York Community High School


End of Year Uniform Returns

All band and orchestra students must return their formal uniforms immediately after their last concerts (that same evening). Students should bring a change of clothes. Tuxedo-wearers are returning jackets and pants (no bow ties, no dress shirts). Skirt-wearers are returning just skirts (no tops).

Every student must check out with a parent volunteer. Students should:


- Report to their respective rehearsal rooms immediately after the end of the performance.


- Change out of formal uniform and into street clothes.


- Bring uniform to parent volunteers stationed in the room so they can record that the uniform was returned. Tuxedo-wearers must check all pockets and be sure that they are returning tuxedo pants which have a satin ribbon that runs down the side of each pant leg.


- Drop uniform in the big laundry pile!


If a student misses the final concert:

- Label all late returns with student’s name.

- Return uniform to Mr. Riddle, Mr. Pavlik or Mr. Ostwald by May 25.


Anyone failing to return a uniform by May 25 will be charged a replacement fee:

- $85 for tuxedo jackets

- $45 for tuxedo pants

- $20 for skirts



We need parent volunteers to help with returns after each concert. Please visit the online signup page or contact Jenn Toffler if you can help.

2018-19 Uniforms

Band and orchestra uniforms will be distributed sometime in mid-October.

Lookin' Good

All of our performances are, in part, an experience in the visual and dramatic arts, as well as in sound. In order to appropriately present our performance as an ensemble, musicians must follow the standards below.


Skirt dress standards:

- Floor-length full black skirt (provided by the school)

- Solid black blouse, long-sleeved with a modest (high) neckline. No bare midriff should ever show, sitting, standing or walking

- Appropriate solid black dress shoes (no flip flops, sandals, tennis shoes)


Tuxedo dress standards:

- Tuxedo coat and tuxedo pants (provided by the school)

- White, button-down dress shirt with collar

- Black bow tie (may be purchased from the York Bookstore for $5)

- Solid black socks, long enough to cover ankles

- Solid black dress shoes (no tennis shoes or casual shoes)


Uniforms are on loan for free to student musicians through the school year. Replacement fees apply to students who don't return uniforms at the end of the year. 


How do I know that my uniform will fit?

On the pickup days, there will be plenty of parent volunteers available to help ensure you get a good fit. Our inventory includes a lot of different size options. Occasionally, students will need to hem their tux pants or skirts. 


If I'm wearing a tuxedo, do I have to wear the tuxedo pants?

Yes. The tux pants are different from regular dress pants in that they have a satin stripe down the side of each leg. Having everyone dressed in the proper uniform improves the visual aesthetic for the audience.


When do I need to start wearing my formal uniform?

Uniforms are worn starting with the first band and orchestra concerts, usually in November. Formal uniforms are not required for the Collage Concert in September or for the Orchestra Chamber Ensembles in October.


What if I miss the pickup date?

Please don't miss the uniform pickup date! We have many volunteers coming on the scheduled dates to ensure that you get the best possible fit and look great for the performance season ahead. If you're sick and miss the pickup, contact Jenn Toffler


What if my uniform needs repairs?

In order to keep costs low, we ask that students handle minor repairs themselves. This includes hemming skirts or pants, sewing buttons, etc. If your uniform requires major repair, please contact Jenn Toffler.


What do I wear to the Collage Concert?

The Collage Concert happens in mid-September, before formal uniforms are distributed. Performance attire for the Collage Concert is:


- Dress shirt and tie, dress pants, dress shoes, dress socks

- Dress or skirt and blouse, dress shoes, dress slacks

- No jeans, no tennis shoes


*Be certain you can sit and play with correct posture and position in your chosen clothing!

I need help with a marching band uniform. Who do I contact for that?

Contact Mr Pavlik or Mr Riddle if you have questions about marching band uniforms.


Each summer, after the formal uniforms come back from the dry cleaner, we take inventory and prepare the fitting room for the upcoming school year. This job requires a few volunteers, usually a mix of parents and students, and takes about two hours. Please contact Jenn Toffler if you might be able to help this summer, date TBD.

Thank you!

Thank you to the all-star group of parent volunteers who helped fit our band and orchestra students in their formal concert attire in October: Nicole Braun, Ann Dow, Shari Haug, Betty Kritikos, Meg Kruczynski, Joan Letourneau, Monica Nemecek, Ana Nichols, Deb O'Connor, Erin Reasoner, Patricia Reginelli, Jacquelyn Salek, Kevin Scanlon, Myles Toomey, Jennifer Trenta, Diana Vezmar, Amy Wallace, Susan Warren. We couldn't have done it without these dedicated volunteers!


When and how do I return my uniform at the end of the year?

Uniforms are returned after the last concert of the year, usually sometime in May.


- Bring a change of clothes to the last concert.

- Directly after the concert (same evening!), change clothes and report to the assigned room (band or orchestra).

- Check in with a volunteer to confirm that you are returning the uniform, then simply drop the uniform into the return pile.


Be sure you check in with a volunteer when you return the uniform. This is the only way we know that your uniform isn't missing. Failure to check in with a volunteer during the return process could result in replacement fees, listed below.

What if I lose my uniform?

The Performing Arts Department loans uniforms to students for use during the year, then dry cleans all of them over the summer ... all free to students. Because the uniforms are shared from year to year, it's very important to keep track of the one loaned to you.


If your uniform goes missing, be sure to check everywhere for it. In the past, students have found their uniform pieces under the bed, in the back of the closet (or another family member's closet), or even at a friend's house!


You are responsible for holding on to your uniform through the end of the last concert. If you lose it, replacement costs will be charged to you:


- $85 for tuxedo jacket

- $45 for tuxedo pants

- $20 for full-length skirt

Uniform Chair Responsibilities

Co-Chairs: Jenn Toffler, Myles Toomey
Chair Responsibilities

  • Organize/sort the black formal orchestra/band uniforms, by size, in the Uniform Room at the beginning of the school year.
  • Organize Uniform ...more