Rookie Parent FAQs

  • What are parents doing beyond the band room when I pick up my band student from practice?
    • They're watching the show! Come around to the practice field during the last 15 minutes of practice and enjoy the performance!
  • How can I keep up with all that's going on?
    • Like us on Facebook (Pickens Bands)
    • Visit our website (
    • Get text reminders via Remind:
      • Text @pickensmb to 81010 for Marching Band reminders
      • Text @pickensgrd to 81010 for Color Guard reminders
      • Text @pickensprc to 81010 for Percussion reminders
  • Does my band student really need to attend every practice?
    • As Mr. Paxton explains, participating in a marching band is like putting together a puzzle. It's challenging to put the picture together when pieces are missing, especially when different pieces are missing each day.
  • If I volunteer for things like funnel cakes or car washes, do I need to be there the entire time?
    • Not necessarily. Some activities require it (like chaperoning), but for many others we welcome your help for however long it works for you. If we have lots of people volunteering for something like funnel cakes, that means everyone can help for a quarter or two, or just for clean-up, etc. Many hands ...   :)
Competition Days
  • How early should I arrive?
    • Come early! There will be lots of people there, so it'll take a few minutes to find your way to the stadium. Plan on watching the other bands perform, too! Although we're all there to cheer on PIckens, it's great to see the hard work other bands have put into their shows as well!
  • Where should I sit?
    • Look for fellow PIckens Bands supporters when you arrive - we'll be wearing our blue or red logo shirts or the new Flame show shirts! Some say the best view is up high and on the 50 yard line, so you'll probably see many of us in that vicinity!
  • Should I clap for the other marching bands?
    • Absolutely! Clapping shows your respect for all the effort the band members have put into their show. And, loud clapping doesn't influence the judges. so go ahead and show your appreciation for all the bands competiting that day!
  • Can my band member come home with me after the band performs?
    • The band travels to and from all competitions as a team, and they stay until the end of the competition. Mr. Paxton sends a Remind message on their way home, letting everyone know pproximately when they'll be back at Pickens High School. It then takes a little while to unload all the band members, uniforms, and instruments from the buses, and to put it all away in the band room. After everyone is done and Mr. Paxton shares some final thoughts, everyone is welcome to go home.

Color guard in action!

A successful show!

Fun with sprinklers after a hot Band Camp


Learning the steps during Band Camp week