MIDDLETOWN KNIGHTS BAND

F.A.Q.

MARCHING BAND - Also see A Parent's Guide to Marching Band
Do I have to be in Concert Band to do Marching Band?
How do I sign-up for Marching Band?
How many hours a week will I have to spend at Marching Band rehearsal?
When is Band Camp?
What days and times does the Marching Band rehearse?
Does the Marching Band go to away games?
How many competitions will the Marching Band go to?
Where are competitions held?
Can I play a Fall sport and do Marching Band?
When will the Marching Band go on anm overnight trip?
How much does Marching Band cost?
What does the Marching Band fee cover?

Do I have to buy or rent a uniform?
Do I have to do fundraising?
Are travel expenses separate?
Does the school provide any of the Marching Band instruments?

BAND CLASSES
Why does the course catalog say that the fall semester of Band focuses on Marching Band?
When are each of the ensembles offered?
Are there auditions for any of the ensembles?
When are auditions held and what is required for the audition?

How hard is the music in Concert Band? Wind Ensemble? Jazz Band?
Are there fees for any of the ensembles?

BAND BOOSTERS
Who are Band Boosters and what do they do?
When and where are Band Booster meetings held?
Can students attend Band Booster meetings?
Where does money from fundraising go?

 

Do I have to be in Concert Band to do Marching Band?

No. Marching Band is a completely extracurricular activity, just like a sport. You do not have to be enrolled in any class to participate in Marching Band.

How do I sign-up for Marching Band?

Marching Band registration will begin during the Spring Semester and is online through the band website.

How many hours a week will I have to spend at Marching Band rehearsal?
What days and times does the Marching Band rehearse?

For the 2016 season, Winds and Pit rehearse Tuesdays 2:45pm - 5:00pm, Dance Line rehearses Mondays adn Tuesdays 2:30pm - 4:00pm, Drum Line rehearses Mondays 3:30pm - 5:30pm, and Everyone rehearses Wednesdays 2:45pm - 5:00pm, as well as on Fridays after school if there is a football game or competition that weekend. So, approximately 9 hours of rehearsal a week plus football games and Saturday Competitions. On football game days you will stay after school until the game is over around 9:30 - 10:00pm. For Saturday competitions, the hours vary greatly so plan on all competitions taking all day, from early in the morning to late at night.

When is Band Camp?

Band camp for 2016 is tentatively set for August 8 - 12, 8am - 8pm everyday. (Pending the School Boards approval of the school year) There will be a meeting on August 7 at 6pm for rookies and the band leadership team only. Friday of Band camp will end a little early for a preview of the show for families to watch followed by a picnic.

Does the Marching Band go to away games?

No. EXCEPT for a possible playoff game or state championship.

How many competitions will the Marching Band go to?

It varies every year. Usually, we go to about 5 to 7 depending on what competitions are available to go to.

Where are competitions held?

Throughout Maryland, Virgina, and West Virginia.

Can I play a Fall sport and do Marching Band?

I am willing to try to work out schedules with fall sports coaches. However, I do wish that you make a commitment to Marching Band by June and I have no control over what the sports coaches decide. It is extremely rare for a student to participate in both a Fall sport and Marching Band. Some students have been able to work out schedules with local club sports (none FCPS).

When will the Marching Band go on an overnight trip?

The Marching Band plans to take a trip to Florida in the Spring of 2016. Our previous trips include Disney World 2014, San Diego 2007, and Jacksonville FL 2005.

How much does Marching Band cost?
What does the Marching Band fee cover?

The 2016 season fee year is $450. This fee covers a show themed t-shirt, Under Armour jacket, school buses to competitions, uniform cleanings, band camp dinners, band staff, music, drill (the movement we do on the field), instruments, repairs, etc... The Marching Band could not operate without this required fee. Discounts apply for having multiple children in the band.

This fee does not cover: black marching shoes(around $30); dance line shoes($25-$40), charter buses($40 - $60 per trip), and gloves($3 - $6).
These are only estimates, more specific information will be provided by the MHS Band Boosters.

Do I have to buy or rent a uniform?

No. There is a fee for Marching Band that covers uniform cleanings as well as many other things. See "What does the Marching Band fee cover?"

Do I have to do fundraising?

Only if you want the band the be the most awesome it possibly can be and if you would like to see the participation fee go down in the future. Information regarding this will come from the MHS Band Boosters Inc. Our budget is nearly $50,000 and participation fees only cover about half of that! The remainder must be made up by fundraising.

Are travel expenses separate?

There will be separate fees for when we travel to competitions by charter bus(between $40 and $60 per trip). Overnight trips are also extra expenses.

Does the school provide any of the Marching Band instruments?

The school will provide the following instruments: All Percussion, Mellophone (for horn players), Marching Baritone, Tuba, Bass Clarinet, Bari Sax, Tenor Sax, and Piccolo. All other instruments should be provided by the student.

Why does the course catalog say that the fall semester of Band focuses on Marching Band?

This is because at most other high schools in Frederick County, their fall band class is their Marching Band. We are the one of the only schools in which Marching Band is entirely extracurricular. See "When are each of the ensembles offered?" below.

When are each of the ensembles offered?

Concert Band, String Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble will all be held during the Spring Semester.

Are there auditions for any of the ensembles?
When are auditions held and what is required for the audition?

Auditions are required for Jazz Band and are held the end of February or early March for the following school year.
Music will be provided to prepare. Also required will be scales up to four sharps and four flats, and sight reading. Contact Mr. Shearer ASAP if interested in auditioning.

How hard is the music in Concert Band? Wind Ensemble? Jazz Band?

Concert Band plays grade 4 music on average. Some music will be grade 3 and grade 5. This music is just a little harder than music played in middle school. It will be challenging but we will make sure you can get through it.
Jazz Band plays all levels of music from easy to advanced.

Are there fees for any of the ensembles?

Possibly, Information regarding this will come from the MHS Band Boosters Inc. Fees are usually for the uniform(s) used for each ensemble.

Who are Band Boosters and what do they do?

The band boosters are parents of students who are in any MHS instrumental ensemble (Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Band) as well as any member of the community who is interested in supporting the band program at MHS. To be a voting member of the boosters you must have a child in the program. There are no dues to be a part of the Band Boosters. The boosters exist to support the entire band program financially through organizing fundraisers and soliciting donations and to help with any tasks in which the band staff cannot or should not handle on their own (such as repairing and modifying equipment, driving trucks, pulling trailers, building props, chaperoning students, providing food and drinks, administering first aid, stuffing envelopes, publicity, taking pictures, etc...)

When and where are Band Booster meetings held?

Band Booster meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00pm in room 210 at the high school and all parents and students are encouraged to attend.

Can students attend Band Booster meetings?

Yes, students can attend booster meetings and are encouraged to attend to provide the student view of the program.

Where does money from fundraising go and what is it used for?

Money from fundraisers go toward the booster's general fund or and/or toward individual trip accounts. The amount that goes toward the general fund and trip accounts vary from fundraiser to fundraiser. The amount is determined on a case by case basis by the Executive committee and Ways and Means committee. They consider the status of the accounts and what is allowed by the IRS for not-for-profit organizations. Money that is put into trip accounts can be used only towards the cost of trips and cannot be used toward fees, uniform accessories, etc.