Where can I find information about the GPHS band
- Grizzlyband.org –
specifically the calendar and the band handbook.
Description Handbook (provided by GPHS to your student during the registration
- Facebook – Join
Glacier Peak High School Grizzly Band group and follow the GPHS Band Boosters.
- Email any
question to the band boosters – if we can’t answer it we will find someone who
can or forward your question to Mr. Morris. Of course you can email Mr. Morris as well.
different band groups are offered?
- Grizzly Band,
Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz I, Jazz
- See the Band
Handbook (available at grizzlyband.org)
- Refer to the
Course Description Handbook (given to students during the registration period)
require an audition? When are auditions?
- Jazz I & Wind
Ensemble require auditions.
- Jazz auditions
occur in September, Wind Ensemble auditions occur in April.
concerts are held each year?
- Each group
performs 4 concerts per year (Fall, Winter, Early Spring & Spring)
Symphonic, Wind Ensemble and Percussion play during two consecutive evenings (2
groups per night) to accommodate all the families in our Performing Art Center.
- Jazz I and II
perform on a separate night in conjunction with the Jazz ensembles from
Snohomish High School.
How can I
get involved as a parent with GPHS Band?
- Attend the Band
Booster Meetings! They are typically the
2nd Tuesday of each month.
- Serve on the
board of the Band Boosters! There are
some perks to this…discounted Grizzly Band Fees!
- Attend and
volunteer at our many events throughout the year.
additional practices beyond school hours?
- Only for Grizzly
Band and/or in preparation for special trips/events (i.e. Big Trips/Silverwood)
How many field trips/events are there?
- There is “usually”
one optional trip per year (Silverwood or a Big Trip) and several required
field trips (not all groups go on all field trips).
- Recently the
optional trip has been to Silverwood or Disneyland (Big Trip).
- The Silverwood
trip is a long weekend trip, overnights in Spokane, playing at a music festival
in Coeur d’Alene, ID and a day spent at Silverwood Amusement Park.
- The Disneyland
trip is a bit longer with participation in Disney’s Performing Arts program and
possible side trips to universities or beaches.
- There are always
several opportunities to participate in individual fundraisers to assist in
paying for these trips.
What type of fundraising is required and/or available?
- The band booster
club will arrange for several “general” fundraisers that benefit the band
groups as a whole, and several “individual” fundraisers that benefit the
specific student who participates in the fundraising activity.
- All fundraising
opportunities will be communicated to the group by the GPHS Band Boosters.
- No fundraising
activities are mandatory to any family.
What expenses are covered by the “general” group
instructors/clinicians (Jazz 2, Jazz sectionals, Band Sectionals, Drum Line),
Band Folders, New Music, New School Instruments, Scholarships…etc.
- Basically this
covers all band expenses that are not for a trip of some kind.
- We also sell
concessions at least once during football and basketball season and this money
goes to the ASB to offset the cost of field trips.
What expenses can “individual” fundraising dollars be
- Trips – either
field trips or the “fun” trips like Disney and Silverwood.
if I raise “individual” fundraising dollars and I don’t use them before
- Funds earned
through fundraisers cannot be cashed out. Any funds earned through fundraising
that a student does not use by the time they graduate will be rolled over to
the Booster Scholarship account that is used to help students in need attend
- If a student has
a younger sibling in the band program, their “extra” funds can be rolled over
costs are involved by being part of the band program?
- Certain field
trips will require a fee to participate (amounts vary).
- There is some
initial cost for concert attire. (see question below re: concert attire)
Is there any type of financial assistance available?
- Yes. The GPHS band boosters provide a limited
number of scholarships for Band Camp fees, Concert Attire costs, and Field Trip
fees for those with financial need.
- The financial
assistance form is available on the website (grizzlyband.org) under “Forms”.
- All families
involved with band are asked to participate through supporting fundraising
activities and through volunteering to assist in various activities. This involvement allows the booster club to
continue to provide financial aid when needed and helps to sustain the high
quality band program at Glacier Peak.
What is the
required concert attire?
- Ladies Attire for All Groups:
length, all black dress with sleeves (to be ordered through the boosters during
the first few weeks of school, $50-60)
tights or nylons.
you are facing financial issues and are unable to purchase the dress, please
fill out a form for financial assistance.
also have the option to wear the same uniform as the boys.**
- Men’s Attire for All Groups EXCEPT
Jazz I & Wind Ensemble:
buttoned-down long-sleeve dress shirt (must be tucked-in)
slacks (with black dress belt)
dress socks & black dress shoes
- Men’s Attire for Jazz I & Wind Ensemble:
with tuxedo shirt and black tie.
dress socks & black dress shoes
What is Grizzly Band?
