GOVERNOR MIFFLIN MARCHING BAND
The following is a list of duties and responsibilities for the
Chaperones of the Governor Mifflin Marching Band.
|Arrive about 15 minutes prior to the student report time (this
time will be on your schedule). This will give you time to
receive any last minute changes and organize yourself on the
|As students board the buses, stand on or outside of your bus
to be "visible." Be alert for any potential rule violations.
(See student rule sheet attached) Encourage students to take as
little as possible with them. This is a good time to get to know
the students on a more personal level. Be friendly.|
|Students need to sit 2 per seat.|
|When it seems that your bus is full, have your student
attendance taker take attendance. You may need to retain order
while this is being done. NOTE: Students on loading crew will be
the last ones to board the bus (You'll get to know who these
people are. I will try to mark these names on the attendance
|Report any absences to Mrs. Cusano. (Mr. C. Usually has the
people who he knows are going to be absent already crossed off the
|After attendance is taken, ask the band members if they have
all of their equipment. They should have an instrument (or know
that it has been loaded on the truck), uniform, hat, gloves(?),
and if they suffer from asthma, do they have their inhaler.|
|Only band personnel and chaperones are allowed on the bus.
This includes band alumni. If in doubt, check with Mr. or Mrs. C.
If you are chaperoning and have a younger child who attends the
Governor Mifflin Schools, they may ride on YOUR bus.|
|While the buses are traveling, your job is simply to maintain
relative order. We all have different tolerance levels for noise,
etc., but use your own judgment concerning noise levels.|
|The band members are to remain seated at all times and they
are not permitted to sit on the backs of the seats. (Usually the
only time they do this is when they are putting on or taking off
uniforms. The bus drivers get real testy about this.)|
|If in doubt take your cue from the bus driver. It is usually
a good idea to ask the bus driver to let you know if they are
getting too loud for the driver. What may be not too loud for a
passenger, might be distracting to the bus driver.|
|At the performance site, you may be asked to do any of the
|Accompany groups of students to the restrooms.|
|Remind the students to dress quickly. You'll always have
one or two that think they're going to a beauty pageant.|
|All students are required to wear shorts and T-shirts under
their uniform. The students are not to strip down to their
underwear or skin.|
|Keep students on the bus until you get the word to
|Before unloading, make sure the students close the
|Remind them to unpack equipment quickly and line up. This
varies depending on the performance. We will let you know the
specifics at the site.|
|After the buses are empty, double check windows to be sure
they are closed.|
|Each bus will have a water jug. At football games, this
jug needs to be carried out to the stadium.|
|Someone (probably Adele) will be in charge of the first aid
kit, however, most injuries should be referred to the first aid
personnel and Mr. or Mrs. C.|
|Provide assistance to the students when needed.|
|Distribute water when appropriate.|
|Except in specific circumstances, you should not be asked
to carry student's personal items.|
AT FOOTBALL GAMES:
|Sit in the stands with the band|
|There is absolutely no eating or drinking anything (other than
water that we distribute to the band) in the stands.|
|Assist in facilitating the seating of the group.|
|If you observe a problem, remind the student that their
behavior is inappropriate.|
|No other students are to sit with the band members.|
|While our band is performing, make sure no one walks through
the band area.|
|During the 3rd quarter, some chaperones should remain in the
stands to watch the equipment.|
|The remaining chaperones should accompany the band to the
restrooms and the concession area.|
|When 2 minutes remain on the 3rd quarter clock, assist in
reminding the students that they need to be back in the
|Following the game, assist in moving the band to the buses,
encourage them to get their equipment put away quickly.|
|Have your attendance taker take attendance before
|Occasionally, a student will not ride home from a game on the
bus. Mr. or Mrs. C. will let you know who these students are.|
|After the band is under the supervision of the staff, you may
go into the stadium to watch the competition.|
|Following the performance, report to the buses to supervise
the loading and changing of clothing (sometimes the students are
allowed to change into street clothes), get jackets or raincoats,
|Assist in moving the band back into the stadium to watch the
remainder of the. show.|
|Maintain order in the stands as the staff is usually busy
reviewing the judges' tapes.|
|Mrs. C. is the teacher in charge.|
|Remind the students not to talk or comment loudly while
another band is performing.|
|After the awards, assist in moving the students to the
|Have your attendance taker take attendance before
|Occasionally, a student will not ride home from a competition
on the bus. Mr. or Mrs. C. will let you know who these students
|Be aware that each competition is different and last minute
changes are common. Be flexible.|
|Note: Departure from the competition site is usually delayed
due to a staff meeting with the judges. This is a good time to
make sure no one has to make a last minute trip to the restrooms
and is also a good time to distribute water to those who are
|Upon arrival at the school, remind students to clean up their
area (you'll have a trash bag for them to deposit trash into),
close windows and take everything with them.|
|When the bus is empty, double check windows, floors, and seats
for trash or items left behind.|
A WORD ABOUT DISCIPLINE . . .
