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Marching Band


It’s that exciting time of the year when we begin our 2018-2019 marching season. In order to put the show on the field we need to know our marching member numbers. Please note that marching band requires an extra commitment, and it is a time consuming endeavor. 100 % attendance at all Cuthbertson Marching Band rehearsals, sectionals, and performances is mandatory and is vital to the success of our program. It is very important that your child attend all related activities: attend every day of band camp, every practice, every football game, every competition, and all parades. If we have a vacant spot, it really shows on the field. With all that being said, we also believe that this is one of the greatest and one of the most rewarding experiences your child will have during their school tenure – certainly the one with the most fun!


MB-2018_TENTATIVE_FALL_SCHEDULE        *All dates are subject to the Union County BOE 2018/19 school calendar


Greetings Mighty Marching Cavalier Band Members and Parents; welcome to the 2018 CHS Marching season!   This is the 10th year anniversary of the Cuthbertson Schools and we have an exciting season planned! Getting a head start during the weeks before camp is a great way to ensure maximum success and will help avoid playing catch up when camp begins.


Summer Schedule


Percussion and Guard Camp – August 6-10    All Guard, Battery and Front Ensemble    8:00am-5:00pm

Kick off Party! – August 12   4:00-7:00 @ CHS. Bring forms and last minute payments and catch up with friends (drop by anytime between 4pm-7pm).  There will be hot dogs, chips and drinks, spirit wear will be passed out, and we will show videos!  We will also be collecting any paperwork, fees, and setting up Charms information.  We will need supplies and some parent helpers for this day.


Band Camp  – Camp dates are 100% mandatory for all participating members

August 13-16  M-Th   All Students          7:00am-11:00am and 4:00pm-8:00pm

August 17th F              All Students            7:00am-1:00pm, GAME –   HOME Porter Ridge    5:30pm


Week #1

8/20  Practice – ALL STUDENTS    3:30-8:30

8/21  Practice – ALL STUDENTS    3:30-8:30

8/22  Practice – ALL STUDENTS    3:30-8:30

8/23  Practice – ALL STUDENTS    3:30-8:30

8/24  GAME – HOME JM Robinson    6:00pm


Band Camp!

  • Eat a large, good breakfast!! (no milk)
  • Wear comfortable rehearsal clothes, weather appropriate.
  • Shoes – We prefer veterans to wear their black marching shoes. New marchers should wear tennis shoes with a flexible bottom.  Absolutely NO sandals, flip flops, or high tops for marching.
  • Bring (and wear) sunscreen, a water bottle with LOTS of water, healthy snacks, instrument, music, lyre, flip folder, and a positive attitude.
  • You will get to go home for lunch (and a shower/nap) daily!


Definitely start spending some time outdoors to get acclimated to outside weather!  You need to be outside at least an hour a day the week before band camp.  Any student who still has not picked up their marching instrument needs to contact Mr. Ebert ASAP at to arrange a pickup time.


Afternoon Rehearsals during school, times TBA

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays – times TBA based on facilities

Fridays – We play at home games and away games within county

Saturdays – We will have competitions and/or practices on many of the Saturdays in September and October. We ask that all students keep these dates open until we have exact competition dates scheduled. There will be off weekends scheduled during the season.



  1. Visit the Marching Band page on the band website. Review the Marching Band Handbook and the Tentative Marching Band Fall schedule.
  2. Print and fill out the Marching Band Handbook Acknowledgement form. Bring this with you on your first day at camp.
  3. Play your instrument!
    1. Make sure it works! J Oil and grease slides, break in some new reeds.
    2. Start with breathing and long tones. Play through some scales.
    3. Work on the show music, working to make your part as awesome as possible. Don’t worry about the memorization.  If you can – that’s great!  If not, we will play it SO much that you will have it by memory in no time.
  4. Begin training on August 1st to maximize your awesomeness this season!
  5. Officer Candidates – make sure and stay in contact with your sections via phone or electronics. Make sure that you have spoken to everyone in your section and that they have their music and are pumped up for the season!   Also, if you are free during Guard and Percussion camp week, we will hold some leadership training sessions, more toward the end of the week.


Training- begin this August 1st

  1. On your instrument– work breathing, fundamental sound, marching volume (loud!) and begin perfecting the show music J. Show up to camp with your instrument oiled and greased.
  2. Percussion – make sure and practice your fundamentals and sticking. Let Mr. Ebert know if you do not have access to the music.
  3. Let’s get in awesome shape for an awesome season. Do 20 push-ups daily and if you have a big instrument, hold it in playing position at attention for 15 minutes at a time.  Add 30 uppies per day and work daily on a 3 minute plank.
  4. Also, refresh your marching fundamentals. Goal – marching and playing!! Practice position of attention (pulled up from waist and shoulders down and back), forward march (upper body high), backwards march (straight leg), and mark time (heel only comes off the ground a little).  Do this for 15 minutes a session.  Stretch your slide muscles with the slow twist then do slides– make sure your shoulders are at 90 degrees (use a mirror to check).



  1. Parents if you haven’t already setup your Student’s Charms Account please contact Jason Stewart at
  2. Parent Volunteers needed for Band Camp, if interested sign up in Charms. We need helpers for all days. ­­­­
  3. Pit Crew work sessions will start up soon and we would love to have your help!


Our season officially begins with our first home football game on Friday August 17th.  This is a competitive year for  the  Mighty  Marching  Cavaliers  and  we  need  100%  attendance  at  rehearsals  and  performances.  Please,  please,  PLEASE  do  not  schedule  doctor  appointments,  family  vacations,  or  other  conflicts  during  scheduled  times.


To  our  parents,  I  want  to  thank  you  specifically  for  supporting  this  wonderful  activity  for  your  child.    I  know  that  it  takes  extra  time  to  bring  your  children  to  rehearsals,  make  sure  they  transport  their  instrument  back  and  forth  and  to  be  a  cheerleader  at  home  Thank  you  so  much  for  all  of  the  extra  things  you  do  to  help  your  child  and  our  school.  If  you  have  any  questions  or  concerns,  please  don’t  hesitate  to  contact  us;  the  quickest  way  being  through  email.  Also,  please  be  sure  to  follow  us  on  Twitter  and  visit  our  website at to  receive  updates  of  important  information.


2018-19 Marching Band Documents

2018-19 MB Student information form



2018 Student Sponsorship Letter


MARCHING_BAND_HANDBOOK_2018– return 2018 marching band handbook form

2018 Cuth Band&Guard Uniform Order Form