MARCHING BAND & JV PERCUSSION
Note: If your uniform needs to be altered, this needs to be completed by Wednesday, September 24, 2014
See "Uniform - Alterations" below for details
Uniforms - Assigning and Returning
The uniform issued to you has been purchased through the combined efforts of the Arcadia Unified School District and the Arcadia Music Club. This uniform is expected to last ten years. so treat it with care. For the next several years, many other students will be using the same uniform.
You will also be assigned a garment bag for storing your uniform. Attached to the bag will be a tag with your name, student ID number, jacket number and pants number.
After the Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser in January, you will return your jacket, pants, garment bag, hat and hat box to the Uniform Directors and the five items will be inspected.
JV Percussion returns their uniforms after the Arcadia Festival of Bands (AFOB).
Your grades will be withheld if you do not return these items.
Uniforms - Proper Fit
Pants - Put your marching shoes on and stand in playing position. The bottom of the pant leg should be 3 inches above the floor.
Jacket - Zip and snap your jacket closed. While standing in playing position, the end of the sleeves should touch the wrist bone.
Uniforms - Alterations
After the uniform is assigned, the jacket sleeves and/or pant hem may need to be altered. The Uniform Coordinators will tell you what needs to be fixed when you try on your uniform at school (See "Proper Fit" in the section above). It is your responsibility to have your uniform altered by the date announced (Wednesday, September 23, 2015).
You have two options for alterations:
DO NOT CUT ANY PART OF THE PANTS OR JACKET!!!
The hems must be sewn securely. DO NOT tape or staple any of the hems.
Uniforms - Care and Storage
Your uniform should be stored in its red bag at all times when it is not being worn. The only items that go in the uniform bag are the pants and the jacket. Please hang the pants and jacket neatly on a hanger, not balled up at the bottom of the bag! Since leaving your shoes in the garment bag after a performance may cause them to grow mold, find another place to store them!
Wear your uniform properly:
The garment bags will be placed on the trailer for transporting uniforms to parades and field shows. Each student will be assigned a specific spot in the trailer for their jacket, which corresponds to the jacket number. When using the trailer, enter from the rear doors and exit from the side doors.
THERE IS NO EATING AND YOU MAY DRINK ONLY WATER WHEN IN UNIFORM
To Hang Up the Uniform
Fold the pants along the crease as you would hang good dress pants. Hang them on the round wood bar attached to the hanger and then lock the bar in place to secure the pants for transport. The jacket goes on the hanger with the front of the jacket on the concave part of the hanger.
After wearing, put the uniform in the garment bag with the zipper half way up. This allows sweaty uniforms to air out. The bags are not indestructible and must be handled with care. Garment bags are for uniforms ONLY; no shoes or other heavy items are allowed in the bags. While the uniform is being worn, garment bags should be HUNG UP on the racks and not left on the floor.
Uniforms - Cleaning
The uniforms will be collected several times during the marching season to be dry cleaned. A portion of the amount you paid at your uniform fitting day pays for these dry cleanings. The Uniform Coordinators will collect the jackets and pants either after a home football game (in the Music Room) or after a field show (at the trailer). Please cooperate in an orderly manner. There are hundreds of uniforms to collect each time!
Clean out your pockets - it is your responsibility to remove personal possessions before you turn in your uniform
If you notice that any part of your uniform needs repairs or that your hat has become dirty, you should go to the Uniform Coordinators for help. Try to take care of any problems well in advance of a performance.
Uniforms - Replacement
If you lose a part of your uniform or damage it beyond reasonable means, you will be charged the necessary replacement costs (estimated costs - actual cost may be higher):
Plumes are very fragile and will be handled ONLY by Band Parents. Students may not remove their own plumes nor touch them. Plumes are the last part of the uniform put on the student. Likewise, the plume is the first thing removed before instruments are put away or uniforms removed.
Hats and Hat Boxes
Each marching band member is fitted with a hat that they will use for the season. You are also given a red and white plastic box for storing your hat. The box will have a label with your name, student ID number and hat number.
It is each student's responsibility to take care of the hat; keep it clean and keep it stored properly in the hat box. Bring your hat stored in its box to every performance, unless the Band Directors tell you otherwise.
You will receive a white plastic bag that you'll put inside the hat when you wear it at football games. When you are in the football stands put the hat in the plastic bag to protect it.
If your hat becomes soiled or damaged, please ask one of the Uniform Coordinators for help and instructions.
Do not put any food in your hat box. It is not a lunch box!
Shoes - Care and Cleaning
Your marching shoes are made of leather but have a polyurethane coating for weather protection. With the proper care, your shoes should last several years (unless your feet grow). Clean your shoes and shoelaces before every performance. They will be inspected by your section leader.
How to clean your shoes:
All shoes look alike: label the inside of EACH shoe with your name!
Clean your gloves before every performance. You can clean them in the washing machine with a load of white clothing (along with your shoelaces).
FLUTES, OBOES AND CLARINETS: The Uniform Coordinator has gloves that are cut at the knuckle for purchase
Gloves may be purchased from a Uniform Coordinator before each competition or football game - look for us at the trailer.