|The students know what is expected of them, however,
they sometimes forget or ignore what they are told. Remind them in a
|Show them the student rule sheet if necessary.|
|Rules are often broken when teenagers do not see a purpose for the
rules. Explain the rule if necessary. |
|DON'T GET INTO A BATTLE WITH A STUDENT!! Let the school personnel
(Mr. or Mrs. C) know about any difficulties that arise.|
|Deliberate disobedience will not be tolerated.|
After the first trip, the students know what to do and need very
little help other than gentle reminding to move quickly and/or keep
the noise down.
Our students, for the most part, are very cooperative and
responsible. We're proud of them.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE FOLLOWING BEFORE
BOARDING THE BUS
- Clipboard with attendance sheet and a copy of the bus
- Water jug -- currently we only have 3 jugs, so one bus will
not have one. I am hoping to purchase enough for all the
- One of the first aid kits. There will be one for each bus.
One kit is a large kit, the others will have Band-Aids, Tylenol
and a few other first aid items.
- Uniform Repair kit (needle and thread and safety pins) -- I
will probably put this in with the first aid materials, except
for the person who has the big first aid kit.
- Trash bag
- If you're helping on the field, make sure you have a
- Your own personal items.
The bus ride to and from band performances is part of the
excitement of being part of the band. By following a few common-sense
rules, you can help make the trip a pleasurable one for all
concerned. Remember, most rules are made in the interest of
efficiency and safety.
THESE RULES WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR ALL BUS TRIPS:
- Be sure you are on your assigned bus. You are expected to ride
the bus unless you have a note from your parents.
- The chaperones will take attendance prior to any bus
departure. The buses will not move until this has been done.
Please cooperate by sitting quietly until attendance has been
- As a general rule, THERE WILL BE NO EATING OR DRINKING ON THE
BUSES. Most departure times allow you time to eat before leaving.
If this is not possible, you will be informed by Mr. C whenever
food is allowed. Please remember that trash is to be place in the
bags that the chaperones will have or boxes provided and not on
the seats or floor.
- Walkmen or CD players WITH HEADPHONES are allowed on the bus.
Absolutely NO radios, or tape/CD players without headphones. This
is a safety rule. Do be aware, however, that although the buses
are locked, thefts can and do occur. (If you find that any of your
belongings are missing, report it immediately to the
- Do not bring valuables on the bus. Security cannot be
- Do not bring anything more than you need. Room is tight.
- We will be wearing pants/skirts and shoes on the bus for short
trips. This is to eliminate the confusion of the extra clothing on
the bus and to cut down on our "ready" time. On longer trips
changing will be allowed provided that you have shorts and tee
shirts under your uniform.
- Listen to your chaperones. They are there for your safety
and are following the guidelines set up by the school and me. A
request from them is a request from me. If you want to be treated
with respect, you need to give respect.
- Different bus drivers have different rules. If a driver makes
a request, you need to follow it, even though it may be different
from another driver. They are responsible for your safety.
- When we arrive at a performance site, the words are "BE
FLEXIBLE." The situation is a little different at each place, but
generally when we arrive:
- Finish getting dressed
- Stay on the bus until told, except for loading crew
- When you get off the bus get your instrument and line up in
parade formation and wait for directions.
In unusual circumstances such as bad weather, your patience is
- Following the performance, return to the truck and wait
patiently for the loading crew to unload the cases. Put your
instrument away and get on your bus promptly. The staff will
attend a meeting with the judges after each competition, so wait
patiently on your bus.
- If you have a question or problem, see if a chaperone or Mrs.
Cusano can help you. Mr. C and the staff are usually busy getting
directions from the host and organizing the entire group. Mrs. C
will also have basic instrument repair items if an emergency
- Following the trip, all students are responsible for closing
any open windows and cleaning up trash around their seats. Make
sure you take all of your belongings with you.
- In years past, the band has sung the Alma Mater as the buses
enter the school campus. It would be nice to revive that
tradition. It adds a nice closure to the evening. SENIORS,
please take the initiative to get it started on your buses.