Welcome to Marching Band! If you’re new, you probably have a lot of questions. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
- When does practice start for the season?
New members usually start practicing the first week of June.
- What is the time commitment?
During the season, practice is typically Mon, Tues and Thurs 6:30-9pm. On Fridays, practice is at 3:30pm. On Football game nights, band members have dinner at the school and then perform in the stand during the game. Saturday practice times vary based on the competition schedule. Example: 2 hours in AM – LUNCH – 2 hours in PM. Band Competition late afternoon/early evening – 11:30 pm
- Is there practice all summer long?
Practices in the summer are every Tuesday from 6pm-9pm. There’s a mini-camp in June and band camp is the last 2 weeks before school begins. See what a Typical Summer Practice Schedule looks like.
- What do I bring to band camp every day?
Download this list of Supplies Needed for Marching Band to get the lowdown.
- What color socks should I wear for competitions and football games?
White knee length socks for competitions and blue knee length socks for football games.
- What are “Dinkles”?
Dinkles are special white shoes for marching and performing. The color guard has a special performance shoe as well. These will be ordered as a group before the start of school. Dinkles will need to be cleaned and polished regularly.
- When do I need to pay my dues?
Members can take advantage of several payment options and pay the season fees over installments or fundraise through our many events. All money paid towards fees can be earned back through fundraising profits placed in Student Credit.
- What is the “Blue Box” and where is it?
Notes, forms, checks, envelopes, fundraisers, etc. regarding NPMA business can be deposited in the secure “blue box” located on a table to the left just inside the door of the band room. The NPMA President and Asst. Treasurer check this box regularly.
- What is “Hospitality Knight”?
On Thursday evenings at the NPHS band practice field beginning at approximately 8:00 pm families and friends of the Marching Knights come out to observe the final practice of the week. Besides observing the band’s progress, this is a good chance to meet other parents, buy tickets to competitions, or purchase spirit wear, Wawa hoagie coupons, and GLScrip cards.
- What is “Knights in Need”?
Knights in Need is a fund designated for the purpose of helping to pay student expenses for families in need. A Knights in Need form must be completed and approved by the NPMA President and Director of Bands to qualify for use of these funds (confidentiality is strictly protected). The fund is supported by special fundraisers, alumni donations, and proceeds from alumni participating in fundraisers.
Still have questions, send us an email and we’ll be happy to help.