Being a member of the Roswell High School (RHS) Band Program will bring your children an interesting, and fulfilling educational experience. They will work hard and experience many triumphs, as well as downfalls; two things that will prepare them for the real world after high school. We sincerely hope this guide will answer some important questions about time management, time commitment, band fees and how to pay for them, fundraising, and uniforms. We would also like to give you some “insider” information on what it takes to be a band student, and a band parent!
Here are a few key people that you should get to know. The Band Booster President is your go to person for any questions about parent involvement, the Booster Club or any of the committees.The Band Director is Mr. Michael Moon.
How will our children have the time to go to rehearsals four days a week outside school, perform at eight to twelve Friday night football games, and compete on four or five Saturdays? How will they have the time to do all of this, within a three-month period, and keep up their grades?? TIME MANAGEMENT will be the most important skill that your children will acquire when they become members of the band program. The students quickly learn that they must use every minute of their day wisely. The time not spent in practice has to be spent doing schoolwork, there is no other choice and they know that. At any given time you will find students in the band room, out in the hallway, or in any other space available, doing homework. This is taught to them when they first join the program and it is expected of them. Educational research has shown (and parents agree) that the discipline and focus developed in marching band carries over into the classroom. Not surprisingly, many Marching Band students are Honor, AP and/or college bound and receive many academic accolades and college scholarships. Every year since the opening of Lehman High School the Valedictorian or Salutatorian or both have been band students.
Your student will learn how to keep a schedule, how to be punctual, and how to set priorities. During the first week of Band Camp, a detailed schedule will be discussed with students. This schedule is found on the Website and draws from Charms. It will list every rehearsal, football game, and competition your student will be required to attend over the next three months (well, almost every rehearsal). Your child will also become punctual. They will be taught the meaning of the phrase… “If you’re early, you’re on time; if you’re on time; you’re late”.
Finally, your child will learn how to set priorities. Band rehearsals and homework will now fill their free time. While this may seem daunting – your child will find time to make friends, experience what teamwork is, and (after marching camp) start school with 100 new friends – making band a great place to be if they are punctual and are prioritizing their busy lives.
Rehearsals during Marching Band season are mandatory. One absent member will disrupt rehearsal for all members of the band. To be able to put the best possible musical product on the field, the staff and directors need for all members of the band to be present during all scheduled rehearsals. Please see the Band Handbook (every student will receive one) for the consequences of missed rehearsals. The student’s membership depends on consistent participation. Management of a band this size is a monumental task and it becomes next to impossible if members of the band are absent. Please help your student make every effort to be there – remember PUNCTUALITY!!
PARENT INVOLVEMENT = A SUCCESSFUL BAND PROGRAM
Getting involved in the band program will give you the opportunity to share with your child the last four years of their education, these years that go so fast and are rarely enjoyed by many parents. Your child might say they rather not have you around, but most parents actually learn that in reality they appreciate your involvement and will thank you in the future. RHS is fortunate to have great directors, and staff. The band parents are needed to support the directors, and help with the details of fundraising, transporting, feeding and watering an organization this size.The band needs parents to be able to function; it is for this reason that we urge you to get involved. Join one of the many committees; we need your help. Grandparents, siblings, or any member of your family can get involved and make a difference. If you have a child in the Band then congratulations, you are now a member of the RHS Band Boosters (RHSBBA). The Boosters it is a great way to meet the parents and the kids your student will be spending much of their time with for the next four years. The easiest way to volunteer is by attending the monthly Band Booster meetings where you will learn more about the program and where it needs your help.
The Band web site is a place that you will want to visit for most questions and links to other sites we use. It is here that you will find the latest information on all upcoming events and fundraising opportunities. Make sure to visit our web site at Roswellband.com. You will find rehearsal times, schedules, Band Handbooks, Chaperone Guidelines, and all parent contact information.
Charms is an online band management database program used by parents & the band, to manage student contact information, band account tracking, communicate with parents, update the calendar, and work with trips, fees, fundraisers, form collection, and lots more. Your child will automatically be enrolled into Charms through the band department. Use your Charms login to help you keep track of your child's fees and to pay upcoming ones. Every student’s login is their RHS Student ID number. You can access Charms through our website or their app. (Yes, this is the same app the middle school bands used.)
There are many questions about the economic impact of the Band Program. While your middle school programs traditionally did not have fees, the high school band program is very different. When we hear the bottom line, we sometimes wonder how we are going to be able to raise the funds needed for our children to be able to continue the pursuit of their musical interest. Our Directors do not want the economic factor to keep any student from participating in band and will always work with the parents in developing a program or process to ensure that the fees get covered.
The following are standard costs that are required of the students. The Directors have tried extremely hard to keep the cost of these fees to a minimum. There are also several other fees that are not required: an example of which is the Roswell Band Meal Plan that covers food for your child when the band travels to away football games or are gone for an extended period of time during the day. Speaking of feeding the students – another great time to get involved!!! See the Booster Club.
Marching Band Rehearsals
For practice they can wear athletic shoes, no flip flops, no boots and no high top tennis shoes. A light colored t-shirt (white or grey), and shorts (no long jeans or pants). Students may want an extra t-shirt in case of a sudden rain shower or to keep from doing laundry every day because they will get stinky! Deodorant is their friend.
Football Games & Performances
Tips to remember while in uniform:
NOT until the following has happened:
YES there are and they important. Inspections are held before games in the band room. Students should be in place no later than the time they were told to report. PUNCTUALITY!!! Your student, their uniform and all auxiliary equipment will be inspected prior to departure from RHS. Failure to pass inspection could lead to your child not performing with the band at that performance! That would be a very unfortunate situation, as the main reason we parents go to games is to see our children perform.
Helpful Hints to Save You Time and Grief:
You Know You Are A Band Parent When. . . .
We hope this information answered some of your questions – please feel free to ask any and all questions you have at the Booster Meetings, or directly to any experienced band parent – together we will find the answer(s).