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2019 Cuthbertson High School “Mighty Marching Cavaliers” Marching Band!


We are starting up our 11th season and are looking forward to providing high energy entertainment to our local football halftime’s and competitions we will travel to this fall.  Marching band is a wonderfully social activity that promotes a student’s advancement in their playing ability as well as a fun and energetic way to stay fit during the first half of the school year.  But just in case you need another reason… are 10 MOREJ


#10 Marching band graces the resume of many who’s whos.

Gwen Stefani , Alanis Morissette, Halle Berry, and Tina Fey all played flute in high school marching band. Clarinetists include Jimmy Kimmel, Julia Roberts, Sara Evans, Steven Spielberg and Gloria Estefan. Saxophone was the high school instrument of choice for Norah Jones, Jennifer Garner and Lionel RichieSteven Tyler, Samuel L. Jackson and Ke$ha played trumpet, while Nelly Furtado chose trombone. And we doubt it’s merely coincidence that so many successful individuals played in marching band because…

#9 Marching band requires discipline and dedication.

Rehearsals in the elements can really build character. To work strenuous hours through tough conditions instills a mental fortitude and positive work ethic that will serve you throughout your life.

#8 Marching bands are the best ‘teams’ around.

Teamwork is a necessity when you’re part of a marching band, no one gets left behind. When you work hard together, each contribute your important part, and trust each other marching forwards, backwards and every-which-way, there’s a camaraderie unlike any other. Plus, you automatically have a whole bunch of friends to share the experience with.

#7 Marching band may just make you smarter.

The neurological benefits of playing music are well documented.  Marching band adds a physical element to this that creates positive benefits for the body as well as the mind.

#6 Marching band provides automatic exercise.

No need to hit the gym from August through October. You’ll be marching, playing, and for the guard – spinning your way to a healthier you!!

#5 Marching band is a course in time management.

Balancing school, homework and practice can be quite the challenge. But again, this is a skill that you’ll appreciate more and more as you get older. As the saying goes “early is on time, on-time is late.”

#4 Marching band teaches you to grow from adversity.

You can’t win every competition or knock-em-dead at every show. So, you take critical feedback, be it from judges or your director, and use it as fuel to make yourself better next time around.

#3 Marching band directors are awesome people to know.

This may come as a shock, but most marching band directors aren’t in it for the money. The men and women who take on the task are some of the most dedicated educators around, and their love of music and learning is infectious. It’s no small feat to take 50 to 150 diverse students and turn them into a well-oiled marching machine (and make sure they sound good doing it).

#2 Marching bands make you a better all-around musician.

After playing in 100-degree heat while marching in formation, sitting in concert band, zipping through Maslanka or Grainger seems like a walk in the park.

#1 Marching band camp for life!

The hours are long, the weather dicey, the tan lines wicked… but there’s no other way you’d want to spend your summer. Plus, you’ve already made a whole bunch of friends to start the school year with.

In a nutshell – Marching band is a “Way of Life”.  There is no way to describe the feeling you will get after performing your show that you have worked so hard on and hearing the roar of the audience applaud your efforts.  That rush is something only a chosen few get to enjoy and guess what…..YOUR time has come.


Below are some important tidbits of information to get you started on your marching journey.


Firstly and most important is to understand that we need 100% attendance for all the dates.  We cannot perform if you are not there (nobody is there to fill in your hole) so please do not schedule doctor appointments, family vacations, or other conflicts during rehearsals or performances.


All students are required to read and follow the rules listed in the marching band guide, which is posted on the website.  Failure to do so will result in removal from the band program and could affect the overall success of the group.


Also parents marching band is not just for your band student.  Without parents to help in the pit crew the band will not get very far.  We are always looking for volunteers to join our awesome pit crew and uniform crew so please speak to one of the directors or a booster executive member about how YOU can help your child and the entire band this coming season.

This is going to be a season of awesomeness!  We look forward to seeing you there!



Marching Mondays for ALL students– 3:30-5:30 – 4/8, 5/13, 5/20

This includes wind players, percussion, and guard


Leadership Tuesdays – 3:15-4:00 – 4/2, 4/16, 5/7

(This is for anyone that wants to be a band officer or who thinks they can help the band)

On these dates student officers will have officer and leadership training


Drumline and Colorguard Audition dates – TBA

Dates will be announced once staff and facilities have been secured.


Summer dates – Band camp is mandatory for all students participating with the marching band

August 12-16   M-F                  Band Camp Week 1 – 7:00am-11:00pm, 3:30pm-9:00pm

August 19-23   M-F                  Band Camp Week 2 – 3:30pm-9:00pm


Weekly rehearsals -Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning 8/27 for all marching band students.  Times will be announced once facility schedules are released.


Every date listed is extremely valuable as we only have a select amount of field time to prepare and rehearse our show.  Please make sure that your child is present and ready to work at every rehearsal we have.  Performances are the goals that we achieve after our practice sessions.  These are the most important part of what we do in the band program so please make sure that your attendance is 100% at EVERY scheduled performance.  We cannot be successful if we march a hole and as we always say…..There is NO bench in the band.  Each student marcher is a first-string player in our ensemble.  Imagine being the most important person on the team – well that’s EVERYONE!!!




Marching Band Fees include: Competitions, Show T-shirt, Instructor costs, Show music and drill, Supplies, Registration and adjudication fees, Props, Uniform cleaning, Transportation to events, and other costs incurred for the show.

 Shoes are not included, new marchers will need to purchase a pair for $40


All Payment Options will be available in the Charms website starting March 4th.  Once you have entered the Charms website, you must go to the online store to make your selection. Please keep in mind that all fees must be paid in full by May 30th.  Any students that have not paid in full by May 30th will not receive a drill assignment. ALL fees will be nonrefundable after May 30, 2019.


Please use the following Chart to help understand the payment options that you have for 2019 Marching Band Season. You will find that we will be using the Charms online store for more items this year, please make sure to familiarize yourself with this process.  You can access Charms from the band website



$30- Charms online store purchase

3 equal monthly payments of $115 (listed in fixed payment ledger)

Available until March 30.



$165- Charms online store purchase

3 equal monthly payments of $70 (listed in the fixed payment ledger)

Available until March 30.



$225- Charms online store purchase.

3 equal payments of $50 (listed in fixed payment ledger)

Available until April 30.


Option 4- Complete Commitment- DO NOT PURCHASE MORE THAN ONE OPTION

$375- Charms online store purchase

No other payments needed

Available until May 30.


We want to especially thank all parents that volunteer in fundraisers, their commitment is helping to make the opportunities that our students get to participate in more affordable. The pit crew and Marching Moms also have a tremendous impact on the success of our program.


For questions please contact Mr. Todd Ebert at: