The following committees are always looking for new volunteers.  For more information about any of these committees, or to find out how you can join a committee, please email us.


Marching Season Uniforms
One person orders summer uniform shirts and items for marching season. Committee measures and fits students’ uniforms; provides mending assistance at performances; and get uniforms cleaned at the end of the season.

Band Camp Committee

  • “Welcome Freshman” Lunch - Committee coordinates an on-site lunch for band during the first week of the July/Aug camp, including getting food through purchase or donation; and setting up, serving and cleaning-up.
  • Band Camp Snacks – Committee requests snack donations, and distributes snacks to band at the conclusion of practice several times per week during camp, including cleanup.
  • Cold Cloths – Provide a cooler loaded with ice water and 200+ washcloths to practice field or football field at the start of the afternoon session of band camp on especially hot days.  At the end of practice, committee picks up and launders the washcloths.

Water/Ice Committee
Committee has water available for the band at parades, football games, and competitions.  For competitions, bottles of water are loaded in three coolers with ice before time to load semi trailer. 

Bus Chaperones
Chair schedules bus chaperones for travel performances, including parades and marching/concert competitions. Chaperones ride the buses to ensure the safety of the band students. Chaperones also walk in the parades, cooling the students with spray water bottles.

Travel Meal Committee
Committee works with band directors to arrange meals for extended-distance competition trips, such as semi-state, state, and Bands of America. 

Pit Crew
Chair works with band directors to staff pit crew for competitions. Pit Crew helps move band equipment and show props on and off the field for home football games and marching season competitions, and loads/unloads the semi trailer/box truck when the band travels.

  • Show Prop Building Crew
    Chair reports to the Pit Crew Chair, and works with band directors to plan and coordinate the building of the marching season props, including purchasing of materials
  • Band Semi Trailer
    Chair reports to the Pit Crew Chair, and coordinates the maintenance/inspections, tractor rentals, and hiring a CDL-licensed driver to pull the Mustang semi-trailer in parades and to competitions.

Concert Season Uniforms
Chair orders uniforms for concert season. Committee fits boys in tux coats; provides mending assistance at concerts and competitions, and gets tux coats cleaned after season.



Fall – Football season          Senior Night (at Football Game)
Coordinates individual and group photos of senior band students, including ordering of laminated poster-sized individual photos.  Committee also chooses a blanket or other gift to be presented to the seniors, and hangs up and takes down posters on the football field fence.  Posters are to be stored in band room for use at spring banquet.

April                                        Scholarship Essay Contest

Chair cannot be a senior parent. The Munster Band Backers offer two, one-time, $500 scholarships to qualified seniors.  Chair coordinates the notification of the contest, secures the judging by outside individuals, collects entries, and facilitates the notification and announcement of the winners.


May                                         Spring Banquet                                                                                                                                            Senior parents are encouraged to participate on this committee but others are welcome to assist.  Chair needed to coordinate this end of school year banquet celebrating marching season, concert season and honoring the bands’ outgoing seniors. Committee secures location, food and beverages, sends invitations and manages responses, coordinates senior gifts, and handles decorating, set-up/clean-up.

Corporate/Back Office

Ongoing                                 Publicity
Fundraiser chairs will submit information to be publicized, and the Publicity Committee will then:

  • Submit information for posting on the calendar pages of the Times and Post Tribune newspapers;
  • Work with the MHS Theater director to include band fliers in concert and theater programs;
  • Set up and staff the Band Backer table at events such as concerts, to promote Backer fundraisers;
  • Contact Munster businesses to post fliers promoting fundraisers and to use their marquee signage for band messages;
  • Contact MHS Main Office to use school marquee signage for events/fundraisers;
  • Contact Pepsi to get banners to hang on football field fence when appropriate;
  • Develop relationships with Munster businesses to host fundraisers;
  • Ensure that sponsors are recognized in accordance with established criteria;
  • Provide the Paragon staff, the PTO (Mustang Memo), and other MHS forums, with information and photographs chronicling the band’s accomplishments to be published in the yearbook, etc.


One Year Term                      Band Backer Officer
Executive Board positions are President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary; and terms run from July 1 through June 30 to coincide with the school year and the corporation’s fiscal year.

August                                   Finance/Audit Committee
Vice President facilitates an audit of the previous year’s financial records by a committee comprised of at least three members who are not officers (either outgoing or incoming).

February                                Nominating Committee
Committee is comprised of three members: a band director, a Parent Member, and an executive officer (selected by the Executive Board).  They facilitate the election of new officers each year by providing a slate of nominees in March with the vote in April.

Feel free to contact any board member at any time: President, Becky McKeever, 219-741-9927; Vice President, Linda Bevil, 219-746-4870; Secretary, Michelle Gilhooly, 773-771-4028; Treasurer, Kathy Foster, 219-902-5102; or via Band Backers’ email at

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Want to Become a Member?

Please email us or fill out the membership form below and return it with membership dues to the band room.



Band Backers Membership Form
BB Membership Form 2017-18.docx
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Financial Tracking Forms for the Treasurer

Deposit Notice
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Check Request
Adobe Acrobat document [91.2 KB]
Reimbursement Request
Adobe Acrobat document [105.9 KB]

Upcoming Events - Contest Schedule

September 15

Andrew High School


September 22

Rehearsal - 8am-12pm


September 29

Northern IL University


October 6



October 13 - Regionals

Chesterton High School


October 20

East Noble


October 27 - Semi-State

Pike High School


November 3 - State Finals

Lucas Oil Stadium

2017-18 Calendar of Events
BB Calendar 2017-18.docx
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