My student has never marched before! How
will he/she handle band camp?
On the Saturday before band camp, all first-time marchers,
affectionately called Gunkies, wiâ€– learn the fundamentals of marching.
They will be instructed by band leadership
Drum majors, the Band Captain, the Woodwind and Brass Captains, section
leaders, line leaders. This half-day will get them ready for the first
full day of band camp.
What is a typical day of band camp?
In the morning, students will work on marching fundamentals. As it warms
up, they will head indoors and learn the music. They will be divided by
instruments (saxophone section together, flute section together etc).
They will then rehearse as a full band. After dinner, when it is cooler,
the students will go to the field and learn the marching routines.
What about food during band camp?
Students can bring a boxed dinner from home. More typically, they can
purchase a dinner brought in by the Band Parents at cost. This is
typically a rotation of Chick fil-A, hamburgers, pizza and subs.
Students must sign up and pay for these meals ahead of time, which
include a cold drink, chips and dessert.
I hear it is hot in Florida in the summer.
What about hydration?
Yes, it has been rumored to get a little warm. It is essential that
students drink plenty of fluids at home, and bring lots of water during
band camp and rehearsals. When practicing outside, students are given
ample water breaks. You have already seen the separate article about the
importance of wide-brimmed hats, sunscreen and T-shirts that cover the
Students have found that filling a hydration pack (Camel pack) with only
ice cubes in the morning results in water that is still cool for
after-school rehearsals during the school year. However, any insulated
water container will work well!
What is included in my band dues?
For a first-time marcher, band dues include: a continuity shirt (a
T-shirt featuring this year's half-time show,) black mesh shorts, black
uniform shoes (Dinkles), a black band polo shirt, gloves and a flip
folder. Students have the option of buying additional clothing. Band
dues also cover the marching hat, dry-cleaning the marching and concert
uniforms several times a year, the cost of music, entry fees to
What happens on Fridays when there is a
When school is dismissed at 2:10, students are free. They should eat
lunch before they have to report for Continuity, usually at 4:45 pm.
They must be wearing their continuity T-shirt, shorts and Dinkles (black
uniform shoes), and will practice their half-time show on the field.
After practice, students line up to pick up their assigned band
uniforms, and put it on over their continuity T-shirt and shorts. Since
students typically dress in the band room, the continuity wear provides
modesty. Students then line up by section and present themselves for a
thorough inspection, to make sure that they have full uniform and
gloves, no jewelry of any kind, long black socks and Dinkles. Students
then either march into the home stadium or board buses for away games.
They do not take any backpacks with them, only their instruments and
some spending money for the break during the 3rd quarter. Students can
take off their jackets in the buses. While chaperones are present and
watchful, the entire band is under the leadership of Band Council.
How will I know what is going on with the
We have developed many effective ways to keep students and parents
informed every step of the way. The band website is updated frequently
and is key in keeping you current. It is also a great source for photos
of your student in action.
In addition to the flyers that are sent home with students, the
Band Parent Association
announcements as needed.
You are also welcome to attend the Board meetings that are held on the
2nd Tuesday of every month. The Noles News, SHS's newsletter, is mailed
home every 9 weeks
As a parent, how can I help?
Cool Band Parents are the backbone of the band, and there are many ways
that you can get involved. The first way is to join the Band Parent
Assn. Your dues help the band's budget, and you get a free booster
T-shirt to wear to football games!
How much you get involved depends your time and energy. You can
chaperone the band during football games, help in the concession stands
when needed, serve as a committee member or chair, help with
fundraising, help in the band office. A complete list of all volunteer
opportunities is listed with the BPA Membership form, and is also posted
at the website under BPA.
As a chaperone, you must sign up as a
Dividend at SCPS's website
. Please do this in July. You have to
We encourage new band parents to volunteer during band camp. This is a
great time to meet other parents, learn about the program and be present
during your student's first days in high school.
How do I sign up to chaperone a game on
First of all, please sign up for the band's email
Coordinator of Volunteers regularly sends out requests for chaperones,
selected on a first-replied-first-selected basis. You will be notified
if you are selected. On the day of the game, come to the band corridor
at the designated report time and pick up your chaperone tag. You will
be instructed about your assignment for that day.
The good news is that Band Leadership is in charge of managing student
behavior. We have other specific support roles such as transporting the
coolers of iced drinks, passing them out to the students when the
students reach the stands, passing out the plumes for their hats before
the half-time show, and making sure the stands are clean as the students
leave the stadium.
Do you really like new band families as
much as you say you do?
Absolutely! We are so glad that you are going to be a Seminole!!