Band Handbook

2018-2019 Band Handbook


Program Handbook  2018-2019

Important Dates 2018-2019

– Check http://www.bjhsband.com for up-to-date calendar –

August

  • 7th First day of Fall Semester
  • 16th Mandatory Band Booster Meeting
  • 24th Football vs. Christian HS (Senior Night)
  • 25th Competition Band Rehearsal (9am-4pm)
  • 31st Freedom Bowl @ Milton HS (Pep Band)/Half Day of School

September

  • 3rd Labor Day (NO SCHOOL)
  • 7th Football @ James Clemens (Madison City Stadium)
  • 8th BJHS Band Mattress Sale
  • 14th Football @ Florence (UNA Braly Stadium)
  • 21st Football vs. Gadsden
  • 22nd Competition at Siegel HS (Murfreesboro, TN)
  • 27th Homecoming Parade (Time TBD)
  • 28th Football vs. Hillcrest (Homecoming)

October

  • 2nd March on Madison Exhibition
  • 5th Football @ Grissom (Stadium TBD)
  • 6th Madison Street Festival Parade
  • 12th Football @ Sparkman
  • 13th Competition at McGavock HS (Nashville, TN)
  • 10th Winter Guard Auditions
  • 18th Football vs. Austin (During Fall Break- MANDATORY)
  • 19th Competition Band Rehearsal (9am-4pm)
  • 26th Football vs. Huntsville
  • 27th Competition at MTSU (Mufreesboro, TN)- ACT date (AVOID)

November

  • 2nd Football BYE week/Competition Band Rehearsal (4-9pm)
  • 3rd AL Marching Band State Championship (Muscle Shoals, AL)
  • 5th Wind Ensemble AL Honor Band Rehearsal
  • 9th Half day of school/1st Round of AHSAA Playoffs
  • 12th Veteran’s Day- NO SCHOOL
  • 13th Wind Ensemble AL Honor Band Rehearsal
  • 16th 2nd round of AHSAA Playoffs
  • 19th Wind Ensemble AL Honor Band Rehearsal
  • 23rd 3rd round of AHSAA Playoffs
  • 26th Wind Ensemble AL Honor Band Rehearsal

December

  • 3rd Holiday Concert Rehearsal (All Winds/Percussion)
  • 4th Holiday Concert
  • 6th Wind Ensemble AL Honor Band Rehearsal
  • 8th Madison Christmas Parade
  • 10th Wind Ensemble AL Honor Band Rehearsal
  • 17th Wind Ensemble AL Honor Band Rehearsal

January

  • 5th Wind Ensemble Camp (9-5pm)
  • 14th Percussion Ensemble AMEA Preview Concert
  • 17th-19th All-State Jazz Band/Percussion Ensemble AMEA Performance
  • 21st MLK Day- NO SCHOOL
  • 25th-26th All-State Band Tryouts (Sparkman HS)
  • 31st Wind Ensemble Alabama Honor Band Preview Concert

February

  • 1st-2nd Wind Ensemble Alabama Honor Band Rehearsal/Performance
  • 7th-10th All-State Orchestra Festival
  • 15th Half day of school
  • 15th-16th District Honor Band
  • 18th President’s Day- NO SCHOOL

March

  • 12th-14th Music Performance Assessment (James Clemens HS)
  • 18th-22nd Spring Break- NO SCHOOL

April

  • 2nd-6th WGI Winter Guard World Championships
  • 9th-13th WGI Percussion World Championships
  • 19th Half day of school
  • 22nd Weather Day (NO SCHOOL)
  • 25th-27th All-State Honor Band
  • 29th-30th Spring Concert Series

May

  • 20th Graduation
  • 24th Last Day of Spring Semester/Half day of school
  • 29th-31st Rookie Camp/Percussion Camp

July 15-19, 22-26, and 29-30- Tentative 2017 Band Camp Dates (if school starts August 6th)

Welcome to the 2018-19 edition of the Bob Jones High School Patriot Band Program! We are pleased that you have chosen to be a part of the program during this dynamic time. Director of Bands, Leigh Thomas, now entering her 7th year of service at BJHS, and Assistant Director Kevin Smart, in his 4th year at BJHS, are dedicated to both the long-standing tradition of excellence at BJHS as well as innovations that will push the program further than ever before. We currently offer the following as a part of our diverse curriculum at Bob Jones High School: marching band, competition marching band, color guard, dance team, wind ensemble, concert band, winter guard, indoor percussion, jazz band, and chamber ensembles.

The BJHS band program would be nothing without the efforts of those who came before this 2018-19 edition. Members of the BJHS band have participated in All State Honor Band, All State Jazz Band, solo and ensemble, and various others honors. Colleges and universities throughout the Southeast and the entire country have frequently sought out BJHS alumni for membership in their music programs. The multi-faceted curriculum offered at Bob Jones High School exposes students to high levels of excellence, expectations, and opportunities with the goal of preparing students for post-secondary participation in music.

The 2018-19 school year will be an exciting one for the band program, continuing with the success of the marching and concert programs. We are looking forward to a great year. Go Patriots!

 

Please visit our website for further information: http://www.bjhsband.com

 

2018-19 BJHS Band Staff:

Leigh Thomas

Director of Bands (leighthomas24@gmail.com)

Kevin Smart

Assistant Director of Bands (kcsmart0402@gmail.com)

  • Mary Allen, Color Guard Choreographer/Instructor
  • Bryan Barley, Adjunct Instructor, Marching/Indoor Percussion
  • Brooke Howe, Color Guard Director (brookedhowe@gmail.com)
  • Frank James, Adjunct Instructor/Brass Specialist, Marching Band
  • Zack Melton, Adjunct Instructor/Arranger, Marching & Indoor Percussion
  • Jenney Merritt, Director, Discovery MS (jmmerritt@madisoncity.k12.al.us)
  • Kevin Morrison, Wind Arranger, Football/Competition Marching Bands
  • Geoff Schoeffell, Sound Designer, Marching Band/Indoor Drumline
  • Kevin Tran, Adjunct Instructor, Front Ensemble
  • Hannah Williams, Dance Team Coach

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Mission Statement/Goals…………………………………………………………………………. 5
  • The Band Program
    • Organizational Structure…………………………………………………………………… 6
    • Ensembles………………………………………………………………………………………… 7
    • Auditions…………………………………………………………………………………………. 9
    • Rehearsal Responsibilities…………………………………………………………………. 10
    • Leadership……………………………………………………………………………………….. 11
  • Operations
    • Financial Responsibilities (Fees/Expenses)………………………………………….. 12
    • Uniforms…………………………………………………………………………………………. 14
      • Uniform Process……………………………………………………………………. 15
    • Rules and Regulations
      • Academic Credit………………………………………………………………………………. 16
      • Grading……………………………………………………………………………………………. 17
      • Attendance………………………………………………………………………………………. 19
      • Band room……………………………………………………………………………………….. 20
    • Band Boosters
      • Overview…………………………………………………………………………………………. 21
      • Meetings………………………………………………………………………………………….. 21
      • Fundraisers………………………………………………………………………………………. 21
      • Email/Charms…………………………………………………………………………………… 22
      • Booster Volunteers………………………………………………………………………….. 22
      • Executive Board 2018-19…………………………………………………………………… 23
      • Committee Chairs……………………………………………………………………………. 24
    • Resources
      • Recommended Equipment/Instruments……………………………………………….. 25
      • Private Lesson Teachers……………………………………………………………………. 27
      • Appendix (Guard, Drumline, Dance Team Expenses)…………………………… 28
      • Charms Access Instructions………………………………………………………………. 31
      • Uniform Care Instructions………………………………………………………………… 32

