• Purchase 2 pairs of the style gloves you need and 2 pairs of black socks that you keep in your garment bag all the time. You will have back-to-back performances and parades.
• If your gloves or socks are in your dirty laundry at home, you will be scrambling if you don’t realize it until you’re getting on the bus. Don’t get caught without your black shoes and socks. Wear them to the school.
• Keep your band shoes clean to prevent getting mud on your band pants. If you do get them muddy, wait until the mud dries to brush it off.
• There will be brushes and black polish available in the uniform closet before parades, games and competitions.
• The gloves shrink. Use bleach occasionally to keep white.
• Most importantly, get into the habit of keeping ALL parts of your uniform in your garment bag.
For your personal comfort:
Students wear lightweight silky shorts to band camp so that they may be fitted for their uniforms with minimal exposure. Students also wear silky/slippery shorts (even over silky/slippery underwear) throughout the performance calendar so that they may change on the buses and be more comfortable coming back from a performance. Please note: NO LONG PANTS, PAJAMA BOTTOMS or JEANS are to be worn under the uniform. During cold weather events, black leggings or black running tights are a good choice to wear under the band pants.
White UnderArmour or similar shirts can be worn under the uniform during cold weather games, but NOTHING with a collar! Remember, to wear white under your jacket. White glove liners can also be worn in cold weather.
Care and Feeding of Uniforms
The jacket, and bib-pants need dry-cleaning from time to time. We receive a special price from Colonial Valet. In the fall of 2016 the rate is approximately $8.25 for both pieces. Ask for this year’s rate.
Dry Cleaning Instructions:
1. Remove the black neck liner and the shoulder cords (gold, gold and blue, and/or white citation cords) from the jacket. Put the cords and the liner back in your garment bag!
2. Take the jacket and the pants to the dry cleaners. Make sure that you know when to pick them up so they are ready before the next marching event!
3. Once you pick up the cleaned jacket and pants, put the neck liner and cords back on. If by chance any buttons are missing after cleaning, contact a member of the uniform committee, and they will do any needed repairs.
4. If your shoulder straps of the pants are no longer secured with safety pins, re-pin before next performance.
1. Raincoats are washed in a washing machine, NOT sent to the dry cleaners. Once washed, hang the raincoat on a hanger to dry. Do not put in dryer. The raincoat may take up to three days to dry, so plan ahead.
Beret – Sousaphone players only
1. The beret can be hand washed in cold water and a mild soap like Woolite. Press the beret between two towels to remove extra water after rinsing. Do not wring or twist. While the beret is still damp, shape into a flat disk. Dry flat.
If we are marching in the rain or mud, you need to let your uniform dry and then have it cleaned.
Please do not feed your uniform melted chocolate, bubble gum, hot chocolate at the football games or any other gooey stuff like creosote from leaning against phone poles or asphalt from sitting on parking lots.
Please do not leave dirty, wet gloves or food in your hat box.
If you have an accident with food or other stuff, if part of your uniform self-destructs or you discover that a button fell off during a parade, please a member of the Uniform Committee know. We’ll be glad to help you with the repairs.
Band Uniforms – What, When, How
Welcome to the ABRHS Band! We’re glad to have you with us this year!!
You will be loaned a complete band uniform (estimated replacement cost = $540.00) for your use this year in your marching band appearances. You are responsible for taking care of it during the year and returning it at the end of the school year.
At August Band Camp, you will be fitted and assigned a band jacket with 2 gold bands and a neck liner, a pair of bib-pants, a rain coat and a hat (or a beret for Sousaphone players). You are responsible for keeping these pieces protected in the provided garment bag, cleaning as necessary, and reporting any damaged or missing pieces during the school year.
Any uniform questions, please contact the Uniform Committee (contact information on the Who’s Who page).
Official Band Uniform
• Jacket – blue wool formal jacket
• Gold bands — two bands worn on the Jacket
• Neck liner – black neck liner that snaps on Jacket
• Pants – black bib-pants
• Hat or Beret:
• Black hat – hat box stored in band closet. NO FOOD IN BOX.
• Beret — blue wool beret (DO NOT DRY-CLEAN)
• Raincoat — keep stored in your garment bag
You and your parents sign an AGREEMENT accepting responsibility for your uniform.
We do understand that accidents can happen and will make allowances, but ultimately you are responsible for lost, stolen or negligently damaged pieces of your uniform. You will be responsible for the replacement cost of the garment item, mending, cleaning or other repair costs if your negligence caused the damage. You will return your assigned uniform at the end of the year.
You both must sign this agreement.
You are responsible for bringing your complete uniform, in its garment bag, to all performances.
Records will be kept regarding uniform loans.
The following items will be available for purchase during band camp and throughout the year as supplies last:
1. GARMENT BAG — You MUST keep your uniform in the garment bag provided.
2. BAND SHOES — We will order shoes for you.
3. WHITE GLOVES — We will order gloves for you.
4. BLACK SOCKS — 2 pairs (student provides).
5. WHITE T-SHIRT — student provides.
6. WHITE TUXEDO SHIRT — We will order for you — used for Concert Band.
Policy and Procedures
You have been assigned an ABRHS band uniform. The uniforms are loaned to you in excellent condition. If there are any issues or damages they will be noted when the assignment is made.
• You are responsible for maintaining your uniform throughout the school year, keeping it clean and safe in a garment bag unless you are wearing it.
• You are responsible for remembering all pieces of the uniform required for an event.
• At the end of the school year, you MUST return your assigned uniform pieces in excellent condition, in a Dry Cleaners bag with a slip dated after last performance. Students are responsible for damages above normal wear.
• Uniforms not returned by the due date, will be considered lost and the full replacement cost will be assessed to the student until the uniform is returned or paid for.
Hat = $55, Jacket = $200, Gold Bands = $35, Neck Liner = $7.00, Pants = $160, Beret = $7, Raincoat = $85