posted Apr 16, 2012, 10:39 PM by Kimberly Lowe
updated Apr 23, 2012, 1:44 PM
Dear New/Returning Marching Band Member and Parent, The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information regarding the marching schedule for the upcoming months. All events will be held at ADHS unless otherwise noted.
Drum Major Candidate Training and Audition
Apr. 27 (early release day) 12:30-2:30pm
Apr. 30, May 1, May 2 3:00-5:00pm
May 3 (audition) 3:00-5:00pm
Section Leader Interviews (including guard/percussion captains)
--Students will sign-up for a 10 minute interview during the time listed below.
Apr. 30; May 2 3:00-5:30pm
Rising Freshmen Orientation Meetings (Attend one or both)
Colorguard Clinics & Auditions
--The clinics and auditions are required for all students intending on participating in colorguard.
May 14, 15 6:30-8:30pm Clinics
May 16, 21 6:30-8:30pm Auditions
Percussion Clinics & Audition
--The clinics are highly recommended for all new students as well as returning students who are interested in auditioning on an instrument that they have not played before. The audition is required for all students, new and returning.
May 14, 15 6:30-9:00pm Clinics
May 16, 21 6:30-9:00pm Auditions
Leadership Meetings for all rising Seniors/Section Leaders
May 29 (election of band captain) 2:40-3:40pm
TBA (inventory/cleaning) TBA
July 23-26 6:30pm-10:00pm* ADHS
*Leadership meetings for seniors and section leaders will be held 3:00-5:00pm Monday through Thursday; attendance is mandatory.
July 29-Aug. 3 All day/night N.C. Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC
Aug. 7, 8, 9 6:30pm-10:00pm ADHS
After-School Rehearsals (beginning Tuesday, Aug. 28 to early November)*
*Rehearsals for drumline, front ensemble, and guard may vary from the above due to instructor availability. All changes will be communicated in writing as far in advance as possible.
At the time of this letter, all performances are TBA, but include 5 home football games (usually Friday evenings), 5 competitions (on Saturdays), and several other events (parades, school assemblies). In general, the students will be involved in some type of activity on most Saturdays from mid-September to Thanksgiving. A complete rehearsal and performance schedule will be distributed during Pre-Camp.
Students interested in colorguard or percussion must attend as many clinics in April/May as possible. Specific placement within units will depend on talent/skill level. Woodwind and brass players who have successfully completed 8th grade band in middle school are not required to audition. Students who have not participated in middle school band should contact the band director for specific requirements.
All rising freshmen are highly encouraged to attend one or both of the orientation meetings on May 14 & 15. [Percussion and guard students must attend these meetings as they are audition dates.] The purpose of these meetings is to provide an opportunity for students and parents to visit our campus, meet our staff and parent boosters, and actually do some rehearsing (wear tennis shoes and bring your instrument).
Summer rehearsals are necessary due to the school schedule and the amount of training/conditioning involved in this activity. Percussionists and guard usually meet 1-2 days per week throughout June and July to learn/strengthen fundamentals. These informal rehearsals are NOT MANDITORY, but highly encouraged. The instructors will provide dates and times for these rehearsals in early June.
Pre-Camp is required for all band members (including percussion and guard) in order to teach/review marching fundamentals and for students to get acquainted with each other and the staff. Band Camp is the most important week of the marching band season. It is an intense week where students focus almost entirely on learning the competition show. The purpose of Post Camp is to reinforce and strengthen skills, movement, and music learned at band camp.
If you would like to participate in the 2012 Marching Band but cannot attend one or more of the summer rehearsals, please contact the band office as soon as possible. Band camp is the most critical of all weeks; exceptions to this week are made sparingly and are based on musicianship skills and circumstances.
Our marching band performs a variety of music reflecting the three major roles that we fulfill to our school/community and students: 1) ceremonial/patriotic music (Star Spangled Banner, America, etc.) to fulfill our role as ambassador; 2) pep and spirited music (oldies and current hits) to add excitement to sporting events and rallies; and 3) “artistic music” to enhance the music education of our students and audience. It is this music that we play for competitions.
