This is the product of former “new band parents” who spend a good bit of time in our first year in various stages of confusion. In the many hours we spent watching practices, picking up our kids, and going to competitions, we have all felt confused, lost, and totally bewildered at one time or another. We hope this document will help ease you through the transition from “new” band parent to “veteran” band parent.
For most of us (parents and students alike), the transition from middle school band programs to high school band programs is huge, especially with the addition of marching band. The increased expectations come with greater rewards, in terms of your student’s accomplishments and the pride you will have in watching their accomplishments. This document is our attempt to share with you some of the finer points of making the most of your years as a band parent.
The SHS Marching Band program is supported by a parent run organization - the Sickles High School Band Boosters (SHSBB). The SHSBB exists solely through volunteer parents in order to help provide your students with an enjoyable and rewarding band experience. Please join us in meeting this challenge by volunteering your time and talents. The students will reap the benefits. We welcome all new parents and look forward to getting to know you and your students!
Fees associated with participation with the band (marching, concert, & Sensations) are outlined in the Band and Sensations Handbooks. The fees are used to offset the expense of running the marching and concert bands, including band camp, uniforms, transportation, staff, equipment, etc.
Concert Ensemble participation for wind/percussion students runs concurrently with marching band, however, there are no after school concert band rehearsals until after marching season is over.
Band Booster meetings are held usually the first or second Tuesday of the month beginning in September. The meeting begins at 6:00pm in the band room and usually does not last more than 30-45 minutes. Any change in the schedule will be posted in the calendar on the Home Page. Your participation is most welcomed.