Here's information on wearing and taking care of the Marching Band uniforms.
Marching Band Uniform Information
3.) Two white arm Gauntlets
4.) Shako & Plume (plume distributed at performance) in black/plastic “Shako Box”
6.) White Gloves
7.) MTX Black Marching Shoes
8.) Black socks (you supply)
9.) RHS Band Garment Bag with YOUR NAME CARD clearly showing
10.) V-NECK WHITE T-SHIRT (you supply)
GENERAL UNIFORM INFORMATION
1.) YOU MUST wear athletic shorts or boxer shorts and a V-NECK WHITE T-SHIRT underneath the uniform. This protects the uniforms from perspiration damage (this will be obvious on a white uniform).
2.) Students must wear clean black cotton athletic socks, (you supply these!).
3.) If you lose your Marching Band gloves, a replacement pair can purchased through the school, $2 for new gloves, one-size-fits-all.
4.) All uniforms once fitted and assigned, will be kept at home. You are responsible for keeping your uniform properly stored on the hanger.
5.) Please remember that these uniforms are NEW and cost approximately $400.00 each. Please take good care of them!
6.) Shoes, socks, jacket collar-liner and gloves must be cleaned before every performance.
7.) Each student is responsible for the care and safekeeping of their assigned Marching Band uniform. ANY DAMAGE OR LOSS OF A UNIFORM, OR ANY OF ITS PARTS, IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT. This means paying for the repair or replacement of any damaged/stained or missing uniform, and any or all of its parts.
8.) At the conclusion of the Marching band season, each student will be given a DRY CLEAN VOUCHER to get their uniform professionally dry cleaned (at no expense to you). When you turn in your uniform at the end of the season, we expect that it WILL BE IN THE SAME EXCELLENT/NEW CONDITION AS WHEN YOU RECEIVED IT.
PROPERLY FITTED UNIFORM - CHECK-POINTS - see pictures below...
1.) Pants are “high-waisted” by design and the top edge of the pants should fit above the navel!
2.) The most important correct-fitting part of the pants must be the PANTS LENGTH (inseam).
The front crease of the entire length of the pants must be perfectly straight (unbroken by any crease or wrinkle) when standing at attention with your marching shoes on. The bottom edge of the hemmed pant (front edge of pants) must touch (but not hang over) the top of the shoe in front, and hang to the middle of the shoe-heel in back. Be certain that you have adjusted the suspenders for a proper “pants length” fit. If this does not work you may need to alter the hem-line of the pants.
3.) UNIFORM ALTERATION: If your uniform needs to be altered in the jacket sleeves or pant-length, it is OK to alter the hem. However, DO NOT CUT OFF EXCESS FABRIC/MATERIAL! The next student using that uniform may need that length. Also please do not use iron tape for hemming as this is very difficult to remove. A simple hem tack will do.
4.) The waist size of the pants is easily adjustable. Adjust the side zippers on the pants for a comfortable fit around the waist, and adjust the suspenders for a proper “pants length” fit. Be sure to consider that you will deep-breathe and will be doing much physical moving/marching in these pants (caution that they are not too tight!!!). If you have made all possible adjustments to the waist-size of the pants and they still do not fit correctly/comfortably, you need to get a different pair of pants.
1.) The jacket should be easy to get on & off and feel comfortable when wearing. Always have someone assist you in getting into your jacket - the BUDDY SYSTEM!
2.) Button the neck-collar hook and be sure that this is not too tight a fit around the neck
3.) Check the jacket fit with arms/hands placed in instrument playing position. Does the uniform get too tight across the back, or is it comfortable?
1.) All hair must be worn above the collar and behind the ear. Bobby pins, hair nets, etc. can be used to hold your hair up and inside of the Shako. Be sure to consider this when selecting the correct Shako size.
2.) A properly fitted SHAKO consists of:
• Two fingers space between the bridge of your nose and the hat-bill
• Comfortable fit to your head (not too tight, but not so loose that the Shako may fall)
• You can adjust the string inside of the Shako for a tighter or looser fit (if the string is missing, find some string & replace this - a shoelace works great!)
3.) Shako’s are not needed for FRONTLINE members
4.) NEVER ever wear your Shako backwards!
CARE OF THE UNIFORM
1.) Do not wash or “hand wash” the jacket or trousers portion of the uniform in any manner. Professional dry clean only.
What can (and should be) washed in any residential washing machine after each use, are the following uniform parts:
1.) Jacket collar liner (snaps out of collar)
2.) White gloves
3.) Black socks
2.) After each wearing of your uniform, hang it up properly on the hangar. Remove the uniform from the garment bag as soon as possible after use, let it air out! Any moisture trapped in the bag will cause mildew which is extremely difficult and expensive to remove (in addition to being very stinky!)
The worst enemy of Band uniform fabric is perspiration - always wear a WHITE V-NECK T-SHIRT under your jacket. Second only to this is dirt that can be embedded into the material and do permanent damage.
3.) Check your jacket frequently that it is clean & white. A clean stiff brush usually will remove any dirt/dust that collects on the jacket (or pants). NEVER SET YOUR JACKET ON THE GROUND!
4.) SHOES MUST NEVER BE PLACED INSIDE YOUR GARMENT BAG!!! This can cause damage to your uniform! Use the backside shoe storage zipper compartment on your garment bag.
5.) Using a permanent marker, write your name on the bottom inside & outside of your shoes. You are responsible for keeping your shoes clean and at home! USE THE “SHOE POLISHER” INCLUDED WITH YOUR NEW SHOES!
6.) Plumes will be kept in your Shako box in the cardboard tube. Note that the plume can be permanently damaged if not placed in tube correctly (one-way direction in & out of tube).
APPEARANCE WHILE IN UNIFORM
1.) Hair must be worn above the collar and behind the ear.
2.) All jewelry must removed when in uniform. No earrings, necklaces, etc. Plan ahead to leave these valuables at home.
3.) Uniform pants must be the same uniform length throughout the Band, the bottom front edge of your pants hem should barely touch the top portion of your shoes. The crease on the front of your pants must be perfectly straight and unbroken, when standing at attention! Judges at competitions will notice this and it will affect the competitive score of the entire band in the Marching & Maneuvering caption of a marching band competition.
4.) Wearing cosmetics, “make-up” while in uniform is not recommended (Exception: Color Guard, you may wear makeup!). Invisible base make-up clogs pores and does not allow the skin to breathe properly, leading to potential overheating and exhaustion. Make-up also will stain the uniform collar.
6.) The way we dress and take care of our appearance says a lot about the way we feel about ourselves as a group. Pride in our appearance will generate pride in our actions and thoughts. Uniformity of dress and sharp/crisp appearing uniforms is adjudicated at all marching band competitions.
7.) With proper care and maintenance, these uniforms will last a long time. Do your part. Always wear the uniform with pride. If you remove any part of the uniform, remove all of it. If you are wearing any part of the uniform, wear it all. Be proud of your BAND and SCHOOL, and show it every time you put your uniform on!