Frequently Asked Questions

The band consists of musicians; brass & woodwind instruments and percussion as well as the colorguard.
Yes!!! Ask Mr. Grossnicklaus (Band Director) about joining a first year introductory band class!
The colorguard units perform with the band during field shows. They are part of the visual effect of the show. Members of the colorguard will be asked to dance, spin flags, rifles, sabers and other equipment that will add visual enhancements to the band presentation. Colorguard groups participate with the band at all events.
Musicians have the opportunity to be in Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and a variety of smaller instrumental ensembles.
The marching band performs for the halftime show during varsity football games (home & away). In addition, the band also performs for various Music Performance Assessments, concerts, parades, Solo & Ensemble, pep rallies, and other performances throughout the year.
Band camp usually takes place three weeks before the first week of school. During marching season, the band practices Tuesday and Thursday after school. Occasionally, additional practices are scheduled throughout the year as needed to prepare for various performances. Calendar »
Marching band is a mandatory part of the band curriculum - (per OCPS guidelines). If there are extenuating circumstances, please contact Mr. Grossnicklaus (Band Director) to discuss options for participating in band.
There is a "Fair Share" assessment of $250 each year. This helps cover the costs of clinicians, uniforms, T-shirts, equipment, transportation and other band expenses. Students will have several opportunities to fundraise this amount if they wish. Many students pay NOTHING out of pocket by participating in fundraisers!
The band takes various trips throughout the year to parades, games, performances, and assessments. On occasion, the band will be invited to perform for special ceremonies.
Yes! The majority of band students take honors & AP classes. The band is well represented in the National Honor Society, Student Government and other academic and leadership organizations.
Yes! The band has students who also participate in various activities. Communication between the student, coach, parent and band director are important to make this work.
Oboe & Bassoon musicians can choose to be part of the percussion, a member of the colorguard, or march with an alternate instrument.
The band typically provides instruments for students that have an alternate marching band instrument. This includes tubas, percussion, horns, and baritones. Other large instruments are provided by the school but the majority of band students use their personal instruments. There is a rental assessment for school owned instruments of $50.
Percussion students can be part of the battery (Drum Line) or the Front Ensemble (Pit). Placement is based on the percussion audition. Generally, freshmen begin in the front ensemble gaining valuable marching band experience.
Well the parent is just as important as the student. The foundation of success in any high school band program is the band parent/booster organization. If your child is in the band... YOU ARE A BAND PARENT! We encourage and welcome all of our parents to volunteer for band activities throughout the year. It is our expectation that each household participate in at least one band activity during the football season or during the rest of the year. Please look for volunteer opportunities in communications from the director and/or band parent officers and GET INVOLVED!
Communications come out from the band director and the band booster organization, typically via the Charms system. Mr. Grossnickclaus will periodically send mass emails and post information on the band website. Band boosters meet monthly and also send communications. Additional communications are sent home and/or emailed to cover changes in schedules and reminders. Please note: If you are not receiving periodic Charms emails please contact Jeff Milligan (Band Booster Coorespondence Secretary) or Mr. Grossnickclaus (Director of Bands).