Why is band camp mandatory?
This is where they learn the fundamentals of marching.
Does my child need a Athletic Pre-Participation Physical Examination Form?
Yes, the form is available at the Principal's Office of CCMS and WWMS for incoming Freshmen. A link to the form is also available on the Clifton Board of Education website.
Where do I drop off my child during band camp?
Students get dropped off at the band room and then walk up the hill to the "band field."
Where do I pick my child up for lunch and after camp?
Make a pick-up point with your child. Usually they are waiting for you near the band parking lot at the far left of the building. DO NOT PARK or STAND at the YELLOW CURBS; there are plenty of parking spots.
When and what time is band camp?
Band camp starts at 8:00 am. Always arrive 10 minutes early.
What should my child wear and bring to band camp?
Most importantly his/her instrument, sneakers, T-shirts only (no strapless, mid-riffs or spaghetti straps), a loose-fitting, decent pair of shorts, a cap or sun-visor, suntan lotion and a water bottle/jug.
Is band camp cancelled if it rains?
No, practice is moved indoors.
Can my child go home for lunch?
Absolutely, just be back on time. Attendance is being taken. Also, drink plenty of water and eat light since they practice in the sun all morning and afternoon.
Do flute players also need a piccolo for Marching Band?
Yes, we recommend a metal piccolo, as resin doesn't hold up.
Do you recommend the students have tutors?
Absolutely! Ask a band parent if you need a recommendation. Usually they're surprisingly affordable.
Can you smoke, eat or drink in uniform? Do you wear anything under it?
Absolutely no drinking, smoking, or eating in uniform, EVER. Definitely use a T-shirt (band shirt) underneath and silky tights or shorts in case you need to unbutton or loosen your uniform.
May I feed or approach my child while he or she is in uniform?
Definitely no to both. We provide snacks as necessary.
How do we know if students need to be dropped off at CCMS or CHS?
For all HOME football games, students are dropped off and picked up at CCMS. For AWAY games and all other events (i.e. festivals, parade, trips, etc.) drop off and pick-up is from the CHS parking lot. Information like this will always be available at the monthly band parent meetings, so please make your best effort to attend.
What happens if you need to miss a show or game?
The band needs and expects a total commitment from band camp to Thanksgiving; there are no excuses. If someone misses practice, they will not perform at that week's event.
Is there a fee for being a band member?
Yes, we have a general fund obligation, usually $85. This helps defray the cost of awards dinner, band BBQ, dances, buses to events, water and snacks, ice and medical supplies and so on.
How do I get information?
Starting the first Thursday night in August at Band Camp, at our monthly meetings once band is in session and this website.
How can I help?
When you attend our regular meetings we ask for volunteers. YOU are a band parent, and anything you can do to help our children is sincerely appreciated and makes our band function smoothly.