Do you have questions? We have answers!
page is designed to answer many of the common questions from
incoming students and their parents associated with participation in the
high school band. Hopefully you'll find your answers here.... if not,
please contact the band director via phone, email, or at one the
various open houses or concerts. You may also find information in our
band handbook. Students receive a hard copy of the handbook and it is
also available in the "Important Documents" section of this website.
Q: What band classes are available at CBA?
Band I-IV is offered in the fall. Concert Band I- IV is offered in the
spring. Students should consult the director for the particular level.
All incoming freshmen should enroll in Level I classes at the
beginning level. Percussion students participating in the fall w/ the
marching band should sign up for Percussion Techniques instead of
Marching Band, but spring percussion students should enroll in concert
band along with all of the woodwind and brass players. We also offer a
flag guard class for color guard students in the fall and jazz ensemble
class in the spring as well. Band students are highly encouraged to take
fall and spring semesters in order to get the full high school band
experience. Most students that only take 1 semester end up wishing
they'd taken both semesters and can struggle to keep up w/ peers.
Q: Who can participate in band?
Typically, enrollment is open for any student who has previous
experience on woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments. Marching and
Concert Band I, II, III, and IV are open to any interested students.
Special exceptions may be made to students willing to obtain and learn
an instrument or learn to play a school-owned instrument not in use.
Students must audition for spots in Percussion Techniques, Flag Guard,
and Jazz Band, but we would like to tap into a larger number of students
to audition for those spots. You don't need to know everything, just
have the desire to learn and have fun! Jazz Band also has a limited
number of spots for students who play piano, bass, guitar, and
drumset. Auditions for each of these classes are held prior to the new
school year. Students selected for jazz band may also be required to
cover parts for the concert band both inside and outside of class as
needed by the director.
Q: What are the benefits of high school band?
A: The gift of music!
Students can learn a skill that can lead to personal enjoyment or even
personal gain beyond high school and make great friends in the process!
The opportunity to travel!
Students in every ensemble will get opportunities to perform outside of
the school day environment. Students who excel may also get individual
opportunities to audition for all district, all county, or be selected
for another honor band.
The opportunity to develop leadership! Student
leaders exist at different levels and are given responsibilities that
help develop leadership, education, planning, and a sense of
Development toward college! In today's
competitive and expensive college environments, shouldn't students look
for an edge? That edge could be music! There are many opportunities
to travel and play at the college level while earning extra money for
college, even as a major other than music. Colleges are also
looking for well-rounded students who can contribute something to the
university and are more than just a GPA.... being involved in activities
such as band at the high school level is essential to being a well
rounded student and projecting as such to the next level.
Q: What costs are associated with the bands at CBA?
Students are responsible for all needed materials, including reeds,
oils, etc. All marching band students will also need the band t-shirt
and shorts ordered during camp, a pair of marching band shoes, and a
lyre/ flipfolder. A sales representative is available during band camp
to order marching shoes and other accessories. The band uniforms are
provided by the school system, but parents are responsible for getting it dry cleaned as needed.
Color Guard students must purchase their uniform plus a track suit used
in cold weather events. Jazz Band students are required to have a jazz band polo and the
parts of a tuxedo, including a pleated white tuxedo shirt, a black
bowtie and cummerbund, solid black dress pants (tuxedo pants preferred),
and black dress shoes. Students will also be given a "fair share"
expectation amount during fundraising efforts. The funds raised go into
an account handled by our booster association that helps provide
needed assistance to the program in covering various important necessary
operating costs such as competition fees, instrument repairs, new music
or equipment, camp staff, drill, etc. Parents may opt out of any
individual fundraisers by becoming an individual sponsor of the CBA
Q: Will band prevent me from participating in other school activities such as clubs or sports?
A: NO!!! The
only sport or school activity that directly prevents participation in
band is varsity football and that can even be worked out in some extreme
circumstances. In many cases with virtually all other sports, we have
had band students playing nearly every other sport and participating in
numerous clubs. Although it takes some coordination along with a
heightened sense of responsibility and determination to participate
fully in multiple activities, the band program makes all attempts to be
flexible whenever possible to share students with extracurricular activities like clubs and sports and realizes the value of a
student with a completely well-rounded high school experience.
Q: What if I have a class conflict?
The first thing is to make sure you have signed up for the correct
class. If you signed up for the correct class and didn't get it, then
speak w/ your counselor to see if it can be fixed. As with our band
classes, some other classes may only be offered at a certain time and
may directly conflict with band despite the best efforts to avoid such
conflicts. If another class has bumped you from taking the desired band
class, you may still be able to participate. Don't just disappear! Speak with the director!