From the Band Room - August 10, 2016

Submitted by NHolland on Wed, 08/10/2016 - 00:00

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From the President ~ Welcome to Cario Bands 2016-2017!

Each week beginning the first week of school you will receive the From The Band Room ("FTBR") announcements via email. The information in the FTBR is timely, detailed and important. Please make sure you read through the entire message. We will keep you up-to-date with changes to events and schedules and pass along band announcements from the Directors. The FTBR can be lengthy at times; however, this minimizes the amount of emails I have to return.

While we don't want to see anyone go, please let us know if your child will not be enrolling in band this year by emailing me at If you have questions about the band program, our booster board is ready to help. A complete contact list is available on the website.

We hope your child will find band to be an exciting and fun experience! I'm looking forward to a fun year and to seeing you all throughout the year. This year is historic in the Cario Bands - Mr. Scott is in his 30th year of teaching, and is vying for his 30th year of straight superiors at Concert Festival! Thank you for joining the best middle school band program in South Carolina!


Nicholas Holland
President, Cario Band Boosters

Important Dates

Thursday, August 18th - Band Parent Night - Cario Gym and Band Room: 6:00 PM - 6th Graders, 7:00 PM - 7th/8th Graders

Wednesday, August 31st - Woodwind/Percussion - Fast Start Clinic (mandatory for 6th graders) - 6:00-8:00 PM, Band Room

Thursday, September 1st - Brass Fast Start Clinic 6 - 8 pm (mandatory for 6th graders) - 6:00-8:00 PM, Band Room

Tuesday, September 6 - Deadline for New Family Breakfast RSVP

Saturday, September 10th - New Family Welcome Breakfast - Burton's Grill, 7:00-10:00 AM (RSVP for a time slot!)

Wednesday, September 7th - Lessons Academy Begin - Band Room and various

Saturday, September 17th - Beach Sweep - Sullivan's Island

Wednesday & Thursday, October 3rd & 4th - 7th and 8th Grade Uniform Night 4:00-7:00 PM, Band Room

Friday, October 8th - 8th Grade Wando Band Night - Wando HS/Stadium

Important Information

Parent Band Night ~ All Band Parents

Thursday, August 18th in the Cario Gym. Come meet the Directors and ask questions.

6th Grade Parents

6:00 - 6:45 pm ~ Parent Meeting ~ Don't Panic ~ 6th Grade Band is not life consuming! 6:30 - 8:00 pm ~ Instrument Rental ~ Music & Arts & Instrument Doc (Trombone Rentals) Instruments will be delivered to the Cario Band Room for Fast Start Clinic

7th & 8th Grade Parents

7:00 - 7:30 pm ~ Parent Meeting

The Fair Share Assessment (FSA)

FSA is $225 per student and $200 for each additional child enrolled at the same time.

Please do not let the Band FSA keep your student from participating in band. The Cario Band Boosters have a scholarship program, and FSA waiver forms are available on our website. Additional information about the waiver is in the handbook.

Cario Band Instrument Rentals

Students needing to rent instruments (i.e. Bassoon Euphonium, French Horn and Tuba) from the band program will be provided information in class once school begins. Cario Band has a few Brass and Woodwinds instruments for those who need financial assistance. Please send an email to Jeff Scott at

6th Grade Rental Program: Representatives from Music & Arts and the Instrument Doc will be at Band Night on August, 20th from 6:30 ~ 8:00 pm to assist parents with instrument rentals. We provide this service as a convenience to parents; however, there may be wait times depending on the number of people needing to rent instruments. Parents may visit Music & Arts on Savannah Highway or Instrument Doc in Mt. Pleasant (Trombones only) to arrange an instrument rental or purchase at their convenience. Note: All 6th grade students will need instruments in time for the Fast Start clinics on September 2nd. They won't need them in class before then.

Music Books and Other Materials ~ All Band Students

The band program provides the music books, binders and SmartMusic that students are required to have in class. This will be distributed during class the first week of school.

New Family Welcome Breakfast

Attention to All New Families to our Band Program! Please be our guest & join us at the Mt. Pleasant Burton's Grill on Saturday, September 10th! Meet some experienced Band Students and Booster Board Members. Talk to 8th Grade Band Members who play the same instrument you do. If you have questions, this is the time to ask! Enjoy a nice, hot pancake breakfast courtesy of your Band Boosters. We really are here to serve you and look forward to meeting you! Please complete and return the New Family Welcome Breakfast Reservation by Tuesday, September 6th.

Uniforms ~ All Students

Uniform ~ 6th Graders: Students wear a black Cario Band polo shirt and black pants from Stagecoach Clothing Store (found in the shopping center between Target and Piggly Wiggly in Mount Pleasant) for their concert attire and cost $20. These pants are a requirement for all sixth grade students ~ no substitution is allowed! You must order the pants by Wednesday, September 28th. The personnel at Stagecoach know exactly what you need and are most helpful. Sixth graders will also need black shoes for their concert uniforms.

Uniform ~ 7th & 8th Graders: We will have a Uniform Night on Wednesday, October 3rd and Thursday October 4th from 4 - 7pm to assign the concert dresses and tuxes. Please attend this night so we minimize any disruption in the classroom. Please note that Jazz Band Students wear formal dress or tux for a spring performance and will receive a Jazz Band shirt and will wear jeans for other performances.

Wando 8th Grade Band Night

Wando Middle School Band Night is where all the 8th grade band students from Mt. Pleasant perform with the Wando High School Marching Band on Friday, October 8th and attendance is mandatory for all 8th graders.

Thursday, October 7th - Band Rehearsal 5 - 7:30 pm Wando High School Band Practice Field
Friday, October 8th - Wando Middle School Band NIght - Call time - TBA at the old Wando High School
Uniform ~ 8th Graders: You will wear predominantly white tennis shoes to go along with your blue Cario band t-shirt and a pair of jeans. IMPORTANT! Every 8th grader must try on their Cario Band t-shirt to verify that your Cario Band t-shirt fits or order a new size. (Your student must also wear this t-shirt, if they are volunteering for Fast Start Clinic or the New Family Breakfast.)

Please contact our uniform chair, Caroline McKinney, with any questions you may have at