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News and reminders for Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Marching Band and Concert Band


Summer Band Packet 2017

The Summer Band Packet will be available shortly.


Between May 31st (after the parade) and June 13th:
1. Machine wash and line dry your raincoat. Turn it inside out for washing and drying. Empty out the pockets - that is typically how we can tell if it has been washed and it should smell clean! Remember that it takes up to three days for the raincoat to completely dry. DO NOT DRY CLEAN. 

2. Take your band jacket and pants to get dry cleaned (recommend Colonial Dry cleaners due to negotiated price of $8.75 or so). 
  • Remember to remove gold cords and black neck liner for dry cleaning. 
  • Neck liner can be hand or machine washed and line dried. 
  • Do not wash gold cords.

The instructions for cleaning of the uniforms are available for review on the website.

PLEASE NOTE: IF WE HAVE TO DRY CLEAN - IT WILL BE $20 PAYABLE BY CHECK, STUDENT ACCOUNT or CASH. To avoid this charge, deliver your uniform early to the Dry Cleaners - to meet deadline of June 14th.  

On collection day (either June 14th or June 15th):
3. Bring your jacket (with gold cords and black neck liner) and pants in the dry cleaner's bag with receipt to the closet. Bring your fully dry and CLEAN raincoat as well. 
4. You get to keep your garment bag, shoes, gloves, dirty tee shirts and socks. Put them somewhere safe for the summer months!

5. Color Guard - please also return rain coat (follow washing instructions) together with Guard uniform if not already returned. 

If you cannot make one of the times above, it is your responsibility to contact the Starla Hazen ( to make other arrangements.

Band Uniform - Care Instructions and Other Information

Announcements from the ABFOM Uniform Committee
What an amazing season we had! Now, after this weekend's great performances, it's time to put away your band uniform until April. Here's what you need to do:

1. Get your uniform dry cleaned NOW, not in April. You've sweated, you've knelt in mud, you've sat on not-so-clean bleachers, you've drunk hot chocolate. Do not let stains, dirt, and odors set in - get that uniform clean before you stash it away. (See instructions for dry cleaning at the end of this email.)

2. Clean out your garment bag. Take out all the gloves, t-shirts, socks, etc. Wash and dry them before returning them to your bag.

A little attention now will keep your uniform looking like new!


Everyone, please label your shoes if you haven't done so.


Tuxedo Shirts for Concert Band

Mr. Hickey will be distributing tuxedo shirts to those of you who ordered one during band camp but have not received it yet.


Reminders for dry cleaning:

  • Remove the gold cords before dropping off the jacket at the cleaners. Replace them once you get the jacket back.
  • Remove the black neck guard (snapped in the inside of the neck band) before dropping of the jacket at the cleaners. The guard is safe for dry cleaning, but can come loose during cleaning. Some have been lost this way. We recommend removing the guard and machine washing it, cold, gentle cycle and hanging to dry. Hand washing is fine too.
  • Check the buttons after you pick up the uniform. If you are missing any, please contact Mrs. Teverovsky as soon as possible.
  • Colonial Valet on 2A in Acton (next to the Donelan's and Learning Express) offers a special rate for dry cleaning AB band uniforms, and frankly does the best job. If you are using a different dry cleaner, point out any stains to them at the drop-off.

If you have any questions, please email.

Michelle Christensen, Terri Carotenuto, and Jill Shaya

Band Uniform; Important Information you need to know!

  • Bring in your garment bags by Friday - no uniform goes home without one.
  • Friday is Picture Day - bring in band shoes, black socks, and white t-shirts. Long hair needs to be tied back.
  • For all those upperclassmen that are checking if their shoes and tuxedo shirts still fit, the last day to place a shoe or tuxedo shirt order is Thursday. There will be a Uniform person available Wednesday and Thursday during lunch and dinner breaks to take the orders. Checks should be made out to ABFOM.

For all new band members and parents, the FAQ document below gives all the information you need to be ready for Picture Day and beyond. New shoes should arrive next week, and will be distributed before the Labor Day parade - listen for announcements.

AB Marching Colonials
UNIFORMS: What You Need to Know
FAQ for New Band Members

Q: What do I do for Picture Day?
A: Friday, the last day of band camp, is Picture Day. When you come in at 9 AM on Friday, come wearing the right kind of shorts, a white t-shirt, and long black socks. If you have long hair, you will need to have it pulled back in a ponytail with a black or brown hair tie. Bring clothes to change into after pictures.
You will pick up your garment bag in the uniform fitting room, and your hat in the corridor outside the band room. Change into your uniform and head up to the field with your instrument and wearing your regular street shoes.
At the field, an ABFOM volunteer will put a plume on your hat. DO NOT TOUCH THE PLUME! If your street shoes are not black, take them off for pictures. After pictures, your plume will be collected by an ABFOM volunteer before you leave the field. Again, do not touch the plume. Let the volunteer remove the plume from your hat.
Afterward, take off your uniform and hang it nicely in your garment bag. You can store your garment bag on the rack for the rest of the day. But remember, YOUR GARMENT BAG GOES HOME WITH YOU AT THE END OF BAND CAMP.
Put your hat back in its box (check the name on the box to make sure it's yours) and put the box in the Uniform Closet.
If you are not sure what to do, follow the lead of an upperclassman - they know the drill. (This is good advice in general.)

Q: What happens with my hat?
A: Your hat never goes home with you. Before each band event, the Drum Majors and other band members set the hat boxes out in the corridor for you pick up. Leave your empty box on the bus for away events and in the band room for home events. (Pit percussion does not wear hats at football games. You do not need to pick yours up for games.)
ABFOM volunteers will put plumes on your hats prior to the event, and will collect them afterward. At football games, the plumes are collected right after the half-time show, before snacks. Remember, no feathers, no food.
While you have your hat, take care of it. If you take it off, set it down right side up, never upside down. Make sure it is in a clean and dry spot. Keep the plume clean - do not let it touch the ground or brush against anything. And again, don't touch the plume.
Once you return to the school, put the hat into its box and take the box to the Uniform Closet. Do not leave it in the band room for Mr. Hickey to find.

Q: Do I always need to bring my raincoat?
A: Yes. When you report for a band event, bring your garment bag with jacket, pants, and raincoat. Sousaphones, bring your beret. Everyone, bring your shoes and gloves, and wear the right kind of shorts, long black socks, and a white t-shirt. Long hair needs to be tied back with a black or brown hair tie.

Q: I forgot/lost/misplaced my gloves/shoes/white t-shirt/black socks. What do I do?
A: Everyone has a bad day once in a while. If you forget something, come see us in the Uniform Closet before the event. We have loaners of just about anything you may need. But do try not to make a habit of it - we keep track.
Also, we always have new gloves for sale - most people like to wear new pairs for MICCA.

Q: My uniform is getting tight/short. What do I do?
A: Come visit us in the Uniform Closet before the next event, and we'll do our best to fit you better.

Q: Oops, I spilled my hot chocolate on my uniform. Now what?
A: It needs to be cleaned, of course. Jackets and pants are dry clean only. (Take the gold cords and neck guard off the jacket before cleaning.) Show the stain to the dry cleaners - they can make sure it gets out. Raincoats are machine wash, line dry. Detailed information on cleaning can be found at, and you can always email anyone on the Uniform Committee with questions - we're happy to help.
In general, you should get your uniform dry cleaned a few times a season, and definitely before MICCA Finals.




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