MARCHING BAND FEES AND FAIR SHARE OBLIGATIONS
2017-18

The Athens Drive Marching Band will be traveling to Tampa Florida to participate and perform in the New Year’s Day 2018 Outback Bowl! It is simply a “special year” for our marching band… like the season we performed in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade or the Memorial Day Parade in Washington DC. It’s an HONOR to be part of a national event like the Outback Bowl!

Everyone in the Marching Band will attend the Outback Bowl trip. Since all Marching Band members will be part of the trip, the Outback Bowl trip is included in the 2017-18 Marching Band Fees and Fair Share Obligations.

Marching Band Fees and Fair Share Obligations for 2017-18:

$100

Marching Band Non-Refundable Registration Fee

 $975

Marching Band Fair Share Obligation ($775 for Color Guard)

Marching Band receives NO FUNDING from WCPSS, making it necessary to assess a "fair share obligation" for participating in the marching band. "Fair Share" funds cover the costs of band camp, instruments, extra staffing, music, charting, equipment, charter transportation, and other service needs.

 $825

Outback Bowl Trip

Includes hotel, transportation, tickets for Busch Gardens, Disney, Outback Bowl Activities (Parade, Field Show Competition, Bowl Game including mass band half time show, and more), hot breakfast every day, one additional meal a day, etc. Students will need additional money for one meal a day and any souvenirs. Sibling discounts do NOT apply for the trip. NOTE: Original trip costs were over $1,000. Because of the special nature of this trip, bus transportation costs are being covered by the band’s general fund, an estimated $200 value per student.

 $175

Service Commitment (maximum 5 shifts @$35 each)

Each family is assessed $175 "Service Commitment". Families have the option to 1) pay it, or 2) work at qualifying venues to "earn" it. Two venues qualify for Service Credits State Fair Parking and PNC. By working a shift at either of these venues, a family earns shift pay AND a $35 credit (maximum 5) for their student’s band account. After a family has worked 5 shifts and fulfilled the Service Commitment portion of fees, the family can continue to work these fundraisers to earn shift pay for the student’s band account. Simply put, the Service Commitment is like a $35 "bonus" for a maximum of 5 shifts worked at a qualifying venue (State Fair Parking and PNC).



NOTE: All wind and percussion students are required to purchase marching shoes through the band for approximately $45.

PAYMENT PLANS

To assist families and to ensure sufficient cash flow to pay marching band and Outback Bowl expenses (the majority of expenses occur early in the season), several payment plans have been designed to meet a variety of financial situations. Financial assistance will also be available for families who demonstrate need. Of course, money earned through fundraisers and service commitments will lower these amounts.

Students/families owing a balance on their band account from the previous year must pay their balance in full no later than June 1st in order to enroll for the upcoming year. Families with demonstrated financial need may apply for financial aid in meeting their unpaid balance.

Payment plans include expenses for BOTH Marching Band AND the Outback Bowl trip. Families will be required to select a payment plan when completing the Marching Band Registration form. 
 
Option 1 – Early Payment Incentive – Pay the entire $825 for the Outback Bowl trip upfront and receive a $75 credit to your band account by the start of band camp (save over 9% of trip costs)! NOTE: You must pay the entire amount and your band account must otherwise be current (all 2016-17 and prior fees paid in full) to be eligible for Early Payment Incentive.
$925 June 2 ($825 Outback Bowl + $100 Marching Band Registration) ($925 – Color Guard)
$500 July 30 (Start of Band Camp) ($500 Color Guard)
$125 Sept 15 ($75 Color Guard)
$125 Oct 15 ($75 Color Guard)
$125 Nov 15 ($75 Color Guard)
$100 Dec 15 ($50 Color Guard)

Option 2 – Monthly Payments
$220 Apr 15* ($190 Color Guard)
$210 May 15* ($190 Color Guard)
$210 Jun 15 ($190 Color Guard)
$210 July 15 ($190 Color Guard)
$210 Aug 15 ($190 Color Guard)
$210 Sept 15 ($190 Color Guard)
$210 Oct 15 ($190 Color Guard)
$210 Nov 15 ($190 Color Guard)
$210 Dec 15 ($180 Color Guard)
* If a payment deadline has already passed, consider that amount "now due" and pay as soon as feasible.

Option 3 – Traditional Schedule
$425 Jun 2 (Last day of Marching Band Registration) ($425 Color Guard)
$500 July 30 (start of Band Camp) ($500 Color Guard)
$325 Sept 15 ($275 Color Guard)
$325 Oct 15 ($275 Color Guard)
$225 Nov 15 ($175 Color Guard)
$100 Dec 15 ($50 Color Guard)

Option 4 – Financial Aid Payment Plan Please, reserve this option for families who NEED it; if you are financially able to pay utilizing one of the other 3 options, please do your "fair share" and select Option 1, 2 or 3 to help ensure a healthy cash flow for the band program. Based on the cash flow necessary for paying Marching Band and Outback Bowl expenses, spreading the costs over an entire year is a form of financial assistance available to families who need to spread payments a little bit more.
$160 Apr 15* ($160 Color Guard)
$160 May 15* ($140 Color Guard)
$160 Jun 15 ($140 Color Guard)
$160 July 15 ($140 Color Guard)
$160 Aug 15 ($140 Color Guard)
$160 Sept 15 ($140 Color Guard)
$160 Oct 15 ($140 Color Guard)
$160 Nov 15 ($140 Color Guard)
$160 Dec 15 ($140 Color Guard)
$160 Jan 15 ($140 Color Guard)
$150 Feb 15 ($140 Color Guard)
$150 Mar 15 ($140 Color Guard)
* If a payment deadline has already passed, consider that amount "now due" and pay as soon as feasible.


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Financial assistance is available through the booster organization for students who demonstrate need. No student should be discouraged to join due to financial obligation; we will assist every family willing to contribute their “fair share”. Financial aid information and forms are available on the Forms page of the website or by contact Dr. Markoch, any Co-Treasurer or any Co-President.

Financial assistance will be available for all who demonstrate need for marching band and the Outback Bowl trip. Financial aid is available in a variety of forms. We recognize that Marching Band and a big trip like the Outback Bowl can put a financial strain on families. This is such a special year with a very unique lifetime experience of the Outback Bowl. We want everyone who wants to participate to be able. We are willing to work with families to provide alternative payment options and financial assistance so that everyone can be part of it. So that we understand financial needs and can assist all families who need it, communications is essential. All financial communications are completely confidential between the family in need, the treasurers, and presidents.

Families with two or More Children in Marching Band
Families with more than one student in the marching band program will receive a discount. 
 - Registration Fee: $100 for the first student; $80 each additional student.
 - Fair Share: $975 for the first student; 20% less for each additional child. If one child plays a wind/percussion instrument and another child is a member of the color guard, the 20% discount will be taken from the guard assessment.

Payment Information
The band boosters accept a variety of payment forms. Click here for details.