Jim Haltom A survival guide for your first year in the FMC - useful for vets too...The following web pages are the product of former "new band parents" who spent a good bit of time in our "freshman" year in various stages of confusion. In the many hours we spent watching practices, picking up our kids, and going to competitions we have all felt confused, lost and totally bewildered at one time or another. We hope this document will help ease you through the transition from "freshman" band parent to "veteran" band parent. (Many thanks to all those parents before us! And to those who have produced much information such as ours!) For most of us (parents and students alike), the transition from middle school band programs to high school band programs is huge, especially in marching band. The increased expectations come with greater rewards, in terms of your student's accomplishments and the pride you will have in watching his/her accomplishments. This document is our attempt to share with you some of the finer points of making the most of your "freshman" year as a band parent. The FMC is supported by the Marching Cavalier Parents Association (MCPA). The MCPA exists solely through volunteer parents in order to help provide your students with an enjoyable and rewarding band experience. Please join us in meeting this challenge by volunteering your time and talents. Your student will reap the benefits. We welcome all of our new parents and look forward to getting to know you and your students!