2019-20 BAND REGISTRATION INFORMATION
We hope you can join us!
What classes are required?
Every band instrumentalist MUST be registered for a concert band course for the full school year. This is the base requirement. You cannot enroll in any other band courses without also being in a concert band. The only exception to this is for students who are in choir or orchestra. If this applies to you, please contact Mr. Risch so that he can arrange your schedule appropriately.
Participation in marching band is not a requirement, however we strongly urge you to consider joining. Because the great majority of our band members are in the marching band, we feel like you will have a more complete and meaningful band experience if you participate.
What other classes can I take?
Most of our band students register for Marching Band in addition to a concert band class which is a full year. Marching Band takes place in the first semester only. We also offer jazz band year round during 6th hour which is by audition. We also have jazz offerings that only meet during the spring semester. Click on the button below to read more about all of the band courses we offer at Mountain View.
Do I have to audition for placement?
Auditions for current Mountain View students will be held during your scheduled band class time or after school. If you attend a different school, please contact Mr. Risch to set up an audition time.
What costs are associated with participation?
All concert band and jazz band classes have a $5 per semester class fee that is charged by the district. We use this money to purchase music. In addition, all groups have special attire that must be worn for performances. This attire must be purchased by the student.
Marching band has additional costs that are outlined in the next column.
What about jazz band?
Our "big band" jazz courses are offered in the second semester only, so you should not register for them right now. More information will be provided later. Auditions will occur in November. If you are interested in being a member of our first semester jazz combo class, you should contact Mr. Risch as soon as possible.
I need an instrument!
We have a large supply of school instruments that can be borrowed by students for their use in band. If you play flute, clarinet, alto sax, or trumpet, you should notify us as soon as possible if you need an instrument, as these types are in shorter supply. There is no cost for borrowing a school instrument, however, you are responsible for the costs of any repairs that need to be done to the instrument while it is checked out to you.
Introductory Parent Meetings
If you are new to the band, or are interested in learning about our upcoming trip to Florida, you should attend our "Q&A Meeting" on Wednesday, January 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mountain View Band Room (Room 410). We will also answer any questions you have about marching band prior to registration with our counselors.
There will be a parent meeting on "Start-Up Day" which is Saturday, May 20. This meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. in the Mountain View Auditorium. At this meeting, we will have an overview of the entire 2017-18 school year as it relates to band. You'll also have the opportunity to meet the Band Boosters Association elected council, and find out about the many volunteer opportunities there are with the band.
There will be another parent meeting prior to Band Camp on Thursday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mountain View Auditorium. This meeting will contain additional information that isn't covered at the May meeting.
Tell me more about Marching Band.
The Toro Marching Band is by far the most visible organization on our campus. When students are first thinking about joining, many times they are hesitant due to the time commitment, the financial commitment, or the uncertainty of what it's like. If you have questions, we would love to answer them. We have many students who are enrolled in multiple AP courses and handle the course load just fine. We have students who participate in sports and clubs. Over 95 percent of freshmen who join marching band are still in it as a senior. It's one of those things you just won't understand until you are there…. and then you are hooked. Please do not hesitate to ask Mr. Risch any questions you may have.
What's the time commitment?
The Marching Band rehearses every Tuesday And Thursday night from 6pm to 9pm. Brass, woodwinds and Percussion also have sectionals Mondays after school at varying times. Guard starts an hour earlier at 5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays for their sectionals time.
We will have two Saturday rehearsals in September. Performance commitments are all home and away football games on Friday nights, and several Saturday competitions in October and November. We also perform in either the Veteran's Day Parade or the MLK Day Parade depending on the year. All rehearsals and performances are required as a part of your grade. We will post the calendar for next year as soon as possible so you can start planning around it.
Yes, marching band takes some time. But did you know this..... the marching band practices a total of 8 hours per week. The varsity football team practices over 17 hours per week. That's DOUBLE the amount of time!
Band Camp is a requirement for all Toro Marching Band Members. This is by far the most important part of our season. A great Band Camp usually means we're going to be a great band. We hold our Band Camp on the Mountain View campus. You should not try and schedule anything else during the weeks of Band Camp, such as doctor and dentist appointments, vacations, etc. You need to devote your time and energy to the marching band during this time so that you can truly be prepared for the activity.
All brand new members MUST attend our Rookie Camp sessions prior to regular Band Camp. These sessions are held on the Mountain View campus. This is where we begin to teach the basic marching and movement skills that are necessary to be successful at Band Camp. The dates for our 2017 Rookie Camp are:
- Thursday, July 20 - 7:00 a.m. to noon
- Friday, July 21- 7:00 a.m. to noon
All students, new and returning, must attend Band Camp. The dates of our 2017 Band Camp are:
- July 24 - July 29 (Monday through Saturday) - 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day
Marching Band Costs
Marching band is an expensive activity to run. While we do get a good amount of financial support from the district, much of the cost has to be passed on to the members. Luckily, some of these expenses can be paid with an ECA Tax Credit.
- $100 District class fee (cannot be a tax credit) - due over the summer when you pay your other district registration fees for all your classes
- $350 Band Camp Fee (can be a tax credit) - These fees pay for instructional staff, t-shirts and other items you have to wear as a part of your uniform, uniform cleaning, Band Camp fees, and a wide assortment of other items.
- $39 to purchase marching band shoes at Band Camp (if needed). We are using the same shoes as always, so if you already have them you don't need to purchase them again.
Marching Band Audition Information
There is no official "audition" for the marching band. Membership in the Toro Marching Band is based on teacher recommendation (your junior high teachers will speak with us) and your participation at what we call Start-Up Day. Mainly, we just want to see how willing you are to work hard and how quickly you learn. Start-Up Day is Saturday, May 20, from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. Please dress in shorts, a light colored t-shirt, and athletic shoes. We will have water available for you, but you must bring your own water bottle. Start-Up Day is required if you wish to be a part of the band next year.
No instruments are required for Start-Up Day. It is a marching only rehearsal.
2017 Competition Dates
We compete on Saturdays during the months of October and November. Performance at these competitions is expected. Sometimes they occur during October Break, which is still a requirement. You should plan your October Break vacation around the competition dates. Safe dates to travel this year are Sunday, October 8 through Thursday, October 12. It is guaranteed there will be no band events on those days. The possible dates for competitions this year include:
- Saturday, October 7
- Saturday, October 14
- Saturday, October 21
- Saturday, October 28
- Saturday, November 4
- Saturday, November 11
- Saturday, November 18
Important Marching Band Dates
Spring Marching Camp
April 27th, May 4th, May 11th and May 18th from 8am-noon
@ Mountain View High School
2019 Marching Band Parent Meeting - For all parents of Marching Band Students
May 18th - from 10:30am - Noon. Cold treats to be served after.
June Optional Rehearsals (If you are in town)
Drumline and Front Ensemble - Mondays in June from 6-8pm
Guard - Wednesday in June from 9am-Noon
Brass and Woodwinds - TBD
July 22nd - July 26th - 9am-9pm Lunch Provided, dinner on your own.
July 29th - Aug 2nd - 1pm-9pm Dinner provided.
August 6th - Tuesday and Thursday night Rehearsals Begin 6pm-9pm
Guard rehearses 5-9 on Tuesday and Thursdays
Monday is sectionals for Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion. Times TBD
Marching Band Online Registration
Marching Band Registration is now closed, HOWEVER if you are still interested in becoming a member, please email Mr. Risch.
To give you a very detailed look at the foundations upon which our program is based, please take a look at this year's Band Constitution.
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