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.
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.
- Formal Skirt Standards
- Formal Tuxedo Standards
- End of Year Uniform Returns
- What if I lose my uniform?
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)
- Families need to provide the black shirt/blouse and dress shoes. As always, please contact your band/orchestra director if you have any financial concerns about these purchases.
Tuxedo dress standards:
- Tuxedo coat and tuxedo pants (provided by the school)
- Black long-sleeved dress shirt with collar and black buttons (We are no longer wearing white shirts and bow ties.)
- Solid black socks, long enough to cover ankles
- Solid black dress shoes (no tennis shoes or casual shoes)
- Optional: black bow tie or black long tie (not required, not provided by school)
- Families need to provide the black shirt, socks and dress shoes. As always, please contact your band/orchestra director if you have any financial concerns about these purchases.
Dress shirt and tie, dress pants, dress shoes, dress socks
Dress or skirt and blouse, dress shoes, dress slacks
No jeans, no tennis shoes
I need help with a marching band uniform. Who do I contact for that?
Uniforms are returned after the last concert of the year, usually sometime in May.
Students need to:
- Bring a change of clothes to the last concert.
- Directly after the concert (same evening!), change out of the uniform and report to the assigned room (band or orchestra).
- Check in with a volunteer to confirm the return, then simply drop the uniform into the return pile.
- Tuxedo-wearers return jackets and pants (no bow ties, no dress shirts). Be sure to check all pockets. Be sure that the pants being returned are tuxedo pants which have a satin ribbon that runs down the side of each pant leg.
- Skirt-wearers return skirts only (no tops).
Students must check in with a volunteer when when returning the uniform. This is the only way we know that the uniform isn't missing. Failure to check in with a volunteer during the return process could result in replacement fees, listed below.
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 24.
Anyone failing to return a uniform by May 24 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 check back later in the year for an online signup or contact Denise Steinbrecher if you can help.
The Performing Arts Department loans uniforms to students for use during the year, then dry cleans 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
Please contact Denise Steinbrecher if you have any questions about formal band and orchestra uniforms.