I would like to welcome you and your child to the 2017-18 edition of the Oakleaf High School Band program. While the current school year is drawing to a close, I expect the following year to be filled with new beginnings, excitement and enthusiasm that stem from the tremendous amounts of success the band has experienced in years past. The first step in being a part of the band is attending our spring marching rehearsals. This year we will be engaging with our prospective 9th graders prior to the end of school, to have some momentum going into summer vacation. You can visit the marching band page to find out more about the Golden Regiment.
Please plan to join us on Tuesday, March 7th for an informational meeting in the OHS Cafeteria. We will be sharing with you an incredible travel experience that our students will have next year. We believe this is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will be extremely memorable.
Registration for ALL students will be held on Saturday, July 22nd. We are working fervently to have free physicals available with more Doctors, Practitioners and PA's than last year. Every student MUST have a physical on file in order to participate in band camp and during the fall.
Free physicals will only be available from 8 AM - 12 PM. Any sports physical will be accepted, if you wish to get one done ahead of time. Please note: in order to accommodate the heavy flow of students, sophomores and freshman will only be able to register in their appropriate time slots (after the physical time frame).
Saturday, July 22nd
8 AM – 10 AM Seniors
10 AM – 12 PM Juniors
1 PM – 3 PM Sophomores
3 PM – 5 PM Freshman
Below you will find the program fees for your student. Per OHS school rule, personal checks are not accepted. Currently, we accept cash, money orders or cashier's check. Please be prepared to pay this amount at registration; payment plans will not be offered moving forward into 2017-18. Also, financial assistance may be available; we use the same formula the district uses for free and reduced lunch.
Annual Program Fees
Woodwinds & Brass - $250
Percussion - $350
Colorguard - $350
Winterguard - TBA
Marching Shoes (generally one time purchase): $35 (Band) / $35 (Guard)
Instrument Rental (baritone, tuba, french horn, mellophone, piccolo, oboe, bassoon, string bass): $50/year
Ladies Concert Dresses (one time purchase): $65
Gentlemen Concert Black: Black slacks, White-button down-long sleeve dress shirt, black belt, black socks – price varies
Unfortunately and for a variety of reasons, we have no school board funding for the operation of the band program. We are very lucky in that they have provided a beautiful facility and ample equipment. The fees are a way to pay for the necessary materials and expenses that our program incurs. If we could subsidize the entire program with outside (perhaps corporate) contributions, we would have little to no fees. In the meantime, we do our best to raise money from the outside to keep our fees low.
To provide a snapshot of how we spend our funds, in a typical single school year alone, the band spent nearly $800 per student. This purchased sheet music (one (1) piece of Symphonic Band music costs, on average, $100), furthered instruction, copyright permissions, ensemble entry fees (competitions, solo/ensemble, etc.), and the biggie: transportation. As the program grows, so will the amount that we need to spend per student.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to pay the entire amount at registration?
In short, yes. The high school band program is completely self-sufficient, so the fees collected go to support the program in its entirety.
Do I have to be in marching band to be in band?
Yes. This is the only way to keep consistency throughout the program. Plus marching band is the perhaps, one of the most exciting elements of being a part of a high school band program. Extenuating circumstances will be dealt with on an individual basis.
Does the Oakleaf Band take any trips?
We are always traveling around the state of Florida to Tallahassee, Orlando, Tampa and everywhere in between. We are currently working on the next "big trip" of the 2017-18 school year.
Do I have to audition to be in the band?
Everyone is automatically a part of the marching band and in the program at large. However, there are various ensembles that students will audition for. We typically have 2-3 concert bands that are seated by auditions. Other ensembles that we offer are jazz band(s), chamber groups, colorguard\winterguard and various percussion ensembles. All of which are auditioned.
Do the students have to be enrolled in a band class in order to participate?
Yes, and this is also a requirement from our state organizations to participate in those events. Band members will be enrolled in a “Band” class (Freshmen, Band I; Soph., Band II, etc.); Guard members in Dance Techniques (I-IV); There is also an Honors Component for the Band Members (Juniors, Band V; and Seniors, Band VI). Honors enrollment requires auditions for All-County Honor Band, All-State Band, and the performance of a grade V solo or higher at District Solo/Ensemble MPA. See Mr. Hall for enrollment information.
Can I be a part of other clubs/organizations at OHS while in band?
YES. You can do Chorus, Drama, Academic Team, BETA club, National Honor Society and other clubs and activities while you are in band. If you are a cheerleader, on the dance team or student-athlete who participates in fall sports, please see Mr. Hall regarding marching band participation. I encourage you to take advantage of all the great musical and academic opportunities at Oakleaf High School.
Yes. Additional fees may arise depending on the student’s participation in other band related activities. These would include: All-State Band, All-County Band, Solo & Ensemble (district and state) and band banquet. The former activities are NOT required, though students choose to participate at their own discretion.