Helpful information before band camp begins.


Band drop off/pick up is on the northwest side of the building, by the band room.

     Please don’t park in the circle drive, the students move equipment down those 

      ramps. During pick up/drop off, please watch for students as they cross from the   

      practice parking lot.


Band camp/practice is either in the band room, in the north parking lot, or on the field.


Call time means in your spot, with your instrument, ready to play.

     Arrive 15 minutes early to give yourself time to be ready.  


Be flexible when picking up your student.  

     Dismissal times are approximate.  All students are expected to put away their  instrument and uniform before they are released.  No student is ever left alone at school, so please make sure they have a ride home.


Marching band qualifies as the pe requirement for graduation for a reason.

     Marching band is a cardiovascular workout.  They will be continually marching,       running, playing, and holding their instrument for a full 8 minutes during a performance.  Students should spend their summer exercising to prepare.  Practices can be hot, so it helps if the student gets accustomed to the heat, and begins drinking plenty of water and learning about staying hydrated.


Summer vacations need to be scheduled for June and early July.

     Missing band camp makes it very difficult for the student to catch up.


Stock up on white t-shirts, black socks, and deodorant.

     Practice uniform is always white t-shirt and dark shorts/pants

(shirt can have writing, but must be primarily white)

     Black calf-length socks are required for each marching performance, have extras.

     Your student will sweat during practice & performances…

     Deodorant, deodorant, deodorant


Purchase a pair of supportive tennis shoes, a water jug or camel back and sunscreen

     Water breaks will be given, so each student needs a large jug of water.  Label everything your child brings to school.  Band students are not known for their ability to keep track of their belongings.  If it’s labeled, it can be returned quickly.


Weekends during September and October will be filled.

     Football games, contests, and practices take up almost every weekend.


Fall Break could include a game, contest, or mandatory practice.

Marching band is under the rules of OSSAA

(Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association)

     ELIGIBILITY is important. Monitor grades and attendance in ALL classes.


They will learn to play and march at the same time.

     Almost every student thinks they will never be able to.  Encourage them to keep         trying.  You will be amazed at their progress.


Begin paying dues early and try to raise it all with the 20/20 program.

     When school starts, there are many expenses that come up.  If you can make payments, or begin sending out 20/20 brochures, you could have most of your dues paid before school even begins.  Then all fundraisers you do will help fund your next 3 years of band.


Ask someone to show you the “black box”. 

     It is a secure box in the directors’ office where all money should be deposited.  Please send all money in an envelope clearly labeled with the student name, and what it is for.  The treasurer checks this box regularly.


Visit at least weekly. 

     It is the easiest way to keep updated.  It also has a link to make payments online during the year.  By the end of June, we will have the booster page updated.


YOU are important. 

     The band can not accomplish what it needs to without your financial support, but also your presence. Attend the contests and games.  Many times an entrance fee is required, usually around $15 for contests.  Our kids need to see the adults support them.  They need help pushing props, equipment, serving meals, etc.  Contest and game days are when we get to celebrate how hard they have been working every day. It is exciting to see the show at the first game, and watch each game and contest to see more steps added and improved.  The final performances are amazing!


Your student has a place to belong.

     The directors truly care about your student.  They will not ask them to do more than they are able, but they will challenge them to be their best.  They are shaping them into young adults.  Your student will also begin school knowing over 100 students.  They have a group to sit with at lunch, they stand up for each other, and the directors are looking out for them.  The boosters are always here to support them, too.



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