Freshman Parents/FAQ

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Being a member of the Hickory High School Band program is a very rewarding experience, and one that will help to make high school memorable.   Both the Concert and Marching Bands at Hickory are award-winning, and you will be joining an organization of which you can feel very proud.

This page will hopefully help to answer most of the questions that you and your parents would have regarding the band program at Hickory High School.  We look forward to making you part of our family!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who are the band directors at Hickory High School?

Vacant and Crystal Cox.  The marching band is also assisted by Derick Johnson, Christopher LaPointe, and Aubrey Horstman.  Click here for more information on the band directors.

What classes are offered?

There are several band classes offered at HHS.  You can refer to the “Ensembles”  page on this website for more detailed information.

How do I become a member of Marching Band?

Each year in the Spring, the Hickory Middle School Band Directors will have a meeting to introduce marching band to rising 9th graders.  You will receive information at this meeting that will be useful in making your decision to join the marching band.  A student who is new to HHS can contact one of the band directors (Ms. Cox) for additional information.

What is the time commitment for Marching Band?

There are usually several weeks during the summer that practice is held.  In the past, during the summer there has been a week in early July (evenings), 2 weeks in August (all day), and a third week in August (evenings).  Once school begins, marchers have practice during the week until 6 p.m., almost every day during marching season.  This usually lasts until November.  Marchers perform at all home football games (Friday nights), and travel to several competitions a year (weekends).

What is Band Camp?

The Marching Band Camp is a very important part of the marching program.  Camp is usually held in August (See Charms Calendar for dates and times)  The camp is held at the Hickory High School and  is imperative that each marcher attends this camp.  Much of the band’s program is learned during these weeks.

What are the competitions?

The Marching Hawks usually compete in 4-5 competitions each fall.  Several are in our area, and several are out of town, and require overnight stays.  In the past, the marchers have traveled and competed in Atlanta (Georgia Dome), New Jersey (Giants Stadium), Indianapolis (Lucas Oil Stadium), Harrisonburg (James Madison University) and Towson, Maryland (Towson University).  The Hawks compete in Bands of America and United States Scholastic Band Association competitions.

Are parents involved in the band?

YES!  Hickory Band Parents Association (HBPA) is very involved with the band, and helps in many ways!  It is responsible for supporting not only the students, but also the directors.

How can a parent join HBPA?

There are no membership requirements to joining HBPA, except that you have a child in the band, and you would like to be involved!   Information will be available about HBPA at any of the HBPA meetings or at the informational meetings.   There are several leadership positions within HBPA and many volunteer opportunities available.  Details regarding these volunteer opportunities are listed on the Volunteers page on the website.

As a parent, to whom do I give my contact information?

At the beginning of marching band season, your marcher will complete a marching band commitment form,  which is given to the band directors.  Once the directors have you and your student’s information they will add you to the Charms Program.  CHARMS is the informational heartbeat of the Hickory High School Band Program and should be viewed weekly.  CHARMS is your go-to source for information, such as events, volunteer sign-ups, email staff/parents, calendar, and more. Use “Update Info” icon to update parent and student contact information.  Staff/Officers use CHARMS to send out notifications to students and parents.

When/where are HBPA meetings?

Usually, HBPA meetings are held the second Thursday of each month in the band room (or auditorium) at Hickory High School.  If there is a change to this time we will notify you via Charms and Social Media.

How is the band funded?

The band acquires its funds in many different ways.  If your student(s) are in marching band there will be a set fee for participation.   Our fees are some of the lowest in the area, and this is made possible by all the fundraising that is done by the students and HBPA.

What are the fundraisers?

Fundraising is a great way to help keep our band dues low.  Typically, we have one fundraiser in the fall, one in the winter (fruit sale) and one in the spring.  There are many other ways that the band raises money.  Some of these are listed below, and are described in more detail on the Fundraising page on this website.

What other opportunities are there to get involved in the band program?

In the winter, our program offers Winter Color Guard and Drumline.  There are tryouts for each of these activities.  Also, guard and percussion tryouts for the fall marching season are usually held in the spring.

Can a band student earn a HHS letter?

Absolutely!  A student earns points for activities that he/she does throughout the year.  He/She will need to earn 200 points to earn a letter.  A student does not have to be a member of marching band to earn a letter.  Information and details located in the  Hickory High School Band Handbook.  You can download the handbook on CHARMS.

How can I contact someone regarding a question?

Please feel free to contact any member on the Contacts page.    HBPA is on Facebook (HBPA Facebook Page).  It’s a closed group but open to students and parents – a great resource for information and to ask questions!  If you have a Facebook account, ask Ms. Cox to add you to the group today!  We have an open Hickory High School Bands Facebook Page as well!

This website is updated on a regular basis, and many of your questions may be answered right here!