MISSION STATEMENT

We the Bob Jones High School Band, strive to be RESPECTFUL by treating everyone equally, STEADFAST through infinite encouragement, MATURE by holding ourselves to high standards, and UNIFIED by working together to achieve one goal, a final product to be proud of. We also strive to have INTEGRITY by being accountable for each other and remaining LOYAL to the Bob Jones Band.

 

10 Goals for 2018-2019

1.MAKE EVERY PRACTICE BENEFICIAL/IT’S ALL IN OR ALL OUT

  • Retain what you learn
  • You’ll do everything how you do anything
  • Do or do not, there is no try
  • You get out what you put in
  • Put passion behind every rep
  1. PRIDE- Looking the part
  • Other people’s property is your responsibility- buses, band room, bathroom, lockers- Leave your surroundings better than you found them regardless of where we are
  • Consistency and accountability within sections, reminding us that we are a united group
  • Stay positive towards other sections – every individual person is an important part of the band
  • Ensure your uniform is always up to standard with the Bob Jones Band guidelines
  1. HIGH STANDARDS
  • Focus on what we are doing and how it is helpful to our band
  • Make goals clear and concise throughout the band and don’t accept being average
  • No matter what age encourage others to the same high standards
  • There’s always something that can be improved
  1. RESPECT
  • Respect yourself as an individual and how you contribute to the big picture
  • Show respect for section leaders, section members, band parents, faculty, the football team, cheerleaders, directors, etc.
  • Other bands work as hard as we do. Respect that and support them
  • Whether it’s online or in person show maturity and professionalism
  1. PUT YOUR ALL INTO EVERY SHOW
  • Let your passion for performing show every time. Put the time and effort into making a show great, but don’t let that drain your passion and enjoyment of what you’re doing. (Burn Out)
  • Don’t let it become routine
  1. SET CLEAR GOALS AND EXCEED THEM
  • Set a concrete mission and refuse to give up until it’s met
  • Remember that there is a reason for every rep
  • Once you reach a goal, set a new one, never settle
  1. COMMUNICATION
  • Reinforce information throughout sections by reminding each other of new information. No one is left in the dark
  • Trust the decisions that are made and don’t break the chain of communication
  • Speak up if you’re not sure what’s going on
  1. BE A ROLE MODEL
  • Whether you are in the band room, in school, or out of school, you represent the Bob Jones Band. Act like it.
  • Remain a good example in and out of uniform. Be the person people can look up to
  • Keep a positive attitude and outlook to unify the band.
  1. BE A UNIFIED BAND
  • Keep the peace between yourself and other band members
  • Help others, don’t gossip, and respect each other
  1. INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTABILITY
  • Ensure you are the best you can be before helping someone else become better
  • Be prepared and keep your instrument performance ready
  • Early is on time, on time is late

 

Products of the 2018-19 BJHS Band Leadership Team

THE BAND PROGRAM

Organizational Structure

Members

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Section leaders (marching)

Principle players (concert)

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Drum Majors (marching only)

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Staff

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Appropriate booster officer

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Directors

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                                                          Administration             

The organizational structure above is designed to effectively and efficiently inform all students and parents of events, policies, and procedures of the Bob Jones High School Band Program. It is also meant to serve as a diplomatic and successful problem-solving tool. The directors and staff of the band program always seek to find an “in-house” solution to every question, problem, and query.

  • Students: Please use the extensive network of student and professional leadership listed above to stay informed and solve any problems that may arise.
  • Parents: Please use the abbreviated organizational structure in the box above.
    • Contact BOOSTERS- finances, forms, chaperones, uniforms, etc.
    • Contact DIRECTORS- attendance, grades, auditions, honor band/all-state questions, general questions/concerns relating to your child, etc.

 

THE BAND PROGRAM

Performing Ensembles

 Fall Semester

  • Marching Band
    • Marching Band– The marching band participates at every home and away football game as a part of the pregame show, stands music, and halftime show. Members also participate in various parades and pep rallies throughout the fall semester. Membership in this ensemble is based on auditions held each spring semester.
  • Competition Marching Band– This ensemble is an elite group chosen from the members of the entire marching band. Along with all other marching band functions, this group will participate in several marching competitions during September and October. Membership in this ensemble is determined by the directors based on prior observation of each student, music auditions, recommendations from the middle school directors, and/or evaluations during the first week of band camp.
  • Color Guard– Color Guard functions as an auxiliary group to both the marching band and competition marching band. Auditions each spring determine general membership, while summer rehearsals/clinics determine distinct weapon and flag lines and competition marching band membership. All functions of the marching band and competition marching band listed above apply to members of the color guard.
  • Dance Team– Dance team is an auxiliary group exclusive to the marching band. Members are chosen by auditions held each spring. All functions and events of the marching band listed above apply to dance team members. Additionally, the dance team performs at several basketball games throughout the season.
  • Jazz Band
    • Jazz Band is a small ensemble in the fall offered as an optional ½ credit zero/5th block course. Membership of this ensemble is determined by auditions held at the beginning of the fall semester . Events and functions will vary from semester to semester, which may include small concerts, special events, fundraisers, etc. The number of jazz bands might fluctuate depending on the number of students interested (typically 2 separate bands). The group performed at the 2016 JSU Jazz Festival in April 2016.

