West Ridge Marching Band Contract
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Introduction:
Dear Parents and Students,

The time has come once again to begin plans for the summer and fall marching band.  If you are keeping track of the West Ridge band program, you will know that things are going extremely well!

This information, and the form below, is a marching band contract and commitment form.  The marching band is a very enjoyable activity for the students, but also requires a lot of time and hard work from both students and parents.  The marching band at West Ridge is of the highest quality and it is only getting stronger. If band were not enjoyable, students would not continue to sign up for it year after year.  The retention rate once students join 9th grade band is very high!  We lose very few members once they join marching band.  Our recommendation is for students to simply give it a try their freshman year - there's really not much to lose.

What are the benefits of marching band?

*Friends!  From day one, students have a huge support system!  Band is a big family and students will learn to depend upon one another.  Students are brought together through music, practice, and performance!

*Exercise!  It is said that students will burn 200-400 calories per hour of marching band (depending on weight and intensity of drill).  Most band students drop quite a few pounds during marching season.  

*Life skills!  Students are taught not only music, but vital skills that will help them later in life. They are taught leadership, the value of hard-work through goal-setting, how to accomplish these goals, responsibility, discipline, excellence, compassion, socialization, respect, etc.  There is really not much that band does not cover.  In addition, students are given the skills to become successful in college and possibly earn a scholarship by playing their instrument.  

*Intelligence!  Music, especially marching band, is one of the few activities where students are forced to use both sides of the brain at the same time.  Research suggests that students involved in music on average have higher GPAs and score significantly higher on standardized tests, such as the ACT, than those not involved in music.

*Trips!  We take all kinds of trips, i.e. football games, All-East (Gatlinburg), big trips (like Florida, Williamsburg, etc.). This year, the band will most likely be traveling again, so get in on the fun!

*Most importantly, the student is given a gift!  They are given the gift of music.  We teach the students and all we really ask is that they are passionate, enthusiastic, and that they share that gift with others through performance.  Rehearsals are sometimes tough, but every performance should be fun!
How to Enroll:
So what should you do to enroll your child in the West Ridge Marching Band for next year?  Simply fill out the commitment form below, and the student should enroll in band class (see above for details).  THIS CONTRACT/COMMITMENT FORM SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY STUDENTS AND GUARDIANS.

It takes time and money to give our band students such an amazing opportunities, experiences, and lifelong memories. When your family joins the band program, the band boosters respectfully ask for a band “fair share” of:

Option 1:  $250,  plus participate in the Fundraiser for the extra $50 to cover summer marching shoes.

Option 2: $300, if you choose not to participate in the shoe fundraiser.  

This ”fair share” serves as the student's amount to help offset expenses, i.e. transportation, summer uniform/shoes, equipment, travel expenses, meals for students, music, drill design, or anything not provided by the county. The fair share is HIGHLY encouraged. Without this contribution from our students’ families, we would not be able to operate such a successful program.

To make it easier on families, we split the payment up: $50 will be due by May 7 to reserve your child's spot in the marching show. The second $50 is due on June 6. The third $75 is due on the first day of fundamentals camp on June 27. And the last $75 is due the first day of band camp on July 25. If you choose not to participate in the fundraiser, the last $50 will be due on August 5. Please adhere to these suggested deadlines, because many of our expenses will be pre-paid by the band boosters by August. Should you need a modified payment schedule, we can accommodate you. Band also requires certain purchases (i.e. black marching shoes, gloves, etc.); however, most of these purchases need only be made the student’s first year of marching band.  

The West Ridge High School Handbook and Band Boosters By-laws have additional information concerning all matters of the band.  These documents can be found on the website.  

Please be aware that if you and your child fill out this contract, you and your child are COMMITTED!  Please do not break this commitment - it affects everyone when someone drops out of their marching band spot.  Marching band is a huge responsibility and requires a lot of effort and time, but the rewards are outstanding!  If you fill out a commitment form, consider yourself a member!  MEMBERS MUST ATTEND ALL MARCHING BAND-RELATED ACTIVITIES. ***For a student to keep their spot in the marching show, they must be diligent with attending summer practices and attending mandatory band camp.***

**PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR A DETAILED SCHEDULE**

Please mark down all the summer dates on your personal calendar and make sure the student is in attendance – it is of the utmost importance that they attend every day (especially band camp)! If there should be a conflict, speak with a band director ASAP so they can make arrangements for your family.  The full fall calendar is on the band website.   We have most dates filled
in through December.  Please check the calendar to make sure you avoid conflicts.      


Look for e-mails and letters to update you about upcoming events and changes to the band calendar. We look forward to serving as your band directors.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the numbers/e-mails listed below.  Thank you!

Musically yours,
Heath Hopper
Nick Routh
Chris Smithson


Summer Schedule:
Student Name (First and Last) *
Student Grade (during the 2022 - 2023 school year) *
Student Instrument or Color Guard *
Is your child currently enrolled in band for 2022 - 2023 *
If student is not currently for 2022-2023 in band, please explain why:
Mother's Name (or legal guardian 1) *
Father's Name (or legal guardian 2)
Home Telephone Number
Home Address *
Mother's Cell Number (or legal guardian 1) *
Father's Cell Number (or legal guardian 2)
Mother's Email (or legal guardian 1) *
Father's Email (or legal guardian 2)
Student School Email
Student T-Shirt Size *
Student Shorts Size *
Summer Uniform Shoe Size ( nike sizes-please notate male or female) *
PERMISSION FORM
I have read and fully understand the responsibilities of marching band. I wish for my child to be a member of the 2022 WEST RIDGE MARCHING BAND.  Furthermore, I completely understand the obligations set forth by the band directors/band boosters and agree to pay for any such expenses that are incurred from participating in marching band.  I also agree to assist with fundraising and to provide transportation for my child to and from the band room for practices, performances, etc.  I am aware my child must attend band camp to be in the marching band.  

MEDICAL FORMS can be found on the website and must be turned in before summer rehearsals begin. Any other form(s) will be handed out during the summer.
GUARDIAN(S): If you agree to the above statement, please type your full name below (this will serve as your electronic agreement). *
Student: If you agree to the above statement, please type your full name below (this will serve as your electronic agreement). *
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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