Interested in Marching Band?
We hope so! Marching band is in amazing blend of music, travel, competition and friendship. Here is some basic information that might be helpful for you:
Registration for marching band takes place in March (except for drumline, which begins the fall prior to the season with winter drumline).
A parent meeting will take place on March 11. At this meeting, you will meet the director and other staff, we will go through the schedule, we'll walk through the costs, and we'll talk about expectations.
The band will march in the Owatonna Memorial Day parade. The band will just march and play, as they haven't learned their "show" yet.
All members of the band are expected to fully take part in "Band Camp," which happens over a week from June 10-13 at the high school. Here, they will perfect their music and will learn their choreography.
The marching season begins on June 13th with the Fridley ‘49ers Day parade. Our final parade is at Lake City on June 30th. After the season is complete, we will have an end-of-the season picnic on July 2nd. See the schedule for more details.
Costs are broken down into 3 payments:
A $155 activity fee, payable to Owatonna High School. If you have reached your school district activity fee family max, this fee will be waived.
A $100 marching band deposit
A $150 marching band balance payment
The link to online registration is here. There are 5 easy steps to signing up:
Fill out the registration form. The deadline for filling out this registration form is April 15th.
Go to the school's "Fee Pay" page to pay the $155 school district activity fee to the school district. The deadline to make this payment is April 15th. If you have already reached your activity fee “family max” for the year, you will not have to pay this fee. Please call Tracy at the high school’s activity office (507.444.8988)to have this fee waived.
Pay the marching band boosters deposit of $100. You can pay that fee here. The deadline to make this payment is April 15th.
Download, print, fill out and turn in a medical release form. (Because it is a medical release, it needs to be signed and physically turned in) The deadline to turn in this form is May 15th.
Pay the balance of $150 on the marching band’s web site. You can pay that fee here. The deadline to make this payment is May 15th.
Make sure you sign up for "Remind"
Remind is our messaging app, and it's the way that Mr. Guenther most frequently communicates with band members and parents. Get more information on how to sign up for Remind.
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. There is lots of good information there (including packing lists, how parades "work," and other helpful tips.)