Our band is a cohesive unit. We function as one entity. All members have different functions as musicians and performers, but also are supporting members. You may not know that just as much work has to be done behind the scenes for each successful show, football game, competition or concert.
There is a student leadership structure, beginning with the
Drum Majors (Marching Band)
Captains (Marching Band)
Section leaders (Marching Band)
which extends to every band student
They help with the logistical and administrative tasks necessary to run the marching band program. We have found that with student involvement comes
Our way of managing the work is through making “crews” to do specific jobs (i.e. stage crew or a librarian). These crews are entirely student run, with the exception of parent volunteers and the director depending on the job.
Time commitment for crew work
Each crew requires a different amount of time and effort. Crews are designed so that no one group of people is doing an unfair amount of work while another group isn’t working at all. However, some crews are used much more than others during marching band, and may have different requirements during the school year. Students will be given a description of each crew responsibilities to help them choose a crew.
Benefits of Joining a Crew
Although you are not required to be a member of a crew, it is highly encouraged for many reasons. No matter how many people sign up for crews, the same work has to get done in order for us to be successful as a program. The more hands we, have the easier that is to accomplish. Also, if you are aspiring to be in leadership for a following year, or to continue to progress in leadership, crews are one of the best ways to showcase your dedication and skill as a leader and member of a team. In addition, each crew has a “chief” and “assistant chief(s)” to run operations more smoothly, these are usually chosen from someone who has been on the crew before. Another benefit to working on a crew is adding it to your resume for college. Colleges like to see that you are a responsilbe individual that has been part of and contributed to organizations at school.