 

Spring Semester

  • Concert Ensembles
    • Wind Ensemble– Wind Ensemble serves as the top concert ensemble at Bob Jones High School. Membership of this group is determined by auditions held each spring, which apply to both the marching and concert bands. Members do NOT have to be in marching band to participate in Wind Ensemble. The Wind Ensemble will participate in the state Music Performance Assessment (MPA) in February/March, a spring concert, and sometimes a spring competition trip. Wind Ensemble competes in the AA class, performing college level literature. Director Leigh Thomas and the Wind Ensemble received straight superior ratings at MPA in March 2018, performed at the 2017 AMEA Conference in Montgomery in January 2017, and will perform at the 2019 Alabama Honor Band Festival in February.
  • Concert Band– Concert Band is the second concert ensemble at Bob Jones High School. Membership is also determined by auditions each spring. Members do NOT have to be in marching band to participate in Concert Band. Concert Band participates in the state Music Performance Assessment (MPA) in February/March and a spring concert. Concert Band competes in the BB class, performing grade 3-4 literature. Director Kevin Smart and the Concert Band received superior ratings at MPA in March 2018.
  • Winter Guard: The Bob Jones Winter Guard is a select group of color guard members that competes in the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit during the spring semester. Auditions held during October/November determine membership of this ensemble. Winter guard is an extracurricular ensemble and competes in several Saturday/Sunday competitions during the spring semester. Guard Director Brooke Howe has led the Winter Guard to a medal several years since assuming the role: Scholastic Regional A Silver Medal (2013), Scholastic AA class Gold Medal (2014), Scholastic AA class Bronze medal (2015), and Scholastic AA class Silver Medal (2016). The group was promoted Scholastic A during the 2017 season, made finals at two WGI regionals in 2018, and was awarded the 2018 SCGC Scholastic A Color Guard bronze medal.
  • Indoor Drumline: The Bob Jones Indoor Drumline is an elite group of percussion students that competes in SCGC (regional) and WGI (national) during the spring semester. Auditions held in November determine the roster for this ensemble. Indoor Drumline rehearses both during class and after school. The group is directed by Assistant Director of Bands Kevin Smart, as well as adjunct staff/arrangers, and received a gold medal at SCGC Championships for the Schlolastic Open Class. The group will also perform at the AMEA Conference in January as the BJHS Percussion Ensemble.
  • Jazz Band: See “Jazz Band” (pg. 7)

THE BAND PROGRAM

Auditions

            An audition is required for admittance into any of the performing ensembles at Bob Jones High School. Information pertaining to audition dates, material, and other details can be found throughout the year at http://www.bjhsband.com/auditions.

  • Wind Instruments
    • Wind players audition each spring for placement in marching and concert ensembles. Major and chromatic scales, etudes, and sightreading comprise the audition material, available online seven days prior to auditions. Judges are brought in to ensure a level of objectivity. Audition scores, as well as instrumentation needs, prior director recommendations, and director’s discretion influence placement in fall (marching/competition marching) and spring (wind ensemble/concert band) ensembles.
    • Challenges- Chair placement challenges must be done one chair at a time. Music will be chosen by the director one week before the challenge occurs. Two weeks must pass before a challenge can be repeated once results are determined. Challenges CANNOT be done in the two weeks before any performance.
  • Percussion
    • Marching/Competition Band- Fall percussion auditions are each held in spring (April/May). Information/material is available online.
    • Indoor Drumline- Auditions for this spring ensemble occur during November each year. Unless otherwise approved by the director, you must be in marching band to audition. All members must also participate in a concert band and concert percussion ensemble.
  • Color Guard
    • Marching/Competition Band- Auditions for fall color guard occur each April. A clinic will be held prior to auditions to help prepare those auditioning. Auditions will consist of several flag basics and a short routine taught at the clinic.
    • Winter Guard- Auditions for this spring ensemble are in October. Auditions consist of both a group routine and basics.
  • Dance Team: Dance Team auditions take place each spring (April) and consist of several dance basics and demonstration of routines taught during a clinic.
  • Jazz Band
    • Auditions for jazz band will occur at the beginning of the fall semester. Information and material will be available during the first week of the semester. Instrumentation and personnel may vary depending on the song choice. Audition results will determine part placement.

 

THE BAND PROGRAM

Extracurricular Rehearsal Responsibilities

            Each performing ensemble requires different rehearsal responsibilities. Attendance is MANDATORY for all rehearsals. All rehearsals end when stated. Please account for 10 minutes of cleaning/packing up afterward. For details on class schedule as related to the below mentioned ensembles, see pg. 15 “Academic Credit”).

Fall Schedule

Day/Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
           
3:30pm Competition Marching Band

3:45-5:30pm

Football Band

3:45-4:30pm

Jazz Band

3:45-5pm

 

 

 

Football Band

3:45-4:30pm

Football Games (Competition band has 4 Saturday competitions)
4:00
4:30
5:00 Competition Marching Band/Dance Team Sectional

4:30-5:30pm

Competition Marching Band/Dance Team Sectional

4:30-5:30pm

5:30
6:00   Color Guard Sectionals

5:30-7pm

 
6:30
7:00

 

Spring Schedule

Day/Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
           
3:30pm   Concert Band

3:45-5:30pm

Jazz Band

3:45-5pm

 

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Each jazz band will alternate weeks, before and after school.

  Winter Guard and Indoor Drumline

Pre-show Rehearsals

(Guard also has 3 full Saturday rehearsals)

4:00 Winter Guard

4-7pm

Winter Guard

4-6pm

4:30
5:00
5:30  
6:00 Wind Ensemble

6-8pm

6:30 Indoor Drumline

6-9pm

7:00
7:30  
8:00
8:30  

 

THE BAND PROGRAM

Student Leadership

            Student leaders are vital to the success of the band program. Such positions are in place to aide the directors in the management of the program. Additionally, student leaders are expected to uphold high standards of behavior, work ethic, and overall attitude, three key aspects needed to be exemplary members. Leadership opportunities exist in every performing ensemble, and each carries an appointment/audition process and a unique set of responsibilities.

  • Marching Band
    • Drum Majors– This is the highest level of student leadership. These three positions are chosen based on a music audition (see “Auditions” section), marching audition, essay, interview, and conducting audition. Specific information is available online at http://www.bjhsband.com/auditions. Drum majors:
      • Coordinate section leaders
      • Manage rehearsal
      • Maintain the practice field
      • Coordinate electronics
      • Maintain band room organization
      • Any additional tasks given by the directors
    • Section Leaders– Section Leaders are chosen by a music audition, marching auditions, and leadership application. Section Leaders:
      • Support the drum majors
      • Conduct music/marching sectionals
      • Maintain the practice field
      • Execute uniform inspection
      • Take attendance at ALL rehearsals
      • Monitor band room and locker cleanliness
      • Any other tasks given by the drum majors or directors
    • Concert Band
      • Principal Players– These positions are chosen by a music audition (see “Auditions” section). Principal players are expected to:
        • Maintain music organization
        • Conduct music sectionals
        • Take attendance
        • Monitor cleanliness of band room and lockers
        • Any other tasks given by the directors
  • Winter Guard/Indoor Drumline: Extensions of marching band but may or may not remain the same from fall to spring.

OPERATIONS

Financial Responsibilities

             There are various fees and expenses associated with the band program that contribute to its operating budget during the year. Each student’s finances are managed in individual accounts by the band booster treasurer and can be accessed via Charms by students and/or parents. Fundraising opportunities throughout the year are designed to help students earn money toward these expenses. Please adhere to any payment schedules set by the directors/boosters, as the band program is dependent upon timely payments to purchase equipment/services throughout the year.

Any fees/expenses not paid by the end of the spring semester will result in student being withheld from graduation ceremony (applicable to ANY fees due at ANY time during high school career).

See Appendix for Guard, Indoor Drumline, and Dance Team expenses.

