FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

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What does  my child need to bring to school on performance/game day?

Make sure that your child comes to school prepared with everything that he or she needs whenever we have performances. That means to have your

  • black show shirt
  • black socks
  • gloves
  • marching shoes

Have them gather and pack up their things the night before. If they forget any of these items they can call you to bring the items or they can purchase them from the uniform room.

What are the procedures for after game pick-up?

When you come to pick your student after football games please do NOT park in the driveway next to the band hall. We have an 18-wheeler that needs to be unloaded in this area. Please park in the designated parking lot.

How much are football game tickets?

Tickets at the gate: $8 adults & students

Pre-sale Tickets: $5 adults, $3 students

  • AHS café 11:05 AM – 12:30 PM the day of the game or on Friday for Saturday games.
  • Athletic Offices at Wheeler Fieldhouse on Lexington Blvd. 8 AM – noon & 1 – 4 PM. Available the week of the game. Call 281-634-1900 for more details.

Gold Card Club: This free program is available for residents of Fort Bend ISD who are 62 years of age or older and provides complimentary admission to FBISD cultural events such as plays, musicals and concerts in all district schools as well as to FBISD regular athletic events in school district gymnasiums and general admission seating at Mercer Stadium.

For more information about the Gold Card Club click here or call FBISD Community Relations, 281-634-1100.

Can a student be in band for only one semester a year?

No. Students must sign up for both semesters to receive full credit, to cover the state-mandated “Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for High School Band”, and to receive a P.E. credit. Further, all of the concepts introduced and taught during the fall semester are prerequisites to the information taught in the spring semester.

Do all students participate in marching band?

The entire band classes combine together to form the marching band. In order to receive P.E. credit, a student must complete the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for High School Band that pertains to marching band. All band students,therefore, are members of the marching band. Because of contemporary drill design, potential sickness, injury, loss of eligibility and other factors, not every student is guaranteed a performance position.

The students are also placed in a performance band for class purposes and skill levels. The 4 bands are – Honors, Symphonic, Concert and the non-performing training band.

Does the No-Pass / No-Play rule affect a student’s participation in band?

Band students must pass all classes to participate in the extra-curricular activities of the band, such as contests, competitions and football games, and trips. The class time instruction and all after school rehearsals are considered curricular; therefore, students are expected to participate in these regardless of academic eligibility.

What after school rehearsal time is expected of a band student?

During marching season (approximately the first twelve weeks of the school year), the band rehearses three or four days per week after school. These rehearsals are 2 to 3 hours each. The rehearsal schedule will be posted and updated on the band calendar which will be on the band website. Check the band calendar for practice times.

During concert season the bands each rehearse at least 2 days a week for about 1.5 to 2 hours per rehearsal.

Can a student participate in athletics, other school activities, and band?

Yes. Students should be prepared to rehearse everyday after school within University Interscholastic League (UIL) guidelines. See www.uil.utexas.edu for more information. It is not always easy, and does require some advance planning, but most conflicts are worked out with good communication between the student, parent, coach/sponsor, and band director.

What kind of contests/competitions does the band participate in?

In a typical year the band participates in at least two marching contests, two concert and sight-reading contests, and an invitational concert festival. Also, individual students are encouraged to participate in region band, orchestra auditions, solo and ensemble competitions and the school musical.

Who provides the band uniforms?

The Fort Bend Independent School District purchases the concert band tux and dress attire, and the marching band uniforms.

How much does the band travel?

The marching band attends all football games of the varsity football team and travels to all scheduled competitions.

Can a student take private lessons at the school?

Yes. The Bulldog Band maintains a list of private lesson specialists on each instrument. Lessons need to be scheduled independently with these specialists.  It is each student’s responsibility to contact the lesson teacher to set up the lesson schedule.

What extra music experiences can a band student participate in?

Band students can audition for Region Band, the first step to becoming a Texas All-State Musician.  They can also participate in Private lessons, Solo and Ensemble Contest, Full Orchestra, and the School Musical.

Can a student borrow/check out an instrument from the school?

Certain instruments are available for borrow through the school on a limited basis by checking the instrument out through the directors. Oboe, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, French horn, Euphonium, Percussion, and Tuba are some of the instruments available.

Is there a Band Booster Organization?

Yes, an extremely active group of parents and boosters provide the band with crucial support. The Booster Club undertakes a great number of service projects and fundraisers to assist the students in the band program. Parents are strongly encouraged to participate in the functions of the Booster Club and thus foster a real family atmosphere in the Bulldog Band. Click here for more information

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