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MHS Band Committees

The following committees are always looking for new volunteers.  For more information about any
of these committees, or to find out how you can join a committee,  please email us.

Marching Season Uniforms
One person orders summer uniform shirts and items for marching season. Committee measures and fits
students’ uniforms; provides mending assistance at performances; and get uniforms cleaned at the end of the season.

Band Camp Committee
  1. “Welcome Freshman” Lunch - Committee coordinates an on-site lunch for band during the first week of the July/August
        camps, including getting food through purchase or donation; and setting up, serving and  cleaning-up.
  2. Band Camp Snacks – Committee requests snack donations, and distributes snacks to band at the conclusion of practice

       several times per week during camp, including cleanup.
  3. Cold Cloths – Provide a cooler loaded with ice water and 200+ washcloths to practice field or football field at the start of

       the afternoon session of band camp on especially hot days.  At the end of practice, committee picks up and launders the
       washcloths.
  4. Water/Ice Committee-Committee has water available for the band at parades, football games, and competitions. 
       For competitions, bottles of water are loaded in three coolers with ice before time to load the semi trailer. 
  5. Bus Chaperones-Chair schedules bus chaperones for travel performances, including parades and marching/concert
       competitions.  Chaperones ride the buses to ensure the safety of the band students. Chaperones also walk in the parades,
       cooling the students with spray water bottles.
  6. Travel Meal Committee-Committee works with band directors to arrange meals for extended-distance competition trips, 
       such as semi-state, state, and Bands of America. 
  7. Pit Crew-Chair works with band directors to staff pit crew for competitions. Pit Crew helps move band equipment and show
       props on and off the field for home football games and marching season competitions, and loads/unloads the
       semi trailer/box truck when the band travels.
  8. Show Prop Building Crew-Chair reports to the Pit Crew Chair, and works with band directors to plan and coordinate the
       building of the marching season props, including purchasing of materials
  9. Band Semi Trailer-Chair reports to the Pit Crew Chair, and coordinates the maintenance/inspections, tractor rentals, and

       hiring a CDL-licensed driver to pull the Mustang semi-trailer in parades and to competitions.
10. Concert Season Uniforms-Chair orders uniforms for concert season. Committee fits boys in tux coats; provides
       mending assistance at concerts and competitions, and gets tux coats cleaned after season.

Celebrations
Fall      -Football season Senior Night (at Football Game)
             -Coordinates individual and group photos of senior band students, including ordering of laminated
               poster-sized individual photos. 
             -Committee also chooses a blanket or other gift to be presented to the seniors, and hangs up and takes down posters
               on the football field fence.  Posters are to be stored in band room for use at spring banquet.

April    -Scholarship Essay Contest
             -Chair cannot be a senior parent. The Munster Band Backers offer two, one-time, $500 scholarships to
               qualified seniors. 
             -Chair coordinates the notification of the contest, secures the judging by outside individuals, collects
               entries, and facilitates the  notification and announcement of the winners.

May    -Spring Banquet
             - Senior parents are encouraged to participate on this committee but others are welcome to assist.  Chair needed to
                coordinate this end of school year banquet celebrating marching season, concert season and honoring the bands’
                outgoing seniors. Committee secures location, food and beverages, sends invitations and manages responses,
                coordinates senior gifts, and handles decorating, set-up/clean-up.

Corporate/Back Office
Ongoing  Publicity
Fundraiser chairs will submit information to be publicized, and the Publicity Committee will then:
1.  Submit information for posting on the calendar pages of the Times and Post Tribune newspapers;
2. Work with the MHS Theater director to include band fliers in concert and theater programs;
3. Set up and staff the Band Backer table at events such as concerts, to promote Backer fundraisers;
4. Contact Munster businesses to post fliers promoting fundraisers and to use their marquee signage for
    band messages;
5. Contact MHS Main Office to use school marquee signage for events/fundraisers;
6. Contact Pepsi to get banners to hang on football field fence when appropriate;
7. Develop relationships with Munster businesses to host fundraisers;
8. Ensure that sponsors are recognized in accordance with established criteria;
9. Provide the Paragon staff, the PTO (Mustang Memo), and other MHS forums, with information and photographs
    chronicling the band’s accomplishments to be published in the yearbook, etc.

Executive Board
One Year Term-Band Backer Officer
Executive Board positions are President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary; and terms run from July 1 through June 30

to coincide with the school year and the corporation’s fiscal year.

August-Finance/Audit Committee
Vice President facilitates an audit of the previous year’s financial records by a committee comprised of at least three

members who are not officers (either outgoing or incoming).

February-Nominating Committee
Committee is comprised of three members: a band director, a Parent Member, and an executive officer
(selected by the Executive Board).  They facilitate the election of new officers each year by providing a slate of
nominees in March with the vote in April.

Feel free to contact any board member at any time via the Band Backers’ email at

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