Guide for New Band Parents
This guide is the product of a group of new band parents who spent a large portion of our "rookie" year in various stages of confusion. In the many hours we spent together watching practices and performances, waiting to pick up our kids, and following yellow school buses, we asked hundreds of questions.
As novice band parents, of course we wanted to know what we should do. After all, the only people who were even more confused, and looking to us for answers, were our children. This article is our attempt to share with the "upcoming rookies" some of the answers to many of these questions before we too forget how it felt not knowing what was going on . . . (of course, we still don't have all the answers - second year band parents).
We hope this booklet helps you in your "endeavors" during your child's rookie year.
Yes, your kids will get a workout. Be prepared for physical exercise and plenty of sweating.
Helpful Hints that Save You Time, Gas and Grief
Inspections are held before traveling in the bus lane, and before home games inside the St. Amant Middle Gym. Students should be in place no later than the time they were told to report. In this instance, start time means students should be in uniform and in the inspection line a few minutes prior to inspection! Allow time for changing into uniforms, and preparing instruments for inspection. Your student and their instrument (even the inside of the instrument) will be inspected as they stand at attention by sections. Students should be sure to not have any unapproved jewelry or face paint of any kind. Students who don't pass inspection have to leave and can't return until they have fixed the issue...this usually never happens twice.
Uniforms, Uniforms, Uniforms or "What do I wear?"
All Dress Uniforms will be handed out prior to each game or performance. Students will never bring home the Dress Uniform for any reason.
The Dress Uniforms consist of:
Summer Uniform - worn for pep rallies, first few football games, and as travel uniforms.
You Know You're a Band Parent When . . .