- It is the band
that the general public thinks of as the high school band. It is the “face” of GPHS Bands.
- It is the Marching/Pep
Band that supports GPHS teams by performing at all home football games
(marching and in the stands); selected boys’ and girls’ basketball games and
- Any GPHS student
(whether enrolled in band or not) can be a member of the Grizzly Band.
- Participation is
highly recommended for freshman year.
If it’s not a
required class/group why should my student participate?
- IT’S FUN!!! Football & basketball games, parades, pep assemblies and fun music
all the time!
- It is a great
opportunity for incoming freshman to meet upperclassmen and create friendships
before school starts (Band Camp) which can reduce a lot of stress going into a
new year in a new school.
- Membership in
Grizzly Band is required to letter in band. Earning a letter involves being part of the school community and not
just earning points for individual tasks. (See Band Handbook for details on how to letter in band).
- The band in an
integral part in building pride in our school and music program.
- Because any
student can participate in Grizzly Band and not be enrolled in a band class –
this is sometimes a good option for a student to stay involved in music when
their schedule doesn’t allow room to have a band class as an elective.
How does my
student become part of the Grizzly Band, I don’t see it as a registration
- To become a
Grizzly Band member you will register and pay for membership through the GPHS
Band Boosters (this will be sent to you via email toward the end of the school
year and then available on the grizzlyband.org website).
- Attend Band Camp
How much is
the Grizzly Band membership fee?
- This fee is
subject to change each year due to fluctuations in cost for uniform cleaning
and instructor fees. For the 2017-2018
school year it was $145.
the Grizzly Band membership fee cover?
- The fee is used
to hire instructors, development of the marching show, providing the music used
for all Grizzly Band events, uniform maintenance, alterations, & cleaning, occasional
pre-game meals/ice-cream socials, transportation to & from the games, and a
Grizzly Band T- Shirt.
What if I can’t afford the Grizzly Band membership
- The Band Boosters
offer a limited number of need based scholarships for the Grizzly Band
membership fee. A scholarship request
form can be found at grizzlyband.org.
When is Band Camp?
the second week of August. For the
2018-2019 school year it will be August 6th-10th. Band Camp runs from 8am-4pm each day.
What if my student can’t attend Band
- They can still be
part of the Grizzly Band, but they will not be able to perform in the half-time
marching show of the home football games (they can still play with the band in
the stands). The purpose of Band Camp is
to learn the music and marching formations and attendance is required to be
able to march.
- Depending on the
number of students in Grizzly Band, if your student doesn’t attend Band Camp
they may or may not be issued a uniform. We have volunteers available during camp specifically to fit and assign
all members with their uniform for the year. Some years we have not had enough uniforms for every student and it is
during Band Camp that we measure and order additional track suits for sections
that will not be in the traditional uniforms. We need all members available at camp to make these decisions and to
place orders. Plus, we may not have volunteers available after school starts to fit your student.
Do I still have to pay the Grizzly Band
membership fee if my student can’t attend camp?
- Yes. The fee is to be a member of the Grizzly
Band, NOT a Band Camp fee.
Are there additional Grizzly Band
practices beyond the Band Camp week?
- Yes. After Band Camp and until school starts there
are usually marching and pep music rehearsals on Thursday evenings from
7-9pm. After school starts they have
marching and pep music rehearsals on the Thursday night before a home football game, 7-9pm.
PERCUSSION AND DRUM LINE QUESTIONS
percussionists attend Band Camp? I’ve
heard there is a separate Drum Line Camp.
- Yes, percussionists attend Band Camp.
- Yes, there is a separate Drum Line Camp the week before Band Camp.
- Drum Line Camp is optional. You do not have to do Drum Line Camp to be in
who attend Drum Line Camp get an opportunity to meet the current drum line
members early, and get to know our drum line instructor Jerry Garcia. They will also get the opportunity to work on
the exercises used during Band Camp for the Marching Drum Line.
When is Drum Line Camp?
- The week prior to
Band Camp. For the 2018-2019 school year
it will be July 30th-August 3rd. It runs from 7pm-9:15pm each day. (The first
day of camp may begin earlier than the others.)
How much does it cost for Drum Line Camp?
- This fee is
subject to change each year due to fluctuations in cost for the use of
facilities and instructors. For the 2017-2018
school year it was $85.
Is there financial
assistance offered for Drum Line Camp?
- Yes. You can use the financial assistance form
found on grizzlyband.org under “Forms”