Welcome to the Weiss Band Family! You will spend a lot of time over the next year with the parents, students and directors who make up this program. Being 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 and have some fun along the way. And, 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 Weiss Band website: weissbands.org. Take a few minutes now to familiarize yourself with the website and check it regularly. The website will include contact information for Booster Club officers and committee chairs, the 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 put all the important dates on your personal calendar: weissbands.org/calendar/. 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.
You can get updates about the band program as well as contest results, photos, videos and more by liking/following the Band on social media:
Facebook: Weiss High School Band
STUDENT PICK-UP AFTER PRACTICES, GAMES & CONTESTS
Expect your student to be ready to go about 10-15 minutes after a practice ends. 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 hall from the practice field. All practices run until the stated end time. Then students return to the band hall to put away instruments, get books/homework, and other items. After games and contests, students will need to enter the band hall 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.
For a more accurate pickup time after games and contests, please subscribe to the Weiss Band Remind text messaging service. You will receive a text message when the students leave the stadium with the approximate arrival time back at WHS. This is a free service that you can register for by sending the message: @weissbands to the number 81010. If your phone doesn’t accept short codes, you can send the message: @weissbands to the number 415-704-8328.
CARPOOLING IS YOUR FRIEND
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 hall can spread you thin, so definitely make an effort to find parents/students who live near you and can share rides. It also keeps it less congested at the band hall with fewer cars.
Running a band program takes an incredible amount of work and dedication from the students, staff, and parent volunteers. The Band 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, hospitality, uniforms, Spirit Wear, fundraisers, etc. Not only will you help the band program create a high level of excellence, but you’ll also enjoy the experience a lot more. You will only 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.
LOG YOUR VOLUNTEER HOURS
We need you to keep track of and report your monthly volunteer hours associated with our Booster Club. The Band as well as WHS and PFISD all benefit from an accurate reporting of volunteer hours. Volunteer hours include anything you do for the Band or Booster Club, including phone calls, time at school, work done from home for the program, chaperoning, fundraising, attending booster meetings, etc. We have made it easy for you to record your volunteer hours. Simply go to the volunteer page on the band website: weissbands.org/volunteer-hours/. It will take about one minute to complete the form. You can log hours once for the whole month or you can log hours every time you volunteer – do whatever is easiest for you to do and remember. Please report all hours for the month by the last date of each month. Thank you for your help with this!
A great way to know what is going on with the Band is to attend the booster meetings. 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.
You will notice that Mr. Chreste and the staff communicate via 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.
GAMES, CONTESTS & CONCERTS
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 in the stands. At contests, look for other Weiss 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 cheer on all the schools out on the field and be friendly towards parents from other band programs. We all share a unique bond and you’ll find a fun camaraderie in it.
COME SEE AN AFTER-SCHOOL MARCHING PRACTICE
The last 10-15 minutes of each after-school marching 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 the students 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 Weiss Band. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us. All contact information is available on the band website. Go Wolves Go!