FAQ

Band Boosters

You are invited and always welcome to attend our monthly meetings. During meetings, we discuss upcoming band events, fundraisers and any other news that parents may want to know (and may not hear from their student!). We know that there is a misconception that the Band Boosters only talk about fundraisers, but there is so much more!  We celebrate our band’s accomplishments, discuss upcoming needs for volunteers, and special events and activities parents may want to attend.  We also give away prizes—you may be the lucky winner, but you have to attend to win!!!

Band Boosters meet the first Thursday of every month in the band room (Room # 168).  Meetings last about one hour or less.

President Becky Miratsky
Vice President Tricia Kehn
TreasurerMelanie Peterson
SecretaryMiki Valenta
CommunicationsSonya Brakeman

The Band Boosters are the parents and loved-ones who support their band students and the band program. The Boosters are dedicated to supporting our students, the directors, and the band program in creating, producing, and performing the best possible marching and concert program. We are actively involved in fundraisers to help raise funds for the band department (for instruments, transportation, half-time show development activities, etc.) and assisting students to raise funds for their individual accounts (for uniforms, band trips, etc.).  We also chaperone students on band trips, competitions, and football games held away from East.  We manage and administer the band budget and coordinate all communications between the band faculty, students, and parents.

If you qualify for Fee Waiver (free or reduced lunch) for the 2017-2018 school year, you will be responsible at your own expense for the purchase of the dri-fit polo and black shorts (if needed) by way of the online order form.  Please uncheck the gloves, white shirt and shoes boxes on the online form, so you are not charged for these items when you check out.

The gloves, white shirt, and shoes will be ordered by way of the printable paper form and mailed to East Band Boosters to 1000 S. 70th St., Lincoln, NE 68510 noting that a fee waiver application has been submitted. In order to have these items covered by the fee waiver, all associated paperwork must be submitted by the deadline.

To avoid late orders and a possible increase in fees, it is best to order at this time; however, we can still take orders at a later date. Final deadlines will be communicated through e-mail announcements. To order later, just print the order form.

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Uncheck the default $100 contribution (Blue and White Sponsor level), and check the “Additional Contribution” box and select the amount that you are paying now. To complete your payment at a later date, a check can be mailed to East Band Boosters to 1000 S. 70th St., Lincoln, NE 68510. Be sure to put “band contribution” in the memo portion of your check and . If Funds are available in your Student Account, you can apply funds towards your contribution.

  • Send your email request to eastbandexecutiveboard@gmail.com with Treasurer Request in the SUBJECT LINE.  Please include an itemized list of deductions (Parent contributions, band apparel, buttons, and/or decals) from your student’s account AND include your Student’s Name, Grade, Current Phone Number, and if Email or Phone is best to respond to.  Our treasurer will process your request as quickly as possible.

Marching Band & Drum line:

  • Dri-fit polo, white t-shirt, black shorts, gloves, and shoes are required. Shoes will be sized during band camp and ALL marching band apparel ordered will be billed and paid through LPS Synergy.

Percussion:

  • Dri-fit polo, white t-shirt, black shorts, gloves (does not need gloves), and shoes are required.  Shoes will be sized during band camp and ALL marching band apparel ordered will be billed and paid through LPS Synergy.

Color Guard:

  • Only required to order black shorts and Dri-fit polo. These items are considered marching band apparel and will be billed and paid through LPS Synergy.

Send an email to eastbandexecutiveboard@gmail.com with your question or comment and in the SUBJECT LINE type Band Forms.  Please include  your Student’s Name, Grade, Current Phone Number, and if Email or Phone is best to respond to.  One of our East Band Booster board members will  respond as quickly as we can.

Band Camp

Everyone is welcome to marching band practice, however, the best time to watch the band is on Friday, August 4th at 8:00 p.m. at Seacrest Field.  The band will hold an exhibition performance as a sneak peek to this year’s half-time show! Prior to the Exhibition performance, the boosters are hosting a tailgate experience at 6:30 pm in the South parking lot.

Another great way to watch the band practice is to volunteer during band camp.  We need one parent per session on July 27th and 28th and July 31st through August 4th (see the Band Camp schedule for shift times) in case of injury, heat illness, etc.  You are welcome to bring a lawn chair and a book and hang out with the band. You don’t have to have a medical background to help.  We just need someone around in case help is needed.  To sign up, please visit the band website at www.goband.org/boosters/sign-up-sheets.

Every year, especially between band camp and the beginning of school, upperclassmen (often band leadership/officers) will invite fellow band members from their sections to special events (bowling, pool parties, bonfire parties, etc.) at the homes of the leaders offering the invitations or at a particular venue in Lincoln.  These gatherings are used to get to know other members in the section and to have fun.  These activities are social activities and are NOT sanctioned or sponsored by Lincoln East. Our band leaders have been very responsible in the past and take safety precautions while transporting fellow students and hosting these events. If you, as the parent, are not comfortable with your student attending these events (including riding to and from the event with upperclassmen), please feel free to say no.  These events are strictly social in nature and participation is not mandatory.  If you ever have questions about these gatherings, please feel free to contact the Band Booster Executive Board.

Students will have a two-hour break for dinner (from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.).  Students can bring dinner, go home or go out for dinner with friends.

Students will have a one-hour break for lunch (from noon until 1:00).  Students can bring lunch, go home or go out for lunch. This year, we are excited to announce that the Winter Color Guard is holding a fundraiser and will provide food vendors during the lunch hour on August 1st, 2nd and 3rd so students are welcome and encouraged to stay and eat lunch at school during those days.  Students should bring money to band camp if they want to purchase food from the food vendors.

