How to Join
Summer Marching Trimester 2013
FOR THOSE NOT
CURRENTLY WSHSB MEMBERS
For marching, the WSHSB is also know as "The Patriots". The marching
trimester is voluntary. It is open to current WSHSB members and non-members alike. We need
both musicians and non-musicians. Experienced musicians, thinking about joining the band
in the fall, may participate in the summer marching trimester, before they submit an
Thinking about Marching?
As soon as you begin to consider joining, you should email the director, Karen Borow, at Director. She will
call you at her earliest convenience. Include your name and phone with best time to call,
students name, age and musical experience along with each instrument and number of
years played. Non-musicians interested in trying-out for the limited number of guard
positions must notify the director in person or via e-mail prior to the try-out date, June
Experienced, home-schooled musicians are eligible to march with the WSHSB. Students should
be elementary through high school age and have at least one school year of instruction or
experience on their instrument. Well-disciplined and similarly experienced,
non-home-schooled students as well as adult musicians are also encouraged and welcome to
The Patriot Auxiliary is for non-musicians. Adults who march in the parade(s), Little
Patriots and student guards, all wear the Dress Code black and white as well as the hat.
The Patriot Auxiliary includes -
Little Patriots - Younger siblings of marchers who march behind
Non-musician students as guards -the limited number of these
positions will be filled after try-outs on 6/14. (Students must have notified the director
prior to 6/14 of their interest in trying-out through the sign-up book at band or via
- Adults willing to help with the marching band as needed, including but not
-Little Patriot chaperones
-Driver(s) to/from parade drop off
-Support vehicle driver
Prior to marching in parades during the summer, all musicians and color guards are
expected to participate in a preliminary marching practice on May 30 and one week (five
days) of marching camp June 17 to 21, 9 am to 12 pm. In addition there are three MANDATORY
special camps prior to regular marching camp on June 12, 13, and 14.
|12, Wednesday - Any student/adult totally new to
marching or others as listed below |
1) Current Cadets, Junior, Senior and Symphonic members (wind or percussion) completing
their first year with the WSHSB and wishing to join us for marching this summer
2) Other students who've completed at least one (1) year of prior wind or percussion
instruction elsewhere, but want to join WSHSB marching band this summer
3) Non-musician students wishing to try out for the guard unit at camp on Friday, June 14
4) Students who've previously marched with the WSHSB but who cannot attend full marching
camp the following week. This day will serve as a make-up session
5) Students who want to review their basic marching skills
6) Adult helpers who would like a basic one-day primer on WSHSB marching style.
7) This camp will provide the above students with a very basic introduction to WSHSB
marching and will prepare them for the full marching camp the following week.
|13, Thursday - All percussion, including new
This special camp day is mandatory for all percussionists who wish to be part of the WSHSB
drum-line this summer. Due to the additional responsibilities percussionists have in
carrying equipment and continuously playing a cadence during parades, marching style and
technique can slip. This day will be dedicated to the review, drill and improvement of
basic marching skills for percussionists. The objective will be to improve the overall
marching style of the drum-line. Individual and rank form will be targeted, reviewed and
improved. Neither cadences nor equipment, other than drum sticks, will be used on this
day. Cadences and marching with equipment will be practiced during the regular week at
camp, as the drum-line continues to improve their performance as well as support the band.
|14, Friday - 1) Rank leaders and 2) any
(non-musician) students who wish to try out for one of the limited number of
guard positions. All rank leaders will be pre-appointed by the director. The assistant
director will make the decisions about who will fill the limited number of guard positions
where non-musician students have the privilege of marching in front of the band. Important
work with these two separate groups will take place on this date as follows: |
1) Those pre-appointed as rank leaders will review and drill basic marching skills,
stationary and marching commands. The director will prepare students with the special
skills necessary as rank leaders. (Note: Those interested in being considered for these
positions can still notify Mrs. WP of their interest.)
2) Those interested in auditioning for student guard positions must attend this camp.
Students will be led through a basic drill sequence and will be selected based on their
ability to carry out WSHSB marching commands correctly, their overall marching accuracy
and formality of their style.
