The band council is a group of students that represent the band. They have a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Historian along with a representative from each grade level. The main purpose of the Band Council is to help raise money for the Band Banquet held in the spring. The kids have a good time washing cars to raise money. Participation is voluntary but encouraged. Even if your student can’t be at each car wash or stay the whole time, send them anyway. Volunteering your time is a valuable lesson for them to learn and they may be surprised at how much fun they can have.
Band Family Social
The Band Family Social is such a fun event! This is a family event that is at the end of summer band and right before school starts. This is where your student teaches you how to be a marching band student. After us parents really botch up the show, the kids perform a show with what they have learned so far. It’s really fun to watch your student march for the first time and you will be amazed at how much they have learned over the summer. Once the fun outside is done, we all go in for an ice cream social. Most of the chair people will be set up so you can ask questions of the different committees and you can sign up for volunteer opportunities. This is another good opportunity to buy or order spirit items! But, mainly it is a great time to visit with other band families and get to know our band family.
Band Lock-In Social
This event is for the kids! This is a lock in type social for them to play games, watch movies and eat a bunch of junk food! This is of course chaperoned by a few parents and the band directors. It is great for the kids to be able to unwind and have fun together.
This dinner is a catered event (Tickets are pre-sold to cover cost of food) to celebrate end of the marching season. The directors will get up and address everyone, thanking them for a great season. They will talk about the accomplishments of the band. The students will perform some stand tunes for the parents and families. They will also show a video of the marching show, along with some other video from throughout the season. This is a fun celebration!
The band banquet, hosted by the Band Council occurs in May. Band Banquet is a semi-formal event with a catered dinner, awards and dancing. Most girls wear short party dresses but a few Seniors will wear their long prom dresses. Guys wear dress pants and button up shirts and ties. Some wear suit jackets but those come off pretty quick when the music & dancing starts, as do the girl’s heels! Tickets for students will be discounted to band students thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Band Council. Students are allowed to buy a ticket for a date at full price, but most kids go solo or with their group of band friends. The only parents allowed to attend are the Senior parents and a few chaperones. Senior parents stay for the dinner, slide show and awards and then they leave. The chaperones stay the entire evening and the band directors stay most of the time too. After dinner and awards, expect lots of loud music and dancing.
Now that marching season is over, it is the time to get used to the slower pace again. October is such a busy, tiring month and it always seems so strange when much of the band activity just suddenly stops.
Sometimes it’s hard to believe that only a little over three months has passed since summer band started. Believe us, by the time May comes around and the directors start telling the parents and students what they are planning for next year, the exhaustive schedule of the last few months will be a distant memory and we will all be looking forward to a new show.
So, now that marching season is over, what’s next? Concert Season!!
- Freshman Region, Region Orchestra, and regular Region auditions. Participation is required for students in the Wind Ensemble and optional to the other bands. However, many students still choose to challenge themselves and audition since they have been working on their Region music throughout the marching season with their private lesson teachers.
- Auditions for second semester’s band class placement will be held in December. The Directors will select portions of this year’s Region music to be used during the auditions.
- If your student is not participating in the Region auditions, the audition music will be handed out in class.
- The Winter Concert has all bands performing separately on the stage in the auditorium. There are a few after school practices for this and will be listed in the Band Notes.
- Students wear a school issued uniform. However, the boys need a tux shirt to wear under their concert uniform. The one they had from intermediate school is perfect, if it still fits. If not, Al’s Formal Wear offers a discount to Clear Brook Band members. If you have region patches sewn onto the sleeves, go ahead and remove those. They would make a tight fit and be uncomfortable under the tuxedo jacket. Black socks and dress shoes are also needed for all. Some of the boys wear their marching shoes as their dress shoes. Girls need closed toe, black shoes. The girl’s uniform, a black top and long skirt, is provided along with the dress pants and jacket for the boys.
- The bands will soon start rehearsing their UIL music. The UIL Concert and Sight Reading contest will be in mid-April. Again, there will be some after school practices to prepare for this contest.
- Clear Brook hosts their own Solo and Ensemble Contest. This is at CBHS and is required by all students. They will treat this competition as an "audition" and normally dress up. Girls wear dresses/slacks. Boys wear slacks and polo or button down shirt.
- The Spring Concert is much like the Winter Concert in that all bands perform. This is also where the directors hand out awards to some students, seniors honor their parents and senior scholarships are announced. Uniforms will be the same as the Winter Concert.