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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.

  • What are the Marching Band practices and events?
    For specific days, please visit the Calendar. Summer Rehearsals- All Marching Band members are expected to attend, if in town. Band Camp- Band Camp runs two weeks 9 AM to 5 PM on weekdays. Absolutely required attendance for all Marching 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 as well as some that are remote. These are opportunities for the Band to perform the competitive show alongside other bands. Cary Band Day- Cary Band Day is the largest fundraiser 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.
  • 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. A part of the commitment letter is an initial fee to show you are, in fact, committed to the program. Next, review the Calendar. It contains important dates. Plan on attending all summer sectional rehearsals. You are required to attend all 10 days of Band Camp. Plan on attending summer rehearsals before 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.
  • How can I keep up with everything happening?
    We will use an app called Band for communicating. It feels like Facebook to use, but it is focused on the Band and communication within the group. You can join it here. It has a mobile app for both iPhone and Android. This also stays synchronized with the Band calendar, which you can also add to your own calendar. We also will use emails. At minimum, you should be receiving an email every month reminding you about the Booster meetings. If you never get those, please let us know. The Booster meetings are a great way to stay connected. They are scheduled for the second Monday of each month at 7:30 PM in the Band room. We also have a Google Meet for them. We try to keep the meetings at an hour or less. Please try to join as they will help you to feel connected. We always get updates from the Director, President, and all the Board chairs. It's also a place to discuss anything that you want to bring up.
  • I'm a parent... How can I help?
    First of all, thank you! We can only do what we do because of everyone who volunteers. Please take a moment to fill out this interest form. Someone will contact you to get you plugged in. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to the Booster President.
  • What do we wear when volunteering?
    You can always spot Cary High Band volunteers at football games and competitions because of our "Greenwear." You can order t-shirts and hoodies here. Note that if you have something from previous years or even just something that is the right shade of green, that will also be fine. Nobody is expected to buy new gear all the time.
  • 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. Part of that budget is the share that each student is required to contribute 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.
  • What fundraising opportunities are available?
    There are many fundraising opportunities available throughout the year. Click here to learn more about how you can raise money by serving at music venues.
  • 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 sent 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'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 Director's office.
  • 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: treasurer@caryband.org Thank you for your generosity.
  • Is the Cary Band Booster Organization governed by any rules?
    Yes. The Boosters have bylaws, like any other 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. They were last amended in 2005.
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