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THE TORO BAND “FAIR SHARE” PROGRAM

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					THE TORO BAND “FAIR SHARE” PROGRAM
Marching Band is fun, exciting, and very rewarding. It is also very expensive. At the February 2002 meeting, the boosters voted unanimously to initiate a new program that will serve a dual purpose. First and foremost, it will allow us to collect money from families (who usually turn in many separate checks for all of these items) in a more efficient and organized manner. Secondly, it will serve as a very small fundraiser to help us offset the cost of marching season. We feel that this is a MUCH better fundraiser than selling boxed candy, wrapping paper, donuts, or whatever else for only a 50% profit. In our discussion at the meeting, many parents noted that they were the ones that would be buying all that fundraising merchandise anyway. Another thing to note is that you do not have to pay the typical “A” hour fee to be in marching band like you do for other “A” hour classes. So, when you think about it, the Fair Share only costs $50 more than the school’s “A” hour fee, and YOU GET STUFF IN RETURN, like shirts, gloves, etc. We feel this is quite a bargain compared to what several other high school bands in the state are charging. The annual amount of each marching band and color guard student’s Fair Share will be $200. You should have already paid the first $50 by the preliminary registration deadline, which was February 6. The second $50 is due by May 1st with the final registration forms. The remaining $100 is due on the first day of school, which is August 12. Please pay by check or money order, made out to the Mountain View Band Boosters. Do not send cash! It helps us immensely if you would please put your student’s name on the memo line of your check. Tax credits cannot be used for Fair Share payments, due to the nature of the items we are purchasing. In addition, Fair Share money is controlled through the Toro Band Boosters account, which is separate from the school district. Please do not take Fair Share payments to the bookstore. You should turn them in directly to Mr. Burgener or the band boosters treasurer. You will receive phone or e-mail reminders when payments are about to be due. When you pay your “Fair Share,” you will be provided with many items that you would have paid for anyway. The remainder of the funds help us pay for: • Marching staff members • Music for the halftime show • Food on certain game nights • Marching show equipment/props • Printing and postage expenditures • Gas for the equipment truck AND MUCH MORE!!! Starting in 2007... the Fair Share no longer covers the cost of marching shoes. These typically cost around $34, and students usually only need to buy them once, when they first join the band.

“FAIR SHARE” FOR BAND MEMBERS INCLUDES:
• • Your band calendar and handbook, which is mailed the first week of June each year. One Toro Marching Band garment bag. This is a heavy duty bag that is embroidered with the band logo and your name. You do not get a new bag every year because it will last for a long time if properly cared for. Every year you are in band, you get three pairs of gloves and one pair of black socks. You may purchase extra pairs from the Band Boosters if needed. Percussionists do not need gloves. Every year you are in band, you get two official band t-shirts. Everyone is required to wear these underneath their uniform and at pep assemblies. You will also wear it at the PREMIERE PERFORMANCE at Band Camp. Extra shirts may be purchased at a later date. Three uniform cleanings per year. The dry cleaners will pick up and return uniforms at the school. Uniforms will be cleaned at the end of September, right before the State Marching Festival in November, and again at the conclusion of the marching season. Any additional cleanings will be at your expense. An online subscription to the Pyware iPAS marching performance software. This is where you will access your marching drill charts. You can watch an animated version of the marching drill, as well as practice your marching drill using the numerical keypad on your computer. An online subscription to SmartMusic, which is software that you will use to practice and pass-off portions of your marching and concert band music. Percussionists will not use SmartMusic. For drumline members, your first set of drum heads are provided by the band boosters. If you break a head during performance, you will be responsible for the cost of replacement. Cost varies depending on the size and type of head.

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The Fair Share is an integral part of the Toro Marching Band. Please remember to pay on time. We depend on these funds to maintain the level of excellence of our program.

“FAIR SHARE” FOR COLOR GUARD MEMBERS INCLUDES:
• • Your band calendar and handbook, which is mailed the first week of June each year. One Toro Marching Band garment bag. This is a heavy duty bag that is embroidered with the band logo and your name. You do not get a new bag every year because it will last for a long time if properly cared for. Every year you are in band, you get one pair of socks or nylons, depending on what is needed for your uniform. Every year you are in band, you get two official band t-shirts. Everyone is required to wear these at pep assemblies. You will also wear it at the PREMIERE PERFORMANCE at Band Camp. Extra shirts may be purchased at a later date. A practice flag and flag pole. You do not get new ones every year because they will last for a long time if properly cared for. You will not need to pay extra money for your equipment and props. However, you will need to purchase the parts of your uniform that are not outlined above. A typical guard uniform ranges from $100-$125 depending on what is needed for the show. Often, guard members also purchase warm-up outfits to wear once the weather cools down. These are an additional expense not included in the Fair Share. An online subscription to the Pyware iPAS marching performance software. This is where you will access your marching drill charts. You can watch an animated version of the marching drill, as well as practice your marching drill using the numerical keypad on your computer.

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The Fair Share is an integral part of the Toro Marching Band. Please remember to pay on time. We depend on these funds to maintain the level of excellence of our program.


				
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