Band & Vision Dance Company Family Parents –

Summer break is burning away and we hope you are getting a much needed break from the school schedule!

Before you know it, the sights, sounds, and smells of music and marching will be in our minds.  This year, Mr. Howard is starting a Band & Vision Parent Mentoring Program.  The goal of this program is to pair up experienced sophomore, junior, and senior parents with freshman parents to be a source of information and to bring understanding to how and why certain things happen in the course of the year.  

Remember back when you were a freshman parent – the bewildering feeling that you were on a runaway freight train flying through the fall season? Questions come up and you don’t even know who to ask! 

  • Why is summer band so long?
  • During rehearsals, who are those other people on the field talking to the students?
  • Why does my student smell so bad?
  • First performance during a football game… Is that the entire show?
  • What is a shako?

 You can help bring understanding and knowledge to the new freshman parents and help them be more comfortable with the transition of their student into the high school program.  

Here is how it works:

If you are interested in assisting the freshman parents in this program please sign up at the Google spreadsheet below by Friday, July 1ST, 2016.  At that time, we will take the list of interested parents and list of freshman parents and we will match them up. We will work to pair one or two incoming parents and provide contact information to both sets of parents (experienced parents & new parents). The match list will be published by July 23rd, 2016.

Expectations of Mentors

  • Contact the new parent to welcome them to the program!
  • Periodically, reach out via Email and/or telephone to see if they have any questions.
  • Be available to answer questions throughout the year.
  • What happens if you don’t know the answer… Pull in the Past President as the Parent Mentor Coordinator to answer the question.

 Link to Signup List:

 Please Email the Band & Vision Parent Mentoring Program coordinator at

Have an AMAZING Summer!


Kip DeGilio
Past President 

Vandegrift Band & Vision Dance Company Boosters