Many hands make light work.

Looking for a way to be involved in the band?  There are lots of great opportunities to help out.  Volunteer openings are posted on SignUp Genius*.   

If you have a child in any band at Utica High School (including 9th graders in Marching Band) then you are automatically a UHS Band Booster!  All Boosters are encouraged to help out.  Volunteering to help the band is a very rewarding experience. Please come to the Band Booster Meetings to learn more.  Boosters meet in August, September, October, November, February, April and June. Typically on the third Wednesday at 7 pm in the Band Room, but there are some adjustments based on holidays, etc.  See the Band's Calendar for exact dates/times of booster meetings. 

We've found a successful approach to handling fundraisers and events is to have a chairperson with a support team helping. This allows people an opportunity to sign up for an activity that fits best with their personal schedule/calendar without having to commit to a long term gig.  The Band Store operates throughout the year.  Uniforms are more seasonal in nature.  In addition, there are board positions that are elected annually at the April Booster Meeting. Board positions are for one year from June 1 to June 1. To learn more about the band booster board please see the Bylaws found under Documents. 

If you will be volunteering in any band/student activity, please fill out and submit a UCS Volunteer Criminal History Check Form.  Copy with band/File with the UHS Office.   Once upon entry. 

In addition to life's most precious commodity (time)...
Items you can donate:
Bottled Water (not vitamin or flavored - just plain water).
Candy for Parades (wrapped hard candy/not chocolate as it melts).
Make a monetary donation to the Band Booster organization.
Or purchase an item from the Band Director "Wish List"~with a limited budget there are always items the band director would appreciate having for the program.


*Volunteer terms defined that you might see on SignUp Genius:
Band Store Assistance:  Sell items such as seat clothing, seat cushions, car decals, tumblers, sunglasses, etc at football games to  help raise money for the band boosters. Band Store can also be set up at school conferences, concerts, etc. 
Trailer Hauler:  Take/pull the band's trailer to camp, Band-A-Rama, parades and festivals (MB in fall & Concert Band in Feb).  The trailer is used to carry percussion/larger instruments/etc.
Pit Crew:  help the percussion pit move instruments on to the field at football games and festival.  Set up podiums and step ladders for the drum majors and move equipment to the field.
Bleacher Creatures:  Clean off the bleachers before games.   Wipe down if wet from rain.  Rope off seating for band from crowd. 
Water Helpers:  Get the water together for the band at football games.  Make sure there is water and ice in coolers and get it over to the field.  If you sign up for water duty please bring bags of ice (3-5 bags).  New in 2017 we will be able to get ice from the school's training room. 
Stop Sign Holders:  Hold stop signs to stop traffic on the band's way to and from the field when crossing Shelby Road in front of the school.  Three going over to the field - one at foot of north entrance driveway, one to block subdivision to side of field & one by field side gate where band enters stadium.  Also over in the bleacher area when the band is performing pre-game. Make sure the drum majors have area clear to conduct from. 
Parade Truck or Gator Commander (Homecoming we've used the Gator):  Carry water in the truck for the band and candy, first aide items, etc. during parades.
Uniforms:  Marching Band uniforms do not go home with students.  They check them out when they arrive for a game/event.  Afterwards they turn them back in.   A team of four to six people help check the uniforms in and out.  Also, help with buckets and plumes.  Raincoats if used.   Afterwards, they help collect and make sure everything is turned in, hung properly and that any cleaning/damage items are handled.  In addition, a Unform Coordinator who organizes fittings/tracks inventory. 
Walking with the Band:   Your role is to catch/pick up any items that may fall or be dropped while marching and to support/assist the students in any way they may need help.