FAQs

Frequently asked questions are asked and answered below. If you have a question you'd like to add to this page, send an email to whhsbpo@gmail.com.

Who can join the WHHS Marching Band and Images Ensemble?

Students who reside in the Woodland Hills School District are eligible to join the band from 8th through 12th grade. 

The band holds a two-day mini band camp at the end of each school year. Many upperclassmen participate to mentor new band members. t's a great way to experience band if you're not sure you want to participate in high school marching band. (Marching band is separate from high school concert band and jazz band.) Check the calendar for dates.


How can a parent/guardian join the WHHSBPO?

Parents and guardians can join the WHHSBPO as members by purchasing an annual membership card for $5. You must be a member to vote for WHHSBPO officers and other decisions that come to a vote. You do not have to be a member to attend WHHSBPO meetings.

Membership cards are available for purchase at the first few WHHSBPO meetings each school year. Contact the WHHSBPO secretary if you would like to purchase a membership card but can't attend a WHHSBPO meeting.


Band uniforms

What are the parts of the band uniform?

Uniform fitting contact: Anita DeChancie | samarie371@yahoo.com

Woodland Hills instrumentalists have two uniforms:

  • Uniform 1: Teal jacket, black pants, helmet, black baldric 
  • Uniform 2: Teal jacket, white pants, helmet, white baldric (this uniform is typically reserved for competitions)

With the uniform students will wear:

  • Black or white crew socks with the black or white uniform. No ankle socks.
  • Black or white shoes. The black shoes can be black athletic shoes. The white shoes are Dingle marching shoes, which you can order at the beginning of the season. Often outgrown white shoes are available from other students at a discounted price.
  • White gloves.
  • Please note: Decrease or eliminate hair products on game days and competition days. The helmets have a white leather insert which will fit around the head to keep the helmet on. WHHSBPO would like to minimize the amount of soiling that occurs during the season, so cleaning it will not be difficult. If this will cause a problem due to the type of hair your student has, then consider trying a wig cap.

How are uniforms fitted and cleaned?

Fitting

Each family is responsible for the alterations on your student's uniform, which you make in August prior to the start of the season. Most of the time, this simply involves putting a new hem on the pants. This is not difficult to do, and is simple to show you how to do it. You, or some family member, can do this on the night of your student's
fitting, or the family member can come on another evening to the high school. The uniform schedules fittings, usually by grade, during early August. During fittings students should wear socks and sneakers to approximate the type of shoe they'll wear during performances. This is important to measure the hem height correctly.

Cleaning

The WHHSBPO pays to have each uniform cleaned at the end of the season. Uniforms do not come home with students. They are stored at the high school in the uniform wardrobe.

What should students wear under their uniforms?

Warm weather: Wear shorts and a t-shirt. Students will put their uniforms on over their clothes, so pick colors that won't show through white pants.

Cold weather: As the season progresses, nights get cold. Uniforms are not made of wool so they are not warm. Your student should wear thermal underwear underneath to stay warm. Pick solid, light-colored under garments that won't show through the white uniform.

How do students know which uniform to wear to an event?

This information is communicated by staff and section leaders, who also post it to the band's facebook page.

How do students know what time to report for an event?

This information is communicated by staff and section leaders, who also post it to the band's facebook page.

Band Camp

Is there a band camp in the summer? When is it?

Mr. Crone and his staff hold a two-week band camp prior to every season, usually in late July and early August. Band camp is typically held at Dickson Primary and runs from 8 am to 3 pm each weekday. There is no cost for band camp. 

An inexpensive concession stand is available where students can purchase treats. Students should bring water, sunblock, sunglasses and/or a hat, and a packed lunch each day.

The also band holds a two-day mini band camp at the end of each school year. Many upperclassmen participate to mentor new band members. It's a great way to experience band if you're not sure you want to participate in high school marching band. (Marching band is separate from high school concert band and jazz band.) Check the calendar for dates.

What do students need for band camp?

Dress

Dress for seven hours outside in the sun or rain. Wear tennis shoes and socks, shorts, t-shirt, a hate with a brim, or a visor.

Bring these items:
  • Students who march need a flip notebook (approx. 4x6 inches) and a lanyard to wear it on
  • Instrument (or drum sticks), music, and fingering charts
  • Mouthpiece, extra reeds, oil, etc.
  • Pencils and highlighters
  • Name tags
  • Four (4) chips like a snapple lid or poker chips to use to mark positions
  • Section leader's phone number (section leaders should have numbers for all members of section)
  • Water bottles (several!)
  • Food for lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Money for snacks

Punctuality is important!

Arrive early each day so we can be ready to start at 8 am sharp. Have your ride ready to pick you up at 3 pm because we must leave quickly at the end of the day.

When and where is the next band trip?

The next trip is to Disney in Florida, March 2018. This year we are traveling with Show Choir!

The entire Band & Images typically take a trip every other year. There is an annual trip for seniors.

How can I find out how much money is in my student's account?

Email the financial secretary to request an account balance report.

Where can I park near the Wolvarena?

The Wolvarena parking lot is small and unfortunately, it costs $5 to park there during football games even if you are volunteering. Here are some free and less-expensive options if you don't mind a short walk:
  • McMaster's United Methodist Church (Triboro and Church St.) has two parking lots and requests a small donation from people who park there.
  • Small parking lot behind the post office (between Monroeville Ave. and Grant St.)
  • Academy parking lots (small one off Monroeville Ave. and a larger one off Penn Ave. Ext.)


Can I add band calendars to my own Google Calendar?

Yes, you can add band calendars to you Google Calendar list. This enables you to view band events in your personal Google Calendar.
  1. Add a new calendar to your Google Calendar.
  2. Provide the calendar ID of the band calendar you want:
    • Band events calendar ID:
      whhsbpo@gmail.com

    • Fundraising events calendar ID:
      lol985jtnsiv0nlqu7r0ftg66s@group.calendar.google.com

    • Heinz Field events calendar ID:
      0rhanahu4dd0m36310qjln86i8@group.calendar.google.com
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