—conditioned; however, you may want to bring a fan for additional cooling or a blanket for more warmth.
9. Towels, toilet articles, air freshener, flip—flops for bathroom
10. Something to wear to and from the showers — bathrooms are in the hallway
11. Alarm clock
12. Instrument and instrument supplies — extra reeds, oil, grease, extra drumsticks, etc.
13. All three meals will be provided at Wake Forest University (WFU) Dining Hall. For proper nutrition, the consumption of ALL THREE MEALS at WFU is required. That means getting up early enough to have time to eat before getting on the field for morning practice.
14. Spending money — for vending machines
DO NOT BRING to Band Camp
1. Candles, incense, cooking appliances, cigarettes, illegal drugs, alcohol
2. Items such as ipods, etc. are your responsibility and brought at your own risk.
Q: What is a “Dot” Book?
A: It is a 3 x 5 sized wire bound notebook that is tied around your neck or waist with cording to use during Band Camp, practices and rehearsals to record/keep coordinates and note changes. This makes for easy access while learning the drill.
Marching Band Uniforms
Q: What comprises the band uniform? Shirts, pants, shoes, shorts, gloves, hat, etc.
A: The GH Marching Band Uniform currently consists of a green and black coat over black bib overall pants, a pair of gauntlets, a black hat w/feathered plume, black Dinkles marching shoes, black gloves, and a duffle bag. Underneath, the band member wears their “Show” or white t—shirt, black silky gym shorts, and calf or higher solid black socks.
Q: How do I get a band uniform? What is my cost?
A: All members of the Falcon Regiment will meet with the Uniform Committee and be measured for uniforms during Home Band Camp. Each student will be issued a uniform that is worn for football games, competitions, and local community events. It is up to the student to purchase the socks, shoes, gloves, and duffle bags. The shoes, gloves, and duffle bags are specific to the uniform and so are purchased through the band. Shoes are $30, gloves are $3/pair, and duffle bags are $10. These costs are subject to change depending on their cost to the band. Many students prefer to purchase two pairs of gloves for obvious reasons.
Q: How do the uniforms get cleaned?
A: The Band Boosters’ Uniform Committee will handle the cleaning of all uniforms during and/or post Marching Band season.
Q: Are the uniforms rented or bought for each student?
A: The uniforms are the property of the Green Hope Marching Band and are “loaned” to individual students for the season. Due to weather/heat conditions during the late summer months, events such as Cary’s Lazy Daze, the Band participants will perform in their “Show” shirts and black shorts.
Q: What are the requirements to dress at practice and Band Camp?
A:During the heat of summer, it is highly recommended that students come to practice properly dressed. This includes wearing a hat, sunglasses, light colored t—shirts and shorts, and athletic shoes. Please note that skimpy short—shorts, bare midriff shirts, drooping pants, and excessively low—cut and/or skimpy spaghetti strapped tops are unacceptable. Bring an extra plan white t—shirt to practices (keep in bag).
Marching Band Performances ~ Football Games, Competitions, and Parades
Q: What are Football Fridays?
A:GHHS has their football games on Friday nights. At all home games, the Marching Band performs in pre—game as well as half—time activities. The students are expected to remain with the band at all times unless using the rest room. Rehearsal starts at 4 pm on Fridays for one hour; the students break for dinner (provided at the school); get dressed, rehearse and then participate in pre—game activities. All students are expected to perform. Any exceptions must be approved by the director prior to the game.
Q: What are Marching Band Competitions?
A:Many high schools have competitive marching bands and take their shows to competitions. Marching Competitions are most commonly hosted by high schools, the Bands of America Association, and the United States Scholastic Band Association where the bands are classed by size of band or size of school. In the spring the director selects (purchases) a show from a vendor (who writes marching band shows) that will compliment and challenge our band students. This show is learned throughout the summer and into the beginning of the school year. We take our “Show” is taken to competitions where we are judged on a number of skills. Competitions are the proving ground of a marching band’s hard work. Many bands come together here to display their talent, dedication to a team, and pride in oneself. Each band earns points for the different skills required of a marching band. At the end of the day those with the highest scores receive the highest awards. It is hoped that the students do not compete against others, but strive to better themselves with each performance. Of course it is the promise of a grand championship award that helps bring out the best effort, but it is most important to know you did your very best and always give it 100%.
Please reference document, “Everything you wanted to know about how marching contests are judged”,. To learn details about how a competition is scored.
Q: Am I required to attend/participate in all Competitions?
