What is the band fee used for?
The band fee is used for several things. It helps to cover the cost of the clinicians that are employed during band camp and throughout the year. It also covers the cost of band T-shirts that are used throughout the year and the black gloves that are a required part of the marching uniform. In addition, a portion of the fee is used for meals that are provided during marching competitions. Because the fee is budgeted and (largely) spent before band camp even begins, it is nonrefundable.
The monthly newsletter and calendar… is it really important that I read it?
Because of the nature of band events, there are often last minute changes. Or sometimes, a performance may be added or deleted from the original calendar. So—YES, it is key that you read the newsletter for important updates and pay particular attention to any changes in the calendar.
What is the HIA?
The HIA is the Hersey Instrumental Association—basically, the band boosters. The HIA is a non-profit organization, whose purpose is to enhance the band program at Hersey. The HIA board consists of six elected officers (who are band parent volunteers) and the band director. Voting members of the HIA are the parents/guardians of all students participating in band or flags. The HIA board meets monthly and general meetings are held every other month.
Who should attend the HIA general meetings?
All parents are invited to and should attend the HIA meetings. It is the best way to stay updated on the latest news, changes, announcements, volunteer opportunities and more. It is also an ideal way for the HIA board to stay in touch and connected with the band families. In addition, all parents/guardians of band students are voting members of this body so it is important if you want your opinion to be heard!
What is a student account?
Throughout the year, band students are asked to participate in various fundraising efforts. Of the funds raised, a portion will go to the HIA general fund (to help fund various band-wide expenses) and the remainder goes into the student account. Student accounts are funds set aside for band expenses such as trips, supplies, fees, etc. For example, funds from the student account may be used to pay for the cost of admission to the Band Awards Banquet in May. Unused funds DO carry over from year to year and may be passed to siblings in the band program if/when the student graduates or leaves the program. If a graduating senior had funds remaining in their account and no younger siblings in the program, the funds go to the Caneva scholarship fund.
How can I volunteer to help with band events?
In the late spring newsletter, a volunteer form is sent out with the HIA newsletter. The form includes pre-planned volunteer activities for the following school year. You can complete this form and submit it with your child to the band room, or via mail to the address provided on the form.
What is the Caneva scholarship?
Donald Caneva served as the first band director at John Hersey High School and remained in that role for ten years. During that tenure, the Hersey band gained national recognition, performing at the Tournament of Roses parade, the Cotton Bowl and the Orange Bowl, to name a few. In 2001 the Caneva scholarship was established in his honor to help promote musical growth to the Hersey band student(s) who have shown promise. The scholarship is provided to a freshman or sophomore class member for the purpose of attending a summer music camp of his/her choice.
What is Superstate?
The Illinois Superstate Concert Band Festival or “Superstate” is an event sponsored by the University of Illinois Bands and the School of Music. Twenty four outstanding middle, junior and senior high school bands from across the state are selected for the festival by a judging panel of band directors not affiliated with the University. Bands are selected based on audition tapes. The event normally takes place in early May at the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois and, if selected, the Hersey Symphonic Band performs.
What is the Chicagoland Invitational Concert Band Festival?
The CICBF is the band’s largest fundraiser. This band competition event takes place each year in April at Hersey. Middle school, junior and senior high school bands from the Illinois area come to participate. Participation includes a performance before a general audience and private evaluation (on a band by band basis) with well respected music professionals.
Are band members allowed to participate in sports or other extracurricular activities?
Yes. The key here is communication! A preliminary band schedule is provided well before school starts (although it is subject to change). Once you receive your child’s practice and event schedule for the other sport or activity, compare the two schedules and identify any conflicts. As a rule, a meet or game outweighs a band rehearsal, and a band performance will outweigh a practice. If the two events in conflict are “equal” in weight (e.g., a band concert versus a tennis match), consult the band director and the coach/leader of the other activity of the other activity and they will communicate to reach an agreement on which event will be attended.