WELCOME BAND PARENTS
Being a band member is a rewarding experience providing life-long memories for students. There are many ways that, as a band parent, you can become part of the experience too!
First and foremost, support your band student as he/she is going to learn many important life lessons through participation in the band. Make sure you understand how the band operates and the importance of your child’s role within the band. If your student is interested, enroll him/her in private lessons to enhance his/her educational experience.
Lastly, feel free to reach out to our New Member Liaison with any questions you may have!
Operation of our organization costs a lot of money. For the most part we are self-sustaining and raise the money ourselves. In addition to our student-account fundraisers, which directly subsidize your own personal band-related expenses, we have general band fundraisers.
While some families may choose to pay out of pocket rather than participating in the student account fundraisers, it is requested that every band family participate in the general band fundraisers.
These fundraisers cover expenses including new instrument purchase, instrument maintenance, classroom supplies, sheet music, guest artists and clinicians, financial aid, and clerical expenses, to name a few.
REDUCE YOUR FAIR SHARE
In extracurricular ensembles, there is a financial commitment required as well as a participation commitment. Each member is to earn and/or pay his or her “fair share.” It is the expectation of this organization that all members will complete their financial obligation to the band in a timely manner.
Student Fair Share pays for travel (transportation, lodging, meals), show design, instruction/staff, uniform/costume maintenance, props, equipment, truck rental/maintenance, and field maintenance.Each family has the opportunity to subsidize fair share with student account fundraising. Any amount raised from these opportunities will go directly towards the student’s account and applied toward the next fair share payment.
Our program can’t run without the help of many volunteers. From chaperoning at practices, football games, and competitions to loading & transporting props and equipment, your time can be put to use.
As a parent of a teenager, you know how they love to eat! Keep your teen and 175 of his/her best friends hydrated and fueled by donating snacks and drinks.
There are also many service opportunities from uniform/costume maintenance, prop building, organization, rendering minor first aid, etc.
The saying holds true: It takes a village!
I am so thankful [my daughter] has found such a supportive group of kids who share the same passion... we are ecstatic she can be a part of something special and bigger than any individual.
– Justin, Band Parent