Within the Dobie Band community, parent support is a key element!!!
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 incredible volunteer support of our band parents!
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. We will be adding the students' PISD email addresses to their Charms profile to ensure that they, too, are receiving information sent by email. Please remind your student to check their PISD email regularly!
BAND App - New for 2020, we are excited to be using the BAND app as a convenient way to get messages to students and parents directly on their smartphone in a Facebook-style format! We do require the students to join the Dobie Longhorn Band group on BAND, and strongly encourage all parents to join as well! Please see details below.
Remind - Because Remind has placed strict limitations on group size for their free accounts, it is no longer suitable to use for the entire band program. However, we may still use Remind occasionally for specific student groups and classes, and sometimes also specific parent groups when we travel.
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 with their cell phone AND send it to their parents!
When signing up for BAND, please use your FIRST and LAST name - no nicknames, please! Parents, please also tell us who you belong to:
ex. Dobie Parent (John's mom)
Join the Dobie Longhorn Band Group at BAND:
Join BAND using your computer:
Click the following link: https://band.us/n/a0ac3d07c598r
Join BAND using your phone:
Download the BAND app
Search for “Dobie Longhorn Band” and request to join!
OR…scan the QR code below: