Band Forms

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 My Child Have Time?


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.


Does My Student Have to Go To ALL the Rehearsals?

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!!


How Do Parents Get Involved?


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.



How Do We Keep Informed?

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 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.)


How Do We Pay For This?

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 Kit approximately $122  Rookies are any students that are new to the band, either as a freshman or as a transfer student. This fee covers the cost of their Kit: marching shoes, shorts, performance shirt, and water bottle. This is a one-time only fee and your student keeps everything.
  • Marching Band Fees $1150.00 This is due from every student every year and is used to cover the cost of gloves, shirt, drill designers, music writers, guest clinicians and numerous other operational costs.
  • Instrument Fee $25 This is due only from students that are performing on school instruments. Those that must pay the instrument fee are the same that had that fee in Middle School. This is paid directly to the school.

What Do They Wear?

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

  • Black Marching Shoes – These are the special marching band shoes. Your child will be sized in our Uniform Shop at the beginning of band and shoes will be ordered for them. This is covered in their Rookie Fee. 
  • Band Uniform – they will be fitted for a uniform jacket and pants (bibbers). Their uniform will stay at the school at all times when they are not wearing them. A wonderful committee will teach the students how to clean the uniforms clean, and hang them up so they are ready for the next event. Each student is given a uniform, garment bag and shako (hat) all of which is stored at the school. Prior to leaving for the game your child will be PUNCTUAL and get to the High School with enough time to change into their uniform. All uniforms are bar coded and unique to your child. This is why we charge the $50 deposit. Bring it back at the end of the season in great (and clean) condition, and you receive your deposit back.
  • T-shirt / compression shorts to be worn under uniform for group changes. Students will change into and out of uniform in the Band Room.
  • Gloves
  • Black socks, TALL

 Tips to remember while in uniform:

  • Hair pulled up and back. If you are a guy with long hair it must be pulled up and back.  All hair will be held in place with bands and pins that are the same color as your hair.
  • Colored drinks, condiments, and any other messy or greasy food is not to be eaten while in uniform. Clear liquids only.

When the bus arrives back at school can my child leave?

NOT until the following has happened:

  • They have turned in their uniform, hung up correctly. Students will be shown the correct method to hang the uniform to help ensure proper look, fit and life expectancy of the uniform.
  • Listened to any messages from the Directors. There are times where information about the following day, week or event is given just before dismissal.  This helps students with remembering when and where they are supposed to be.
  • They have gathered all their stuff and their equipment, uniform and instrument are unloaded and put in its proper place.
  • This entire process usually takes about 30 minutes AFTER the bus has arrived back at Roswell.


Are There Really Inspections?

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:

  • Make your child responsible for being prepared. The first time they forget something will be the last!!! They learn to be resourceful when they have to be.
  • Network – This is how we meet each other. It is also one of the best ways to get helpful hints on band parenting from others.
  • Carpool to competitions when parent buses aren’t available.
  • Be prepared to cheer! The band loves it when they have their own cheering section.
  • Don’t put uniform items away in the closet or drawers when cleaned. Keep all items (socks, shoes, band shirt, gloves, etc.) in a bag. These tips will save time spent hunting for them each time they are needed.
  • Keep extra gloves, socks, needle & thread, etc. in your car or purse just in case.
  • Visit the band web site OFTEN and attend Booster Meetings to stay informed.


You Know You Are A Band Parent When. . . .

  • You carry spare black gloves, needle and thread, safety pins, black socks and duct tape in your purse.
  • You follow buses around all day on Saturdays.
  • You can’t pick your child out of the crowd because they all look alike.
  • You no longer speak of your child as a fourteen-year-old daughter/son, but as a “freshman trumpet, freshman flute,” etc.
  • You know that you will be wearing green and black every Friday night and many Saturdays.
  • “To be early is to be on time and to be on time is to be late” becomes your mantra for everything you do.

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).

Roswell High School Bands

11595 King Road

Roswell, GA 30075


The Roswell Winds, Guard and Percussion program will foster musical, emotional and intellectual growth in a space that is safe, inclusive and promotes the highest level of excellence.

The award winning Band Programs of Roswell High School are supported by our amazing parents and the Band Booster Association.