A:Yes. If you choose to participate in the Falcon Regiment, you must do so with the intent to participate in ALL competitions. Of course there are urgent things that come up, and any absence must be approved prior to band camp or as early as possible by the director.
Q: Is there an additional cost for Competition Trips?
A:Until 2007 this cost was determined separately from the Fair Share amount and added to the Fair Share in the fall because of the uncertainty of the fall competition schedule when the budget is created in the spring. Starting in the spring of 2008, we hope to have some sense of the competition travel schedule for the fall when creating the budget and hope to add these costs into the Fair Share amount at the beginning of the season.
Q: What are my responsibilities as a student during competitions?
A:You are a representative of the Green Hope Falcon Regiment. You must always be aware of the schedule or itinerary set for the day and comply, have the necessary supplies, give respect to the staff and adult boosters, and especially important is to be on your best behavior. When in uniform you will be sharp and attentive to your surroundings, showing pride to be part of this fine group. Most important of all, you will give 100% because you are a member of a team who is counting on you to strive to do your very best.
Q: What do students wear to school the day of performances?
A:On Fridays before competitions, it is tradition that Marching Band members dress up. Boys wear either shirt and tie w/khakis or their dark green GH polo shirt w/khakis. Some boys wear suits as well. Girls wear dresses, dress pants w/blouse, or skirt w/blouse.
Other Band Program Groups
Q: What is Winter Guard?
A:Winter Guard is an extra—curricular activity that also competes. It is organized similar to that of Color Guard, but the members perform indoors to recorded music selected specifically for guard competition. There is an audition process after marching season to place those trying out into Varsity or Junior Varsity teams. The guard instructor chooses (purchases) shows from a vendor depending on the talents and number of members in the group(s). GH usually hosts a Winter Guard competition, Art in Motion, each year where Winter Guards from all over are invited to come to compete. It is expected that all members of the GH band program will help with this event as the proceeds are used as capital funds and benefit the whole band program.
Q: What is Jazz Ensemble?
A:Jazz Ensemble is an extra—curricular group(s) of select brass, woodwind, and percussive musicians. This band practices once or twice weekly, before or after school depending on availability of instructor/conductor. This band assembles after the marching season ends. New to 2007, there is a cost associated with this activity to cover cost of instructor and sheet music. Information is distributed in late October or early November. This band performs at school concerts with the Symphonic, Concert and Percussion Ensemble bands.
Q: What is the Musical Pit?
A:Each spring the GHHS Drama Club puts on a musical play. They invite the members of band classes to participate in the musical orchestra pit. This group of musicians will practice after school for approximately one month. They play for the singing actors during the several performances over a weekend when the musical is performed for audiences.
Band Boosters Volunteering
Q: What is expected of each parent?
A:It is strongly encouraged of each parent to donate some time and energy to a committee or make donations to the program.
Q: What happens if I do not have time to volunteer?
A: You can be the parent who donates extra funds, food and drinks, car pools with others, supports your student’s commitment to band, and says thank you to those who can.
Q: Is there a way to contribute extra financially?
A: Yes. You can make a tax deductible contribution to GHHS Band Boosters; however, the caveat is that it must not be used for personal or student expenses. It will be added to Capital expenditures.
Q: Food and Drink Donations
A: Often the Hospitality Committee will solicit donations of snacks, drinks, etc. for Football Fridays, Competitions, Band Camp, and Winter Guard Competitions. Your donation of these foods helps to defray the cost of the Fair Share fees. Why do we nickel and dime parents by asking for donations instead of just raising the cost of Fair Share and go purchase them? Because there are parents who cannot volunteer any other way. Their time or resources are limited and this gives them the opportunity to contribute in a very important way.
Q: What does a booster parent wear?
A: It would be wonderful if you could wear marching band Spiritwear, but if not just come clothed. Chaperones are strongly encouraged to purchase a Spiritwear burgundy band shirt to wear with khaki shorts or pants as part of the booster uniform.
The cost for a burgundy booster shirt starts at $15 for a t—shirt and goes up in price depending on your choice.
Q: What is Spiritwear?
A: This is the clothing and other items with our band logos sold by the booster organization for student, parental and booster needs. Most items are sold for a minimal up—charge of their cost. We sell our items to any person who is interested in supporting our fine program. You need it; we sell it. If we don’t, please ask the Spiritwear Coordinator about the item you are looking for to see if it could become available. Contact the Spiritwear Coordinator or select for a complete list of items.
Q: What are the Chaperones, Pit and Props, and Hospitality committees, and what does each group do?
