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Jon Brown
Band Director
jonathan.brown@ocps.net

Jeff Willis
Associate Band Director
jeffrey.willis@ocps.net

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Parents

Parents
Welcome to the University High School Band Parent Page!

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Please scroll down and use the tabs below for more information.

The next Band Parent Meeting is May 24, 7 PM.

Band Assessments
Financial concerns should not prevent your child from doing band! There are many ways to work through any difficulties. Please get in touch with a band director quickly if you have any concerns.

Each year, the University Band and Guard spend over $50,000 in operational costs. Minimal expenses are covered through school contributions, so it is necessary for each student to contribute to cover summer band, uniforms, staff, shirts, transportation, and other expenses.

Please communicate any concerns to a band director. Communication is key!

Fall Semester Assessment

This is for everyone in marching band; it covers uniforms, props, drill, instructional staff, etc.
$50 – deposit, due June 2, 2017 (non-refundable)
$75 – due August 4, 2017
$75 – due September 1, 2017
$100 – due October 6, 2017

Equipment Maintenance Assessment

This applies to students using school-owned instruments and covers acquisition and repairs.
$40 – due August 4, 2017
$40 – due January 12, 2018

Percussion Assessment

This applies to all percussionists and covers sticks, mallets, heads, and other related items.
$60 – due July 20, 2017
$40 – due January 12, 2018

Fall Guard Assessment

This applies to color guard members who perform with the marching band. It covers uniforms, gloves, shoes, flags and equipment.
$160 – due July 20, 2017

Uniform Accessories

This is for members who need marching shoes, gloves, and socks.
$50 – due August 4, 2017

Transportation

This is for all members and covers transportation throughout the year.
$35 – due November 3, 2017

Concert Attire

If your student makes it into the Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band, he or she will need to acquire a tuxedo or dress for concerts and performances. We use the same attire every year, so it is a one-time purchase for all four years and can be used well beyond high school.
$120 – Tuxedo (for boys; includes pants, jacket, shirt, bowtie and cummerbund)
$60 – Dress (for girls)

Miscellaneous Expenses

Throughout the year, there may be various small expenses affecting students on a case-by-case basis. All State and All County Band auditions have a small audition fee ($5 – 15) for those students who participate. Solo & Ensemble Festival has a registration fee and some students will need to pay for an accompanist. These fees vary from year to year and the directors will pass on that information once it is made public. Students may also purchase accessories (valve oil, reeds, etc.) and extra socks and gloves in the band office for a small fee.

Communication

We have fundraisers throughout the year to help offset the cost of band. In addition, special arrangements can be made for families with significant, legitimate financial concerns. In the event of financial hardship, please contact Mr. Brown to discuss possible solutions. Communication is Key!

Fundraising
Students will have numerous opportunities throughout the year to participate in fundraisers to help offset the cost of band. We have had students who have funded 50% - 100% of their band fees entirely through fundraising! Please check here regularly for any updates.

Program Ads

Please see the Program Ad Page for details. Program Ads for the University Classic are due by the first Friday in October.

Sponsorships

Please see the Sponsorship Page for a form you can download and send to relatives and adult friends who may be willing to help support you.

Additional fundraisers will be listed as they are announced throughout the year. We will do approximately one every month so keep posted!

Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough

This fundraiser will run from August 31 - September 11.

"Enjoy the City" Books

This fundraiser will run from September 29 - October 13.

World's Finest Chocolate

This fundraiser will take place in January. Exact dates will be announced soon.
Volunteering
One of the best ways you can help out is by becoming a certified OCPS Volunteer by completing the "ADDitions" process. You can begin this process by visiting the OCPS Website and filling out the "Online Application:"

OCPS Volunteering

You can also become a certified chaperone by submitting the "Chaperone Application," once your ADDitions application is complete.

The band needs help with in a lot of different areas. Please view the "Volunteer Assignments" to check them out, and then sign up to help by going to the "Volunteer Sign-Up" page.

Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer Sign-Up

To volunteer, please contact our chaperone coordinator, Angie Villahermosa.

Parent Board
Our Band Parent Board supports our band program by coordinating all our parent volunteering activities. If you would like to help out, contact a board member!

Band President
Dawn Herrod
(407) 924-9900
dawn.herrod@icloud.com

Band Vice President
There is a vacancy in this position.

Treasurer
Melissa Thomas

Chaperone Coordinator
Cheryl Wheeless
There is a vacancy in this position.

Pit Coordinator
Ed Markey
(407) 376-7765
ed@edmarkey.net

Uniform Coordinator
Marlene Martin

Concessions Coordinator
Valeria Cozzi
There is a vacancy in this position.

Guard Coordinator
There is a vacancy in this position.

Forms
It is your student's responsibility to be aware of what forms are needed and to give them to you when signatures are required.

...but just in case:

Request for Student Pick-Up
Please use this form if you will need to pick up your student early from an away game or any location other than University High School.

Health Packet
These forms need to be filled out with health and insurance information and brought back to the band office.

Volunteer Sign-Up
This is the form to indicate the areas for which you may be contacted and asked to volunteer.

Band Handbook
This is the band handbook, outlining all of our policies and procedures.