Greetings Mauldin High School marching band parents,
It is a pleasure to welcome you and your children into the “Mav Band” family. New and returning parents and students alike are in for a treat as we anticipate an exciting season in the fall. Plans are already underway with music being written, shows being designed and budgets being assembled. In order to achieve our goals and to ensure a meaningful experience for the students’, the “Mav Band” needs all parents to take an active role in the life and efforts of the marching band program. A few ways that every parent is expected to participate include:
- UNDERSTAND, REINFORCE AND COMMIT: Review the marching band’s participation expectations with your child and enforce them. Every year the “Mav Band” seeks to increase our competitive effort and to raise the standards from previous years. Attendance at camp and rehearsals is a must. Summer rehearsals before and after band camp (July 10, 12, 17, 19, August 13, 14 and 16) are required if the student is in town and not attending a camp or on vacation. All students who will miss ANY of these rehearsals are to submit an Absence Request Form. This form is available at www.charmsoffice.com. All other rehearsals, football games, and competitions are MANDATORY. The details of the attendance policy can be found in the 2012-2013 Band Handbook which will be sent home later this year and will also be available on www.mavband.com.
- PARTICIPATE IN FUNDRAISING EVENTS: Participate in Band Booster fundraising events. With an annual budget of nearly $80,000, funds received from the school district alone are inadequate to maintain a program at this level. Every parent and student is expected to participate in, and will be assigned task/s for the band’s largest fundraiser, the Mauldin Tournament of Bands (TOB) on Saturday, October 13. The other fundraiser that benefits the Booster’s general fund, to a small extent, is the “Mav Band’s” annual fruit sale.
- STAY CURRENT WITH “FAIR SHARE” PAYMENTS: This is critical!!! The “Mav Band” is already incurring expenses to fund next fall’s performance and the intermediate “Fair Share” payment deadlines are crucial to ensure the Booster’s maintain an adequate cash flow to meet our obligations. Unpaid “Fair Share” balances must be turned into the school office at the end of the season and will show on the student’s account as money due the school. Unpaid balances may prevent graduation and participation in school functions such as attending the Prom, etc. Those who need special accommodations regarding their “Fair Share” obligations should speak to The Director in Private to discuss alternative arrangements if necessary.
- VOLUNTEER: As one of the largest high school marching band programs in the state, it takes an enormous amount of volunteer hours and a variety of skills to pull it off. There is something for everyone. A complete list of volunteer opportunities can be found on www.charmsoffice.com. Do not assume someone else will take care of it….you and all the other parents are that someone else!!
- BE INFORMED: Attend Booster meetings. During these times, important information will be shared. Make sure you have password access to the online communications tool, CHARMS. Through this software, you can see your child’s current financial statement, volunteer on line and access critical information. All communicative emails from the director and the Booster’s will be sent through the CHARM’s Software so make sure each parent has a profile and email entered in. The Website is another tool that should be monitored on a regular basis. And finally, spend time with the band, meet other parents and get to know your children’s instructors. Know their friends, affirm their hard work, and be there to support them.
Thank you in advance for your support. I look forward to working with all of you this year.
Director of Bands
Mauldin High School