So Now that You're a Band Parent...What Can You do to help??
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a band booster?
If your student is part of the band program, you are! All current parents and family members are strongly encouraged to become actively involved! We need assistance on a continued basis to keep the program as successful as it has been. Everyone is welcome to work together to support and improve the instrumental music program for our children. Attend the monthly meetings and get involved in the decision making.
What do we do?
Whatever is necessary! There are many administrative and physical details to running such a large and successful program. Mr. Emerson has no secretarial support. Imagine, for example, the logistics of feeding and transporting 70+ Marching Band members (uniforms, equipment and their instruments) many miles each weekend for a band competition!
Funds must be raised and accounted for, permission slips and health forms obtained and filed, chaperones recruited, luggage checked and stowed, as well as a thousand other necessary tasks and details.
Where does the money come from to fund all of the events and pay for extra instruction?
Some of the money comes from band fees, a much larger portion of the funding comes from fundraising (candy sales, concessions, funnel cake booth, etc.). It is important to understand that when a parent signs up to work an event, the band counts on the generation of funds from the parents’ work at the event. Occasionally, the band gets a donation for a specific use.
What does the ‘band fee’ money actually pay for?
A large portion of the band fee money pays for the expenses of Band Camp. Extra Instructors are hired for the specialized training of certain sections. This can change year to year depending on the seniority in the particular sections. Some of the fee money is used for instrument parts/maintenance, uniform maintenance and equipment rental for training. The money is also used for incidentals, such as, water to prevent dehydration during practice. Although the Band Camp does not include lunches or dinners due to the logistics of providing them, the fees do pay for some of the meals during the competition season.
Such massive undertakings require parents and supporters to help everything run smoothly.
We also assist with every performance—sometimes preparing travel itineraries, arranging for food every weekend (even preparing two or three meals), providing refreshments, moving equipment, and even fixing last-minute uniform emergencies…… and did we mention moving equipment?
Of course, we raise funds for the band program. We are often asked, “Why do the BCHS Band Boosters do so much fundraising?” There are many expenses, which we gladly cover, that help make our program far superior to other programs with similar funding constraints.
Band Camp clinicians, instruments and repairs, trip expenses, student meals and a myriad of other small but extremely significant details are handled by the Band Booster Association budget to keep our program one of the best in the state of Kentucky.
If your child is part of the program, then you are part of the support system. If each of the band parents contributed a modest effort, none of us would find the tasks difficult. Some of us enjoy the camaraderie of regular band events and look forward to the opportunities band parents are given to interact with a terrific bunch of kids!
Please join us and see how enjoyable it can be to do your part!
Wheather you're an artist who can help paint and design the props for the show or just someone who can lend an extra hand at pulling props onto the field or driving a tractor, you can help and your help is deeply appreciated by everyone!!
Parents are asked to volunteer for 12 events each year. An event is defined by 2 hours of volunteer work during any organized event.
You can volounteer to help out in concessions at the football games, funnell cake booth at the Brass Band Festival or any of the other many events held throughout the year.