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 Post subject: Parent involvement in your band
PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2003 7:33 pm 
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How much parent involvement is there in your band?


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i dont think u can turn ur head and not see a parent doing something for the band. we have a great group of parent volunteers. THANK YOU SO MUCH PARENTS AND VOLUNTEERS!!!


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dido!

we have many many gratious parents who come to like, every single competition...perhaps to many on the buss....but hey! LOVE!

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 Post subject: Parent Involvement
PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2003 9:25 pm 
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Bari if you check out the posting "You know you are a band parent or groupie when?" you will see all of my reasons.

The BSR at JW North has a dedicated group of parent volunteers. Our booster organization is known as the BSRIMA. From the uniform mom, to the drill team moms, to the pit crew parents who tow the two equipment trailers, to our booster gear mom (I used to be) who sells band gear for boosters, and band members, just to name a few. When you need the BSRIMA they are there.

If the student leaders, or the various band captains need parent assistance they will ask for it.

We have an active group. The volunteers help whenever and wherever they can, as much as their schedules permit.

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haha need you ask?
our whole music program is based on behind the scene work by our parents
without our parents and everyone helping us out, im sure the whole program would not be where it is today
well special thanks to all the parents who make things possible

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 Post subject: Parent Involvement
PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2003 5:25 am 
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My husband and I were Pit Parents for 4 years.
The last 2 years he was in charge of the Pit. After Marching season he would still have to transport the equipment for Concert competitions.

We towed a band trailer to Bandfest and stayed there all day.

We were chaperons for tours for 3 years and also to Disneyland numerous times.

But we didn't do all this because we had nothing else to do. We did it so we for our daughter and for the other kids in the band.

I thought I would miiss it after my daughter graduated. I only missed the band kids and our band friends.

Now that my daughter is at RCC, they don't have parents to help them. The students do everthing. They only need parents at the Orange Classic and that is only for a few hours.

I know that at some High Schools parents just drop their kids off and leave.
But there are still more schools that have so many parents to help than not.


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 Post subject: For which band????
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Funny... people showing pride in their involvement but yet only one, BlueStarMom, felt enough pride to mention the name of the band they work with. Or is it that people just think that we all know who is with who on this forum? :?

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My kids 3 of them were in band a total of 9 yrs of those 9 yrs, I was involved for 7, HEAVY involvement. 7 yrs as a Pyt Dad, 3 yrs as 2nd VP, to many competitions to remember, purchasing severl pieces of equipment and uncountable fund raiser stuffs. My 2 sadest memories of all the time I put in are:
1.) Not being involved for my daughter's first 2 yrs. Oh what I missed out on!
2.) When my last one graduated. Knowing that it was all over.

BUT! I have been committed, or is that SHOULD be comitted? I've worked severl tournements for Etiwanda and the last 2 SCSBOA Championships. LONG LONG days and nights in the plannings even longer days in the excitement of the shows themselves.
I wouldn't give up 1 blister or one lost wink of sleep for all the grapes in Rancho Cucamonga!


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My mom and dad were the spectator type of parents when I was at RB. As a whole though the parent boosters at RB are really involved and help out immensely. They did everything from uniform service, trailer transportation, equipment crew, lighting at our staging area, plume deployment and recollection, food and chaperones.

At the college level we hardly have parent involvement. It's mostly just showing up to our concerts and making a donation.

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 Post subject: Pride
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I have alot of pride. My daughter played for Chino High for 4 years before going to RCC.

She liked having her Dad and I involved. The sorry part of it all is that some student's parents don't get involved and are jealous of the others whose parents are.

But that goes for everything from band to sports to scouting.
I always knew what my children were doing.
As young adults they still like to be with us.


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 Post subject: Re: Pride
PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2003 1:36 pm 
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Band Mom wrote:
I have alot of pride. My daughter played for Chino High for 4 years before going to RCC.

She liked having her Dad and I involved. The sorry part of it all is that some student's parents don't get involved and are jealous of the others whose parents are.

But that goes for everything from band to sports to scouting.
I always knew what my children were doing.
As young adults they still like to be with us.


Way to go I could not agree with you more. imagine that spend time with them when they are young and they will spend time with you they get older. Like I posted on another thread 10% of the parents do 90% of the work 100% of the time. That goes for most volunteer organizations.

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 Post subject: Parent Involvement
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Over the past six years I have been heavily involved with the Ayala Band and Colorguard and I wouldn't trade it for a minute. I have seen the band grow to double its size and to do that takes an incredible booster organization. Every year good parents leave the program with their graduating students, but there is always someone there to step up and fill the void. Most of the AAA/AAAA
bands require so much that can't be provided for by the school district: Semi-truck and tractor, new instruments, uniform maintenence,fundraising, food, water and TLC at the competitions. It's important to get the new parents involved early in the year and they will have a better appreciation for what it takes to run a small business.

I am down to my final season as "Colorguard Mom" and I know I will miss it when its over. Anyone reading this is most likely involved commend your involvement. Don't be afraid to ask the "newbies" to step up and lend a hand, you may be surprised at their willingness to help.

Remember: This is for the KIDS and your dividends will be paid later!


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Our boosters are very dedicated and do so much for us. We owe them BIG... The sad part is that they do more than enough because there are so many parents who aren't as involved with their children. It's very sad, and I wish they would take more interest in what we do, and even help us out. I forced my dad (lol) to come to help out at our tournament on the 1st (of November), and he was glad that he could be a part. Now, if we can find more parents who are willing to join, then we would be in a much better position.


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 Post subject: Re: Parent Involvement
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Mr. Bill wrote:
Over the past six years I have been heavily involved with the Ayala Band and Colorguard and I wouldn't trade it for a minute. I have seen the band grow to double its size and to do that takes an incredible booster organization. Every year good parents leave the program with their graduating students, but there is always someone there to step up and fill the void. Most of the AAA/AAAA
bands require so much that can't be provided for by the school district: Semi-truck and tractor, new instruments, uniform maintenence,fundraising, food, water and TLC at the competitions. It's important to get the new parents involved early in the year and they will have a better appreciation for what it takes to run a small business.

I am down to my final season as "Colorguard Mom" and I know I will miss it when its over. Anyone reading this is most likely involved commend your involvement. Don't be afraid to ask the "newbies" to step up and lend a hand, you may be surprised at their willingness to help.

Remember: This is for the KIDS and your dividends will be paid later!


We will definately miss you Mr Bill the Czar! Now we need somone to step up and fill your shoes! ....DM

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As I stated in my previous post. Get your friends to ask their parents to help, you may be pleasantly surprised how many will respond - Good Luck


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