Marching Band Instrumentalist Uniform Information

Greetings to our new and returning band members and families! We welcome you into the wonderful world of marching band uniforms. The Council Rock North Marching Band takes great pride in looking our best when we step out onto the field.

The instrumentalists in the Marching Band program wear two uniforms. The traditional, Formal Uniform is worn during football games, concerts and competitions. There is also a Summer Uniform that is worn during warm weather at the start of the football season and in the Memorial Day Parade in May. The majority of the marching band uniform is funded and provided by CRSD and the Council Rock Band Parent Association. There are, however, several items that instrumentalists are required to provide (at their own expense) to complete the marching band uniform. These are detailed and diagrammed below. To help stay on track, HERE is a summary of important dates to keep in mind when navigating through the uniform ordering and distribution process.

If purchasing any of the required uniform items presents a financial hardship, please contact the Band Director, Mr. Bishop, and the fees will be confidentially waived.

Once the Formal Uniform is distributed, instrumentalists and their parents will be required to sign a Uniform and Equipment Agreement (similar to other organizations’ requirements within CRSD). This Agreement outlines responsibilities and care for this marching band uniform. A sample copy of the Agreement can be viewed HERE and/or downloaded from the Forms section of this website. Students and parents should take the time to thoroughly read through the entire Agreement before signing.

Wearing a marching band uniform is both an honor and a privilege, but, at times, the process can seem a little overwhelming considering the many details involved with ordering, wearing and caring for the uniforms. The following overview will help guide you through the requirements; however, questions may also be directed to the Council Rock Band Parent Association Uniform Chairpersons:

Vicki Benson Barbara Durning-McHenry
benson995@aol.com barbara_durning@yahoo.com
(267) 885-9761 (215) 301-1500

 

FORMAL UNIFORM

  • The majority of the Formal Uniform is funded and provided by CRSD and the Council Rock Band Parent Association (CRBPA). There are, however, a few elements in this uniform that each instrumentalist is responsible for providing at their own expense. 
  • Assigning the Formal Uniform items is a two-step process. Instrumentalists are measured in June during Mini Camp and then individual fittings and distribution take place in August during the first week of Band Camp.

 

  • To keep the uniforms “uniform”, instrumentalists must purchase the navy blue performance tee through the CRBPA Online Store on or before July 1st. Samples are made available during Mini Camp for sizing assistance because all online sales are final and there are no exchanges. The remaining items (e.g. white gloves & Dinkles) will be purchased directly from the CRBPA during individual, uniform fitting sessions in August. Socks are BYO (bring your own).

 

  • Each instrumentalist is encouraged to provide their own cold-weather undergarments (e.g. long underwear, compression tights, athletic shorts, crew neck shirts) to be worn under the Formal Uniforms during late-season performances. Some of these items are available through the CRBPA Online Store and, again, must be purchased on or before July 1st. Wearing jeans, sweatshirts/pants and/or mock turtlenecks under uniforms is prohibited.

 

  • Access the CRBPA Online Store on or before July 1st.
    Please note the CRBPA Online Store has two sections: 1. Marching Band (Instrumentalist) Section and 2. Color Guard Section. All purchases for Marching Band should be made from the Marching Band section.

 

  • Uniform items purchased from the Online Store will be distributed in August during the first week of Band Camp.

 

  • All instrumentalists, with the exception of percussion and pit members, wear white gloves during performances. Horns and woodwinds wear full-fingered gloves, clarinets and piccolos wear fingerless gloves, and percussion and pit members do NOT wear any gloves.

 

  • Each instrumentalist is issued a garment bag that holds the Formal Uniform jacket, bibbers and gauntlets. The garment bag is stored in the uniform closet in the band room. Shakos and plumes are also stored at school. Periodic cleaning of these items will be covered by CRBPA. 

 

  • Storage and cleaning of the navy blue performance tee, white gloves, black socks, and polished Dinkles will be the responsibility of each instrumentalist for each performance.

SUMMER UNIFORM

  • Each instrumentalist is responsible for purchasing their own Summer Uniform pieces:

Navy Blue Polo Shirt [$25.50]
(with logo)
Khaki Pants [$29 pair]
1” wide Black Leather Belt [$8]
(with plain silver buckle)
Black Socks
(calf-high, no logo)
Dinkles [$38 pair]
(same pair for Formal Uniform)

  • To keep the uniforms “uniform”, instrumentalists must purchase the navy blue polo shirt and khaki pants through the CRBPA Online Store on or before July 1st. Samples are made available during Mini Camp for sizing assistance because all online sales are final and there are no exchanges. The remaining items (e.g. belt and Dinkles) will be purchased directly from the CRBPA during uniform fitting sessions in August. Socks are BYO (bring your own).

 

  • Access the CRBPA Online Store on or before July 1st.
    Please note the CRBPA Online Store has two sections: 1. Marching Band (Instrumentalist) Section and 2. Color Guard Section. All purchases for Marching Band should be made from the Marching Band section.

 

  • Items purchased from the Online Store will be distributed during the first week of Band Camp in August.

 

  • Only percussionists who are wearing a harness are exempted from wearing a black belt with the Summer Uniform.

 

  • Once khaki pants are distributed, each individual is responsible for having them hemmed by Preview Night, August 28, 2019. They should be hemmed to clear the ground by ½” – 1” in order to avoid dragging and damaging the hem. When altering, it is suggested to leave a generous amount of fabric length underneath to allow for growth. A blind hem will be easier to lengthen, if needed, and this stitching will leave less of a mark than a machine-stitched, jean-style hem. Valley Cleaners in Newtown will hem the pants for a very reasonable price if Council Rock North Marching Band is mentioned during the transaction.

 

  • Storage and cleaning of the Summer Uniform – navy blue polo shirt, khaki pants, black socks, belt and Dinkles – will be the responsibility of each instrumentalist. All instrumentalists are expected to have their summer uniform ready to go should the Director call for them –khaki pants should be clean and ironed (or dry cleaned), Dinkles polished, and polo shirt laundered and wrinkle-free. Please do not leave the summer uniforms in the instrument closets or in the band room. Students who are not prepared may not be able to participate.

 

  • All Summer Uniform pieces must have instrumentalist’s name clearly labeled.

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