  • All Fees payable online at bjhs.madisoncity.k12.al.us
  • If paying by cash or check, refer to Fee Chart on page 13

*Expenses are subject to change based on vendor costs year to year.

NOTE: STUDENTS WILL NOT RECEIVE UNIFORM OR TRAVEL WITH THE BAND IF FEES ARE NOT PAID BY FIRST BOOSTER MEETING OF THE SEMESTER.

 2018-2019 Fee Chart

OPERATIONS

Uniforms

            Each ensemble in the band program has a uniform for performances (both fall and spring). Several expenses previously mentioned are associated with these uniforms and are required to participate in any band function. Additionally, the code of conduct outlined in this section is to be adhered to at all times. Failure to comply with these regulations will result in dismissal from the program.

Marching Band

  • Wind and percussion students will be issued a uniform during the first week of band camp. The band contract signed by each student/parent outlines details, rules, and costs associated with the uniform. Uniforms will be checked out to the student upon the return of this contract and confirmation of all fees paid. This contract is a binding agreement, stating the uniform will be returned in the condition it was issued and failure to do so will result in a fine charged to the student for the amount of the uniform or part that was damaged.

Jacket- $220                      Gauntlets – $50

Pants/Bibs- $90                 Plume – $16

Shako (Hat)- $55              Shako box- $10

Garment bag- $10

  • New students will be required to purchase the uniform package (jersey, compression shirt/shorts, string bag, and member t-shirt/shorts), white gloves, long white socks, and white marching shoes to complete the uniform. These items will be available for purchase at band camp. Returning students will have the opportunity to purchase new items as well. (See Financial Responsibilities)
  • Drum majors, color guard, and dance team are all responsible for purchasing their uniforms each year. Directors/instructors will provide further information as to cost, care, and specifics regarding these uniforms.
  • General Guidelines
    • No eating or drinking in uniform (except water).
    • No jewelry (except small stud earrings) or nail polish may be worn while in uniform.
    • The uniform must be complete at all times unless otherwise instructed. No changing in and out of uniform will be permitted in any location aside from one’s home, the band room, or buses.
    • No profanity or obscene gestures will be allowed in (or out) of uniform.
    • When in uniform, students are representatives of the band program, Bob Jones High School, and the entire Madison community.

Uniform Process

  1. Unless otherwise instructed, students will arrive at the band room in white uniform pants, compression shorts, compression shirt, long white socks, and white shoes. This state will be referred as their “whites.”
  2. The uniform jacket should be hung in the provided garment bag and brought with the student to the band room, along with their white gloves, shako and hatbox, if assigned.
  3. Students will then finish dressing and will then undergo uniform inspection conducted by the section leaders. They will be looking for the following:
    1. Clean jacket, pants, and white gloves
    2. Long white socks with clean/polished white band shoes
    3. Correct compression shirt and compression shorts
    4. Long hair (including males) is pulled up, as to fit under the shako.
    5. Only NATURAL COLOR hair permitted (no exaggerated colors).
    6. No nail polish or excessive jewelry. Earrings must be studs no bigger than a pencil eraser in diameter.
    7. Any violation of the above mentioned specifications will be verified by the directors and will result in dismissal from all activities until specifications are met. Students will NOT be allowed to travel with the band until uniform inspection is passed.
  4. Once at the stadium, students will be issued gauntlets and plumes before entering the field for pregame.
  5. Students will return gauntlets and plumes after the halftime performance.
  6. After the game, students will return to the band room, place hats in cases, hang jacket/pants in garment bag, and change into shorts/pants before leaving.
    1. Students are NOT allowed to be in any part of the uniform (pants, jacket, shako, gauntlets) outside of a sanctioned band functions.
    2. Any student seen in uniform outside of a band function will receive a “0” for that performance, as well as suspension from the next performance. Any additional offenses will result in dismissal from the program and further grading penalties.
  7. Uniform pants should be cleaned after every performance. Jackets should be cleaned as necessary (usually 2-3 performances).

 

Concert/Jazz Band: See Financial Responsibilities for details.

Winter Guard/Indoor Drumline: Uniforms vary from year to year and are paid for by students. Directors will provide students with specific details (See Appendix).

RULES AND REGULATIONS

Academic Credit

             Students participating in any performing ensemble (except spring dance team or winter guard) will have the opportunity to earn one academic credit per semester. Jazz band students will earn ½ credit per semester. Additionally, students enrolled in any marching band class (competition band, marching band, color guard, fall percussion, dance team) will earn a L.I.F.E. PE credit required to graduate. In order to be eligible to participate in any performing ensemble, students must maintain acceptable grades in all subjects. Two failing grades in any class during any grading period will result in suspension from the band program for a semester. This is concurrent with the ASHAA policy in the student handbook.

Fall Semester Class Schedule

  • 1st block:
    • Competition Band (wind players)
    • Color Guard
  • 2nd block
    • Marching Band (Non-competition band wind players)
  • 3rd block
    • No band classes
  • 4th block
    • Dance Team
    • Marching Percussion/Percussion Ensemble
  • 5th block
    • Jazz Band (Wednesday)

Spring Semester Class Schedule

  • 1st block
    • Concert Band
  • 2nd block
    • AP Music Theory
  • 3rd block
    • Wind Ensemble
  • 4th block:
    • Indoor Drumline/Percussion Ensemble
  • 5th block
    • Jazz band (Wednesday)

 

Grading Policy

 Fall Semester

  • Marching Band
    • Daily Grades (30%)
      • Rehearsals
        • Football (dot book, attire, instrument/equipment)
        • Competition (dot book, attire, instrument/equipment)
      • Class Instructional Time (dot book, attire, instrument/equipment, miscellaneous assignments)
    • Performances (Test Grade- 70%)
      • Football Marching Band
        • Football Games (uniform, instrument/equipment, music)
        • Parades (Madison Street Festival, Homecoming, Holiday)
        • March on Madison (uniform, instrument/equipment, music)
      • Competition Marching Band (in addition to above obligations)
        • Competitions (uniform, instrument/equipment, music)

In general, students will be expected to be prompt, be prepared, and perform to the best of their abilities.

