Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

WHERE DO I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT THE FOOTHILL BAND?

WHERE IS THE SCHEDULE FOR THE BAND?  Please visit http://fhsbands.com/calendar-2/ for information concerning the schedule for all band activities.  You can also sync the calendar to your mobile device please visit https://support.google.com/calendar/answer/151674?hl=en and follow the instructions.

WHAT IS A CHARMS ACCT? Each student has an account set up for them that records expense/payment activity for fees and can be accessed through www.charmsoffice.com  Login: foothillband  password: student id#.  It is recommended to change the password but make sure to keep it available so that you can log-in in the future.  Charms is not set up for us to take payments through their site, it is an option but we are not using that feature.

HOW DO I MAKE A PAYMENT FOR FEES? Fee payments can be made on the band booster website, or by cash or check to Lisa Austin in the band office.

WHERE IS THE BAND OFFICE? Inside the band room to the back right of the room is the director’s office.

WHO IS LISA AUSTIN? Lisa Austin is Director of Operations for the band. She is responsible for organizing our trips, uniforms, and handling finances and logistics. She is able to be reached in the band office, ljaustin@interact.ccsd.net or 702-799-3500 ext 4040.

HOW DO I CARE FOR MY STUDENT’S BAND UNIFORM?

  • The band uniform can be washed on gently cycle in cold water
  • Place in dryer on low for 5 to 10 min and hang up to dry completely
  • Uniforms are very smelly after competitions, please wash regularly.

WHAT TYPES OF VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARISE?

  • Hospitality- feeding the band
  • Pit- helping push marimbas and percussion equipment on field for shows/competitions
  • Fundraising committee and setting up /working events
  • Donations- water and food for competitions
  • Operations- building of props and repairs to equipment (carts, etc)
  • Consessions- we work away side at home football games.
  • Many others, we greatly appreciate the help from our parents and family members!

DIFFERENT TYPES OF FUNDRAISERS – Student Fees for band only cover a portion of what band actually costs.  This difference is made up by fundraising by the Boosters.  Some fundraisers raise funds directly for students, and some raise money for the Boosters.  Information concerning what type of fundraiser will always be provided.  ALL families are expected to participate in Booster fundraising to keep Student Fees as low as possible.

WHAT TYPE OF FUNDRAISERS ARE AVAILABLE?

  • Scrip- no sales fundraising. Visit shopwithscrip.com and talk to our scrip representative (info available on newsletter weekly) for more information.
  • Entertainment books/cards- fall
  • Beef raffle- fall
  • Oranges/grapefruit- dec
  • Poker tournament- spring usually
  • Spaghetti dinner
  • Car washed- various
  • Candy bar sales
  • Fireworks stands- major fundraiser and much help needed
  • Various restaurant nights
  • Others- as planned and thought up!

CAN I OPT OUT OF FUNDRAISING? You may opt out of fundraising by paying and additional $200.00 to Falcon Band boosters at one of the monthly meetings.

ACRONYMS:

  1. BOA – Bands of America. Visit http://www.musicforall.org for more information.
  2. MBOS – Marching Band Open Series, our local marching band circuit. Visit http://wgasc.org for more information.
  3. WGASC – Winter Guard Association of Southern California. Our local Winter Guard circuit (also associated with MBOS).
  4. ADLA – our local indoor Drum Line circuit. Visit http://www.americandrumline.org for more information.
  5. DCI – Drum Corps International. Summer professional marching band.  Visit http://dci.org for more information.
  6. WBA – Western Band Association. Other marching band competitions in which Foothill will compete – including one at Sam Boyd Stadium in October.  See http://www.westernbands.org for more information.
  7. Winter Guard – Color Guard that competes indoors during the winter months.
  8. Indoor Drum Line – percussion competitions that compete during the winter months.
  • 23rd Jul, 2017