Welcome parents to the Centerville Band and Centerville Band Boosters! Following are a few ideas for finding info and answering questions you might have – we plan to continue to build more information in this area moving forward.
Q. My student is currently in middle school and will be moving up to CHS soon – where should I start??
A. You can visit the Centerville Band section first for an overview of the many opportunities open to your student at CHS. Meetings will be scheduled in the spring for students coming in from 8th grade where you will receive more detailed information and have the opportunity to ask specific questions. Detailed documents will be posted on Charms.
Q. My student will be a Rookie in the Centerville Jazz Band – what do I need to know?
A. There are a few pages within the Band Boosters section that cover specific topics for Rookies. In addition, you will receive detailed communication and information via Charms as we kick off the marching band season. All Rookie parents will be assigned a veteran parent as a “rookie buddy” to help answer your questions. We also typically schedule several Rookie Parent Info Sessions, which are more informal get togethers with other parents to ask any specific questions you might have.
Q. What’s the best way to get to know other parents and “learn the ropes”?
A. Just jump in! There are many, many ways to get involved with the Band Boosters, which will be the best way to meet and work with other parents. Remember the Band Boosters support ALL of our Band programs!! We have jobs both big and small – you can go out on Charms and click on Volunteer Needs to find many “one off” opportunities to help out. A great way to meet other rookie parents is to volunteer for our Annual Spaghetti Dinner, which is traditionally run by our rookie parents (with veterans there to guide you!). In addition, we have many groups of parents who work in specific areas where you might find a good fit – chaperones, pit crew and prop construction, uniform alterations and repair, cabinets, and many more. Heck you can even learn to drive a big rig if you want!
Q. I’ve heard Marching Band is expensive… are there ways to reduce our fees?
A. We provide MANY fundraising opportunities for our band members, many of which provide the potential to offset a part of you band fees. In addition to traditional selling fundraisers like spring flowers, poinsettias, and band calendars, you can also participate in advertising and sponsorship sales to businesses for our calendar and event programs. We have many band families who put time into fundraising and raise enough to almost fully cover their band fees!
Q. OK, but exactly how important is fundraising?
A. Student Fees cover only 28% of the Centerville Band Booster expenses. To give you an idea, this year without Band Booster Fundraisers, your student’s band fees would be approximately $1800! In addition to the fundraisers noted above, the band holds other shows and contests which fund an even bigger part of our expenses. It is EXTREMELY important for all families to volunteer for Soaring Sounds, Centerville Invitational, and MEPA as profits from these shows go into funding all of our band programs.
Q. I have a 5th grader at a Centerville elementary school. How do I find out more about the Middle School bands?
A. Take a look at the Middle School Band page where you can find the contact info for the school’s Band Director and a link to their website.
Q. Where can I go with other questions?
A. Go to our Contact Us page where you will find contact info for our Band Directors as well as CBB Board Members. We are happy to answer any question you might have!