Spring Semester

  • Concert Band/Wind Ensemble
    • Daily Grades (20%)
      • Rehearsals (instrument, music, pencil)
      • Class Instructional Time (instrument, music, pencil)
    • Performances (70%)
      • Music Performance Assessment (attire, instrument, music)
      • Spring Concert (attire, instrument, music)
    • Fine Arts Performance Attendance (5%)
      • You must attend one fine arts event in the spring semester, write a paragraph reflection, and turn in program/ticket to earn 5 points on your semester average. It CANNOT be an event in which you are performing.
    • Additional Academic Project (5%)
      • You can choose between the following options to earn 5 points on your semester average:
        • Take private lessons (provide letter from instructor)
        • Audition for All-State (turn in reflection paragraph on audition experience and performance)
        • Attend a college honor band (provide program from concert)
        • 5-page paper on history of your instrument (MLA format with 5 cited sources)
      • Indoor Drumline
        • Daily Grades (20%)
          • Rehearsals (dot book, attire, instrument, music, pencil)
          • Class Instructional Time (dot book, attire, instrument, music, pencil)
        • Performances (70%)
          • Music Performance Assessment (attire, instrument, music)
          • Spring Concert (attire, instrument, music)
          • SCGC and WGI Shows (attire, instrument)
          • Dinner with the Drumline and Fine Arts Festival (attire, instrument)
        • Fine Arts Performance Attendance (5%)
          • You must attend one fine arts event in the spring semester, write a paragraph reflection, and turn in program/ticket to earn 5 points on your semester average. It CANNOT be an event in which you are performing.
        • Additional Academic Project (5%)
          • You can choose between the following options to earn 5 points on your semester average:
            • Take private lessons
            • Videotape a “mock” all-state audition
            • Attend a college honor band
            • 5-page paper on the history of your instrument
  • Jazz Band
    • Daily Grades (20%)
      • Class Instructional Time (instrument, music, pencil)
    • Performances (70%)
      • TBD (attire, instrument, music)
    • Listening log (10%)
      • Choose one song a week (multiple versions if possible) and add to a running log of jazz/swing repertoire (entry format provided in class). Be prepared to access on mobile device or YouTube and share in class. Turn in at the end of each 9-week term (9 entries total).

 NOTE: Two unexcused absences, rehearsal or performance, for ANY PERFORMING ENSEMBLE, will result in dismissal from the band program for the remainder of the semester.

Additionally, any student acquiring an UNEXCUSED absence for a PERFORMANCE will receive a “0” as a test grade and will result in suspension for the following

performance as well.

(See “Attendance” for approved excuses)

RULES AND REGULATIONS

Attendance

Class, rehearsal, sectional, and performance attendance is required of ALL members of the band program. Promptness is also a factor in the grading policy regarding attendance.

School Board Approved Excuses

  1. Personal illness of student (doctor/parent note must be provided)
  2. Death in the immediate family
  3. Inclement weather dangerous to life or health of student (determined by administration)
  4. Legal quarantine
  5. Emergency conditions (determined by administration or directors)
  6. Other event/condition previously approved by directors

Any student planning to miss any portion of the aforementioned mandatory events MUST contact the DIRECTORS prior to the event to provide justification for the absence. Failure to do so will result in an unexcused absence and a grade of “0” for said event.

  • Excessive absences (excused or unexcused) will result in loss of performance privileges due to lack of individual preparation.
  • Football Marching Band: Absence for both football show rehearsals will result of loss of performance privileges the following Friday performance. Additionally, an absence when new material is taught will result in loss of performance privileges for that week due to lack of preparation.
  • Competition Marching Band: Absence during competition week rehearsals may result in loss of performance privileges for that competition.

Two unexcused absences will result in dismissal from the band program for the remainder of the semester. Additionally, any student acquiring an UNEXCUSED absence for a PERFORMANCE will receive a “0” as a test grade and will result in loss of performance privileges for the following performance as well.

Band Room

      The band room is our home, and students should strive to treat it as such. Please adhere to the following rules when inside the band room:

  1. No food, drink, or gum is allowed over the carpet. Please consume in the hall. Water is permitted.
  2. Students will be issued lockers for storage of belongings throughout the school year. These are to be kept clear of trash and clutter and are ONLY TO BE USED BY MEMBERS OF THE BAND PROGRAM. If the combination lock is lost or damaged, students will be fined $5 to replace it.
  3. Due to the diverse nature of each rehearsal/class taking place in the band room, it must be returned to its original state after each use. Chairs, stands, instruments, props, floors, and all various equipment are to be stored properly.
  4. Only members of the band program are allowed in the band room due to the amount of expensive equipment.
  5. You must ask permission from director to enter either the uniform storage room or the upstairs storage. If you are found in either of these areas without permission, disciplinary action will ensue.
  6. No running, horseplay, or games (football, baseball, soccer, frisbee) will be allowed in the band room.
  7. Concert, jazz, and chamber music folders are to be stored in the appropriate music cabinet at all times (except when practicing at home). Students are responsible for replacing lost or damaged music. Cost of replacement music will be billed to student account.
  8. Do not enter the band room unless a school employee is present. You must be in the presence of a school employee to be in the band room at any time (before, during, or after school).
  9. If using a school-owned instrument, you are responsible for its daily maintenance and care (oiling valves, greasing cork, etc.). The instrumental rental fee covers general maintenance (replacing pads, general repairs, etc.). It DOES NOT cover significant damage such as dents or broken parts. These costs will be billed to the student who checked out that instrument. Please take special care of school-owned instruments, as to not accrue the expensive cost of these repairs.
  10. All rules, policies, and disciplinary procedures outlined in the Bob Jones High School Student Handbook are in effect both in the band room and during ALL band functions. Members of the band program should behave in a manner as to positively reflect upon themselves, their parents, the band, Bob Jones High School, Madison City Schools, and the entire Madison community.

 

BAND BOOSTERS

Overview

             The purpose of the band boosters is the support the band program and band directors at Bob Jones High School. Additionally, the boosters serve as the primary fundraising organization for both the band program and its students. Since the band program is completely self-sufficient financially, this fundraising effort is vital to its continued success. Every parent of a student in the band program is a member of the band boosters.

Meetings

             Band booster meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:00pm in the band room (unless otherwise communicated). Attending these meetings ensures that one has the most up-to-date information regarding current events and progress of the program as a whole. Booster meetings also serve to collect parental input on policies, procedures, and daily operations of both the band program and the boosters. Please mark your calendars ahead for the year and help support your child’s experience in the band program. Go to bjhsband.com/calendar for the up-to-date calendar.

Fundraisers

             As previously stated, the band program is completely self-sufficient, thus requiring fundraising efforts by the directors, boosters, and students. It is imperative that all involved contribute to the fundraising effort. This ensures the survival of the band program.

Student fundraisers are available throughout the year to contribute to the various costs listed in the “financial responsibilities” section. Funds raised by the students will be housed in their student accounts and tracked by the booster treasurer. Money can be used from student accounts to pay for fees, trips, and/or other costs. Any money left at the end of the year will be rolled over to the next year until graduation. If there is a credit balance at this time, it can be transferred to a sibling in the band program, if submitted in writing to the treasurer. Otherwise, it will enter the general band account. If a student receives items for fundraising purposes (coupon books, event tickets, etc.), items must be returned or paid for by the next performance or the student will serve as an alternate for that performance and all subsequent performances until items/money are returned.

The principal fundraiser organized by the parents is the football concession stand. In order to keep band fees at a minimum, parents are expected to cover all open concession stand positions during football season. A $50 credit will be applied to the student account for every shift, up to $100 per student. A set of parents working once will receive the full $100 credit to their student’s account.

