At the beginning of each school year, the band performs as a whole (the Marching Huskies) during the marching season (August to October). After marching season concludes, band members audition for positions in either the Concert or Symphonic band.
Summer Band Camp
Attendance at band camp is vital to the band’s success as an ensemble. During band camp, expectations for the year are set and group unity (a key component for success) is established and developed. In addition, the marching drill and music, obviously integral factors for success, are learned during this time. Any unavoidable conflicts must be reported to the band director in May or June prior to camp.
The Picnic/Fall Preview marks the end of band camp. On the evening following the lock-in, all of the band families are invited to enjoy a picnic dinner and then see the band in their first “real” performance before school actually begins.
Within each band, instrument groups are designated as “sections.” For each section, the band director selects a specific student or students to serve as peer leaders for the section. These individuals are generally upperclassmen who have achieved a higher performance level within the group and who possess leadership skills. They are responsible for assisting the director with overseeing the section in terms of preparation, performance, and general conduct.
Some of the students (mostly freshmen) will share a spot in the drill (marching show). This is referred to as having a shadow or being a shadow. Basically, this means that these students will alternate practicing in a particular position in the show, and alternate for performances as well. Shared spots are generally based upon instrumentation needs, individual performance level or frequent rehearsal conflicts (due to sports, for example).
What to wear underneath?
During warmer weather, the students generally wear shorts (soft, athletic shorts, not cargo or denim) and a t-shirt. Because they will often take the jackets off between performances at competitions, they need to be wearing (at least) a t-shirt. During the colder part of the season, many students wear flannel pants/leggings and a long sleeved t-shirt under the uniform. The important thing is that whatever is worn underneath cannot show (e.g., like a turtleneck, or pants that are longer than the uniform pants) and are not so bulky that they do not make the uniform appear ill-fitting.
Keeping your uniform at home
Marching uniforms are kept at school in specially labeled garment bags in a locked uniform closet. The marching shoes are either kept in the band locker or taken home between marching performances. The kids are responsible for wearing black socks on the days that they will be performing. Concert and symphonic uniforms ARE given to the students to keep at home. On performance days, the students generally come dressed in the uniform rather than changing at school
Each year, we rely on a team of volunteers to handle any uniform issues. If you do not know who these people are, contact your band mentor contact for assistance. If you have a band directory, the names of these volunteers are listed in the front.
Basketball Pep Band
A volunteer core group of 30 to 40 students will represent the band program at basketball games (December through February). This group is known as the Pep Band. All students in band must sign up to perform at two basketball games of their choice during the basketball season.