It is great to have new parents and students become involved with the Irmo Marching Band. Involvement with the Marching Band is hard work at times (for everyone) but leads to fun and excitement for the entire family. It is natural for new parents and students to have lots of questions. Here, we'll try to answer some of your questions and get you off to a terrific start.
Benefits Marching band provides students the opportunity and the encouragement to develop close relationships with other committed students who have similar values and interests. Marching band students learn many skills in addition to musical skills such as dedication, hard work, perseverance, responsibility, working as a team, acceptance of others, how to compete in a healthy friendly way, and leadership skills. Marching band also provides the opportunity for much needed exercise (the band even runs laps around the field as physical conditioning) to have the stamina necessary to rehearse and perform a state of the art marching band show. Students are exposed to and become friends with upper classmen who are able to help them cope with the high school environment. The Irmo Band is an extremely high quality program that is much respected throughout the marching community even by much larger schools.
The Irmo Band Booster Club (IBBC) is an organization of adults interested in supporting the band programs at Irmo High and Middle School. The focus of the boosters is the support of the music staff/students and to raise money to pay for the items not provided by the school system that the music programs need to have superior music education in our schools.
Membership Each family who has a student in the Irmo Middle or High School Band program is considered a member of the Boosters.
Participation Every parent of a marching band student is asked to join a band booster committee such as Fundraising, Uniforms, Chaperones, Hospitality, Equipment and Pit crew, just to name a few to help out in some way, large or small. All are expected to work at least one shift in our 2 main fundraisers: the Palmetto Classic competition and the 5A State Marching Band Competition, both held on Saturdays in the fall and hosted at Irmo High School.
Band Support There are three budgets that support the program. The first is money from the school and is used primarily for staff, music education, instruments, instrument repair, and transportation. The second comes from money raised by the Boosters via fundraising and assessments. The majority of the budget is for staff, lodging, music, drill, flags, costumes, props, food, equipment, supplies, and overall development of the marching show. The third budget is from the Irmo Music Foundation. Created in 1998 by the Irmo Band Boosters, the Irmo Music Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting the Bands of Irmo through fundraising efforts with businesses, general fundraisers and individuals. The Irmo Music Foundation has its own Board made up of current and former Band Boosters and the Band Director of Irmo High School.