The Plymouth-Canton Educational Park and it's associated band programs are large and can be intimidating. All new parents and students have many questions. We list the more common questions here. Still have questions? Contact our directors on the contacts page.
Your student is strongly encouraged to join the curricular (during the school day) band programs, but it is not a requirement. We understand that with the STEM Academies, increasing graduation requirements and other educational opportunities at the P-CEP, it is not always possible to fit music programs in a student's school schedule.
This is a common concern among new parents. The reality is the students' grades are usually higher during the marching season than they are after. The kids learn to manage their time, and the older students help look after the younger ones. The average grade point average of band students is consistently higher than the P-CEP as a whole.
In addition, as an extracurricular activity the marching band falls under the athletic eligibility rules. The band directors monitor students grades to ensure they are permitted to continue to participate and will intervene if there is a problem, though the need to rarely arises.
We firmly believe students should experience and enjoy their final months of middle school. Continue to participate in your activities and join us at the end of those seasons. Contact our New Member Representative or one of our directors (listed on the contacts page) to let them know your situation and they'll hold a spot open for your student.
It depends on how far we are into the season, but the answer is usually that we can still work the student into the program. This is a fairly common question in September right after school begins. We can certainly invite your student to join us at that time.
Officially, once the marching band budget has been approved, the boosters will release a participation agreement that includes the fee schedule and rules for participating. Your student may not participate in any performance or travel with the band unless the agreement and other necessary paper work has been signed and turned in.
Unofficially, come to rehearsal! Let our directors know of your students desire to learn more about the program and they will greet them and invite them to participate. Parents are encouraged to contact our New Member Representative (listed on the contacts page)to get more information about the program.
Certainly not - enjoy your family time! All we ask is that if your student is in town that s/he attend rehearsals. We cover a lot of ground at each practice and we don't want your student to fall too far behind. We also don't want to anyone to get hurt because they didn't know where they were supposed to be and get run into by another marcher.
This is the nature of a competitive marching program. In fact, the show will keep changing right up to the last performance. This can sometimes be frustrating for a new marcher, but they learn to adjust to it fairly quickly. In some cases the directors are reacting to comments from judges. In any case, the directors will continually tweak the show so the kids can enjoy the best performance possible.
There is no doubt that there will be some tough times marching for a highly competitive marching band. Overall, the good far outweighs the bad. Like any endeavor worth pursuing in life, there will be some difficult times to be endured in order to achieve success.
Keep in mind the payoff toward the end of the season is huge. Being a part of a team that executes at a high level front of hundreds or thousands is an experience that cannot be replicated and will never be forgotten. Encourage your student to stick with it - it will be worth it!
You should also encourage your student to talk to the directors. They may be able to assist with any specific issues or explain why they are doing what they are doing. There is a purpose behind their actions.
All that being said, it is surprisingly difficult to get the students to go home at the end of rehearsal. Even during an all day rehearsal on Saturday, they are charged up and having fun.
No, the marching band is strictly extracurricular. You do not need to join one to be in the other.
No, every marcher needs to be at every performance. The directors will clear the schedule the day of one of the homecoming dances every year to ensure everyone has the opportunithy to participate. All the band students will attend the same homecoming regardless of which is their home school.
Competitions take place on Saturday afternoons or evenings. The dates are posted on the calendar when they are scheduled.
There are no competitions or rehearsals on Sundays.
The fees are set after the board meets to set the budget. The budget is dependent on the show design, the number of contests in which we compete, where those competitions take place, as well as a number of other factors. Those fees are spelled out in participation agreement once released, typically sometime in the spring.
Most expenses are covered with the participation fee. These include:
- Transportation to all competitions (local and out of state)
- Food during travel
- Competition uniforms (a.k.a. Competition Grays)
- Professional instruction / Staff
- Use of school owned instruments
Some expenses are extra because the student will own the item and might use it for more than one season:
- Summer uniforms
- Member t-shirts
You can find additional information about uniforms in the uniform section articles under the Students tab.
There may be a few added expenses such as a lunch break during bus travel or souvenirs. You will be notified before departure of any anticipated expenses.
Heritage Logo in Plymouth supplies our "spiritwear". They typically attend our booster meetings during the marching season as well as our mandatory parent meeting in June. You can also go to their Web site (www.heritagelogoworks.com) for more information.
