Parent 101

Welcome Parents!!

We would like to welcome all new parents and students to the Bands of Coweta. Whether you are transitioning from a middle school band program or transferring into Coweta from elsewhere, entering the Coweta High School band programs can be intimidating and overwhelming. This is not by design but simply due to the major efforts required to run such large band programs. Our goal is to assist you in this transition process with all the dynamic moving parts as the school year progresses.

It’s difficult to explain everything you will need to know on this page alone. The website has been restructured to be friendly, logical and every attempt is being made to have the latest information you need on all your electronic devices. 

Here are a few very helpful tips:

  1. Your band directors and band boosters all always willing and ready answer any questions you may have, About > Contact Us

  2. Get Involved! Browse our website, attend or visit band practices and talk with other parents, attend band meetings, email CowetabandBoosterClub@gmail.com, sign up to receive emails from Mr. Koehn & watch the facebook pages;                                 Coweta Tiger Pride band, and the Coweta Band Booster Club for volunteer opportunities.

  3. Check the About> Calendar to stay on top of upcoming events and mark your calendars now with dates from the Bands Master Calendar.

  4. Make sure you are in the Resources > Charms Band Management system and maintain an accurate profile with email address, phone numbers. Our email communications depends on this system to reach out to the band staff, student and parents with all regular updates.

  5. Visit our Band Boosters > CBBC info page for Meeting agenda's with date and times.

  6. Like us on the Official Coweta Facebook page.

  7. Join other Parents on the Official Bands of Coweta Band Boosters Club Facebook Group – visit today!

 

Glossary of Terms:

Contact us if you uncover a term or component not listed below that would have been helpful to know.

  • Band Handbook – The Band Handbook is an all encompassing document from the directors outlining band information, procedures, events and policies for the school year.

  • Band Boosters – The Coweta Band Boosters support organization consists of an all volunteer army of annually elected board members, committee chairs and parent volunteers that provide a leadership mechanism to support the band programs, directors and students throughout the entire year.

  • Band Banquet – Occurs every spring in May and is open to all band parents and students, who are in good standing. The banquet tradition is a time to reflect on the season, reward band student achievements, celebrate our outgoing seniors, senior videos, recognize the band staff and band booster board members, announce the upcoming season band section leaders and reveal the upcoming marching season show. Tickets will go on sale in early spring!

  • (BOA) Bands of America – Bands of America is a program of Music for All. More than 1 million people are alumni of Bands of America marching band events, the first of which were held in 1976. Bands of America was created in 1976 as “Marching Bands of America” (MBA), renamed Bands of America (BOA) in 1984 and merged with the Music for All Foundation in 2006 to create Music for All. MFA’s marching band events continue to carry the name of “Bands of America.”

  • CHARMS – System used for email communication & instrument tracking.

  • Color Guard or CCG– Color Guard in the marching band is a non-musical section that provides additional visual aspects and choreography to the performance using dance, flags and props.  The color guard also competes in the Winter Guard and Percussion of Oklahoma Competitions in the winter/early spring.

  • Concert Bands I and II – Music curriculum of students who make up the ensemble of two levels of concert bands and music appreciation with regular performances held at the (PAC) Performing Arts Center during the school year such as the holiday concert and spring concerts for guests, parents and sponsors

  • Grand Nationals (aka: Grand Nats) – Bands of America’s National Marching Band Championship held every November in Indianapolis, Indiana.

  • Drillmasters – Rolled heeled marching band shoes; sold in fall.

  • Indoor Percussion – The Marching Band percussion ensemble of Drums including Snare, Quads and Base Drums, this group participates in the Winter Guard and Percussion of Oklahoma Competitions.  WGPO.COM

  • Jazz Band – Music curriculum of students who make up the ensemble of jazz instruments and music appreciation with a spring performance held at the (PAC) Performing Arts Center for guests, parents and sponsors

  • Marching Band – The Marching Band program consists of students in various sections, Drum Majors, Trumpets, Clarinets, Saxophone, Flutes, Low Brass, Horns, Percussion, Color Guard and complete an ensemble performing are various venues e.g. LCI, BOA, Oklahoma State 5A Championship, Christmas parade and more and runs from early to mid summer through December.

  • OBA - Oklahoma Bandmasters association, this is the governing body/competitions that provide State championships and Grand overall champion.  2018 Rules can be found here.

  • Percussion – In marching band consists of the Pit ensemble and Battery group of instruments generally using sticks, mallets and keyboards

  • Plume – The delicate removable featured accessory on top of the Shako marching band headgear

  • Pie Auction - This is the Largest fund raiser for the Band Program by the Band Booster club, held at the Fall festival every year.

  • Pit – The Marching Band percussion front ensemble of Marimba, Timpani, Keyboards etc.

  • Pit Crew – All volunteer parents who assist marching band with the loading, transportation, unloading and setup of band equipment Pit Instruments, Show Props and more at all marching events

  • Quads – Multi tenor drums commonly as mounted sets of 4-6 drums

  • Shako – The marching band uniform headgear (with Plume)

  • Symphonic Band – Music curriculum of students who make up the ensemble of symphonic instruments and music appreciation with regular performances held at the (PAC) Performing Arts Center during the school year such as the holiday concert and spring concerts for guests, parents and sponsors

  • Water Warriors – Coweta Bands affectionate term for our all parent volunteers who assist the staff and marching band students during practices, band camp, football games and other venues during the season

To receive text information from the band directors:

1. Text “@cowetahs” to 81010

2. You will receive a text

3. Reply to that text with your name

 

To receive informative and weekly e-mails from Mr. Koehn. Send an e-mail to chris.koehn@cowetaps.com and ask him to add you to the group email list

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