This fabulous group of band boosters is a vital part of the band organization. As a booster program we prefer to a chaperone per fifteen students during any trip off campus, which means for every event we need at least ten chaperones (one is assigned to first aid). What would be optimum is if every parent could chaperone an event sometime during their child’s band experience. This is the best way to be part of your child’s environment and share these special moments. The more parents involved the merrier it is for all, and the more we grow our band family. Chaperones stay with the children to ensure safety. They escort them to the restroom or other areas when needed. They ride the buses with them, and when they participate in an overnight event, they are assigned students to keep track of during down time. Chaperones keep a watchful eye at all times, including taking turns into the late evening when overnight somewhere. This may sound like a lot of responsibility, but with it comes a most rewarding experience. Chaperones get to know the kids, parents, and how special the GHHS Marching Band is. They have great fun and pleasure in being part of the performance process. If you would like to participate with this group of super boosters, or have any questions or concerns about chaperoning, please contact the Chaperone Chair.
Pit and Props:
This group of dedicated Band Boosters is a committed set of individuals who work very hard in the background. They must be available to the band before, during, and after all event festivities take place. When we perform off campus they pick up the rental trucks and bring them to Green Hope. Once there, loading the trucks is more than meets the eye as it is a like a puzzle making all the pieces fit just right. They make themselves available to haul not only the props, but extra equipment, uniforms, instruments, guard gear, food and anything else that must be taken. Once they drive the trucks or themselves to the destination, they must be available to unload when needed. Like all other parent volunteer groups, they pay for their own gas and accommodations. Pit and Prop crew members are never able to predict when or where they will be able to eat at competitions since their schedule revolves around everyone else and everything occurring (arrival time, dressing time, warm—up, prop building, movement of pit and props to the field, etc.) Some say their committee motto is “Flexibility”. They are only able to relax when not needed by other groups within the band. Therefore, to meet the band’s needs and still have an opportunity to eat, the group decided last year to eat as a group at competitions. How fun for them! Of course let’s not forget that they shop for supplies and design and build the props, design the sound system, etc. They never really get to watch and enjoy the show from the stands like everyone else because they get all the equipment on and off the field in no time flat for every performance. After all is done, they reload EVERYTHING, usually in the dark. Don’t forget that all the kids’ stuff is laying around in the way. Yes, they are faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap any prop in a single bound, and they are our unsung heroes. The best thing they are, are our teammates and friends. If you have a chance to thank a Pit and Prop Crew member, please do because they make it possible for us to perform, and they do it with smiles on their faces. If you are interested in helping with our fun and fabulous Pit and Prop, please contact the Pit and Props Chair who would welcome your efforts as this committee is always looking to include others to help.
This great group of Band Boosters coordinates the food supply for most of our events. Listed below are the subcommittees for this group. They work very hard to coordinate efficiently the collection and feeding of our students and boosters. They are at school arranging the donations in the storage rooms, setting up and cleaning up for Football Friday game dinners, planning and decorating for senior activities like senior week in the fall and dinner in the spring. They also plan and coordinate the Band Banquet. This group is like the kitchen ‘MOM/DAD’ of the band. Their work can be laborious, behind the scenes, or just one shot volunteer opportunities. Often this committee will request donations from you so they do not have to ask for extra funds at the booster board meetings. Your donation helps to keep the cost of Fair Share within the budgeted amount. If we do not get these donations, it is likely that Fair Share will be increased to accommodate these needs in future years. This group not only has responsibilities that are often less recognized, they help save our organization a lot of money, and we can’t thank them enough for their valuable efforts.
The Subcommittees include home band camp dinner foods, snacks and drinks; Snacks and drinks for away band camp, football games, and competitions; Meal Plan meals for the Football Friday games and competitions; Senior activities; and the Band Banquet. Hospitality may assist with any other committee or event that requires help with food supplies.
Q: Are there other ways I can volunteer?
A: The band boosters have many ways to help out. If you have talent(s) for something not listed in these frequently asked questions and want to volunteer, please take a look at the Chair Contact list on the Band Boosters page of the website to see all the committees we have.
Executive Board and Chairs
2016-2017 Band Booster Board
Feel free to contact the chair for the area of your interest. If you do not see the something you are interested in listed, please contact the President, Lloyd Hinnant, at email@example.com. He will direct you to the correct person.
Q: What if I have a question that has not been addressed in this FAQ?
A: The band boosters have a New Member Liaison to help members become familiar and comfortable with our program. Even if you are not new but have questions about the band program, please contact Lesley Lloyd at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns. She is our 2016—2017 New Member Liaison.