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!
Our program is successful because of 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.
It is requested that every band family participate in the general band fundraisers to help cover expenses such as new instrument purchases, instrument maintenance, classroom supplies, guest artists, and clerical expenses.
REDUCE FAIR SHARE
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.
HOW TO BE A BAND PARENT
Communication is the key to the operation of a large organization. Carefully review the Weekly Band Broadcast email as it contains important information including dates and times of upcoming events.
Please help your student fulfill his/her commitment to marching band by planning your family’s schedule around rehearsals and performances as much as possible. This includes doctor’s appointments, family vacations, etc.
Make certain your student is taking care of his/her body and fueling properly, particularly during Marching Band Camp. Greasy or salty foods should be avoided, as should soda. Hydrate with water often.
Encourage your student to get plenty of rest. Marching Band, specifically Band Camp, requires a lot of physical activity. Rest ensures your student’s body can keep up with the demand.
One of the most important things that marching band teaches young men and women is time management. Have frequent conversations with your student about balancing academics and extracurricular activities so they can be successful and fully committed to both. Remind them about the dangers of procrastination. If academics suffer, the student’s transcript can see long-lasting effects. If a student’s marching band commitment suffers because his/her schoolwork starts suffering, we are all affected.
During a competition or event, the students are under the direction of the director, staff, and chaperones. Parents are asked not to enter student rooms, join in band meetings and meals, participate in the execution of the event, or pull their student aside or away from the band at any time. This is for safety and liability reasons and well as to ensure that the students are able to focus on their responsibilities to the band.
We have a “closed rehearsal” policy. This means that only designated band chaperones will be allowed to watch rehearsals. This is not only for the students’ safety also to allow them to perform to their highest potential without distractions.
Please do not attempt to correct or instruct a student on music, choreography, drill, movement, technique, etc. It is the instructors’ job to make instructional decisions and corrections.
Perhaps the most important thing that marching band teaches is discipline. We strive to maintain a professional and disciplined appearance, both on and off the field. When with the band, students lose their individuality and become a team. All decisions they make should be guided by this principle.
Be a supportive audience member and attend as many performances as possible. Wear your GH SpiritWear so our presence is known. Avoid making negative or judgmental comments about another school or group or their performance. Applaud and cheer for our band – the effect on the audience and/or judges can be enhanced by the crowd’s response.
Our goal is for each member to continue to improve from performance to performance and for the program to achieve certain short-term and long-term goals as determined by the staff. Winning is not the primary goals of the Green Hope Band.
As parents, we should celebrate a great performance, whether we beat another group or not. Contrarily, if our performance wasn’t to our standard, we will reflect on what we can do to improve for future performances.
Green Hope High School
2500 Carpenter Upchurch Road
Cary, NC 27519
For Official Correspondence:
PO Box 358, Morrisville, NC 27560
Green Hope High School Band Programs
Brian Myers, Director of Bands
Band Office: 919.380.3700 ext. 25428
School Fax: 919.380.3712