Prospective Band Students
Everyone had a blast at last year's
8th Grade Night!
Q Who should I contact if I have a question that wasn't answered here?
Feel free to email Michael Brown, Band Director, at: BrownM4@fultonschools.org
You can also reach out to our Band Booster Parents:
Answers to all of your questions about joining the
North Springs Spartan Band Program
Q Are students required to be part of the Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) Magnet program to be part of the band?
No, students can participate in Concert Band and/or Marching Band without being a part of the VPA Magnet program.
Q Are students required to join both Concert Band AND Marching Band to be part of the band program?
No, students can choose to participate in Concert Band (band as a class) alone OR Marching Band (extracurricular) alone...OR BOTH.
Q How often does the band practice?
Concert Bands (Intermediate & Advanced Band) practice every day in class with opportunities for open practice before or after school with a pass from Mr. Brown.
The Marching Band practices 2x per week (after school, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM) during Marching Band season which is mid-Aug to late-Oct. In addition, students are required to attend Band Camp (typically the week before school starts) from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the school.
Q How much does it cost to join?
Dues for Concert Band (both Intermediate & Advanced Bands) is $25 for the year which covers materials like method books, sheet music, and instruments.
Dues for Marching Band is $200 for the year which covers uniform*, band T-shirt, dinner before all football games that the band participates, admission to the game, and bus transportation to all away games & marching band events. *The only uniform item not included are marching shoes (Dinkles Glide, $25 +/- on Amazon).
Note: For students who participate in both Concert Band and Marching Band, the dues is capped at $200.
Q Do students have to purchase a uniform?
Concert Band students must wear black concert attire to all performances. Discount pricing is available through special band vendors.
Students in the Marching Band are provided with a full uniform* as part of their dues. Uniforms are kept at school & laundered by volunteers during the marching band season.
*As stated above, the only uniform item not included are marching shoes (Dinkles Glide, $25 +/- on Amazon).
Q How often are band performances?
Both Concert Bands have regularly scheduled performances throughout the year as well as a performance at the Georgia Music Educators Association Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE) in the spring.
The Marching Band performs in the stands at football games and on the field during half time (home & away games). The Marching Band also participates in the Fulton County Marching Band Exhibition in September and occasionally other special events.
Q Are there any travel opportunities with the band program?
Yes! The Band/Orchestra/Chorus program tries to offer a travel opportunity every year for students who wish to participate. Details can be found under the "News" tab on the Band website.
Q Are there are scholarships offered through the band program?
Yes! The North Springs Spartan Band Boosters offer a Senior Scholarship for any graduating senior in the band program who wishes to apply. Applications are typically due in late April/early May. Details can be found under the "News" tab on the Band website.