ROYAL OAK HIGH SCHOOL BAND & ORCHESTRA BOOSTERS

​​​​​​​​FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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ALUMNI (MB) - How do I participate in ROHS Homecoming as an alumni?  If you marched for Royal Oak High School, Dondero High School, or Kimball High School you are invited to join the ROHS Marching Ravens for their Homecoming Performance each year.  RSVP by email to: rohsbob.info@gmail.com and title it “Alunmi Band Request” followed by your name and instrument.
(Ex: Alumni Band Request from Joe Cool—Trumpet).  Music will be available upon request and there is no cost to participate. 

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ARTS, BEATS & EATS - ​​ What's it all about? All ROHS Performing Arts supporters—parents, students, alumni, and friends—are encouraged to volunteer for this annual ROSPAC fundraiser which takes place over Labor Day weekend.  Workers get free admission all weekend and free parking for the dates they work.)  Watch for the email reminders and Sign-up genius in late summer.
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BANQUET - Who, what, when?  A Band & Orchestra banquet is held for all instrumental music students, color guard, and their families at the end of the school year.  All students are recognized and it's a lot of fun!
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BOOSTERS - How do I become a booster?  As a parent of a marching band, orchestra, band, or jazz student, YOU are automatically a member of the ROHS Band & Orchestra Boosters (BOB).  The Boosters strive to provide the necessary funding and volunteers to keep our music programs running. We are the roadies, the drivers, the uniform organizers, the food preparers and servers, the chaperones, the advertisers, and the cheering section… and we need YOU!​  Help make your student's ROHS band or orchestra experience the BEST it can be. Join us at the next Boosters meeting and let your voice be heard,  Meetings are held monthly on Tuesdays at 7pm in the band room unless otherwise specified (see HOME page for meeting dates).  ALL are welcome. Hope to see you there!
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CALENDAR - How do I know when sign-ups, fundraisers, concerts, and other events are happening?  Please refer to the CALENDAR (event dates) and/or INFORMATION pages (event info and sign-ups).
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CREDIT- Do I earn class credit for Marching Band/Color Guard/other bands/orchestras/ensembles?  Students in Marching Band (including Color Guard) and Jazz Groups (Jazz Band, Jazz Ensemble) receive 1/2 credit per school year for their participation in these groups.  Marching Band and/or Jazz MUST be on your class schedule in order to receive credit.  Attendance at rehearsals and performances is mandatory to receive credit.
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COLOR GUARD - What do I need to know before I join? Color Guard is a section of the Marching Band (MB) and members should add MB to their school schedule.  Color Guard meets once a week (most weeks) during the summer.  Talk to Mr. Jensen if interested in Color Guard. The time commitment includes: evening rehearsals during summer (once/week); freshman/newbie orientation (day); MB camp (one week at ROHS); all home football games; after school rehearsals from 3:15-5:15PM every Mon.-Thurs. from the first day of school until the end of October; MSBOA Marching Band Festival (TBD); Berkley Holiday Parade (first Saturday in Dec.); RO Memorial Day Parade; and any other performance on the MB calendar. MB is a class that is graded and attendance is mandatory. Being in MB usually means you cannot participate in fall sports--they overlap too much.
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DOT BOOK - What is it? A small notebook used in Marching Band to aid in the learning of formations on the field. 

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DROP BOX - Where is it?  Locked drop boxes are located in both the band and orchestra rehearsal rooms. Put your name on a sealed envelope and drop off your forms and payments here. Unlabeled cash placed into the drop boxes will be considered a donation, and will be deposited into the band and orchestra boosters general fund.
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DRUM MAJOR- How do I become the drum major?  Drum Majors are chosen based on a written application and audition.  The application process usually starts between Feb-May for the succeeding school year.  Announcements about the applications are given via the MB Google Classroom, MB Remind, and the rohsbob.org website, but it's always a good idea to remind Mr. Jensen if you haven't seen the information.  Auditions include conducting music (given before the audition), teaching a newbie how to march, and interviewing with Mr. Jensen and others.  Any experienced student can try out for Drum Major.
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EMAIL LIST – How do I sign up to receive band and orchestra emails? Click on "JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST" button on the HOME page.
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ENSEMBLES- What’s the difference between all the auxiliary ensembles?  Auxiliary Ensembles include (but are not limited to):  Flute Choir (open to any student who plays flute); Clarinet Choir (open to clarinet students); Saxophone Ensemble (open to sax students); Jazz Band (by audition, is a class); Jazz Ensemble (open to all, is a class); Jazz Combo (student run, by audition); Alternate Strings (open to all interested string players); Chamber Orchestra (by audition); Pep Band (open to all interested students--runs during basketball season); Pit Orchestra (for the Drama Club musical, open to interested students based on orchestration needs).  These ensembles meet before and/or after school, schedules TBD.
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FOOTBALL (HOME) GAMES - When does Marching Band need to arrive for home games?  How long do they play?  What if it rains?  MB members (including Color Guard) meet at the call time noted on the MB Calendar (usually 4PM for a 7pm game) in bibbers and Raven Head T-shirts (or jazz pants and top for CG) on the practice field.  (Most students just stay after school to relax for a few minutes; this is up to individual students and their parents).  Dinner is provided (usually pizza and salad) for MB members at around 5PM.  There is a tailgate for all band and orchestra families (free of charge, donations accepted) before home football games in the band parking lot.

