Uniforms

2018-19 Uniform Distribution

How do you know what uniform items are assigned to you? 
Once everything is assigned, we’ll post the numbers in two places: a printed copy will be somewhere in the Uniform Closet (exact location TBD) and — the simplest of all — in Charms. When everything has been assigned and the numbers have been entered in Charms, we’ll let you know where to look. Update: Numbers will be posted when the raincoats are assigned and sent home.

What has been fitted and assigned so far?
Raincoats:  Students have been sized for raincoats. Raincoats will be assigned and sent home either Friday, 8/31, or Friday, 9/7.

Color guard: Most of your uniform information will come from Miss Davenport and Miss Fisher. Mrs. Bean, Mrs. Cross, and/or Mrs. Coleman will assign you your raincoat. Some of the legs on the guard uniforms are a bit long; we’re investigating!

Tunics and Bibs: All have been assigned and were sent home on Fri, 8/24.

Shakos: All have been assigned and were sent home on Fri, 8/24. Pit members: Pick your shakos up from the Uniform Closet and take them home.

Dinkles and Guard shoes: Shoes have been distributed.

Uniform Timing

Issuance of Uniforms – Uniforms are usually sent home either after the Parent Preview or after the first football game on Friday.

Return of Uniforms – Uniforms are usually returned after the marching season ends.  This year—weather-permitting—the band will wear uniforms for the Memorial Day Weekend Parade in Harleysville.

Documents & Forms

Frequently Asked Questions

It will be either after the Parent Preview or after the first football game on Friday.

After the marching season ends. This year—weather-permitting—the band will wear uniforms for the Memorial Day Weekend Parade in Harleysville.

The BRBB collects an annual Participation Fee per student. The BRBB does not collect a uniform fee, but in the past people sometimes referred to the Participation Fee as a “uniform fee”.

Each student must use a garment bag to carry their uniform. You can use any garment bag you wish. If you don’t already have one, you can buy a garment bag from the Band Store at that Parent Information Meeting. The bags are inexpensive (most years, they cost about $10) and will have “Big Red Marching Band” printed on them.

The uniforms have four pieces: a tunic, pants, a raincoat, and a shako (hat). Every piece has a number. We keep track of the numbers.

You can use a piece of masking tape (low-adhesive) as a name tag inside your uniform. Do NOT use labels or a high-adhesive tape. These don’t come off easily and will leave a residue behind.

Many students like to “decorate” their shako boxes with low-adhesive tape, such as masking tape or painting tape. It makes it easier to quickly identify their box. Do not write your name on the inside of your shako. You can use a piece of masking tape to label the shako, but no duck tape or labels (they don’t come off.) Tying a ribbon on the handle is a good way to mark your shako box.

Dinkles/Guard Shoes/Member shirts/Gloves/Wristbands: They all look alike! Write your name somewhere so that you know which one is yours. This is a good idea for spirit wear as well.

We try to avoid it, but some bibs and/or tunic sleeves will need to be hemmed.

New this year: Any needed hemming changes will be taken care of by the BRBB. We will take bibs and tunics to Alterations by Nadia in Souderton.

See the Uniform Care Guide.

Shoes to wear at camp and practices: Sneakers or running shoes. No Converse/Chuck Taylors.

Color Guard: Ms. Davenport will give you shoe information.

Instrumentalists & Drum Majors: For games, competitions, parades where you wear the band uniform: You’ll get some great marching band shoes, aka “Dinkles”. A uniform company representative will measure you during Band Camp.

Do you need new shoes? A uniform company representative will measure you during the regular Band Camp.

The shoes will be delivered to the school. The BRBB will collect the payment for the shoes at the Parent Information Meeting. The price varies from year to year, but is usually in the $30-$35 range.

Orthotics/shoe inserts: If you wear orthotics or some other type of shoe inserts, be sure to have them with you when your feet are measured at band camp.

Shako boxes go through a lot and sometimes they don’t want to stay together any more. When this happens, you can wrap a Velcro strap around the hinges and/or the handle. Many of the boxes already have straps on them. If you need a strap, ask anyone on the Uniform committee.

Yes. Each marching student will need:

  • Plumes: Everyone who wears a shako will use a plume. You don’t keep the plumes, though; they are handed out before games and competitions and returned to the band room after games/competions.
  • Shoes. See Shoes, above.
    (2) black band t-shirts. You wear these shirts under your tunic. You will buy them from the Band Store (they’ll be available during the Parent Information Meeting). The cost varies from year to year, but is approximately $12.
    New this year: a “performance weight” version of the member shirt. You can wear the cotton shirt of the performance weight shirt.
  • White gloves. Depending on your instrument, you may need white gloves. Ask your section leader. You’ll want to have at least (2) pairs and quite possibly more. (They’re easy to lose.) You will buy them from the Band Store. The cost varies, but is typically less than $5/pair. 
  • Black wrist bands. Depending on your instrument, you may need black wrist bands. Ask your section leader. You’ll want to have at least (2) pairs and quite possibly more. (They’re easy to lose.) You will buy them from the Band Store. The cost varies, but is about $5.
  • Non-bulky shorts or leggings to wear under the uniform pants.
  • Black socks. Any kind, as long they are completely black and come up to at least mid-shin.
  • On cold nights, you may want to wear a thermal layer. You can wear any kind, but it can’t be visible.
  • Hand warmers – completely optional, but they are nice when the nights are cold. We don’t have them in the Band Store, but they are easy to find at many stores.

Yes. Each color guard students will need:

Shoes. See Shoes, above.
Gloves. The cost varies, but figure on approximately $15/pair.

Ms. Davenport will tell you what, if anything, else that you will need.

Yep. Please no. And yep.

  • Make checks out to “BRBB”. Write the student’s name and the purpose (for example, “participation fee”, “shoes”, “band store”) in the Memo line. If you are paying for more than one student or for more than one fee, note that.
  • While checks are preferred, cash may be accepted.
  • Student Credit can be used for “band necessities”, which includes the participation fee, shoes, and required uniform items. Fund request forms will be available at the Parent Information Meeting. They are also posted on the Files area. You can check your balances at the Parent Information Meeting; balances are updated monthly and are posted on the filing cabinet above the Red Box outside the Band Room office.

Fittings for the 2018-19 Big Red Marching Band

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Fitting schedule for 2018-2019

Raincoats: During band camp.
Shoes: During band camp.

Show uniforms: Ms. Davenport will give you information about fittings.
Parade uniforms: Ms. Davenport will give you information about fittings.

Fitting schedule for 2018-2019

Shoes (a.k.a., Dinkles): During band camp. New students and anyone who needs new Dinkles will be measured by a representative from Final Touch, our uniform vendor.

Tunics and bibs: During the first two days of band camp.
New this year: The BRBB is sending all tunics and bibs that need hem changes to Alterations by Nadia. Families will not be required to make their own hemming changes.

Raincoats: During band camp.
Shakos: During band camp.