Frequently Asked Questions

What is the etiquette for football games?

At football games, if you do not know where to sit, just look for the sea of bright yellow shirts. Not surprisingly, for HOME games, we sit on the HOME side. And for AWAY games, we sit on the AWAY side (visitors). We generally sit in the section next to the Band. Corona performs the half-time show when at home, and the pre-game show when away. Boosters always stand when the CdS band comes onto the field. We also stand for the opposing school band’s entrance to show respect for their hard work and dedication. During the games, whenever Corona plays the Aztec Fight Song, we all stand up. You’ll recognize this song before long. Don’t worry if you don’t know the lyrics, you’ll learn them quickly. Band members are required to stay through the entire football game. At home games, they then march in parade formation to the band room. If you are providing the ride home, please allow time for this and to check in uniforms.

Do we need to pay to get into the football games?

Yes. For adults, this is $5 for home games. Student prices are less (with ID), and away games differ depending on school.

Can we chat with our student in the stands during football games?

We respectfully ask that you refrain from talking to the Band during the football games, as it can causes the bandmembers to lose focus. Band members already know this rule, and we ask you to honor it as well.

What is the etiquette for attending concerts?

We ask that you silence your cell phones, PDAs, and the like, and that you refrain from using flash photography during the performance. Please enter and exit the auditorium only during the applause breaks. As you probably already know, it is customary and considered good concert manners not to applaud between movements or sections of a piece, but rather to hold your appreciation until the completion of the entire artistic work. Solo performers will generally be recognized after the end of the piece.

How are uniforms handled?

Your band student is responsible for properly hanging the uniform after each performance. The uniforms are kept at Corona at all times. Parent volunteers are needed after each game (home and away) to assist the students with hanging and storing away the uniforms. At some point during the marching season, students will be allowed to bring the uniforms home. You can get your own close-up photographs at that time. Of course, there is never any eating or drinking (except water) while in uniform. Buddy pictures will be taken toward the end of the season – watch for information! Also, each member is responsible for having the uniform dry-cleaned once during the season. The cost is usually about $10.00.

What is the rating system for marching competitions?

Ratings by the judges at Band Days are based on nationally-accepted music education standards. These are: I Superior II Excellent III Good

Are concerts free?

Generally, yes. Concerts are free! This also applies to concert festivals. Regional and State honor bands ask a small fee for their concerts, generally about $4. This offsets the costs of a well-known conductor and top-notch clinicians.

How does my student get to and from shows?

To perform in the marching show and concert festivals, the band member must travel with the band to the event. The students should preferably also return with the band. Marching band members turn in their uniforms at the band room upon arrival at CdS. After concert festivals, the staff reviews the performance with the band members. If the rare situation arises where a student cannot return with the band, see this form, which must be completed and returned to band staff at least 24 hours in advance. NO EXCEPTIONS.

When are Regional Honor Band auditions held?

The auditions, which are closed to the public, are usually held on a Friday night and all day Saturday in mid-to-late January, at various locations. The calendar will be updated when time and location details are known. During teh auditions, a group of judges sit behind a screen so that they do not know the identity of the auditioner. Auditions traditionally consist of scales, three etudes, and sight-reading.

When are the Solo and Ensemble competitions?

The Solo and Ensemble Festival runs concurrently with the Regional Honor Band auditions. The calendar will be updated when time and location details are known. The public is invited to attend the Solo and Ensemble portion. Judges need an ORIGINAL copy of the music so they can follow along. Soloists are reminded that they must furnish their own accompaniest, live or recorded. Medals are awarded for performance.

Where can I find out about the Frankie Valenzuela Memorial Scholarship?

This scholarship has been set up in loving memory of Frankie, who will be remembered always as an outstanding member of the CdS Marching Band and and inspiration to all. Find more detailed info in the form available here.

Where should I get my student’s band instrument repaired?

For your convenience, the following merchants are listed here as a service to help you with your instrument repair and maintenance needs.   For the cost, timeliness, and quality of the repairs, we highly recommend:

Mike Nye Instrument Repair

Southeast corner of Guadalupe and Rural

I took some cool pictures at a CdS event. Can I put them in the boosters’ online photo album?

Sure. We love to crowdsource images of the band. Please send an email to cdsbandboosters@gmail.com and we’ll arrange something.

The Band Boosters seem amazingly cool. How can I become one?

We’d be happy to have you! See the Boosters page.

Who can join? Do you have to have a student in Marching Band?

Nope. We encourage parents of all band members (not just marching band) to join.

When are the Band Booster meetings?

The calendar on the front page is most up-to-date, but generally we try to have them around the first Tuesday of each month, moving them around as necessary to accomodate other activities. Meetings are in the CdS High School Band Room at 7:00pm.

Where can I get one of those striking Band Booster shirts?

We generally have a booth set up to sell shirts and other booster merch at every major event. You can also contact one of the Booster boardmembers.

Where can I find the minutes from the Band Booster Meetings?

A directory of Booster meeting notes can be found here.

Why should I follow you on Twitter?

Twitter is just a quick way to get updates, and we’ve sometimes used it to send pictures real-time of what the band is doing. We’ll probably use it more in the future. There is no requirement to use Twitter, though, since everything important will be posted on this site.