Band Handbook

Many questions are answered in the official Cary Band Handbook. Please review and be familiar with its contents. Some of the more frequently asked questions are answered below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Marching Band

What are the Marching Band practices and events?

For specific days, please visit the Calendar. Summer Rehearsals - All Marcing Band members are expected to attend, if in town. Band Camp - Band Camp runs two weeks 8 AM to 8 PM on weekdays. Absolutely required attendance for all Marcing Band members. Home Football Games - The Marching Band plays the National Anthem prior to the game, plays pep songs during the game, and performs the competitive show at halftime. Competitions - The Marching Band enters into many local competitions and several remote. These are opportunities for the Band to perform the competitive show alongside other bands. Cary Band Day - Cary Band Day is the largest fundraise for the Band and requires a lot of volunteers. We invite over 30 bands from across the Carolinas and Virginia to compete in this full-day event.

What is the "Assessment"?

Marching Band can be expensive. Each year, the Booster Board, along with the director, establishes a budget against the program goals for the year. Apart of that budget is the share that each student is required to contibute for the programs to be funded. The good news is that the Cary Band Booster's Ways and Means Committee is focused on providing methods and resources ("ways and means") for funding the program. In fact, many of our families never have to pay out of pocket at all -- they earn their share, or their assessment, through a combination of fundraising and volunteer opportunities. Click here to learn more about how you can contribute your fair share.

I'm a rising freshman, or I'm new... How do I get started?

Start with the Marching Band Commitment Letter. It must be turned in by each student every year. Some orienting and contact information is on the form. Apart of the commitment letter is an initial fee to show you are, in fact, committed to the program. Next, review the Calendar. It contains imporant dates. Plan on attending all summer sectional rehearsals. You are required to attend all 10 days of Band Camp. Plan on attending summer rehearsals after camp and all after school rehearsals once school starts. Mark on your calendar all competitions. They are an absolute requirement. For extensive details, please download and review the Cary Band Information Book.

What do I need to know about uniforms?

The Marching Band is known for its "Tradition of Excellence". We have always taken pride in our neat and classy appearance. The care you give your uniform will be obvious to the judges and to our competitors. During the year, pay attention to email updates. Communications will be send with information, reminders, and dates about your uniform throughout the season. Please visit Uniform Guidelines to get more information about uniform care, terminology, and other important details.

I'm a parent... How can I help?

What fundraising opportunities are available?

There are many fundraising opportunties available throughout the year. Click here to learn more about the various ways to raise funds.

I've made an authorized expense... How do I submit for reimbursement?

Please download the expense reimbursement form and deliver it to a treasurer or place it in the drop box in the band room.

How can I make a donation to Cary Band?

Cary Band Boosters is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for tax benefit purposes. Our tax identification number is: 23-7219498. Please consule with a tax professional. Cary Band Boosters cannot provide tax advice. For money donations, your cancelled check should serve as an acceptable receipt for tax purposes. For material donations, the value is determined by the person donation. If you require a letterhead acknowledgement of your material donation, please contact the address below. To make a donation, please make a check payable to "Cary Band Boosters" and mail to: Cary Band Boosters P.O. Box 91 Cary, NC 27512 If you have any further questions, you can email: Thank you for your generosity.

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