The fair share is used to pay for a world class staff of teachers and clinicians, competition entry fees, transportation costs, sheet music, drill and music, choreography, special uniform costs for the color guard and band members, props, repairs, assessment fees, as well as many other expenses required to operate our band program. The cost of operating a band program of our caliber and magnitude is sizeable and the fair share covers less than half of that cost. We rely on fundraising, contributions, organizing events and donations to fully fund our program. We urge all students and parents, if applicable, to participate in band fundraising events as it is central in keeping our band fee costs down. Additionally, there are numerous opportunities throughout the year to earn through fundraising events and cover band fair share entirely. If you have any questions about the band fair share or paying your band fair share, please consult with the director and/or Student Accounts for assistance. Budgetary reports are provided and reviewed during the schedule parent meetings. You may also contact our Band Patron Treasurer for any previously prepared reports.
The Band & Orchestra Department is one of the strongest and most active organizations on the campus of J.P. Taravella High School. It is widely acknowledged as one of the finest music programs in Florida, with Band, Orchestra, and Jazz ensembles consistently earning Superior ratings at District and State Music Performance Assessments. Individual honors are a yearly occurrence with members participating in All-State ensembles and State University-sponsored Honor Bands. The Music Department has grown to become a comprehensive and demanding curriculum that consistently brings quality music education into the lives of the school community.
We have many opportunities to volunteer throughout the school year and you will be notified via email, Remind or our website when they come up. Volunteering usually is taken on a first come, first served basis. The easiest way to volunteer is by attending the Band parent meetings where you will learn more about the program and where it needs your help or by contacting our communications committee chair (link to contact us page). We have opportunities with Chaperoning, Field Crew, Hospitality, Uniform Room and other tasks or functions which occur throughout the school year, as well as, Committee Positions. All volunteers are required to obtain Level 1 Clearance, and any individual who will be chaperoning overnight needs to obtain Level 2 Clearance. Please consult the Broward County Schools 'Get Involved' section (http://www.browardschools.com/getinvolved) for additional information and requesting your Level 1 Clearance.
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