Marching Band Uniform Care



Note: If your uniform needs to be altered, this needs to be completed by Saturday, September 22, 2018

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.

Use care when putting on and taking off uniforms because they can rip the snaps and buttons off.

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, 2 pair paints, one red, one black, garment bag, hat and hat box to the Uniform Directors and the six 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.

Snap to adjust to the right length, Press in place

Jacket - Zip and snap your jacket closed. While standing in playing position, the end of the sleeves should touch the wrist bone.

Snap to adjust to the right length, Press in place


Your uniform hems will be pressed at uniform fitting and when they come back from the cleaners. If you need to press any part of your uniform You Must put a pressing cloth between the iron and the uniform. The uniforms are polyester and will scorch!"

Uniforms - Alterations

After you have snapped up your jacket sleeves and/or pant hems and they still don't fit, they 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.

You have two options for alterations:

1. Someone in your family who sews may alter it;


2. You can take it to one of the following approved locations where payment for alterations is your responsibility. At the bottom of this page there is a printable handout with alteration information. If you have difficulty printing it and are signed into gmail, please log out of your gmail account to print the handout):

Quick Clean Center - 1035 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia (626) 446-9664 (2 blks north of Duarte Rd.)

M-F 7am to 7pm, Sat 8am to 4pm

Le Frans Cleaners - 115 S. First Ave., Arcadia (626) 574-0123 (2 blks south of Huntington Dr.)

M-Sat 7:30am to 6:30pm


The hems must be snapped securely and pressed.

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 is never allowed, purchase a string backpack, put your name on it and put your 2 pairs of shoes and socks in it.

Wear your uniform properly:

  • Wear a pair of thin shorts under your uniform;

  • Wear your band t-shirt under your uniform;

  • Plain white and black crew length socks with no color on the heel (Absolutely no short socks);

  • Your pants suspenders should be on your shoulders. Snapped hems.

  • Your jacket should be on, zipped and snapped. When putting on your uniform, be careful not to unsnap your arms or pant hems.

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.


To Hang Up the Uniform

Fold the pants along the crease as you would hang good dress pants. Hang them on the silver part of the hanger and then lock in the bar to secure the RED pants for transport. The jacket goes on the hanger with the front of the jacket on the concave part of the hanger, buttoned and snapped so it stays on the hanger. Black pants are folded the same as red except they are hung on a non-slip hanger.

Garment Bags

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. It causes the hangers to break. 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 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 - personal possessions left in pockets are your responsibility!

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 before 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):

  • Jacket - $250.00

  • Pants - $150.00

  • Garment Bag - $25.00

  • Field Hat - $50.00

  • Field Hat Box - $15.00

  • Plume - $20.00

  • Shoes - $35.00

  • Gloves - $5.00


Plumes are very fragile and will be handled ONLY by Band uniform volunteers with gloves. 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. When storing your empty box under the bus, please do not throw them under the bus, stack neatly at each performance site.

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:

  • White Shoes: Clean off the dirt using a wet paper towel and some soap. You can use a cleaner such as Windex or 409 to try to get rid of any spots (Magic Erasers work well, too).

  • If there is a spot on the shoes that won't come off you may need to use a small amount of shoe polish on it. Please do this at home to allow ample time for the shoe polish to dry before wearing the shoes with your uniform. We DO NOT want shoe polish to rub off onto the uniform.

  • Clean the bottoms of your shoes as well. This may require the use of a soft brush since the bottoms get quite dirty (you can use an old toothbrush).

  • Wash your shoelaces by taking them out of the shoes and either hold them while washing your hands with soap and water or put them in the washing machine with a load of white clothing.

  • Black Shoes: (field show) Clean off the dirt using a wet paper towel and some soap.

Marching Band shoes are to be worn ONLY for performances. Please bring other shoes to wear during stretching and to walk around. It is easier to clean them right after a performance than to wait until just before the next performance. Do not store your shoes in the garment bag!!

Purchase a string backpack, put your name on it, and both shoes and both pairs of socks in it.

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.


  • Always look your best when in uniform!

  • No jewelry (ALL earrings must come out - no bandaid covered earrings allowed. This is not the time to get your ears pierced!)

  • No nail polish

  • Boys should be clean shaven

  • No temporary color on your hair during marching season (such as pink, purple, green, etc.) It can bleed onto the white band of your hat or onto your uniform and ruin them.

  • Long hair (boys or girls) needs to be pulled up and under your hat for performances. Use bobby pins and hair spray for loose hair. A headband can also work well for holding hair back.

  • Please take care of your hair at home before coming to school. There will be parents to help with the final touches on your hair but getting it up and out of your face is your responsibility

  • No sunglasses

More Information

Uniforms - Alterations

Marching Band Essentials


Uniform Essentials