We can’t stress enough how much carpooling will save your life and your sanity. Whenever possible, carpool for summer marching camp, after-school practices, and any contests or other events. The early and late drives to the band room can spread you thin, so definitely make an effort to find parents/students who live near you and can share rides. We should be able to provide a list of students broken down by neighborhood area, so that will help in coordinating carpools. It also keeps it less congested at the band hall with fewer cars.
Expect your student to be ready to go at exactly the time posted on the calendar within a minute or two. We work hard to plan time to clean up and make announcements in our allotted time. If your student is in the Percussion Front Ensemble, add a few more minutes to the pick-up time because they have a lot more equipment to move back to the band room from the practice field. After games and competitions, students will need to enter the band room to properly hang up their uniforms and put away instruments and equipment. Everyone is expected to help with this. Please don’t encourage your student to skip out on their duties so you can leave early! When everyone helps out (and parent help is welcome!) we ALL get to go home sooner. Please do not park/wait on the concrete pad directly outside of the band room doors to pick up your student when we have competitions and football games. Parking in that area poses as safety risks to all students in the program. Blocking these access points will also delay the unloading of the box truck. Trust us, we will all get home faster if you park (and stand) away from the band hall entrance area, and, 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 room.
For a more accurate pickup time after games and contests, please subscribe to the LHS Band Remind text messaging service. You will receive a text message when the students leave the stadium with the approximate arrival time back at LHS. This is a free service that you can register for by sending the message: ____ to the number _______
You can get updates about the band program as well as contest results, photos, videos and more by liking/following the Band & Angels on social media:
Facebook: Sound of Liberty Bands
Go to the band calendar NOW and put all the important dates on your personal calendar. All the different organizations are color coded:
Red - Marching Band
Orange - Wind Ensemble
Yellow - Symphonic Band
Green - Jazz Band
Purple - Winter Drumline
Light Blue - Miscellaneous Ensembles (Symphony, Pit Orchestra, etc...)
Dark Blue - General Announcements
Pink - Colorguard
Doing this now will save you a lot of time later! There are instructions on the website for how to sync the calendar to your smartphone.
Much of the information you are looking for will be on the LHS Band website: www.soundoflibertybands.com. Take a few minutes now to familiarize yourself with the website and check it regularly. 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.
Welcome to the Sound of Liberty Band Family! You will spend a lot of time over the next year with the parents, students and directors who make up these award-winning programs. If you are new to the Band or Colorguard programs, we realize it can be a little overwhelming at times so here are some tips to let you know what to expect and have some fun along the way. And, even if you are a seasoned Band or Colorguard parent, there might be a few good reminders in here for you, too!
The last 30-40 minutes of each after-school practice is typically when the band will do a full run through of their marching show. It is exciting to watch these and see the progression of the show over the season as they learn more of the show. We encourage you to stop by early when you are picking up your student and watch the end of a practice. The band program has some of the hardest working kids on campus. You’ll understand why after you watch a few practices.
We look forward to a fun and successful year with the Sound of Liberty Marching Band and Colorguard. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us. All contact information is available on the band website. Go Patriots!
Come out and support the students at their games, competitions, and concerts! It’s a blast! It means a lot to the students when they can hear you cheering for them in the stands. At contests, look for other Liberty band parents and sit with them, even if you don’t know them. There is solidarity in numbers and it makes it much more exciting to cheer for the band when we are in a group! The kids can see us from the field as well. Get into it. Make a spirit flag you can wave or make a sign. Wear the school colors. AND, please be a good supporter of all the other band programs you see. There is nothing worse than a group of loud, cheering band parents who only clap when their own band performs. Please “Be Remembered” 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.
You will notice that Mr. Whaley and the Staff communicate via Facebook and E-mail frequently. Please read these E-mails, as you will gain a tremendous amount of information about the program if you read these messages. Members of the Executive Board for the Booster Club will also send out important communications about volunteer opportunities, schedules, fundraising activities, and other important issues. While it can be overwhelming, they are striving to keep you and your family informed of the news that may affect you
A great way to know what is going on with the Band & Colorguard is to attend the booster meetings. Booster meetings are scheduled approximately every four weeks. Please consult the band calendar for all booster meeting dates. These dates are made available at the beginning of every school year. We will send you a reminder when meetings are coming up via email.
Running a band program takes an incredible amount of work and dedication from the students, staff, and parent volunteers. The Band & Colorguard could not do what it does without a large parent volunteer base. WE NEED YOU. WE WANT YOUR HELP. WE WELCOME PARENT INVOLVEMENT AND SUPPORT. THERE IS A ROLE FOR EVERYONE! Please sign up to help with chaperoning, making funnel cakes, costumes & uniforms, fundraisers, etc. Not only will you help the band program continue at a high level of excellence, but you’ll also enjoy the experience a whole lot more. We promise! You will get out of it what you put in – if you don’t ever spend time getting to know other parents and students you will miss out on some of the best experiences you can have as a member of the band family.