Yorkville Bands

Marching Foxes Commitment

2020 Marching Foxes Commitment Form – Staff/Parent/Student Expectations

Due: Friday, May 15, 2020


During the 2020-21 school year, students will have the opportunity to participate in the Yorkville High School Marching Foxes.  The Marching Foxes exist as a volunteer marching band, meaning only students who wish to participate do so.  Every band student at YHS will be registered for a curricular concert ensemble which will meet during the day. Students who are in the Marching Foxes will attend rehearsals and performances that meet outside of the school day.  You can think of a volunteer marching band like a fall sport.  Just like football players, poms, cheerleaders, and cross-country members go out for a fall sport, band members who elect to would be eligible to participate in our volunteer marching band.


In order to maintain a successful marching band program, it is essential for every participating student, teacher, and parent to commit to the activity. This document outlines the basic expectations for each of these “players” in our marching band family. Please read this document carefully before signing below.


Students who commit to the 2020 Marching Foxes will be making a full-season commitment through October.  Without a firm commitment from each student, it would be impossible for us to design an effective show with proper drill, staging, and music.  Losing members partway through the season or over the summer will have a dramatic visual impact on every show thereafter.


Rehearsal Dates & Times

  • Band Camp:

    • August 4, 2020 - Newbie Day (8:00 am – 12:00 pm)

    • August 5-7, 2020 (8:00 am – 5:00 pm)

    • August 8 (workday & uniform fitting 9:00 am – 1:00 pm)

    • August 10-11 (8:00 am – 5:00 pm)

  • Daily After-School Rehearsal Beginning: Tuesday, August 18 (3:00 – 5:00 pm)

    • Daily rehearsal schedule includes every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (except game days) from 3:00 – 5:00 pm


Student Expectations 

  • The student will attend all rehearsals and performances.*

  • The student will work outside of rehearsal to prepare and memorize their music and drill.

  • The student will attend a weekly 30-minute student-led sectional. 

  • The student will come to every marching band event with a positive attitude, ready to work as part of a team. 

  • The student will work hard to maintain good grades in all classes.

  • The student will not drop out of marching band after signing this commitment form

*Absences must be excused 48 hours in advance. The directors understand that emergencies happen. In case of emergency, a note within 24 hours after the emergency is over will suffice. 


Parent/Guardian Expectations

  • Parents will assist in facilitating their students arriving at rehearsals and performances on time.

  • Parents will help attempt to keep their child’s schedule free of conflict from all rehearsals and performances.

  • Parents will help encourage their children to practice and memorize their music.


Staff Expectations

  • The staff will communicate pertinent information to students and parents in a timely manner.

  • The staff will arrive at every rehearsal well prepared and ready to be very productive.

  • The staff will provide clear and achievable expectations for the students.

  • The staff will work hard to make sure each student gets the help they need to be successful.  

  • The staff will devote many hours outside of rehearsal to instructional preparation, drill /music/color guard writing, student leader coordination, and administrative work.


Mr. Anderson & Mr. Vriezen

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