Frequently Asked Question

Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions. Never hesitate to contact the staff and ask a question.

Marching Band

What is the schedule for marching band?

Marching band rehearsals begin with a camp during the first week of June. After enjoying six weeks of down time, marching band begins in earnest in mid-July. The calendar allows for students and their families to take vacation and have some much deserved down time. You can find the calendar and keep up with all events here.

What is the after school practice schedule for marching band?

The marching band is an extra curricular activity, so rehearsals during the school year are after school on Monday and Tuesday from 3-6 pm and on Thursdays' from 5:30 - 8:30 pm. On Fridays' and Saturdays' that we do not have games or contests, we typically rehearse as well.

What fees are involved?

Fees can be paid by check or charge. In order to pay by charge card you can use our PayPal account. PayPal charges 2.9% + $.30 transaction fees. Please understand we need to pass this fee on for the usage of this service. For example, if you enter $250, a total of $257.50 will be charged to your credit card.

Winter Percussion

What is winter percussion?

Winter percussion is a percussion ensemble that performs in contests similar to marching band. The major differences are there are only percussionists and everything is hosted inside a gymnasium.

How long is the season?

The season starts in the beginning of November and ends after the first weekend of April. Students will still have their winter vacation. There may be only one or two rehearsal during this time. Additionally, if students made it to State Finals, they would be expected to be at rehearsals during the second week of the two-week spring break.

Where can I find a schedule and how often do we rehearse?

All rehearsal and contest information can be found here. Click the drop menu and choose your desired ensemble! You can have any combination of schedules! Through the majority of the season, the Concert A students will only rehearse twice a week, Tuesday’s from 3:30 – 6PM and Wednesday’s from 5 – 8PM. The Movement Open students will rehearse Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 6 – 9PM. During contest season additional Friday rehearsals will be held for both groups.

Where will the rehearsals take place?

All rehearsals will take place at Perry Meridian High School. Students should be dropped off and picked up at door 6 on the north side of the building. Students should arrive at least 10- 15 minutes early to set-up their gear and the rehearsal site.

What is the difference between "movement" and "concert" groups?

Concert groups do not use any marching percussion. They consist of the instruments used in the “pit” during marching band. They are stationary throughout the show. Movement groups use the pit and marching battery. They perform drill, emotion, and dance on a tarp. This is very similar to Winter Guard.

Are we a "movement" or "concert" group this season?

For the first time ever, Perry will have two groups, both a movement and concert. All new middle school members will be in the concert A group! This will allow anyone of any skill level to participate!

What is IPA?

IPA stands for Indiana Percussion Association. This organization hosts and leads all contests for concert and movement groups, which we are performing in. They have many different classes to allow for fair competition. More information can be found at Indiana Percussion.

How much does it cost?

Unfortunately, fees are a necessity for this ensemble. Without fees, we would not be able to supply students with quality instruments, staff, pay for contest fees, tarp, uniform, or other essentials to the activity. The Concert A price is $250 and the Movement Open price is $500. This is split into installments. Dates will be provided on the website.

Will I be able to manage this along with school and homework?

Yes. Most of the staff not only participated in both, they actually took Advanced Placement courses and kept the same GPA. To participate with effort in both will require time management. This will prepare you for the real world and college. In addition, the staff takes academics very seriously, and is willing to come in early or stay late to help with homework or tutor a student in a course.

Can parents help?

YES! Parents are the foundation to a successful ensemble. Parents may help build props, help with transportation, getting on/off the floor during performances, maintaining uniforms, and providing assistance to the staff and students to ensure a successful and stress free season.

If I have questions, whom should I contact?

Dustin Smith is the Percussion and Co-Marching Band Director at the high school. He oversees the percussion ensembles during both the fall and winter seasons. He can be contacted at dsmith@perryschools.org. For additional information, you may also contact the Director of Bands, .

Finally, what will I get out of this experience?

Winter percussion will prepare you for school, work, and the rest of your life. In this ensemble, you will be taught leadership, time management, how to set personal goals, and how hard work will bring you success and happiness. The staff’s first priority is providing a quality education for our students. We want you to have fun and want you to be proud of your achievements.

Winter Guard

Will I be able to manage this along with school and homework?

Yes. Most of the staff not only participated in both, they actually took Advanced Placement courses and kept the same GPA. To participate with effort in both will require time management. This will prepare you for the real world and college. In addition, the staff takes academics very seriously, and is willing to come in early or stay late to help with homework or tutor a student in a course.