You will want to wear what is comfortable for you in all kinds of weather (shorts t-shirt, etc.).  Light colored clothing and a hat will help keep you cool. You need to wear comfortable tennis shoes and socks during rehearsals.  Sandals and flip-flops are not allowed!!

  1. Your instrument and any additional accessories (slide/valve/rotary oil, reeds, sticks, mutes, mouthpieces, lyres, etc.).  Color guard members need to bring their flags and flag bags.
  2. Music
  3. Sunscreen!!!!!!!!!
  4. Bug spray
  5. Water bottle/thermos (at least 2 quarts in volume) and WATER, WATER and more WATER!!!!
  6. Snacks
  7. A positive attitude and a strong work ethic

You should arrive at least 15 minutes early and be ready to practice at 9:00 a.m. Remember—if you show up early, you are on time; if you show up on time, you are late!   Tardiness is not acceptable!

Band camp attendance is not mandatory BUT is AN EXPECTATION.  The success of the Marching Band is dependent upon the dedication, attendance, and appropriate behavior of all members of the group.  Absences and tardiness from rehearsals have a significant effect on the band’s ability to move ahead.  Students who are absent from Band Camp should consult with Mr. Thorpe prior to their absence such that alternative arrangements can be made.

Positive Public Perception – Pursuing excellence by every measure!

July 24: 9 a.m.-Noon and 1:00-4:00 p.m.

  • Leadership Day

July 25-27: 9 a.m.-Noon and 1:00-4:00 p.m.

  • Upperclassmen Percussion Mini Camp

July 27: 9 a.m.-Noon and 1:00-4:00 p.m.

  • Rookies and Leadership

July 28: 9 a.m.-Noon and 1:00-4:00 p.m.

  • Full Band / (Freshmen will attend from 9:00-Noon only)

July 31-August 3: 9 a.m.-Noon, 1:00-4:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

  • Full Band / (Freshmen will attend from 9:00-Noon only)

August 4: 9:00 a.m.-Noon

  • Full Band
  • 6:30 p.m.
    • Band Tailgate Party @ South Parking Lot (Bring lawn chairs)
  • 8:00 p.m.
    • Full Band-Exhibition Performance at Seacrest Field

Band camp will take place at Lincoln East, usually on the practice field, just south of the main entrance of the school.  There will also be opportunities to practice at Seacrest Field, just east of the school and the south parking lot.  Band camp will take place rain or shine.  Mr. Thorpe will communicate with students if rehearsals will take place somewhere other than the south practice field.

Band camp is a lot of hard, hot work but it is so much FUN!  It is an opportunity for all new and returning band students to get to know each other while learning this year’s upcoming marching band show.  Students practice the music, drill (marching) and choreography that are the basis of their field show.  Students will also practice with the entire band to rehearse the entire show.   Students will also develop valuable skills during band camp including memorization, multi-taking skills, discipline and teamwork, while developing physical stamina and life-long friendships.

Band News & Announcements

You may submit your question(s) to the Band Boosters by visiting the band website at www.goband.org and clicking on the “Contact Us” tab.

You may join the mailing list by visiting the band website at www.goband.org and clicking on the “Contact Us” tab.  You are encouraged to join the mailing list before band camp starts so you receive the latest band information as it becomes available.

Students are parents are invited and encouraged to visit the Band website at www.goband.org. The website includes an activities calendar, announcements, forms, information about fundraisers are much more.  Mr. Thorpe, Mr. Kinney and Ms. Wissink will also make announcements to the students, especially when there are schedule and/or location changes.

The Band Boosters will also send out weekly emails with important news and information for the upcoming week.  We not only provide updates about Band Booster activities like meetings, fundraisers, get-togethers, and band support functions but the email list is the primary way the band faculty gets information to our families.

Marching Band

Home football games usually take place on Thursday or Friday nights at 7:00 or 8:00 p.m. at Seacrest Field—but there can be exceptions.  Rehearsal is typically scheduled 30-60 minutes before the gameFootball games typically last two (2) hours. The marching band will perform during half time.  Once the game is over, students will return to the band room and remove their uniforms. The students are then free to leave once their uniforms are turned in.  Please refer to the Band Handbook for the football and competition schedule.  A copy of the Band Handbook can be found at: http://goband.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/2017-handbook.doc-Google-Docs.pdf)

The schedule for marching band is set before band camp starts in July.  The Performance Schedule, including football games and competitions, can be found in the Band Handbook.  A copy of the Band Handbook can be found at: http://goband.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/2017-handbook.doc-Google-Docs.pdf)

There are no chair positions per in marching band, however, the marching band leadership consists of rank leaders, section leaders, the drum majors. The leaders will help their instrument groups, their sections, and the entire band to learn the music,  steps, routines and positions on the field during performances.

You will be fitted for your uniform during the first week in August.  You will not be allowed to take your uniforms home. They must remain at school.

Marching band takes place during the first quarter and meets before school every day!

  • For Sophmores thru Seniors. Class STARTS at 7:30 a.m. (7:15 on Wednesdays), plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early (to gather equipment, change shoes, etc.) so that you are ready to rehearse when class begins.  DO NOT BE LATE!  Students who are consistently late may lose their performance privileges and will be subject to the school’s tardy policies.

  • Freshman marching band meets 2nd period (8:55 a.m.-9:45 a.m.). DO NOT BE LATE!  Students who are consistently late may lose their performance privileges and will be subject to the school’s tardy policies.

  • For Color Guard members, sectional rehearsals will begin the second week of school and will be held from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays on the practice field.  When fall football begins, sectionals will be held next to the tennis courts.

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