The Pride of PH!
2017 Marching Patriots Documents
FAQs About the Marching Patriots:
Q: How do we sign up for Marching Band?
A. Any student interested in Marching Band should complete the registration information at the bottom of this web page, after reading all FAQ, or pick up a forms packet from the band room. Completion of the forms is all that is required to sign up.
Q. Does my student have to be in Marching Band?
A. No, but Marching Band is something that every band student SHOULD be a part of. The Marching Patriots are truly the “Pride of PH,” performing at all home football games, local parades, and competitions. In addition to learning about music, teamwork, responsibility, leadership, physical stamina, coordination, and hard work, your student will also have a TON of fun being a part of the Marching Patriots
Q: Are there fees for Marching Band?
A. Marching Band fees are set by the cost per student of Band Camp. Check back here around April 2016 for the cost of band camp for the 2016-17 school year. Fundraisers are available throughout the year to help pay these fees. In addition to this fee, students are expected to purchase their own marching band shoes (“Dinkles”), marching shoes, and long black socks.
Q: Where can I purchase these marching gloves and long black socks?
A: Marching gloves can be purchased at a local music store like Star City Music (540-772-7722). Long black socks can be purchased at Walmart, department stores, or other closing stores
Q. What are the cost involved in putting our marching program together (in other words—-where does all that money go?)
A. There are numerous expenses related to putting a marching show on the field including: the rights to the music must be purchased, a drill designer must create the field drill, uniforms must be cleaned and/or replaced, additional staff is often hired to help instruct the students, trucks must be rented each time the band leaves PH to compete and for the trip band camp, the practice field must be repainted weekly (sometimes daily), competition entrance fees must be paid, instruments need to be repaired or replaced, etc.
Q. When are tryouts for Marching Band?
A. Students don’t try out for Marching Band — all band members are welcome! Students will, however, play for the band directors during band camp for placement according to skill level. The percussion section has placement auditions in May of the preceding school year, but percussionists who join the program during the summer are encouraged to see the band teacher. Additionally, after the first week of camp, some students may be assigned to the “Patriot Squad” and have a non-marching role in the Marching Patriots.
Q. What is the “Patriot Squad?”
A. The Patriot Squad is a group of dedicated students who assist the Marching Patriots and the Staff in any way possible. Moving equipment, handing out stickers at parades, coordinating water breaks, getting all swagged out on Game Days…that’s all Patriot Squad.
Q. Who is required to go to “Band Camp” in August?
A. All Marching Band members, including Color Guard, go to “Band Camp” in August. Band Camp is usually held the first full week of August.
Q. What is “Pre-camp”?
A. Pre-Camp refers generally to second to last or last week in July, when Marching Band begins rehearsals at PH. New marchers are taught how to march and returning marchers get a refresher course.
Q. What is “Post-Camp”?
A. These are the weeks after the band returns from Sweet Briar College. The band will usually practice daily at PH in preparation for the first performance of the season which is the first football game of the year, or “Back to Band Night.”
Q. What if I play an instrument that doesn’t march?
A. In some cases, one instrument can be substituted for another. For example, mellophone is substituted for French horn. In other cases, you may be asked to try a new instrument. Don’t worry, if you want to march, an instrument will be found. Or you can join the color guard!
Q. Are parents able to go to competitions and festivals?
A. Yes! Not only are parents allowed, they are encouraged to come and cheer for the band. The students love to hear cheers and applause from PH supporters. If you are interested in volunteering at one of the Marching Patriots’ events, please click this link and sign up!
Q. How does my student balance marching band and other activities?
A. There is no denying that marching band requires a large commitment of time and energy. Practices last until 6:00 PM four evenings a week and there are football games and/or competitions each week as well. With careful planning and efficient use of time, a student can manage marching band plus homework, athletics, Scouts, church, free time, etc. Keep in mind that marching season is only two months out of the school year!
Q. Does the marching band perform at home football games? Do students stay for the whole game? When do they need to arrive?
A. The marching band performs at all home football games, and limited away games. If the football team advances to the playoffs, the band will travel with them to perform. Band students stay the entire game unless they have prior permission to leave early. The band usually rehearses after school, has a dinner break, and then changes into uniform. Exact Game Day schedules are set by the band directors each week.
Q. Does the band play at basketball games?
A. Yes! Basketball pep band is fun. It is not required, but marching band members are highly encouraged to perform in the Basketball Pep Band.