Welcome to the SEP Band Family!
You will spend a lot of time over the next year with the parents, students, and directors who make up this award-winning program.If you are new to the Band program, we realize it can be a little overwhelming at times, so here are some tips to let you know what to expect. Even if you are a seasoned Band parent, there might be a few good reminders in here for you, too!
Much of the information you are looking for will be on the SEP Band website. www.sepband.com. Take a few minutes now to familiarize yourself with the website and check it regularly. All email announcements are stored in your infinite campus, and often, you will find what you need without needing to contact someone.
The website includes all contact information for Booster Club officers and committee chairs, Booster Club By-laws, the band calendar, fundraising event details, important forms, and lots of great photos and videos of band performances.
Go to the band calendar now and sync it with your personal google calendar. Doing this now will save you a lot of time later!
There are also instructions on the website on how to sync the calendar to your smartphone.
You can get updates about the band program, contest results, as well as other important details by liking/following the Band program on social media:
STUDENT PICK-UP AFTER PRACTICES, GAMES and COMPETITIONS
After marching band practices outside of the school day, students walk from the practice field to the band hall to put away instruments, get books/homework, and other items. Expect your student to be ready to go about 15 minutes after the stated practice end time. If your student is in the Percussion Front Ensemble, add a few more minutes to the pick-up time since they have more equipment to move back to the band hall from the practice field.
After games and contests, students are expected to enter the band hall to properly hang up their uniforms as well as put away instruments and equipment. Please don't encourage your student to skip out on their duties so you can leave early! When everyone, including parents, help out, we ALL get to go home sooner.
Please do not park in the fire lane or directly in front of the band doors when you pick up your student.
These are roadways and parking areas that need to be used by the box trucks to unload instruments and equipment. Blocking these access points will delay the unloading of the truck; therefore, we will all get home faster if you park and stand away from the band hall entrance area!
Also, your car will be less likely to get dinged by an instrument case as kids walk between cars to get from the buses to the band hall.
Running a high achieving program takes an incredible amount of work and dedication from the students, staff, and parent volunteers. The Band Program could not do what it does without a large parent volunteer base.
WE WELCOME PARENT INVOLVEMENT AND THERE IS A ROLE FOR EVERYONE!
Please sign up to help with chaperoning, hospitality, costumes & uniforms, Spirit Wear, fundraisers, Pit Crew, etc. Not only will you help the band program continue at the high level of excellence, but you'll also enjoy the experience a whole lot more. We promise!
Volunteering will allow you to get to know other parents and students, will allow you to get familiar with how the program operates behind the scenes, and provide you with some of the best experiences you can have as a member of the Southeast Polk Band Family.
Go to the band website and sign-up to volunteer using our on-line sign-up tool. WE NEED YOU AND WANT YOUR HELP!
A great way to know what is going on with the SEP Band is to attend the booster meetings. There are four meetings on the calendar for the year, but additional dates may be added. Please put these dates on your personal calendar!
You will notice that the Band Directors communicate via email frequently. Please read these emails entirely! You will gain a tremendous amount of information about the program and schedules if you read these messages.
In the announcements, you will find practice and sectional schedules as well as detailed itineraries about Friday night football games and contests once those begin. The Band Boosters also send out important messages about volunteer opportunities, schedules, fundraising activities, and other pertinent issues. While it can be overwhelming, they are striving to keep you and your family informed of the news that may affect you.
The band also uses remind.com for text message reminders. To sign up, simply text this number: 81010 with the enrollment tag for any of the following bands:
- Marching Band: “@sepmarband”
- Pep Band: “@seppep”
- Concert Band: “@sepconband”
- Jazz One: “@sepjazz1”
- Jazz Two: “@sepjazz2”
- Jazz Three: “@sepjazz3”
GAMES AND COMPETITIONS
Please come out and support the students at their games, contests, and concerts! It's a blast! It means a lot to the students when they can hear you cheering for them from the stands. If you don't have season tickets for home football games, feel free to move around during halftime so you have a good view of the show.
At contests, look for other SEP Band parents and sit with them, even if you don't know them. It makes it much more exciting to cheer for the band when we are in a group, and it makes it easier for the kids to see us from the field as well.
Have team spirit - make a spirit flag you can wave or make a sign, wear the school colors, and please be dedicated to excellence by cheering on all the schools out on the field and being friendly towards parents from other band programs. We all share a unique bond and you'll find a fun camaraderie in it. To get live updates on band contests you can check out our social media.
BEFORE SCHOOL PRACTICE
It is exciting to watch these and see the progression of the show over the season as they learn more of the parts. We encourage you to stop by if you want to watch any part of the practice. The practice field is located at the junior high. It will be easy to find because you will hear the band playing loudly! The band program has some of the hardest working kids on campus. You'll understand why after you watch a few practices.
No matter what we tell you and what the announcement sheet says, things may change or get adjusted. Sometimes you won't know about the changes until the day they happen.
Remaining flexible will preserve your sanity. Bring along snacks and water, keep a book or smartphone with you in case you need to wait longer than expected, join a carpool and jump in to help where you can - it makes the time go by faster!
We look forward to a fun and successful year with the SEP Marching Rams. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us.