MB will suit up in full uniform by 6:15PM and march to the football stadium for pre-game by 6:45PM.  Students will stay in uniform, in the stands, in the designated MB section, for the duration of the game, and play their show at the half-time.  Bagels and drinks (lemonade or hot chocolate, depending on weather) are provided after half-time.  Students march back to the band parking lot (outside the band room) after the game and play either the Alma Mater (for a loss) or Fight Song (for a win).  MB is dismissed from there.  Students needing a parent/ride to pick them up after the game are asked to call for that ride BEFORE the end of the game, so they can leave promptly. 

In case of rain, MB members are issued raincoats (instrumentalists) or warm-ups (CG) to wear.  The MB stays in the stands unless there is thunder/lightning; cold weather gear underneath uniforms is encouraged if needed. 
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Ford Drive for UR School Fundraiser - Raise funds for our instrumental music department with Ford.  It's so simple.  For every driver 18 and up who does a quick 5-minute test drive of a new Ford vehicle, B&O Boosters receives $20 to support the ROHS Instrumental Music program! Easy! Free hot dogs and goodie bags too! Bring/tell your friends, family, neighbors and help the Boosters reach their goal of $6000! (That's 300 drivers!)  Parent volunteers are needed during this event.
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FORMS - Where can I find order forms, uniform contracts, and other handouts I may have misplaced?  Links to student forms are found under BANDS or ORCHESTRAS - Student Files.  Parent and booster forms & flyers are found on the INFORMATION page.

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FUNDRAISERS - What can I do to help?
  • Shop with www.smile.amazon.com - Your shopping will help the ROHS Band & Orchestra program when you designate "Royal Oak High School Band and Orchestra Boosters" as your charity. 
  • Shop at Gordon Food Service - Let them know at checkout that you are shopping for "Royal Oak Bands & Orchestras" and the Boosters will receive discount points to use on supplies.
  • Shop at Kroger.  Register your Kroger card for Community Rewards. Old members should update their account number to WU326. New members can enroll by searching for ROYAL OAK H S BAND & ORCHESTRA BOOSTERS, or by new account #WU326. Sign up here:  http://www.kroger.com 
  • Contribute to our yearly fundraisers:  B&O Tag Days, Poinsettia Sale, and Ford Drive for UR School; MB Car Wash, Golf Outing, and Glow Show. 
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GLOW SHOW - What is it?  Our first Glow Show was held in Fall 2017. The Marching Bands of Royal Oak and Berkley High Schools performed with the stadium lights OUT!  All musicians and color guard donned glow sticks, glow tape, twinkle lights, etc. to make this a truly glow-tastic evening!  We hope to continue this show each year.
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HALLOWEEN PARADES - The Marching Band participates in two RO neighborhood Halloween parades (Woodwardside and ROBHIA).  Students dress up and are judged on the "best costume."  These short parades are optional, but a lot of fun!

