Band camp is a necessary and very important part of the season - if not THE most important. This is where the students come and learn marching technique and their drill. They learn to work as a team and have a lot of fun doing it. Keep your eyes on the calendar for the dates and times.
Competitions are where the band really gets to show their best on the field. Most competitions are held here in the valley but occasionally we will travel out of the area or out of state. Competitions begin the last weekend in September and run through the end of October or first of November. Competitions take up the majority of the day. Watch the calendar for exact dates, times and locations.
Practice is how long?
Practice is a necessary evil for the band to polish and perfect their show. It is usually held 2-3 times a week in the evening. Practices are at a set time. Occasionally there will be an extra Saturday practice if Mr. Krall deems it necessary. Practices are open the public and will give you a great appreciation for how much time and effort go into a successful show.
Do you feed my kid?
During band camp the boosters occasionally feed the band members, depending on the schedule. If there is an evening practice during band camp they will be fed. We do not feed the band during the regular season practices. There is usually enough time for them to go home and eat before returning to the school. On competition days, they are usually fed a snack and a meal (or two).
Fair Share Payment?
The Fair Share Payment helps make the marching season happen! It is a modest amount that helps the program off-set the cost of uniform maintenance, shoes, gloves, accessory staff, props, etc. Please see this page for more information.
It's just a game right?
Games and performances are mandatory. They give the band precious opportunities to work out the kinks in their show. In short, it's the best practice for their competitions as they are generally in full uniform. They perform the national anthem, play pep music during the game and perform at half-time. They also usually perform a stand-still encore performance after the game.
There are several ways that the band and the boosters get information out to parents. We use Facebook and TeamSnap as our two primary methods. Mr. Krall also keeps the calendar up to day and keeps upcoming events on the board in his room.
Do I have to fund raise?
This is our least favorite word but necessary in many instances. We hold several routine fundraisers throughout the year - The Kuna Marching Invitational in October, our textile drive in January or February and a big event in the early spring. We occasionally will offer students individual fundraisers, which are 100% optional. The fundraisers give the band members the opportunity to earn money for their own personal "band account". The money they bank can be used for band related expenses like offsetting their fair share payment, instrument purchase or repair and can be saves for band trips.
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Can I volunteer?
Parent help is not only welcome, it's greatly needed! There are many ways to help. We always need help with uniforms, help building props, help moving equipment, help feeding the kids.... The list is truly endless! Check it out! We also use Signup Genius when we need help for specific events and/or items. These needs are communicated via TeamSnap.
What's the uniform?
The Kuna Gold Uniform is something you should help your band member take pride in. There will be a uniform fitting where students will be shown how to properly care for and store their uniforms. The uniform moms assign each band member a number to keep things organized. Uniforms remain at the school when not in use. The uniform consists of their current show shirt, a pair of bibbers (pants), a jacket, a shako (hat), plume, black marching shoes (provided) and solid black socks that are mid-calf or higher. Black socks are MANDATORY and our uniform moms check! The band needs to have a consistent look for scoring reasons.
Can I order a shirt too?
YES! We love to support our kids! Watch the FB page and TeamSnap for ordering information at the beginning of the season!
Who are the Boosters?
The Kuna Gold Parent & Community Organization is a non-profit 501(c)(3) registered organization that supports the KHS music program. We are band parents and former band parents with the passion to help a great group of kids succeed. We assist Mr. Krall and work under his direction.
What about trips?
Band trips are different from competitions. They are educational and recreational in nature and usually happen every other year.