 Email/Charms

The band program’s primary means of communication is parent and student email. These are obtained during registration and recorded in the Charms Office program. Charms also keeps track of all booster records, including balance of student accounts, uniform checkout, band locker checkout, and instrument checkout. Usernames and passwords to Charms will be issued at the first band booster meeting of the year. Parents are required to verify accuracy of family information in Charms, including names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.

Booster Volunteers

Volunteering with the band in any capacity is a great way to meet other parents and assist the students. It takes the collective work of our parent organization to make our band program successful.

In order to volunteer in a position that requires direct contact with a student, every adult MUST pay for and complete a yearly volunteer background check through Madison City Schools. The link can be found on our band website, as well as the school and district websites.

There are many opportunities to volunteer. Some require a commitment to a rotation throughout the football season, some an evening game or day-long competition, and some just a few hours to help with a specific event. The involvement of all parents in these areas aids with smooth logistics and operations. Please consider being involved on a regular basis in some capacity. The following committees have opportunities to volunteer in various ways:

  • Concessions
  • Chaperones
  • Uniforms
  • Logistics Crew (Truck/Equipment)
  • Fundraising
  • Hospitality
  • Spirit Wear
  • Various Color Guard committees
  • Various Drumline committees

 BAND BOOSTERS

Executive Board 2018-19

President

  • Jack Lyons
    • bjhsbands+president@gmail.com

1st Vice President

  • Sue Fawcett
    • bjhsbands+vicepresident@gmail.com

2nd Vice President (Fundraising)

  • Rebecca Emmons
    • bjhsbands+fundraising@gmail.com
  • Larry Vannoy
    • bjhsbands+fundraising@gmail.com

Secretary

  • Elaine Farmer
    • bjhsbands+secretary@gmail.com

Treasurer (Boosters)

  • Rhonda Lyons
    • bjhsbands+treasurer@gmail.com

Color Guard Vice President

  • Monica Pennywell
    • bjhsguard@gmail.com

Treasurer (Color Guard)

  • Niki Sheeham
    • bjhsguard+treasurer@gmail.com

Dance Team Vice President

  • Tracy Cleveland
    • bjhsdance@gmail.com

Treasurer (Dance Team)

  • Robin Lockwood
    • bjhsdance+treasurer@gmail.com

Drumline Vice President

  • Christina Moses
    • bjhsdrumline@gmail.com

Treasurer (Drumline)

  • Cindy Rivera
    • bjhsdrumline+treasurer@gmail.com

 

BAND BOOSTERS

Appointed Committee Chairs

Chaperones

  • Lawanda White
    • bjhsbands+chaperones@gmail.com

Concessions

  • Cristi & Troy Moyer
    • bjhsbands+concessions@gmail.com

Hospitality

  • Janetlee Hurley
    • bjhsbands+hospitality@gmail.com

Instrument Inventory

  • Amy Todd
    • bjhsbands+instruments@gmail.com

Logistics (Truck/Equipment)

  • Carl Smith
    • bjhsbands+logistics@gmail.com

Publicist/Media

  • Sandy Groger
    • bjhsbands+media@gmail.com

 

Publicist/Website

  • Joye Kralovec
    • bjhsbands+webmaster@gmail.com

 

Spirit Wear

  • Kristina Holmes
    • bjhsbands+spiritstore@gmail.com

 

Videographer

  • Jeff Holmes

 

Photographer

  • Dave Meyer

 

Uniforms

  • Lisa Vannoy, Carrie Houdyshell, Jennifer Johnson
    • bjhsbands+uniforms@gmail.com

 

If you have a question regarding one of the aforementioned offices or committees, please contact the person in that SPECIFIC POSITION for a solution. This will ensure that your question gets answered accurately and promptly. Additionally, it will diminish the amount of forwarding by the directors and booster president. As previously stated in the “Organizational Structure” section, contact the directors regarding specific questions regarding your child’s academics (honor bands/absences/grades/etc.). Contact the booster officers/committee chairs for all other inquiries.

Booster board elections occur at the last meeting of the year. A nominating committee submits recommendations for officers and the general booster population votes on the outcome. Stay tuned throughout the end of the year for further details if interested in a position.

RESOURCES

Recommended Equipment/Instruments

Piccolo

  • Gemeinhardt 4PMH 50 Series (composite body) average price $485
  • Gemeinhardt 4W average price $879

Flute

  • Gemeinhardt 53SB 50 Series average price $965
  • KGB Special* average price $1295
  • Sonore 6000 average price $1795
  • Yamaha 481H average price $1606
  • Yamaha 584H average price $1746

Oboe

B flat Soprano Clarinet

  • Buffet R-13* average price $2095
  • Accent average price $1495
  • Recommended Mouthpieces: Vandoren B45*; Vandoren 5RV; Larry Combs
  • Recommended Ligatures: Rovner, Luyben, Glotin, Bonade*
  • Recommended Reeds: Vandoren, Mitchell Lurie, Marca

Bass Clarinet

  • Buffet
  • Noblet
  • Selmer
  • Recommended Mouthpieces: Vandoren B45; Selmer C*
  • Recommended Ligatures: Rovner, Glotin*
  • Recommended Reeds: Vandoren*, Mitchell Lurie, Marca

Bassoon

Alto Saxophone

  • Yanagisawa – A901 or A991 average price $2700/$2000
  • Selmer Paris – Model 72, Reference (jazz) average price $4200
  • Selmer Paris – Model 62, Series 3 (classical) average price $3700
  • Selmer Paris – Model 52, SuperAction (classical) average price $3000
  • Yamaha – YAS 475 or 875 EX or 62 Mark II – average price $1700/$2900/$2200

Tenor Saxophone

  • Yanagisawa – T991 or T 901 average price $3000/$2300
  • Selmer Paris – Model 74, Reference (jazz) average price $5000
  • Selmer Paris – Model 64, Series 3 (classical) average price $3900
  • Selmer Paris – Model 54, SuperAction (classical) average price $3600
  • Yamaha – YTS-822 Custom average price $3100 (jazz)
  • Yamaha – YTS5475 average price $2000

Baritone Saxophone

  • Cannonball Bari Sax* average price $3395
  • Yamaha 52 average price $3100
  • Recommended Mouthpieces: Selmer C* for all saxes*
  • Recommended Ligatures: Rovner, Bonade*
  • Recommended Reeds: Vandoren*, Mitchell Lurie, Marca

Trumpet

  • Bach 180S-43* average price $1499
  • Bach 180S-37 average price $1499
  • Mouthpieces: Bach 7C, 5C, 3C

French Horn

  • Holton H175* average price $2695
  • Hans Hoyer 802 average price $1995
  • Yamaha YHR667VL average price $3400
  • Conn 8D average price $2500
  • Mouthpiece: Holton MDC

Trombone-tenor

  • Bach 42A* (large bore with F attachment) average price $1985
  • Bach 42BO (large bore with F attachment) average price $1750
  • Conn 88H-CL (Christian Lindberg model) average price $1999

