Uniforms

FORMAL UNIFORM PICK UP for BAND/ORCHESTRA STUDENTS


SKIRTS

October 15 (Tuesday), 2:30-5:30pm

TUXEDOS

October 16 (Wednesday), 2:30-6pm

The uniform room is located halfway up the stairs across from the music department entrance. Students may need to wait in line, so bring homework or something to do. The busiest time when lines are the longest is right after school. Consider coming a little later to avoid the lines!

Optional tips for making the pickup process faster:

- Students trying on skirts should wear leggings.

- Students trying on tuxedos should remove sweatshirts, jackets or bulky sweaters. 

If you have any questions, please contact one of the music teachers or Denise Steinbrecher.

 

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.

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

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)

Formal Tuxedo Standards

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. Families need to provide the black shirt. As always, please contact your band/orchestra director if you have any financial concerns about this purchase.)
  • 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)

FAQs

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 Denise Steinbrecher
 
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 Denise Steinbrecher.
 
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 Ernst if you have questions about marching band uniforms.
 

End of Year Uniform Returns

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.

What if I lose my uniform?

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

CONTACT


Please contact Denise Steinbrecher if you have any questions about formal band and orchestra uniforms.

2018-19 VOLUNTEERS ROCK!

It takes a dedicated team of volunteers to outfit more than 350 York musicians in their formalwear. Thank you to the parents who made it happen in 2018-19!

End-Of-Year Collection Team (May) - Katie Hoffman, Lisa Morey, Donna Moriarty, Patty Reginelli, Denise Steinbrecher, Beth Valdez

Distribution Team (October) - Phyllis Anderson, Nicole Braun, Ann Dow, Katie Hoffman, Joan Letourneau, Sue Mooshool, Patty Reginelli, Becky Sletten, Denise Steinbrecher, Jennifer Trenta, Beth Valdez, Steve Wiersum, Keelie Witzel, Jeff Zochalski

Inventory Team (Sept) - Kristin Boxall, Nicole Braun, Sarah Lestina, Jennifer Trenta, Julie Vacko, Beth Valdez, Susan Warren