Band is one of the few activities that allow families to involved throughout the program. Family members help support out students on practice days, football games and contest days. Marching band in particular requires many people to transport our students, keep them fed and keep them safe. Parents become friends with their students friends and stay involved in their student's lives.
Working on a team
Being involved with band can mean signing up to be on a team or leading a team. During the season the committee chairs for Chaperones, Uniforms, Pit Crew and Refreshments will periodically post a Sign-up Genius list for parents to sign up to help with a particular contest, football game or practice. Many parents get involved in one of these and work with a group of other parents all season. You can find opportunities to signup here. The main groups that have signups are:
- Chaperones - Every practice has a chaperone on the field to provide help to students who need a bandaid or other assistance. In addition, chaperones are always available at our contests and football games as well as riding the buses to contests.
- Pit Crew - These are the parents to travel with our students as they walk to the performance and back at football games and contests. They are known as pit crew because one of their primary functions is to help push the pit equipment such as marimbas and speakers.
- Refreshments - These parents provide snacks at practices and contests as well as providing dinner right before our football games.
- Uniforms - These parents help our students with their uniforms at football games and contests.
The other option is to chair a committee. some of these are true committees but many are very small projects that a single person can do. For instance, one parent will usually coordinate our Halloween Trunk or Treating event. We have purposely broken the work into many jobs so that parents can sign up for a role in the program without taking on a huge workload. There are jobs and committees that only require a few hours of involvement so that even first year parents can get participate and get to know our kids and our families.
Below are the jobs committee chair opportunities that we have not filled yet this season
These are the people who keep our students fed. Students love the refreshment team who are always coming up with clever snack ideas and interesting meals.
Fun and Spirit Committees
Many of these jobs are small, one time tasks that are a great way for new parents to get involved. if you like having friends over or throwing a party, this may be the category for you to get involved in.
- Last Practice Coordinator - Each year at the end of the season we have a final practice in the stadium that all the parents are invited to attend. We would like to expand this to be an event that alumni are invited to.
- Parent Pitch-in Coordinator - We typically have one parent pitch in at one of our contests. This person might also prepare a drink cooler for volunteers at each contest.
- Decorating for Finals Week - We often have a group of parents that decorate the bandroom for the students before they go to their final competition. After finals this person would collect some of the items made for the students and put them into an end of season packet for seniors.
- Senior Parent Coordinator - We typically have one senior parent who coordinates having senior banners made and hung at the football games
Yeah we know this word doesn't get everyone excited but fundraising is not about going door to door selling things. The biggest opportunities for fundraising are
- Corporate Sponsorship - Possibly the job with the biggest potential impact on the band, this person would pursue getting local businesses to sponsor the program in return for signage on our trailer and at our invitational contest.
- Band Equipment "Picker" - Very often our program has equipment such as props and instruments that we no longer use. This person helps sell those items online or to other music programs to recuperate moneys for the program.
- WGI- Event Coordinator - This person manages and organizes our winter guard invitational contest.
This is the team that keeps us moving. These folks take care of the trailer, props and equipment.
- Concert Band Refreshments - Periodically sets up cookies or some kind of snacks before concerts at the request of the directors
Winter Percussion/Winter Guard (starting in January)
- Truck Logistics - This person schedules the rentals for our semi tractor and takes care of small repairs on our trailer such as burned out lights.
- Percussion Pit Crew - Small group of people to help move equipment at contests
- Guard Pit Crew - Small group of people to help move equipment at contests