Common questions and answers …
Do I need to attend band camp to be in the band?
Yes, this is the only time of the year where we can teach the students marching fundamentals. This is also the time we start our half-time show. Once the show is set we do not change the show numbers.
If I’m in a magnet program will I be able to do this?
Yes, many of our students are in the Health Academy and I.B. programs. Seminole wants you be to be successful academically and to be a part of the school’s spirit. Our past drum majors have been Health Academy students, IB students, Valedictorians, and Salutatorians. I know people worry if they can handle courses of band and their classes, and the answer is YES. If you stay on top of your assignments it will be no problem.
How much of my time will this take up?
The class enables us to get most of the music learned but not all can be covered, so after school rehearsals are necessary. During marching season, there is band camp and, when school starts, there are two after school practices on Wednesday (1:45 – 5:00) and Thursday (2:45 – 5:00). Football games are Friday nights. During concert season we have four after school rehearsals, a Pre-Festival Concert and Concert MPA.
What if I don’t have my own instrument?
The school has a few instruments students can rent, but on a “first come first serve basis”. There is a $50 rental fee per semester for student use of school instruments. This includes all percussion instruments. If there is no school instrument for you to use, it will be necessary for you to rent or buy an instrument from a music store.
How much will all this cost me?
The expense for band is $225 for returning members and $300 for new members. Money is due at the band registration night prior to band camp. The money pays for uniform cleanings, clinicians, instructors, equipment, music, awards, some travel expenses, and many, many other expenses generated throughout the year. Band scholarships are limited but available. See a band director for an application.
So you want to join the band, Now What?
- Fill out the registration form and return it to Seminole High School (registration forms are available here). This is the most important part of these instructions (getting your information so we can get in touch with you).
- Speak to your guidance counselor and make sure you are signed up for a band class.
- Attend the summer rehearsals in May and July that will be on the calendar here.
- Come with a parent or guardian to your scheduled registration night (more information on that below)
- Attend Hopoewaw Day, a mandatory session for all new incoming band students, regardless of grade, a Saturday that will be announced on the calendar here.
- Attend band camp, which is mandatory Monday-Friday 9 AM to 9 PM, dates announced on the calendar here.
- If you have any questions, please call the band room at (407)320-5161, (407)320-5173,
or e-mail Mr. Malcolm at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Mr. Labonte at email@example.com.
About Band Camp
Band Camp is Mandatory
Important Guidelines for Band Camp
Breakfast: Make sure you eat a sufficient breakfast every morning, including whole grain (complex carbohydrates) and protein. Band Camp requires a lot of stamina, so make sure your body is fueled well. One bowl of cheerios or one slice of toast with jam will NOT be enough to carry you through lunch.
Lunch: You must bring a lunch or snack from home.
Dinner: For your convenience, the Band Parents provide dinner in the cafeteria every day during band camp that you order at registration. All meals come with a bag of chips, cookies and choice of soda or water. You can order a double-portion on any day for additional cost. Pay for these meals at registration night. Or, if you prefer you can bring a bagged dinner from home every day.
Supplies and Preparation Checklist for Band Camp and Hopoewaw Day
- Get lots of sleep. Marching and sleepy students do not mix well.
- Shorts recommended, within dress code. Long jeans will be too hot. Long pants in a thinner material will be fine.
- Light-colored T-shirt that covers your shoulders. Dark colors absorb heat. Tank tops do not protect your shoulders and the back of your neck, which are typical danger spots for skin cancer.
- Hat that protects your face and neck.
- Sunscreen. UV-A and UV-B protection.
- Tennis shoes. No sandals, no flip flops. You cannot march in those.
- Socks. Your feet are going to sweat…
- Big container of water or camelback. (minimum 2 liters)
- You must bring a refillable container: water and gatorade may be made available but we cannot provide an unlimited supply of cups
- Ear plugs for percussion.
Band Camp for Parents
- we are always looking for volunteers, so please contact the current coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org
- the last evening, Friday night, there will be a presentation for all families: details are provided each year, but generally there may be an informational parent meeting in the auditorium followed by the presentation at the football field.
What Happens on Registration Night?
You will be introduced to how the band works, how you volunteer to help, how we raise money and where it all goes to.
- What are Quarter Days?
- What is Continuity Wear?
- Who takes all those band pictures?
- Uh … what’s a dinkle?
- My head is spinning … there’s too much information!
We can help with those questions and concerns. Registration night is extremely important to attend!
On this night, you will
- Pay band dues in full OR make arrangements to go on a payment plan.
- Fill out Permission to Travel/Medical Treatment Form and get it notarized (free at Registration Night and Band Camp).
- Pre-Order and pay for the evening meal during band camp. (Students bring their own lunches).
- Fill out Continuity Wear order form for marching T-shirt and shorts (plus Band Polo for first-time marchers.)
- First time marchers: order band marching shoes (Dinkles). Returning marchers: order replacements if needed.
- Get fitted for the band uniform.
- Pay for instrumental rental ($50 per semester/$100 per year) if you are renting a school instrument.
More … for parents and students
- To be able to volunteer, you will need to sign up as a dividend with Seminole County Public Schools at:
- Sign up to receive information by email. This is the way we ask for volunteers, provide updates on events right on the horizon, and keep the band ball rolling. All the information is here:
- Sign up to receive text notifications from the band directors. All the cool kids are doing it:
- Remind101: students, parents, for reminder text messages from the directors, send a text message to (386)302-1119 with the message @mrlabont . Remind101 is a free service that allows teachers to send text messages without them needing to have the parents’ and students’ cell phone numbers, and without exposing the teacher’s cell phone.
- Need to ask a question? All the contact information for the band is here:
- Information is constantly being posted to our Facebook group page. Request to be added to the group here:
- Add the band’s google calendar to your phone, or check it online here:
- Get the latest version of the band schedule on 1 sheet from the directors:
- Need to get money into your student trip account (can also be used for band fees). Sign up to participate at Quarter Days:
- http://www.seminolehsband.org/quarter-days/ (and watch facebook for info when we have open slots.)
- Know what is being planned for the future now and help us get it done. Attend our monthly board meetings, generally the second Tuesday of every month (check the google calendar. If you are not able to attend, we post the minutes of each meeting here:
- Get photos of your student here:
- https://seminolehsband.shutterfly.com/ (really … there are a lot, and it is free to download from our shutterfly site)