Regarding Marching Camp:
|It is mandatory for first-time marchers to attend on June 12 and the entire week of
Marching Camp. If they are trying-out as a guard they must also attend on June 14.|
|Adults are welcome and encouraged to attend Marching Camp if their schedule allows for
|Returning members are asked to attend all of camp to review their own skills and assist
with new member training and development. |
Forms and FeesForms/Documents. Student
and adult musicians, as well as color guards, need to print and complete a 2013
Summer Marching Registration Form. The deadline for both forms and their
respective fees, for current band members is April 25. New people are always
Links to the 2013 Summer Marching Registration Form and WSHSB
Instrument Rental Agreement are on
Important for those new to WSHSB: New people need to contact the director, at Director, as soon as
possible, and mail their check and form to the address stated on the form. If there
is not sufficient time for mailing, as long as you have already contacted the director
and she knows to expect you, you may bring your check and form to the
preliminary marching practice on May 30. Be sure to indicate, by circling on the
registration form, the parades in which you will be participating.
Every marcher wears a hat. There is a $5 hat deposit for student musicians and student
guards. Hat deposits for student guards will be due on Monday, June 17 after try-outs and
selections are made. There will be no charge for adults or Little Patriots. Your $5
deposit will be refunded when you return your hat. This money may be credited to your fall
registration fees, or you may request a refund by check.
Those renting instruments from the band must also complete a WSHSB
Instrument Rental Agreement, and pay a $40 rental fee for the summer trimester
along with your registration.
No check(s) will be accepted without the completed
form(s) and vice-versa.
Musicians will need their instrument, a lyre and flip-folder.
Returning Band Property
Cummerbunds are distributed prior to and returned after every parade.
Percussion equipment, marching music and laundered hats are to be returned at the
Orientation meeting in September.
DRESS CODE FOR ALL
Dressing for Marching Camp
There are to be no shortshorts, and no low-cut, skimpy or tight-fitting tank tops
worn to camp. There should be no bare midriffs or shoulders. Everyone must wear good shoes
that cover and support your feet, no sandals or flip-flops.
Marching Dress Code for Parades/Events
|White, woven, short-sleeved, button-down dress shirt with pointed collar.
No rolled-up long sleeves or sleeveless shirts. Shirt must be long enough to be tucked-in.
No exposed midriff. Only the collar/top button may be undone.|
|No knits, pullovers, t-shirts, turtlenecks, mocks, blouses with ruffles
or puffed sleeves, nor tight-fitting shirts will be allowed. No satiny, shiny or sheer
|Only solid white or flesh-tone undergarments to be worn under dress shirts.|
|Black conservative dress pants. No tight-fitting, denim/jeans, low-rise, or Capri-style
(WSHSB has pants available for lending, if needed. Please contact director.)
|Girls have the option of wearing a conservative, modest, below the knee
or longer skirt, with only small slits if necessary. No denim or leather. See more
information regarding skirts at the end of this list.|
|Solid black dress socks. (Girls wearing skirts for marching must wear
black nylons, not flesh-tone.)|
|Black leather shoes of a conservative style with a low heel and sole.
Shoes must be solid black with no other colors and must cover the front, sides and
heel of the foot. If shoes are laced, laces must be black. No open toes, sandals, boots,
flip-flops or clogs/mules.|
|Red cummerbunds and hats for marching are provide by the band, and are to
|Award medals must be pinned on the red award ribbon, which is worn on the
left side of the shirt. |
|Jewelry should be limited to a wristwatch, small rings (so they cannot be
seen by the crowd), and small earrings (less than one-half inch in diameter). Boys are not
allowed to wear earrings.|
|Any hair accessories such as barrettes or headbands may be solid red or
white, or must match the students hair color. |
|Please, no outstanding makeup, nail colors, hairstyles, or trendy
fashions that attract attention to a students appearance over that of the band as a
whole. No unnatural shade of hair color.|
|Remain in marching dress after the parade. That means shirts are to
stay on, buttoned-up and tucked-in until you leave the event.|
Some have expressed difficulty in finding longer length skirts for girls to wear
at concerts and parades. Here are three links to websites that carry concert dress
items. Please use your own judgement as to which site to use or do a search for
other concert dress sites.