In addition to the spiritwear, Heritage produces a show shirt every year. The designs on this apparel is specific to the show during the marching season or commemorates the big trip for the year such as the Macy's or Rose Bowl trip. These orders are coordinated by one of your boosters and submitted to Heritage in large batches. Watch for information about these special orders on the Web site, in the booster meetings or fanouts.
Heritage can also do custom work, such as adding a logo to a jacket or bag you supply. Contact Heritage for more information.
All checks should be made out to either "Plymouth-Canton Music Boosters" or simply "PCMB". Please do not make the check out to Plymouth Canton Marching Band - the bank will not let us deposit those checks.
This applies to all checks going to the organization, including marching band or concert band, participation fees, and fundraising. There are some cases where the funds are not actually coming to the boosters, such as tuxedo cleaning fees. You will be notified to whom the check should be made when it's not coming to the boosters.
We are accepting on-line payments through PayPal. PayPal charges a 2.2% + 30 cents fee for these payments, which is added to the total. You can find more information about using the service on our PCMB Payments page.
If you prefer, payments can also be made by cash or check in person at the Scrip table on Tuesdays or at the booster meetings. Checks can be placed in the white mail box in the band room or mailed to the PO box:
Plymouth-Canton Music Boosters
P.O. Box 701135
Plymouth, Michigan 48170
Be sure to write the name of the student on the check to make sure we credit the correct account.
You have a few options.
1. You can use our PCMB Payments online payment system. PayPal charges 2.2% + 30 cents per payment, which is added to your total.
2. Drop a check in an envelope with your student's name on it and put it in the white mail box in the band room.
3. Bring your cash or check payment to the Scrip table, which is typically in the hallway outside the band room on Tuesdays (watch your fanouts for updates on where the Scrip table is located when not in that hallway).
4. Mail your check made out to either "Plymouth-Canton Music Boosters" or "PCMB" to the post office box (also listed on the bottom of the home page):
Plymouth-Canton Music Boosters
P.O. Box 701135
Plymouth, Michigan 48170
Please do not give any payments to the directors.
The white mail box is a full sized mail box we used to see on the streets around town. It is locked and only the directors and some members of the board have access. It is located in the big band room to the left of the white board at the front of the room next to the door closest to the directors' office.
Most forms are found under Students then Student Forms. You will need to create an account on the site first and log in to download any forms showing a lock icon.
The uniform is more than the physical components like the jacket and pants. The goal of the uniform is to present the band visually as a single cohesive unit. Painted nails, rings, or anything else that can draw attention to an individual marcher breaks that visual element. To ensure that consistent appearance, students must remove all nail polish and jewelry. The only exception to this rule is the band necklace students receive at band camp.
This requirement for uniformity also applies to hair - for both boys and girls. Hair should be a natural color and should not be visible when wearing the shakos (the marching hat). Long hair, for both boys and girls, must be pinned up to keep it from showing under the rim.
The kids are welcome to have jewelry and painted nails during rehearsals, including band camp.
No, the $25 fee goes to the district and is not a part of the participation fees paid to the boosters.
Registration for High School Classes traditionally begin at the end of January to the beginning of March. Students should receive information from their middle schools.
Mr. Thomann will visit your middle school in the spring and listen to every 8th grade band student and place them in one of the 5 concert ensembles. The directors will communicate with the counseling department to place you in the correct band class.
Your student can take band 1, 2, 3 or 4 years. In a dream worked every student would take band all 4 years. However, every student may not have that option.
Yes. Please make and appointment to speak with one of the High School directors to learn more about this process.
Yes. Please make and appointment to speak with one of the High School Band Directors to learn more about this process.
Possibly - see your counselor
Anyone who has a student in the Instrumental Band Curriculum, or Extra Curricular Ensembles under the umbrella of the P-CEP Music Boosters is already a booster.
This is a possible schedule. Contact your counselor for more details on your student's schedule
Sample Four Year High School Band Schedule
|Grade 9||Grade 10||Grade 11||Grade 12|
|World Literature||American Lit/Writing||English||English/Speech|
|Geophysical Science||Biology||Chemistry/Physics||Academic Sciences
|World History||US History||Civics & Economics||Personal Fitness
|World Language||World Language|
High School Graduation Requirements - Credits
|English / Language Arts||4.0|
|(Must include World Literature, American Literature/Writing in grade 10 and one semester of speech)|
|(Must include World History in grade 9, US History in grade 10, and Civics and Economics in grade 11)|
|(Must include Geophysical Science in grade 9, Biology in grade 10, and a Chemistry class)|
or Applied Arts