As the marching band receives NO FUNDING from WCPSS, it is necessary to assess a “fair share obligation” for participating in the marching band. In order to cover the cost of band camp, instruments, extra staffing, music, charting, equipment, charter transportation, and other service needs, each student is assessed two types of commitments: 1) a “financial commitment” of $975*, and 2) a “service commitment” of working 6 fundraising shifts per family (equal to approx. $150, or approx. $25 per shift). Here’s the good news: fulfilling each service commitment not only meets this obligation, but also earns money that goes directly toward the student’s band account; i.e., by fulfilling the service commitment, families will reduce their “fairshare” to $825 or less. And, families can continue to earn money toward their financial commitment by working at fundraising venues to partially or fully offset the entire amount. Families may also “pay” the entire financial commitment and service commitment out-of-pocket.
The service commitment is easy to fulfill provided that the student and family are willing to participate in one or more of the following group activities: 1) working the concessions at the Durham Bulls Baseball Games; 2) working at the PNC Arena for Hurricanes or NC State games; 3) parking cars at the NC State Fair; or 4) distributing gift boxes at Belks. Working 6 shifts at any of these events will fulfill your required service commitment AND earn money toward your financial commitment.
We are requesting that the financial assessment be paid in the following manner: $75 by June 1st with the intent form (see below), an additional $450 prior to band camp (July 26th), and $75 on the first of each month beginning in September and ending in February provided the service commitment is fulfilled. Of course, money earned through fundraising events in addition to the 6 service commitments will lower these above amounts.
Financial assistance is available through the booster organization for students who demonstrate need. No student should be discouraged to join due to the financial obligation; we will assist every family willing to contribute their “fair share.”
In order to be included in the 2012 Athens Drive Marching Band, each student—new and returning—must complete the Marching Band Intent Form and either submit it to the ADHS band office, fax it to the school, or submit its contents via email. This year we are requesting that a non-refundable deposit of $75 accompany the form. Students/families with a credit in their band account can have this deposit deducted by indicating so on the form. The $75 will be used toward the overall marching band assessment. Because our music and drill is custom written for our band, we must know exact numbers by June 1st. Students who enroll after June 1st are not guaranteed a position.
Because the success of a group such as the marching band is contingent upon participation from everyone involved, it is crucial that students be at ALL rehearsals and performances. If you see a serious conflict with any of the aforementioned dates, please let me know in writing as soon as possible. Many circumstances—including doctor appointments—can be adjusted now in order to avoid hindering the progress of over 135 students!
We are proud of the fact that over 85% of all instrumental music students at ADHS (those enrolled in Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble) participate in the marching band. We are also excited about the accomplishments of this group: During the past 35 years the marching band has won numerous “First Place” awards, including “Grand Champion” at several prestigious competitions. This is an outstanding music program and we look forward to your enthusiastic participation!
If you have any questions regarding the contents of this letter or our band program, please do not hesitate to contact me (email is easiest). We look forward to seeing you soon!
- *The “fair-share assessment” covers all program costs including band camp, transportation to performance venues, uniform/instrument/equipment loan, instruction, music, choreography. Every attempt is made to limit additional expenses. In fact, the only “extra” expense is marching shoes if necessary (@$30).
- *Financial assessment for colorguard members will be $775 to help offset expenses for Winterguard. The service commitment of 6 events is still applicable.
- *Families with 2 or more children in the marching band program will be assessed $975 for the first child and 20% less for each other child ($780 for winds & percussion, $620 for guard). If one child plays a wind/percussion instrument and another child is a member of the guard, the 20% discount will be taken from the guard assessment.
- *All student accounts must be paid in full by June 1st in order to enroll in the marching band for upcoming year. Families with demonstrated financial need may apply for financial aid in meeting their unpaid balance