Marching Band

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Friday, July 29 at 5:00 at BHS.

We’ll be grilling hot dogs and eating outside, so bring chairs or blankets.  Everyone is invited!

Please sign up and let us know what you can bring to share!

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Important Dates, Class Schedule, and Fees

July 25-29* Marching Band Camp 8am-4pm

*Marching Band Camp (July 25-29) is the most important time we have together. It’s when we refine our
marching band technique, improve our musical skills, and begin learning our halftime show (which we
take to competitions). Students that can’t make camp will be too far behind to catch up.
Dates for Marching Band Camp were first released in January at Choice-In Night and again at
Freshmen Orientation in February. Students that cannot attend Marching Band Camp cannot be in
Marching Band. Email with questions/concerns –
Marching Band is a co-curricular class, meaning, we meet not just during our 1st period class time, but
also outside of school as an activity. In addition to our normal class periods, marching band has
required attendance at-
● Friday night football games, and any parades
● Monday night practices, 6pm-8:00pm
● Wednesday night practices, 6pm-8:00pm
● Saturday morning practices, 8am-Noon
○ There is no Saturday practice on Labor Day weekend (Sept 3)
All of these attendance-required events are entered as grades in the gradebook.
Students MUST be enrolled in the Marching Band Class/have it on their official school schedule.
PE Credit
Our School District grants ½ a PE credit for participation in Marching Band (so 2 years of Marching
Band = 1 PE credit). By default, all students will receive this PE credit instead of an arts credit, as most
students will take Concert Band in the Spring and get their art credit then.


Fees and Shoes

This year the fee is $200 for returning members, $160 for new members (this is to help ease the purchase of new marching shoes for each student which are $40 each).
What does the fee cover? What is my money used for?
SO MUCH! Fees pay for: competition registration fees, food at competitions, sheet music, copyright permissions, student show shirts, transportation, equipment truck rentals, color guard flags and costumes, instrument repair, instrument purchases, and clinicians. Truthfully, the Music Boosters
heavily sponsor the Marching Band as $200/student doesn’t cover all of our expenses.

Fees are paid to the Spartan Music Boosters, Inc. and are due in full on Friday, September 2nd.
● We request that the first $100 is paid by the first day of Band Camp (July 25)
● Music Booster student account money CAN be used to cover the fee, just email our bookkeeper to let her know this is what you want to do-
○ Every fundraiser we do we split the profit between the music program and student accounts. Participating in fundraisers really does directly help your student!
Need assistance with the Marching Band Fee? Please contact me:
Money should NOT be the reason to not participate in Marching Band!

How do I order shoes?
EASY! Just fill out the marching band registration form and let us know your shoe size. The Music Boosters will order Marching Band shoes on your behalf and will hold them until we receive the $40 payment.
I was in Marching Band last year, do I need new shoes?
If they still fit and look good, then you’re good to go! No need to order new shoes!
Aren’t they just black shoes?!
Nope! Marching Band shoes are actually specially designed for the activity; they have specially designed slanted heels to make it easier to march and play at the same time, and are designed to give extra traction on grass and artificial turf.
Can I buy them on my own?
Sure! Go to and find the Black SUPER Drill Master shoes.
● Do this ASAP! Sometimes shipping can be slow.
● Please stick to this brand and design of shoe, so we all match.
○ Just because something is on Amazon doesn’t mean it’s worth buying. =)
Need financial assistance to purchase shoes?
Email me! Money should not be the reason to not do Marching Band.
What else do I need for Marching Band?
● Always wear good athletic shoes. NO SANDALS. EVER!
● A water bottle, preferably 40 oz. or bigger, and insulated.
● Sunblock!
● Hat and sunglasses
● A lyre for your instrument (this holds your music for football games) AND flip folder to hold your music
○ You can buy these at any local music store or Amazon

Or type:
Or scan:
Please feel free to email me with any questions!
Sean Hedding, MM
Director of Vocal and Instrumental Music

*A full fall schedule with Football games will be provided at the beginning of the Fall Semester.

Aug 3 Marching Rehearsal 6pm-8:30pm
Aug 8 Marching Rehearsal 6pm-8:30pm
Aug 10 Marching Rehearsal 6pm-8:30pm
Aug 15 Marching Rehearsal (First Day of School 9th grade) 6pm-8:30pm
Aug 16 First Day of School (all grades)
Aug 17 First reg. Wed. Night Rehearsal 6pm-8pm
Oct 1 Legend Marching Festival All Day
Oct 17 CBA Regionals All Day
Oct 31* State Championships* All Day
*If we qualify
Dec. 10th Berthoud Winter Parade Evening, time TBD


Marching Band HELP!!!

Hello Marching Band Families!

As promised at Band Camp, we are going ALL-IN on our marching band season and the time has come for me to ask for YOUR help finishing putting our competitive show together.


Being honest, chaperones lighten the load for me and also gives the students someone to ask for help besides me. When you’re available to help students with their hair, provide band-aids, etc etc, it allows me to focus on getting the band to sound and look as good as possible. Chaperones also get free admission to the competitions and football games!

Before our first football game, I answered/solved 52 questions/problems from 6-6:30…and yes, I kept count. Only one or two of them actually needed a music degree. =)

Interested in chaperoning at football games or a competition? Email me at so we can begin the volunteering screening process as required by TSD.

Pit Parent”

These are parent helpers that help us move equipment onto the field for our performances during halftime and at competitions. This year we have a bit of stuff to move onto the field and could really use 5-6 parents at each performance to help the students get onto and off the field. The more parent help we have the less the kids have to do, and the more they can focus on their performance.

Email me if interested!

Truck Driver(s)

Our marching band has very quickly outgrown our equipment trailer. So we’re looking for a volunteer or two to drive a rental equipment truck to and from our competitions on October 2nd, and October 20th.

This is an all-day job, and also includes picking up and dropping off the truck from the rental facility.

As someone with a visual disability, I simply cannot be the truck driver due to the late nights some of our competitions have.

If you’re interested in being a truck driver, please email me!

Thanks for all your support so far!

Sean Hedding, MM

Director of Vocal and Instrumental Music

Berthoud HS


Uniform Care Instructions

  • The uniform can be machine washed, but the following precautions must be followed:
    • NEVER use a bleach-based detergent or any bleach product.  The detergent must be “non-chlorine” based.  Tide Pods are the manufacturer’s suggested detergent.
  • DO NOT use liquid fabric softener.
  • Machine wash on GENTLE.
  • Machine dry on LOW heat only!!
  • Wash the uniform by itself.  DON’T mix it with other laundry.
  • Wash the jacket and pants SEPARATELY.  This preserves the coloring on the jacket.
  • REMOVE the pieces that are detachable – these pieces must be hand washed and air dried if dirty
    • Sash
    • Reflective chest piece
  • Wrist Gauntlets can be machine washed and dried on the same settings
    • DO NOT wash with the jacket
    • Make sure all velcro is attached to other velcro
    • Loose velcro latches can rip the jackets!
  • Ironing is strongly discouraged as it can melt the fabric in the pants and jacket
    • However, we do desire a crease in the pants.  If you need to iron do so on the absolute lowest heat setting.
    • Do not iron over any snaps on the wrists/pants (built-in adjustable hem)