Below are the answers to several questions that are often asked.
- How do I contact the band directors or the parent band booster organization officers?
- What is the role of the Highland Band Booster organization?
- Where do I find information about the marching band uniforms?
- How does my student pay deposits, trip fees, etc.?
- How do I find out how much money is in my student's account?
- What is the Arizona tax credit?
- How do I turn in a tax credit?
- How should students prepare for band camp?
- How can parents volunteer to help?
Contact information for the directors is on the Band Directors page. Contact information for the band boosters is on the Band Boosters Contact page.
The HHS Band Boosters' role is to support the high school faculty as they provide musical educational opportunities for students enrolled in HHS instrumental music programs. The HHS Band Boosters are a nonprofit organization; funds are generated through fundraising, tax credits, student trip and participation fees, etc. to support the programs. The HHS Band Boosters provide support as directed by the Band Director and his staff; they are not a decision making organization in matters concerning the Highland Band Program.
Information about the marching band uniforms is on the Uniforms page.
During the school year, student deposits are put in the band box in the band room. As you enter the band room, the band box is a slot in the wall on your left past Mr. Bennett's and Mr. Bitter's offices. (If you get to Mr. Nelson's office, you have gone too far.) Envelopes are in the holder by the slot; put money in the envelope and complete the information on the envelope. Checks should be made out to HHS Band Boosters; the student ID number should be on the check as well as the envelope.
Contact the band booster treasurer to give you a detailed print out of deposits and withdrawals for your student's account.
For most taxpayers, the State of Arizona permits them to donate up to $400 to the band and to receive a $400 credit on their taxes next spring; this brochure explains the details of eligibility. The tax credit can be used to contribute money to any student's account. Any Arizona resident can contribute a tax credit to support a student, so that a single student may be supported by multiple tax credits. The tax credit is not refundable. There are some restrictions on how the tax credit money can be used. You need not pay the whole $400 at once; you can pay in several increments up to a total of $400.
Complete the tax credit form, and either put it and the check in the band box or give the form and check to Sharron Orr (Mr. Salce's secretary in the administrative office). Do not submit it to the district offices, because they do not notify the boosters properly and the tax credit will not be credited to your student's account. If a tax credit is for a student trip, it must be submitted at least two weeks before the trip to allow time to be properly credited to a student's account.
Band camp practices are held the week before school starts. Students work outside for long periods of time (but are usually not outside for the whole day). To make the experience successful, students must stay well hydrated; start drinking fluids 24 hours in advance. Other band camp essentials include breakfast, sun screen, tennis shoes (no flip-flops) and practice Tee-shirts (which will be handed out at the first day of camp). Some tips on heat and sun safety are here.
Information on volunteering can be found on the Volunteering page.