Uniforms

5 things to do before you return your uniformHow to return your uniformUniform FAQs

Seniors: All parts of your uniform must be returned to the school in order for you to graduate.

Returning your marching band uniform

Marching Band Uniform Return Night #2

When: Thursday, February 23rd
Encore: Bring things to the uniform closet in the band room before practice, starting at 5:30.
Forte: Bring your raincoat/uniform with you to practice. Someone will meet you during practice to retrieve it.
Anyone not in a winter group: Bring things to the uniform closet in the band room between 7:30 and 8:30.

Can’t get to the school on 2/23? Send an e-mail to the Uniform Committee to let us know: Tracey Bean, Kelly Mowery, and Jill Coleman at uniforms@soudertonbigred.org.

5 things to do before you return your uniform

    1. Are you participating next year? Try the uniform on one more time:
      —Does it still fit you? We can set it aside with your name on it for next year.
      —Are pants or sleeves borderline short? We can check out the hemming possibilities.
      —Is the fit uncomfortable? Write down what’s wrong, so that we can find a better-fitting uniform for you next year.
    2. Check the numbers: Every part of your uniform has a number. If those numbers do not match the numbers on your garment bag tag, let us know before return night.
    3. Check for “issues”: Take five minutes to look it over and note anything that needs to be addressed:
      —Cuffs, hems, seams, snaps, and hooks: Are the stitches solid? Does anything need to be mended? The dry cleaner (or you, if you’re handy with a needle) can fix loose stitching. Do the zippers work well?
      —There is a small pocket in the pants: it it empty?
      —Are there any stains? If so, tell the dry cleaner when you drop it off.
      —Shakos: Are there stains on the shako? You can spot-clean it. Is the shako box okay or do the handle and/or hinges need to be fixed? It’s okay to leave your name on the shako box.
      —Raincoats: Empty those pockets! Remove the masking tape that has your name on it. (For next year: you can replace the tape after you wash the coat.)
    4. Remember the hangers: You were given one hanger for the tunic and pants and another hanger for the raincoat, and the hangers were marked with your name. Return the hangers! Let us know if your hanger is broken (you will not be charged a fee for a broken hanger).
    5. Clean the uniform. Care & cleaning instructions are in the Uniform Care Guide, which you can find on the Uniforms page of the BRBB website.

How to return your uniform

1. Leave the tunic and pants in the dry cleaning bag with the dry cleaning ticket still attached.
2. Bring the entire uniform to the hallway outside the band room:
— the tag with your uniform numbers (this will become your return receipt)
— the tunic and pants
— the shako and its box
— the raincoat
— the hangers

About those hangers...
Most tunic/pants hangers were wooden and had a locking bar. If this hanger did not survive the season, let us know by sending an e-mail to uniforms@soudertonbigred.org. You will not be charged the $5 fee for a broken hanger.

Uniform FAQs

When do we take the uniform home?
When do we return the uniform?
$30 Participation Fee
What about a garment bag?
How do I know what uniform pieces “belong” to me?
What if my pants/sleeves need to be hemmed?
How do I take care of my uniform?
Augh! My shako box won’t stay shut and its hinges come apart
Do I need anything else for my marching uniform?
Do I need anything else for my color guard uniform?
Can I pay by check? Cash? Student Credit/Scrip?

When do we take the uniform home

On Monday, 8/15, between 5:30 and 7pm *or* at the conclusion of that evening’s Parent Information Meeting. Parents will sign out the uniform, get the uniform tag, pay the participation fee, pay the shoe fee (if necessary), make Band Store purchases, and sign up for volunteer activities.

When do we return the uniform?

After the marching season ends. You’ll wear the uniforms for the first two parades (Lansdale Mardi Gras and Souderton Christmas). Return dates are typically in January or February. They’ll be announced in December or January.

  • Tunics and pants must be dry-cleaned and returned in the dry-cleaning bag with the cleaning receipt attached.
  • Raincoats must be machine washed. Empty the pockets before you put it in the washer! (Yes, we check the pockets. If we find crumblies or candy wrappers or… you will have to take it home, wash it again, and bring it back.)
  • Does your uniform need to be fixed? Tell us when you return it.
  • Color guard: Ms. Tink will give you specific information for your uniforms.

For cleaning information, read the Uniform Care Guide.

$30 Participation Fee

There is an annual participation fee of $30 per student. There is no “uniform fee”, but because you pay the participation fee when you pick up the uniform, sometimes it gets called a uniform fee.

What about a garment bag?

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.

How do I know what uniform pieces “belong” to me?

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. We also record the numbers on tags. Keep your tag in the clear pocket of your garment bag. Having that tag with you will make returning your uniform easier.

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.

What if my pants/sleeves need to be hemmed?

We try to avoid it, but some pants and/or sleeves will need to be hemmed. Families are responsible for their own hemming. At the fitting, we can give you pricing and contact information for local tailors. If you can sew, you are welcome to put in your own hems. (See the Hemming instructions on the Downloads page of our website.)

How do I take care of my uniform?

Marching Band: see the Uniform Care Guide and the Hemming Instructions.

Color Guard: Ms. Tink will give you care information for you uniform. For your raincoat, see the Uniform Care Guide.

Shoes

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

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

New marching students: 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 the regular 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 .

Augh! My shako box won’t stay shut and its hinges come apart.

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.

Do I need anything else for my marching uniform?

Yes. Each marching student will need:

    • Ear protection. See Mr. Tucker for information.
    • 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.
    • White gloves. Depending on your instrument, you may need white gloves. Ask your section leader or Mr. Tucker. 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. Not
    • Black wrist bands. These are for pit/battery members. 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’ll want to have thermal underwear.
    • 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.

Do I need anything else for my color guard uniform?

Yes. Each color guard students will need:

  • Ear protection. See Mr. Tucker for information.
  • Shoes. See Shoes, above.
  • Gloves. The cost varies, but figure on approximately $15/pair.
  • Ms. Tink will tell you what, if anything, else that you will need.

Can I pay by check? Cash? Student Credit/Scrip?

Yep. Nope. 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.
  • Please, no cash.
  • Read about using Student Credit and Scrip on the home page (scroll to the bottom.) Fund request forms will be available at the Parent Information Meeting. You can check your balances at the Parent Information Meeting.