E C Benson Concert
Concert Dress - Welcome
Band Mart Accessories
The band director reserves the right to deny students participation in a performance
due to inappropriate dress.
. The Detailed Chart spells out all the Stationary and Moving Commands for
marching, including details on what and how to move.
here for the Marching Commands - Detailed Chart
here for the Marching Commands - Summary. The Summary is a condensed version of the chart above with only the
commands, whistles and verbal responses.
WHAT ABOUT BAD WEATHER?
Weather is beyond the control of the director.
If you are uncomfortable with the arrangements described below it would be better if
you kept your child home that day or picked them up early from the fairgrounds (in the
case of marching camp).
At marching camp we are very limited beyond anything but basic shelter from rain. In
that sheltered space there is ample room to continue with that day's work which can still
For parades, the director will always be present at each parade for those who decide to
attend. If rain is predicted, those marching should bring a clear poncho. Inexpensive ones
can be purchased at places like Target or Wal-Mart.
Ultimately, you the parent are responsible and must decide whether or not your child
attends marching camp that day or participates in a parade if weather is threatening or
predicted as such.
PARADE DATES, ETC.
The following dates are for WSHSB Patriots 2013 Summer Marching
Preliminary Marching Practice, Music and Hat Distribution, May 30
Location Cornelius Hall at Resurrection Parish, Wayne, IL (NW corner of Rt. 59
& Army Trail Rd)
Time - 7pm
Bring instrument, lyre and flip-folder.
Note to new people You may not just "show-up" to practice on May
30. We need to be prepared with your music and hat. You must have contacted the director
prior to that day. A registration form accompanied by payment, should have been mailed
earlier or may be brought that night.
MANDATORY Special Camps, June 12, 13, 14
Location - DuPage County Fairgrounds (just east of County Farm Rd. and Manchester Rd.)
Time - 9am to 12pm, daily. See complete details for June 13, 14, 15 described in
Marching Camp, June 17-21
Location DuPage County Fairgrounds (just east of County Farm Rd. and Manchester
Time - 9am to 12pm, daily
Geneva Swedish Days, June 23, Sunday afternoon parade in Geneva2013 Swedish Days
Parade Map with Restrooms
Check-in 12:00 noon
2013 Swedish Days Parade Instructions
2013 Swedish Days
Parade Map with Drop Off Area
Warrenville Independence Eve Parade, July 3, Wednesday early evening in Warrenville
2013 Warrenville Parade Route
West Chicago Railroad Days, July 14, Sunday afternoon parade in West Chicago
Check-in 12:00 noon
Chicago Parade Instructions
2013 West Chicago
Staging/Line-up and Parade Route
DuPage County Fair, Grand Opening, July 24, Wednesday morning
parade at Fair Grounds
Check-in 9:30 am
2013 Dupage County Fair Parade
Streamwood Summer Celebration, July 27, Saturday morning parade in Streamwood
Streamwood Parade Instructions
2013 Streamwood Parade Map
REMINDER FOR CURRENT WSHSB MEMBERS
IMPORTANT!!! Current band members who play wind instruments, with the exception of double
reeds, are expected to play their wind instrument for marching. You may not opt for
the guard unit. Double reed players planning on marching need to discuss possible options
with director. The director will make all decisions regarding instrument and
section needs in the marching band.
We need every band member, students and adults, to complete the Marching Commitment
form at the front table. You need to indicate Yes or No in each of the parade columns. You MUST complete the Marching Commitment form in the book AND turn in a
registration form which are what we use to distribute music. If you expect to get music,
you must do both, complete the Commitment form and submit any forms and fees . The
deadline for all current band members to make Marching Commitments is April 25.
Links to the 2013 Summer Marching Registration Form and WSHSB Instrument
Rental Agreement are on Forms/Documents. Those renting instruments from the band must also complete a rental agreement
and pay the $40 rental fee for the summer trimester along with your registration.
No check(s) will be accepted without the
completed form(s) and vice-versa.
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