Includes band, choir, color guard, winter guard, drill team, show choir
Monthly meetings, usually the first Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the band room, then separate into our individual group.
Purpose is to fund raise to help keep our fees down, purchase equipment, music, professionals, etc.
Main fundraising: concessions, fruit sale, and Kroger Neighborhood Rewards.
How can you help and support this organization?
Volunteer for concessions: we like to see everyone volunteer three times in the fall and three times in winter/spring.
Enroll your Kroger Plus Card with the BMPA’s non-profit organization number (81866). Use your Kroger Plus Card every time you check out at Kroger. Your receipt will say “You requested Kroger to donate to Beavercreek Music Parents Association.”
Marching Band - Things I wish I had known as a new parent......
beavercreekband.org - Check it daily for information.
We are very fortunate to have a very detailed and up-to-date website. Most bands do not have such an updated site. It will keep you informed.
Forms are available on the website: payment form, medical form, one call now, point sheets, absent form
One Call Service
Mr. McCullough will use this to inform us if they are arriving earlier or later from a band contest or football game.
Be sure to get your phone/cell numbers on the list.
Talk to other parents, ask questions
They have essentially two uniforms.
The formal uniform
Never comes home
Recommend 3 pairs of black socks that come up mid-calf - keep an extra pair in their band bag
Recommend 3 pairs of white gloves. Keep two with them and one at home. (Sousa players need 2 pairs of gloves for practice in additional to the others)
Recommend buying an additional tour shirt
Black shoe polish
Recommend under armor if not wearing tour shirt underneath uniform. Should be black, gray or white. May use for hot and cold under armor
Shorts - no thick cargo shorts - need to be basketball/soccer shorts
Hand and toe warmers when it gets cold outside
Label everything including shoes
They will always keep their alternate uniform in their band bag: jacket, pants, tour shirt and hat. If it's bad weather they will wear this instead of their uniform.
Band Room - Lost and found
You will have an opportunity to by spirit wear items at the parent show at the end of band camp. Tour shirts, golf shirts, hoodies, jackets, etc are available. This is where you may order another tour shirt for your child if you chose to do so.
Buttons – You will have an option to have your student’s picture taken usually with their instrument and put into a button to wear when going to football games or competitions. The cost is usually $4.00 per button and you may purchase as many as you like.
Concessions (BMPA) – year round
Counter (BMPA) – year round
Fruit Sale (BMPA) – first weekend in December
BMPA Board – elections in May
Nurse (Band Camp, Contests)
Chaperone – away football games, contests
Band Camp Serving Lunch and Dinner
Mid-States Championship Band Competition (Band fundraiser)
Weekend of Jazz
Every week Mr. McCullough will have a detailed intinerary posted on the website.
Mr. McCullough time: Early is on time, on time is on late. This goes for everything. Being late is not good because the whole band or section is affected.
Pep rallies at all home football games begin at approximately 6:45 p.m.
Many students do not have time to go home on the bus, eat dinner and get back to school on time. Some take their dinner and stay at the school. Some parents will bring dinner to them.
You will have to buy a ticket to watch the halftime show. Tickets can be purchased by your student during school at a discounted price or you can purchase an athlete pass that is good for any athletic game during the entire school year.
The band will perform the entire show after the game. You can get into the game for free after the fourth quarter begins if you wish to only see the band.
Cookies – you will be asked to send in package cookies to feed the kids during 3rd quarter of a home game. Stock up and have them on hand. Your student will more than likely forget to tell you until the day they need to be brought in.
There will be a detailed itinerary on the website. Mr. McCullough may not know our performance time until late in the week. The most important times to know is when your student needs to report to the school and the return time.
Do not bring any cowbells or other noise-makers
It is preferred that you do not buy shout outs for our band - it can be distracting to the band when they are trying to stay focused. This is a fundraiser for the hosting site so many have chosen to purchase a shout out to the host band saying something like “Beavercreek wishes to say Thank you to ______for hosting this fine competition. Do this under the other band’s shout-out time, not Beavercreek’s. Host bands usually only perform in exhibition and are not competing.
Do not yell at your student at your student while they are setting up to perform. Students need to focus and concentrate at all times. You may yell after the performance when they are leaving the field.
Do not speak negative about other groups - you never know who you may be in ear shot of your conversation - this includes in the stands, restroom or a local restaurant.
Do not talk during any of the group's performance. It is inconsiderate to others trying to listen.
Bring cash - most contests do not accept credit cards or checks
We usually sit together as a group near the 40-45 yard line to the right if you are facing the press box.
Cheer and clap in support of our band and all the other groups as well. They all have worked very hard and deserve it.
The band, when waiting to perform will stand with their backs to the football field while the other band is still performing. They do this to keep their focus and not get distracted by the other group.
You will not be able to enter or exit the stands while a band is performing. You will have to wait until they have completed their performance.
You do not have to stay for the whole event - some last all day.
Some competitions offer professional videos for purchase. Most competitions do allow video and still photography. Vanderbilt and OMEA State Finals at Welcome Stadium are two that do not allow video.
Some competitions offer patches and pins. They can be added to the student’s jackets along with their letter they will receive at the band banquet in the spring.
Be sure they hydrate the night before and the morning of band camp. They should avoid sugary, carbonated beverages. Water and sports drinks are better.
Your student needs to eat breakfast, even if they are not used to eating it. An apple or banana is better than nothing.
Sunscreen, hat, bandanas, light clothing, socks, and comfortable tennis shoes are a must. Some students will wet down bandanas and wear them either on their head or around their neck to stay cooler. Boys may want to use Body Glider for chafing.
Sleep – they need to go to bed early
They WILL complain. Just get them there.
Be sure to bring medications needed for the day and are given to the nurse staff.
They will be fed lunch and dinner and fed well!
Once School Starts
Students have a mandatory study hall Tuesday through Thursday. Practice will follow from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. However, your student will not be ready to be picked up until 6:45 due to short section meetings, putting away equipment, etc.
If a student needs assistance with an assignment, they need to ask for help and there will be someone there who can help them.
There is a snack bar that is open after school that the students are allowed to buy food and drinks which they can consume during this time. The Meal Pay system can be used at this snack bar.
This is a very active group. We have many opportunities that we need volunteers for. You have a talent, we have a place for you. Concessions is a great place to start. It's easy, fun and a great way to meet and make new friends.