Trombone-bass

  • Holton TR181* (double bass) average price $2200
  • Bach 50B3LO* (double bass) average price $2500

Euphonium

  • Yamaha 321(silver)* average price $2386
  • Wilson 2704* average price $3499
  • Accent First Chair average price $1950
  • Trombone/Euphonium Mouthpieces: Bach 6.5AL, Bach 5, Bach 1.25G

Tuba

  • Jupiter Carnegie XL (good rental for practice) average price $1995
  • Petersberg (silver) average price $3500
  • Mouthpiece: Helleberg Tuba

RESOURCES

Private Lesson Instructors

Flute

  • Susan Kula (256) 508-1219
  • Jen Mobley (256) 503-1701
  • Stephanie Pesto (256) 655-1432
  • Rebecca Wortham (256) 479-3690

Clarinet

  • Robin Cotton (256) 325-2263
  • Ray Reska (256) 527-2620
  • Kim Ripplinger (256) 489-3609

Oboe

  • Vikki Truesdail (256) 325-7066

Sax

  • Ray Reska (256) 527-2620
  • Jonathan Willis (703) 600-9416

Trumpet

  • Dillon Tuck (256) 684-2621
  • Derek Weidenthal (256) 479-2610
  • Bruce Zeiger (256) 683-6949

French Horn

  • Marsha Asquith (256) 655-7478
  • Eileen Drummond (256) 325-7511
  • Mark Gessner (256) 468-5404)

Trombone/Baritone/Tuba

  • Billy Bargetzi (256) 479-8820
  • Jeremy Howe (931) 933-3986
  • Joel Mason (256) 682 -1115
  • William Wortham (256) 479-3605

Percussion

  • Marcus Pope (256) 651-1790
  • Zack Melton (256) 652-2438

 

RESOURCES

Color Guard Appendix

(See Guard Handbook for further details)

Fall Guard Expenses

  • All members:
    • Paid to school/boosters:
      • Class fee- $50 (paid to BJHS with other fees)
      • Marching Band fee- $300 (due August 10th– first booster meeting)
        • $100 credited to individual account after 2 concession shifts
      • Paid to Color Guard (due when items are received unless noted):
        • Audition fee- $15 (paid during clinic regardless of outcome)
        • Football uniform- $125 ($50 deposit due at first parent meeting; remainder due first day of band camp in July)
        • Shoes- $38
        • Gloves- $16 (optional)
        • Headband- $2
        • Sabre rental fee- $25 (if spinning sabre)
      • New members only (in addition to above listed expenses)
        • Paid to Color Guard:
          • Practice Flag/Pole/Stopper/Bolts- $30 (due at first parent meeting)
          • Color guard jersey- $25 (orders placed at first parent meeting)
          • Guard member T-shirt- $10
          • Duffle bag- $35 (order by June)
          • Jacket- $72 (order by June)
        • Ordered/Paid online:
        • Competition members only (in addition to above listed expenses):
          • Competition uniform- $215 ($50 deposit due when ordered and remainder due on arrival)
          • Shoes- $38 (if different than football shoes)

Winter Guard Expenses

  • All members:
    • Winter Guard Fee: $200 (due 1st day of spring semester)
    • WGI Regional Trip- $225 (estimate- overnight trip)
    • Uniform: $150 (estimate; due upon arrival- will not receive if not paid)
    • Show shirt: $20
    • End of year director gift- $15
    • Sabre rental fee- $25 (optional)
    • Wind suit- $75 (new members only)

*Expenses are subject to change based on vendor costs year to year.

RESOURCES

Indoor Drumline Appendix

Spring Fees ($175)

  • $50 Indoor Drumline/Concert Band fee (paid to boosters/online with other fees)
  • $50 Class fee (paid to school with other class fees)
  • $75 Instrument Rental fee (due with contract at instrument pickup)

Spring Expenses

  • All members
    • $200 Indoor uniform (estimate- will not be issued if not paid for)
    • $25 alternations to uniforms (if necessary)
    • $400 WGI Championships in Dayton (3 nights/charter bus; will not travel if not paid for prior to departure)
      • Full price of trip ($600) to be paid if no shifts worked at SCGC competition at BJHS.
    • $100-200 Regional Trip (overnight; schedule TBD, typically during Spring break)
    • $40 Indoor marching shoes
    • $30 Compression shirt and shorts (available at Wal-Mart)
    • $15 Show t-shirt
    • $5 Long socks (available at Wal-Mart)
    • $15-20 Knee Pads
    • Other items depending on show theme (makeup/paint/etc.)- TBD
  • New members only (in addition to above listed expenses)
    • $30 Drumline hoodie
    • $95 Drumline jacket (optional)
    • Males
      • $100 Tuxedo jacket, shirt, bow tie, and cummerbund (All items ordered by Boosters in December)
      • $25-35 Lace up black dress shoes (not glossy; available at shoe store)
      • $10 long black socks (available at clothing store)
    • Females
      • $65 Black concert dress (ordered by Boosters in December)
      • $20 Black flat shoes (not glossy, no heels, no ornamentation)
      • $10 black hosiery (available at clothing store)

         Several individual and group fundraisers take place throughout the year to aide students/parents with these costs. Group fundraisers are MANDATORY for all members AND parents. Individual fundraisers are OPTIONAL but highly encouraged. The more the group raises, the less everyone will pay for trips and other expenses. If no participation is done in group fundraisers, the full price of trip will be charged.

As a part of this fundraising effort, the indoor drum line also hosts a SCGC Winter Guard and Percussion competition, a silent auction, and the “Dinner with the Drumline” performance. All three events not only take a lot of planning by the booster officers and committee chairs but also an ENORMOUS amount of manpower to achieve. All students are REQUIRED to sell at least 10 tickets to “Dinner with the Drumline.” Tickets at approximately $13 each. Also, note that all students in Indoor Drumline will also be in one of the concert ensembles (see concert band fee and attire costs above). This is NON-NEGIOTIABLE.

*Expenses are subject to change based on vendor costs year to year.

RESOURCES

Dance Team Appendix

Dance Team Fees (paid to boosters and/or BJHS)

  • Marching Band Fee $300 (paid to Boosters or online by August 11th)
    • $100 credited to individual account after two concessions shifts are worked
  • Marching Band Sponsor T-shirt $10
  • Dance II Class Fee $50 (paid to BJHS with other class fees)

Dance Team Fees (paid to dance team):

  • Uniform for football season (price to be determined by coach)
  • Gauntlets $70 (if needed)
  • Boots $70 (if needed and ordered by coach)
  • Varsity Items for Fall and Spring (ordered by coach):
    • New members $600; returning members $300 (may include these items)
      • Pom dress for parades, pictures, basketball games
      • Jazz pants and top
      • Warm up suit
      • Fleece jacket
      • Practice tank shirt for shorts
      • Dance team backpack
      • Poms
    • Practice cotton t-shirt $40
    • Photography fee for team/performances $20
    • Choreography fees: (approximate)
      • Football/Basketball $200
      • Pom Competition (if selected for dance) $65
      • Jazz Competition (if selected for dance) $40
    • Competition Fees/Costumes: To be determined by Coach

Purchase on your own:

  • Nike shorts (minimum one red, one navy blue; cost varies)
  • Tan jazz shoes $50 approximate
  • Black jazz shoes $50 approximate
  • Professional style fishnet tights, Caramel color (with sequin) $24
  • No-Nonsense pantyhose sheet to waist-tan color, under fishnets (not carried in stores now, order bulk ahead online; cost varies)
  • Dance tights, Caramel color (with Pom dress) $15
  • Competition Dance Style Rhinestone Earrings $15
  • Lipstick (determined/ordered by Coach) $5

*Expenses are subject to change based on vendor costs year to year.