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HANDBOOK - Where can I find a copy? The Band & Orchestra Handbook link is available under BANDS or ORCHESTRAS - Student Forms & Files. 
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INFORMATION - How do I find out what's happening?  The INFORMATION page is the best place to look!  This is where you'll find Keynotes (sign-ups, announcements, fundraising info), as well as forms for parents, event flyers, concert programs, and links to our logo wear shop, photos, and videos.
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JINGLE BELL JAZZ - What is JBJ? A holiday themed concert for a cause.  Members of ROMS, ROHS, and other local jazz bands perform for the community while raising money for a charity.  Come for the music, raffle baskets, food, and fun!
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KEYNOTES - Keynotes are important, time sensitive announcements, sign-ups, and info listed on the INFORMATION page.  Check our keynotes if you want to know what's happening now!
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LOGO WEAR (SPIRIT WEAR) - How do I get mine?  Shop online for T-shirts, fleece, pants, jackets, golf shirts, blankets, etc., all with our Instrumental Music designs. The online store is open a few times during the year.  Be sure to check the INFORMATION page to stay informed of store hours.  Click here to place your order: https://rohsband.itemorder.com/sale
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LYRES & FLIP FOLDERS - Used in Marching Band to attach music to your instrument.  When purchasing a lyre, bring your instrument to the store (we suggest McCourt's) to make sure it fits.
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MARCHING BAND SEASON & CALENDAR - Where can I find it? Information about this year's MB show can be found under BANDS - Student Forms & Files.
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MEETINGS - When, who? what?  Booster meetings are held monthly on Tuedays at 7pm in the band room unless otherwise specified and ALL are welcome.  See the meeting schedule (and meeting minutes links) on the HOME page and/or CALENDAR.
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MSBOA Festival - What is MSBOA?  The Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association (MSBOA)’s primary purpose is to advance quality music education through the study and performance of instrumental music. At the MSBOA Festival, district schools perform with rules and policies devised to ensure that the same standards are applied to each group or individual participating.
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PARADES - The Marching Band participates in two neighborhood Halloween parades (optional); the Berkley Holiday Parade (first Saturday in Dec.); and the Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade.

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PEP BAND - How often does Pep Band meet and perform?  Pep Band performs during select home basketball games (girls' and boys') during their winter season.  Pep Band has an application (which lists the games that Pep Band will play in); this application usually comes out at the beginning of November, and is announced via Remind, Google Classroom, email, and in band classes.  Any member of a ROHS band or orchestra may join Pep Band. They meet for a few rehearsals before the first game. 
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POINSETTIA SALES Fundraiser- Order poinsettia plants to decorate the stage during the holiday concerts in December, then take them home to enjoy over the holidays.  Various sizes and flower colors are available. 
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PRACTICE- How often do bands and orchestras practice? How often should I practice at home?  At ROHS, practice is on the honor system; there are no practice cards.  There WILL be announced playing tests throughout the school year.  Individual sections of a band/orchestra may schedule a rehearsal if needed; this will be announced in class, and will occur before/after school.  MB sections sometimes have rehearsals during the summer, and/or after MB rehearsal during the school year; this is up to section leaders.
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QUESTIONS - What if I have other band or orchestra questions?  Refer to the Band & Orchestra Handbook or contact ROHS BOB using the Questions & Suggestions form on the HOME page.
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ROADIES - Roadies are adults who volunteer to help the ROHS Marching Band.  Roadies help during home football games, at MB festival, at parades, and whenever else needed.  Jobs may include tractor loading and driving, moving equipment, "pluming" students, carrying flags, making drinks, "glow-sticking" kids--whatever needs doing.  A sign-up will go up before the MB season starts asking for volunteers; please sign-up then for when available OR ask one of the Boosters' members in a "Pit Crew" shirt how you can help.  The more, the merrier!
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REMIND 
How do I sign up for Remind text messages?

  • Bands:  Text @rohsba to 81010
  • Marching Band:  Text @rohsmb to 81010
  • Color Guard:  Text @rohsbcg to 81010
  • Jazz Bands:  Text @rohsja to 81010
  • Orchestras:  Text @rohsor to 81010
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SECTION LEADERS- What is a section leader? Section leaders are chosen by the band or orchestra director as the students who will lead a given instrumental section in an ensemble.  Playing ability and leadership skills are factored into the selection.  MB section leaders are chosen in the spring for the next year's MB season.  Concert section leaders are chosen during the school year, and may change based on "challenges" or section needs. If a student is interested in becoming a section leader, he/she should talk to Mr. Jensen.
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SIGN-UPS - See the INFORMATION page (Keynotes) for volunteer opportunities using SignUpGenius.com.
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SPIRIT WEAR (LOGO WEAR) - How do I get mine?  Shop online for T-shirts, fleece, pants, jackets, golf shirts, blankets, etc., all with our Instrumental Music designs. The online store is open a few times during the year.  Be sure to check the INFORMATION page to stay informed of store hours.  Click here to place your order: https://rohsband.itemorder.com/sale
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TAG DAYS Fundraiser - Our biggest fundraiser (by far!), Tag Days gives our students an opportunity to play in well-populated areas and collect cash donations.  Students sign up for shifts and perform as duos or small groups in pre-determined areas around Royal Oak and the surrounding community. Parent volunteers are needed to supervise and act as runners during these busy two days.
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UNIFORMS - ROHS band and orchestra ensembles always perform in uniform.  Links to uniform contracts and descriptions can be found under BANDS or ORCHESTRAS - Student Forms & Files.
  • Boys will be issued a tuxedo jacket and slacks and are responsible for care and dry cleaning throughout the year. Boys must also provide the following items to complete their performance attire: white tux shirt with wing tip collar, black bow tie, black cummerbund, black dress shoes (MB uniform shoe is acceptable - no athletic or casual shoes are permitted) with black dress socks (crew length is required, no ankle socks). Tux shirt, bow tie, and cummerbund discounts at Men’s Warehouse - 31921 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak.  Group number for the discount is 4205.10300. Our shirt preference is pleated with wing tip collar.​
    NOTE ABOUT TUXES: The tux fittings at school are only for the jacket and pants (which are supplied by ROSD); this date needs to be attended by all needing tuxedos.  The Men's Warehouse discount (at your convenience) is only for the tux shirt, bow tie, and cummerbund, which each student needs to supply/purchase. 

