Our band parent's role is a "major key" element in the Dobie Band community.
It is necessary not only in order for the program to thrive, but is essential to its survival. High school band is a time-intensive, co-curricular activity that requires much coordination of scheduling on behalf of both the student and the parent as there are many rehearsals, performances, contests, and other events that take place outside school hours and on weekends. It takes a significant amount of effort from parents to get their student from Point A to Point B and also to help ensure they have everything they need for rehearsals and performances.
The old adage, "It takes a village to raise a child," certainly applies, for the amount of effort required to field a marching band of 250+ students would not be possible without the volunteer support of our band parents.
The directors are here to help you in any way that we can!
In any activity that serves literally hundreds on students and parents, communication is key. We frequently have a great deal of information that needs to be received by parents and students, and we realize that information given directly to students does not necessarily make it home to the parents. To help narrow the communication gap, and save a few trees along the way, we tend to rely more on electronic means of communication rather than sending copies with students (which often only make it as far as the back of their band locker...).
Here are the ways that you can stay connected:
E-Mail - We frequently send out emails through our Charms system. If you are not receiving these, please email Mr. Erickson and let him know. Please include your name, your student's name, and your preferred email address. Note: The Charms system has some difficulty with Yahoo email accounts. If you use Yahoo as your primary email account, we suggest opening a secondary account with a different service (Google's gmail, for example) and have it automatically forward to your primary account.
Remind - (formerly Remind 101) We have several different Remind groups that we utilize to communicate directly with the students. The Dobie Longhorn Band Remind Group is for all students and parents and is a very convenient way to receive announcements texted directly to your mobile phone. Please see below for more information on how to join the Dobie Longhorn Band Remind Group.
Take A Picture - Instead of handing out photocopies that get left behind on music stands or smashed up in the back of a band locker, we will post announcements such as itineraries throughout the band hall and request that students take a picture of it AND send it to their parents! Use your cell phone and snap a photo of these things that get posted!
Social Media - The button at the bottom of the page will take you the official JFD Band Facebook Page, maintained by the Dobie Band Parents Organization.There you will find general information about various events. There is also a Twitter page maintained by some of our student leaders.