The following are many of the questions people ask about the Bowie Band Program.  If you have a question that is not within this list, please go to the Contact page and send an email to the appropriate person.

The Bowie Band generally starts summer band camp on August 1. The Color Guard and percussion start one week before. There is a parent meeting the evening before camp starts, on July 31.
Yes, the Color Guard is considered an important part of the Marching Band. What is sometimes referred to as the “Bands of Bowie” consists of Wind Ensemble students, Jazz Band students, Steel Drum band students, and Marching Band students. The Band Boosters’ charter is to support all aspects of the Bands of Bowie, although Marching Band is at the forefront during the Fall.
Movement camp is a paid camp held at Bowie in June. This camp is highly recommended but not mandatory for all students new to marching in a band. Students who attend the movement camp will earn letter points. Sign up starts in the Spring. Registration form found here: Movement Camp Form
The Bowie Band is bound by the University Interscholastic League’s (UIL) 8-hour rule.
Many students work on homework during their 1-hour lunch period, before and after school.
The Bowie Marching Band performs at every varsity football game and many local and regional competitions.
The Yahoo! Group is one of the ways to stay aware of everything happening in the Bowie Band program, including last-minute updates to practice schedules and reminders about items your student needs to bring to practice. Messages are sent in email form, though you can also access an archive of all messages in a website-style format. To subscribe, send an email to: bowieband-subscribe@ yahoogroups.com and include your student’s first and last name and instrument in the body of the message.
Charms Office Assistant is a web-based management system for the Bowie Band. You can access the updated calendar of events, your student’s financial records, important hand outs, and more. It is important that your personal information and email address are correct on Charms as you will receive many emails throughout the year from the Directors via Charms.
Fair share is an equal amount of money owed to the Bowie Band for buses, music, technicians, fuel costs, and many more things. This amount varies year to year. Come to a booster meeting to see how your Fair Share is spent.

See the Bands of Bowie Handbook in the Handouts section of Charms for additional information.

The Bowie Marching band has a specific dress code. See the Bands of Bowie Handbook in the Handouts section of Charms for additional information.
Concert band students, as well as marching band students, need some specific clothing items for concert season. See the Bands of Bowie Handbook in the Handouts section of Charms for additional information.
Yes, you can access the Bands of Bowie Handbook in the Handouts section of Charms for additional information.
The Boosters are a parent organization that exists to support the Band, provide volunteers for various functions and other logistical needs, and raise funds to help offset some of the costs incurred by the Band. The Boosters operate under a budget separate from the Band Fair Share, and provide support and funding for things such as trailers and trailer maintenance, Fruit Stand (during band camp), and occasionally provide a “donation” to the Band to lower everyone’s Fair Share costs.
The Bowie Band Boosters meets approximately August through May on the third Monday of each month. Announcements are sent out via the Yahoo! Groups mail list. To subscribe, send an email to: bowieband-subscribe@ yahoogroups.com and include your student’s first and last name and instrument in the body of the message.