Volunteers Wanted

Join the MHSBPA!  Are you looking for a way to stay involved in your child’s life without cramping their style?  Join the McLean High School Band Parents Association (MHSBPA)!  There are many opportunities to become an active participant in the award winning McLean High School Band program.  Through your involvement, you provide vital support to a great organization while enriching the band experience for your child.  The more you give, the more they get!  And even though your kids won’t admit it, they like having you around.


What can I do?  The band parents are involved in all aspects of the band program.  We conduct the fundraising efforts to purchase and repair equipment, pay registration costs for events and competitions, produce award winning half-time shows and provide weekly sectional instruction from specialists on the various band instruments.  Parents organize the travel for Marching Band competitions, Jazz Band events, and the Concert Band spring trip.  For many years, we have hosted the All District Band Festival at McLean High School.  We organize and chaperone the summer marching activities where the Marching Band and Color Guard learn to strut their half-time stuff.  We work with various media to provide publicity in the community for the bands and all of their great achievements.

 

MHSBPA is always looking for a few good men/women to lend a helping hand toward our many projects and events.  Please browse the following to find the best match for your special talents.  You can find the contact person for each area here.

Executive Board

The MHSBPA holds five executive board positions:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer


Alumni Liaison

For the sake of continuity and historical perspective, a graduated member of the board serves on the current band board each year.


Band Banquet

Our band students are recognized for many honors and awards.  At the end of the year, the band director celebrates their many achievements with trophies and plaques at a banquet.  Parents are needed to organize the event and order the awards for presentation at the awards banquet.


Concert Programs

Concert programs are printed for each band performance.  Parents are needed to design and print the concert programs from an established format.


Concessions

MHS band sponsors the Vienna Band Camp each summer where students in the district can attend a four-week camp to develop proficiency on their instruments.  As a fundraiser, the band parents run a concession stand during the 30-minute break time each day.  Parents are needed to manage the sales and purchase the items for resale. We also run a concession stand during All-District Band.


District Band

For the past few years, McLean HS has hosted the All District Band auditions.  Parents are needed to help with registration, building set-up, refreshments for volunteers, and tabulation.


Equipment

During marching band season, the instruments and equipment used in the percussion “pit” needs to be moved on and off the football field.  It is also trucked to competition sites.  Many parents are needed for each event to move the equipment on and off the field very quickly.


Fruit Sale

The fruit sale is another band fundraiser held in the late fall.  Fruit is preordered by the community and picked up at the school.  Parents are needed to contact band parents and community members to place their orders.  They are also needed to work the tables on distribution day in December.


Color Guard Liaison

Our color guard program is an integral part of the marching band performances.  They also have their own award winning winter schedule without the band.  Members come from the school community and are not necessarily band students.  A parent serves as a representative for the guard to the band board.


Hospitality

Hospitality provides breakfast for parents and students on Tag Day in the fall and Raffle Day in the spring, refreshments for the judges’ room for All District auditions in January and dinner for the spring band banquet.  The hospitality committee also organizes a pot-luck dinner for the parents and students before the preview show of the marching band performance at the beginning of the school year and provides water for all bus trips.


Jazz Liaison

Our Jazz Band is made up of students from both concert and symphonic bands.  They have their own concert and rehearsal schedule under the direction of Scott Weinhold.  A parent serves as a representative for the jazz ensemble to the band board.


Publicity

The MHS Band is a source of pride in the McLean Community.  It is important to publicize our special events and achievements to the public in order to maintain the great support it has given to our program through the years.  A parent is needed to work with the local papers and school media to advertise the great work of our students.


Raffle

Our spring fundraiser is a raffle. Students sell tickets to neighbors, friends, family members, in the community door to door, and at shopping centers. Many parents are needed to drive small groups of students to sell tickets in the neighborhoods. The raffle drawing is held at the spring Pyramid Concert in May.


Scrip

Grocery scrip cards are sold at face value to band parents and interested community members for use at Safeway and Giant food stores. The band receives a 4-5% profit for every $100 card sold. The whole band will benefit as the profits help allay expenses for band trips.


Spirit Wear

“MHS Band” baseball caps, t-shirts and sweatshirts are worn by students, friends and family during football games, marching competitions and fundraising events to show support for our band program. Orders are placed in the spring and distributed at the beginning of the year.


Summer Marching Program

The summer marching program is a three week event where our marching band and color guard learn the music and the drill formation for their award-winning half time performances.  Parents are needed to chaperone, organize social activities and provide assistance to the instructors.  This is a wonderful bonding experience for all.


Tag Day

This is our biggest fundraising event, held on a Saturday in September.  Students dress in their marching band uniforms, perform in small ensembles at local shopping centers and ask for donations to the band.  They are also driven to neighborhoods going door to door for contributions.  This has been a tradition in the community for many years and is well received.  Many parents are needed to chaperone at the shopping centers, drive students to the neighborhoods and work in the “counting room.”


Trips & Chaperones

Travel arrangements need to be made when the band goes on the road for competitions.  They attend several local and regional competitions.  Parents are needed to book the commercial travel arrangements, collect and record the student forms and payments and coordinate chaperones.


Uniforms

Marching Band and concert uniforms are the property of the band.  Parents are needed to fit and assign uniforms to the students and maintain rental records and payments.  The occasional repair and cleaning is also part of the job.


Website Manager

A parent is needed to maintain our website by updating information provided by the band director and other board members throughout the year.