MARCHING BAND FEES AND FAIR SHARE OBLIGATIONS
Fair Share Assessment
Since the marching band receives NO FUNDING from WCPSS, it is necessary to assess a “fair share obligation” for participating in the marching band. In order to cover the cost of band camp, instruments, extra staffing, music, charting, equipment, charter transportation, and other service needs, each student is assessed the following:
- a non-refundable registration fee of $100
- a financial commitment of $975 ($775 for color guard) * Please Note that this may be less if we do not go away to band camp
- a service commitment of working 5 paid fundraising shifts per family (equal to approximately $175, or approximately $35 per shift).
Here’s the good news: fulfilling each service commitment not only meets the service commitment obligation but also earns money that goes directly toward the student’s band account; i.e., by fulfilling the service commitment, families will reduce their financial commitment to $800 or less. Families can continue to earn money toward their financial commitment by working at fundraising venues and participating in our sales-based fundraisers to partially or fully offset the entire amount. Families may also “pay” the entire financial commitment and service commitment out-of-pocket.
The service commitment is easy to fulfill provided the student and family are willing to participate in the Deweys Holiday Store, PNC Arena, or State Fair Parking fundraisers. Working a combination of 5 shifts at any of these venues will fulfill your required service commitment AND earn money toward your financial commitment.
The fair-share assessment covers all program costs including band camp, transportation to performance venues, uniform/instrument/equipment loan, instruction, music, and choreography. Every attempt is made to limit additional expenses.
We are requesting that the financial assessment be paid using the payment schedule below. Of course, any money earned through any fundraising event in addition to the 5 paid service commitments will lower these amounts.
Students/families owing a balance on their band account from the previous year must pay the balance in full by June 1st in order to enroll for the upcoming year. Families with demonstrated financial need may apply for financial aid in meeting their unpaid balance.
Marching Band Payment Schedule
$100 due with Registration Form
$500 due prior to band camp
$125 due September 1 ($75 for color guard)
$125 due October 1 ($75 for color guard)
$125 due November 1 ($75 for color guard)
$100 due December 1 ($50 for color guard)
NOTE: All students are required to purchase their marching shoes at an approximate cost of $45.
Financial assistance is available through the booster organization for students who demonstrate need. No student should be discouraged to join due to financial obligation; we will assist every family willing to contribute their “fair share”. Financial aid information and forms are available on the Forms page of the website or by contact Dr. Markoch, any Co-Treasurer or any Co-President.
Financial assistance will be available for all who demonstrate need for marching band. Financial aid is available in a variety of forms. We recognize that Marching Band can put a financial strain on families. We want everyone who wants to participate to be able. We are willing to work with families to provide alternative payment options and financial assistance so that everyone can be part of it. So that we understand financial needs and can assist all families who need it, communications is essential. All financial communications are completely confidential between the family in need, the treasurers, and presidents.
Families with two or More Children in Marching Band
Families with more than one student in the marching band program will receive a discount.
- Registration Fee: $100 for the first student; $80 each additional student.
- Fair Share: $975 for the first student; 20% less for each additional child. If one child plays a wind/percussion instrument and another child is a member of the color guard, the 20% discount will be taken from the guard assessment.
The band boosters accept a variety of payment forms. Click here for details.