Welcome! Here are some of the frequently asked questions about the band program at MVHS.

    • What is high school band?
      • At MVHS, our band program is comprised of two main parts: concert band and marching band.
      • Concert band is what you have done at your middle school- we perform concert music in three annual concerts at our school. This is what students do in their daily band class. We have two concert bands- all ninth grade students participate in Concert Band, our CP-level course. After ninth grades, students may auditions for Symphonic Band, our honors-level course. Participation in Symphonic Band has extra requirements and higher expectations due to the nature of the honors course.
      • Marching band is an extracurricular activity where students participate in our competitive marching band. During our summer band camp and after-school rehearsals, we learn a marching show and compete with other bands around the state. In addition to competitions, our marching band participates in football games, parades, pep rallies, and other events in our community.
    • Do I have to be in marching band to be in band?
      • NO! Students are welcome to participate in concert band without participating in marching band. We strongly encourage that students try marching band- it is an incredible experience that can be intimidating to many students at the start. However, students CAN take band class and participate in concert band without being in marching band. Students in marching band are required to participating in band class and concert band, with the exception of colorguard members.
    • How do parents get invovled?
      • There are many ways to get involved! Parents of all band students are welcome to attend band booster club meetings and participate in the booster club. Parents of students who are in concert band but not marching band CAN participate in the booster club. Other family members- aunts and uncles, grandparnets, cousins, etc. are welcome to attend booster club meetings and volunteer. We are always looking for volunteers to chaperone, work in the concession stands, feed the students, and more. There is an opportunity for any parent or guardian to be involved in a manner that suits them. We are always looking for parents and family members to chaperone our many trips!
    • How do I get up-to-date information about band?
      • Sign up for Remind! I send out reminders about upcoming events, fundraisers, items the students need to turn in, and many more important details that happen throughout the year. I recommend that parents and students all sign up for Remind. Instructions can be found here: https://www.acpsd.net/Page/22130
    • I would like to purchase a new instrument or musical accessory. What should I get?
      • Great question! I recommend all students have a tuner and metronome. You can purchase those items from any music store, or there are countless free apps available for smartphones, as well as free tuners and metronomes available on the internet. Before purchasing an instrument, mouthpiece, reeds, etc., I HIGHLY encourage you to reach out to me so that I can recommend something of quality that is within your budget.
    • What are examples of excused and unexcused absences?
      • Examples of excused absences: sudden severe illness, medical appointments made with specialists months in advance, school activity conflicts that are approved in advance/
      • Examples of unexcused absences: monthly orthodonist appointment, dental cleaning, school activity conflicts that are not approved in advance
      • With the exception of sudden illnesses, no absence will be excused if is not approved in advance.
    • What do I do if I am going to be absent?
      • If you know in advance that you will be absent, you need to have a parent or guardian email Mrs. Priest or write a note IN ADVANCE. We have had instances where absences were not excused purely due to a lack of communication. Marching band students should also fill out the online absence form: https://www.acpsd.net/Page/23370 It is also helpful to let other students or members of your section know.
      • If you do NOT know in advance that you will be absent, you need to have a parent or guardian email Mrs. Priest or write a note as soon as your are able after the event that caused the absence has passed.
    • When do we have rehearsal?
      • All rehearsals, performances, and other required events are listed on our online calendar: https://www.acpsd.net/Page/14636. Required dates are also listed on the band syllabi, in the band handbook, and on the paper schedules that go home throughout the year. Parents can also get reminds of dates by signing up for Remind.
    • How do I turn in a payment?
      • Payments should be sealed in an envelope with the following information: student name, what the payment is for, and amount enclosed in envelope.
      • Sealed envelopes can be submitted in the band room.
      • Checks should be made out to MVHS band boosters or MVBB.
    • How can I get in touch with Mrs. Priest?
      • The best way to get in touch with me is via email! kmyers@acpsd.net