These are approximate costs. Returning members will not have to purchase some of the items listed above. A breakdown of exact items and costs will be given out at the first parent/member uniform fitting meeting each May. Clothing items and deposits must be made at this time. Fundraisers will be available to help with expenses.

 

RESOURCES

Charms Access Instructions

  • Log on to www.charmsoffice.com, and click “ENTER / LOG IN” in the upper right corner.
  • Locate the “PARENT/STUDENT/MEMBERS LOGIN” section of the web page.
  • Login to your student’s program account using the following School Code:

 

BJonesHSBand (case sensitive)

  • This will bring up the main “Public” page. This will allow you to look at the “public” calendar for your organization, event list, and handouts and other “publicly shared” files, as well as a few other options.
  • The first time you go here, enter your child’s Charms Code (located on the label on the front of this handbook) into the Student Area Password field. You will be directed to the Change Password screen, to set a personal password different from the ID, for future use.       You may also be directed to create both a unique Username and Password for the student. There are also mechanisms to recover/reset a lost Username/Password – when you create your new password, create a “hint” as well.
  • Whenever you enter using this Username/password, another more detailed screen appears, with various button options for you to access areas in the Charms account.       What appears here is partially up to the Account Administrator or Head Director.
  • Two areas in which you can help the director/administrator maintain his/her records:
    • Update Personal Information – if the director has allowed it, you may help make changes to your and your child’s student information page (such as updating phone numbers / cell carriers and email addresses if they change) to help them communicate with you more effectively. You may also be able to indicate which parent volunteer/resource groups you would like to participate in, if this feature is activated. Click Update Info to save changes.
    • Click Finances – you may view your outstanding balance with detailed entries regarding all charges and payments.
  • The Calendar may list events, rehearsals, and volunteer/RSVP opportunities.
  • You can also download the Charms App to your smartphone – search your App Store for “Charms Parent/Student Portal” (or “Charms Blue”). It’s the way to stay in touch on the go!

RESOURCES

 

Marching Uniform Care Instructions

Laundering

  • Jackets and bib pants are made of completely washable polyester-gabardine.
  • Avoid washing bib pants and jackets together.
  • Never wash in hot water.
  • Use only non-chlorine household laundry detergent.
  • SMOKING ENVIRONMENT IS NOT IDEAL FOR UNIFORM STORAGE. Uniforms will soak up smoke smell. Uniforms smelling of smoke will NOT pass uniform inspection and will NOT be accepted as wearable at uniform check-in. Please contact uniform chairs if arrangements need to be made.

 

Jackets and Bib Pants

  • If a stain does occur, sponge with water or treat with an appropriate product before it has time to set and before laundering. (See stain removal “Quick Reference” guide)
  • You may use “Spray and Wash” and other non-chlorine stain removers when washing.
  • Use only non-chlorine detergent! Many detergents are harsh and have a bleaching ingredient that will cause even colorfast fabric to migrate.
  • Do not use liquid fabric softener on Cesario band uniforms! A softener sheet may be used in the dryer, however, use only one (1) sheet per dry load (see drying directions below.)
  • Machine wash on the gentle / permanent press cycle, but do not overload machines.
  • At cycle completion place garments in dryer, and dry on cool/permanent press setting.
    • Caution: Do NOT use a hot dryer setting! A hot dryer setting will remove the press. When dried on a cool or permanent press setting, uniforms will require very little touch up.
  • Remove garments from the dryer and place on a hanger immediately.

 

Pants Pressing

  • Touch up pressing on pants may be desired occasionally, or the pants may be professionally pressed after several washings and drying. If the snap-up hem is used, do not press over seam where the snap tape is placed. Press creases on front and back of pant and bottom hem.

 

Fitting/Alterations (Completed during uniform fittings but just FYI in case further adjustments must be made)

  • Sleeves
    • Adjust – A – Cuff Option: Adjust the snaps placed at different increments inside the sleeves to eliminate sewing sleeve hems.
  • Pants
    • Adjust-A-Pant Option Fitting: Each pant leg has snap adjustments located on both the inside and outside leg seams. The last 2 are male snaps which fold up to meet 1-12 female snaps. Use male snaps to create a firm anchor at the hem’s edge.
    • Adjust the shoulder strap; have students try the pants on wrong side out, with their band shoes on, then fold up the hem and snap to the desired length.
    • After the hem length has been determined, the student should remove the pants without unsnapping the new hem length. Press the new hem into place and the pants are ready to go. CAUTION: Avoid pressing with high heat and DO NOT press over the snap area as high heat will melt the snap imprint onto the outside of the garment.
    • If the hem is very short (2-3 inches), the hem may need to be tacked slightly, please contact uniform chairs for assistance.

 

Quick Reference Stain Guide

  • REMEMBER – Washable uniforms, like all clothes, can get stained. It is important to remove the stain as soon as possible. This list is enclosed to help you with difficult and unusual types of stains.
    • Blot stains with water, solvents, and cleaning agents- DO NOT RUB!
    • Pre-treat stains before washing (apply stain treatment and scrub with a toothbrush or other like tool before the item is placed in the washing machine. Use regular laundry detergent (without chlorine or reads safe for colors).
    • “Lestoil” – will take out most stains.
    • “Simple Green” – For hard to remove grass stains or dirt rings on collars and sleeves. (This product is found in automotive department) We prefer the spray type.
    • “Carbona” – Has a variety of removers called “Stain Devils”. Listed below are the different removers.
      • “Stain Devil” – Make Up and Grass Remover
      • “Stain Devil” – Blood and Milk Remover
      • “Stain Devil” – Coffee, Tea and Cola Remover
      • “Stain Devil” – Chewing Gum and Glue Remover
      • “Stain Devil” – Ink and Crayon Remover
    • “Whink” – For removing rust stains
    • Aerosol hair spray or rubbing alcohol will remove ballpoint ink stain.
    • Waterless hand cleaner like those used in the garage or automotive environments can be used as a pre-treat for grease, oil, tar, or paint. This product dissolves the oil-base stain before it is set in. However, this must be used BEFORE ANY WATERBASE treatment.

**Please contact uniform chairs at bjhs+uniforms@gmail.com for further assistance/information regarding cleaning u