For information on paying band fees, see the Making Payments page.
Why Do We Have Fees For Band?
The band receives minimal financial support from the school district to underwrite the program, and the operating costs are very expensive. We are essentially self-funded; therefore, fees must be assessed so that all of the band’s financial obligations can be met.
How Are Fees Determined?
The band budget is fairly distributed among all band students. Student band fees are calculated by dividing the overall band budget by the number of expected students in each program. Students in co-curricular activities (marching band, winter guard and winter percussion) pay more in band fees than students who do not participate in those groups because of the additional expenses associated with co-curricular activities.
Band classes and their corresponding performing ensembles have expenses which average $25,000 or more per year. These include sheet music, guest instructors, workshops, travel to and registration in annual Music Performance Assessments (MPAs), instrument repairs and replacement, and other expenses that are not paid for by the school district. To help cover these costs, band students are expected to participate in fundraisers to pay for their band fees.
Co-curricular activities have additional expenses that include transportation, competition fees, uniform costs, equipment, instructors, music and more. Students participating in these activities pay fees we call “Fair Share” to cover costs for the programs. See the Marching Band, Winter Guard and Winter Percussion pages for more information. Individual Fair Share amounts are calculated annually, depending on the show design, staff, and number of students who participate in these programs.
Fundraising Is Strongly Encouraged
Band fees are an obligation that must be met by all band students; however, parents are not expected to pay their student’s band fees out of pocket. Rather, students are encouraged to participate in the many fundraisers offered throughout the year to meet their financial obligation. Band fundraisers (described on the Fundraising page) all have varying profit percentages that go toward the student’s fundraising account.
Fundraisers are discussed in band classes and announced via email. It is your student’s responsibility to pick up and bring home fundraising catalogs, paperwork, etc. Our most profitable fundraisers are offered in the fall to help with marching band fees.
We don’t set minimums for individual fundraisers (for instance, “each student must sell 12 cheesecakes to meet their quota”), but we will let you decide how much you’ll sell for each fundraiser. Some fundraisers work better than others for families. Some students are “natural born salesmen” and have neighborhood resources that lend themselves to selling. Other students don’t and would rather pay outright than to go door-to-door selling products.
Volunteer To Reduce Band Fees
Parents and guardians can earn a $50 credit towards their student’s fundraising account with 30 hours of volunteering at JHS Band activities. Credits will be issued to the student’s fundraising account upon completion of all 30 volunteer hours. Partial credit is not available.
Some co-curricular activities qualify for an additional $50 credit with an additional 30 hours of volunteering.
For more information about this program, see our Volunteer Opportunities page.
Keep Track Of Your Fundraising Account
As a member of JHS Band, you are responsible for keeping track of what you owe and staying current with fee payments. Deadlines are announced in band paperwork, on the band calendar, and in emails. Fundraising account statements are emailed monthly, but account information is available on Charms Office Assistant in the Finances folder. Instructions for accessing Charms are available on the sidebar of the web site. We encourage you to check your account often.
It is important to fund raise in advance of payment deadlines. Portions of the band fees will be due throughout the year. Fund raise early to meet billing deadlines so that you don’t have a balance due. Students with an outstanding balance on their account may be added to the school’s obligation list, which could prevent the student from participating in school events, such as Prom.
Fundraising accounts do ROLL OVER through the end of a student’s senior year. Taking advantage of fundraisers throughout the year is a great way to get ahead for next year’s band fees!
If you have any questions about band fees or your fundraising account balance, contact Band Parent Organization Student Accounts Treasurer Rosalie Jablonski at RLJablonski@gmail.com.