  • Girls must purchase the concert dress (other non-uniform black dresses may not be warn). Girls complete their performance attire with black dress shoes (mid- to low-heels) and nylons (optional, must be flesh tone).
  • Auxiliary Ensemble Uniforms  (jazz band, clarinet choir, jazz ensemble, etc.) may be different than standard formal attire. Any uniform variations will be mutually decided upon among the members of each auxiliary group.
  • Marching Band uniform description and contract links can be found under BANDS - Student Forms & Files. Boosters pay for the end-of-the-year dry cleaning (part of the Marching Band fee), but you are responsible for cleaning the rest of the year. MB UNIFORMS ARE DRY CLEAN ONLY!  You can "freshen them up" by taking the sash/gauntlets off the jacket, zipping it up, and putting the jacket (NOT the sash or gauntlets) and the bibbers in the dryer on the AIR/NO HEAT cycle with a dryer sheet and run it for 20 minutes. Remember: NO WASHING; dryer on AIR/NO HEAT only for 20 minutes!
  • Color Guard uniform description and contract links can be found under BANDS - Student Forms & Files.  Note that Color Guard uniforms (tunic, pants, warm-up jacket, warm-up pants) CAN be washed. Wash on cold water, gentle or hand wash cycle. HANG TO DRY! Do NOT put in the dryer!
​​If you need alterations on your uniform, click HERE.

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VOLUNTEERS - We ALWAYS need volunteers!  See the INFORMATION page for sign-ups.  Here are some of the many ways you can help:
  • Uniform Distribution Volunteers
  • Student Meals Volunteers (during tailgates and MB camp)
  • Football Game Day Volunteers:
  1. Band Prep (pluming/de-pluming, tape off band section with caution tape, block off band/orchestra room parking lot with cones, confirm items for tractor cart, senior cords)
  2. Band Stadium Support (tractor setup/driver, bagels, drumline hardware -- everything the band needs from the time they march to the stadium to the time they come back)
  3. Food (pre-game meals, parent tailgate, 3rd quarter snacks)
  • Golf Outing Volunteers (golfers, runners, signs and promotions, prizes)
  • MSBOA Festival Volunteers (when hosting, we need concessions, ​band support​, event support (signs, welcome table, runners))
  • Glow Show Volunteers (when hosting, we need concessions, ​band support​, event support (signs, welcome table, runners))
  • Jingle Bell Jazz Volunteers (sponsors, food donations, servers, clean-up crew, raffle prizes)
  • Parade Volunteers:
  1. Band Prep (pluming, flags and banner transport and setup)
  2. Parade time (sweeper, water provider for Memorial Day)
  3. Band dismissal (de-pluming, rides home for students, return flags and banner)
  • Pancake Breakfast Volunteers (when applicable, we need shoppers, chefs, cashiers, bussers, and clean-up crew)
  • Tag Days Volunteers (student supervisors, runners, promotions, business sponsors)

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WEBSITE – Visit the ROHS Band & Orchestra Boosters website at: www.rohsbob.org.  Click on the menu items to learn about:
  • HOME (How to Stay Informed, Contact information, Questions/Suggestions form, About the Boosters & Meetings)
  • INFORMATION (Keynotes for time sensitive reminders, sign ups, and important info., plus links to forms and other good stuff)
  • CALENDAR (Mark your 2018-19 band and orchestra dates now!)
  • BANDS (Info about uniforms, downloadable files, and other helpful band links)
  • ORCHESTRAS (Info about uniforms, downloadable files, other helpful orchestra links)
  • SUPPORT (5 easy ways how YOU can support our B&O students; list of past sponsors)
  • FAQ (links to Frequently Asked Questions can be found on HOME, INFORMATION, BANDS, and ORCHESTRA pages)