Traditionally, the season begins with a 2- week band camp prior to the beginning of the school year and runs through to the end of the semester. Tournaments occur on various Saturdays throughout October and November, ending before Thanksgiving Break. Director Shedd, Coaches, Drum Major, Assistant Drum Major and Section Leaders lead the band. Our role is to provide support to them.
One word of caution: Those who have watched parades and field show competitions and experienced the positive effects gained from being a part of this group, tell us that it’s addictive!
San Diego Unified School District requires completion of a Volunteer Application every year.
Join the fun!
These volunteers help members of the band, pit and drumline get equipment and heavier instruments to the field for the halftime show at football games and competitions. The good news is that those on the pit crew generally get into the competition and games for free and get to hang out with the band students around the buses before and after a show. What a deal.
Band students understand behavior expectations and how they are held to a higher standard. They understand that travel is a privilege that can be lost. Band students are the cream of the crop, the best of the best, and riding the bus with them, helping them get all their uniform parts together and such… is really a fun job. Stay to lend a hand with the pit crew to get into tournaments free!
The Marching Band has a lot of gear! We rent 1-2 trucks for each away tournament. Truck drivers arrange for the rentals, assist the band with loading and uploading, drive to and from the tournaments, and help the pit crew. Without their help the band couldn’t perform. Stay to lend a hand with the pit crew to get into tournaments free!
Determine the volunteer requirements for tournaments, home football games and other events; Source parents to meet those requirements; Ensure volunteers are aware of specific assignments; Undertake orientation of new parents/volunteers; Use Sign-Up Genius for all volunteer communication.
Marching Band Uniform Coordinator(s)
While we have students to help organize uniforms, we still need parents to help. All band students get sized for uniforms every year, typically during late August during Marching Band camp. These volunteers help select and track which uniforms are assigned to each band member including the overall-like pants, a jacket, and a Shako. They periodically check in with students to ensure the uniforms don’t need adjustments. At the end of the season, they organize them for dry cleaning pick up, then store them upon their return.
Home Tournament Committee
A marching band competition can involve over a dozen marching bands. A home tournament is a large fundraiser but also a massive undertaking. It takes a team of parents to help organize all the volunteers needed to help with parking, crowd control, snack bar, first aid, and judge runners. But many hands make light work, so please consider joining this committee.
Everyone loves photos. This person takes photos and videos at all of the marching band events and uploads them into a share drive for everyone to view.