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General Info
FAQ

All-Parent "Booster" meetings - The Boosters refers to ALL student parents. Our meetings are held in the HHS band room and last approximately one hour. All are invited to attend. This is a great place to hear what is going on, what is coming up, and meet other parents. See the calendar for up-to-date meeting dates and times (occasionally days/times need to be changed).

New Parent meetings – There is a Band Booster meeting for new families in March that will provide you with lots of information regarding Marching Band. It is very important that you stay informed about the wonderful things our children and the band are accomplishing and how you can support them.

Volunteering - Make sure you check out the volunteering page to get set up to help our kids and the band be successful. We need every family to participate; it takes 20-25 hours per family to cover all the volunteer needs throughout the year. You will get to know what your student is learning and doing and know what questions to ask. Watch for emails to come out requesting specific volunteer help throughout the season.

Fundraising – The band offers many opportunities to raise money toward the band's overall budget and opportunities for students' to earn toward their individual fees. Visit our General Fundraising page or our Family Fundraisers page for more information or for contact info specific to each fundraising opportunity

Band Booster Communications - Expect to receive a weekly newsletter year-round with information including upcoming rehearsal and competition schedules, important meeting information, updates on how the band is doing at performances, and more. In addition to the weekly newletter, occassionally (as sparingly as possible) we send specific email requests about timely needs for anything from needing volunteers at a competition, to asking for help building props, to preparing food prior to a competition. During marching band season, Boosters also use a channel on the Band App for real-time parent to parent communications at competitions.

Leadership - Evan Allenson is the director and has instructors that help out during the season. Drum Majors are students that are selected through auditions to lead the marching and pep band under Mr. A's direction. Section Leaders are upper classmen appointed by Mr. A and are responsible for their section to know the music and drill for the season's show. These students serve as the first part of a every students support system in the program

Marching Band Camp – This is a very important time to kick-off a successful marching band season. The kids come together as a group working to accomplish a huge goal – learning the music and marching drill that will be their performance in competitions and at halftime shows at home football games. It is hard work. Mr. A sends out a detailed letter about Band Camp Do’s and Don’ts in the summer.

Marching Band Practices – These are typically held three days per week after school, usually from 3:50-6:30 pm, and mornings on Saturdays.

Marching Band Competitions – These are held at high schools around the state. Competitions are an all-day affair, often early morning until around midnight, and are held on Saturdays. Regional and State competitions are held in October on weekdays. See the calendar tab and watch your email for more details about upcoming competitions.

Winter Percussion  - Our Winter Percussion Ensemble season runs from November - April and includes several competitions culminating in the State Championship. Learn more about our Winter Percussion Program here.

Social events - In addition to gathering at competitions, we typically get together for several social events for families--potlucks, concerts, and end-of-season parties. Stay tuned to email communications and social media for all the upcoming events and details.

 

Useful links:

www.coloradobandmasters.org - for the fall marching season and concert band festivals

www.rmpa.org - for the winter percussion season

www.rmcga.org - for the winter guard season

How much volunteering is asked of each family?

To adequately support our program, each family should plan to volunteer a total of 25 hours throughout the year. There are many volunteer opportunities available including pushing equipment onto the field at football games or competitions, hemming or washing uniforms at home, driving kids around, feeding the kids, coordinating a fundraiser, and much more!

Each family is asked to become involved in our biggest fundraiser: Tag Day (August)

 

How do I sign up to volunteer?

Volunteer opportunities are communicated to families primarily via email and at the Parent Meetings. Opportunities exist for competition days, fundraisers, and to assist the various Board Chairs with subcommittees. Parents receive email links to the sign-up sheets (usually via the weekly newsletter).

To help, please complete this LPS volunteer clearance which is valid for 12 months (i.e., this must be completed each school year). This clearance includes a background check and covers anyone who will spend time with the kids without the direct supervision of a LPS employee. Examples could include working in the uniform room, working on props, chaperoning, etc.  There is a a background check fee associated with this clearance that will be noted on the LPS volunteer site.

 

What is CHARMS and how do I sign up?

We track all of your payments towards your Marching Band Fees, Instrument Rentals (as well as extra fees such as shoes, shirts, Winter Percussion, Winter Guard and individual sales credits) in an online database program called CHARMS. Each student has their own CHARMS account. Account statements are sent out quarterly and you can view your account status and contact information any time within the CHARMS site.

Please note, you will need your student’s LPS ID to log in to CHARMS. The school code is Heritagebands.

The CHARMS website is www.charmsoffice.com. In the upper right, under the Login button, click on Parents/Students/Members. You will be prompted to enter our School Code, which is Heritagebands. Next, you will be prompted to enter the Student Area Password. This is your student’s LPS student ID (ask your student for this or we can give it to you). Please note, upon your first login, you may be asked to change your password from your Student’s ID to something more meaningful.

For help with CHARMS, contact the Centaurus Band Boosters Secretary and Database Administrator through Mr. Allenson.

 

How much is the Annual Family Contribution this year for HHS Marching Band, and what is the payment deadline?

For the 2024-2025 school year, the Annual Family Contribution (AFC) is $500 for each student in band. The first half of the AFC is due after band mini-camp on June 1st. The final payment is due on the first day of band camp July 22nd. Student Scholarship requests are due Grant requests are due prior to band mini-camp. Please contact the Treasurer through Mr. Allenson

 

Who do I contact if I am not getting information?

To update your contact information, please email the Heritage HS Boosters Secretary and Database Administrator through Mr. Allenson

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