Frequently Asked Questions
So, Mom and Dad, or Grandparents, or just friends of the BAND and COLORGUARD, do you have questions about the EEU or what is going on??? Here is the place to get some of those general and maybe not so general questions answered. You can always ask Mr. Davis or a member of the EEU Booster Board your question, but many times your questions are common and requested by many other parents too. Below are some Frequently Asked Questions and helpful locations within the Website you can go to get additional information.
If you have a question that might be helpful for other interested parties, please feel free to send them and we will add them to this page as soon as we can! Click here to submit a question.
Here are some quick links for useful info for new EEU families:
Where can I find what’s going on each day or week?
Click on the calendar to see what is going on. Click on the particular day and then the event to get additional information for that event.
Why does my student need to go to band camp?
There are multiple reasons as to why. First, if your student is a Freshman, this is the time they learn the basics of marching on the field and possibly the street. Most students have marched on the street, but the field is a whole new ball game. Second, it’s time to learn the music and the drill. Yes, the EEU will jump right in and start learning the field show drill. Other schools have up to four weeks during the summer for their band camp. We need everyone there to put on a great show. Third, camaraderie. Yes, it is important to reconnect with old friends and meet new friends. This is the best time for your student to build friendships, especially if your student is new to Esperanza. Last, and maybe the most important, every student has an important place to fill in the show. If we practice with a hole in the drill, all the students around that hole has to work harder trying to hit their marks.
Where can I find the EEU rules?
These are found in the Student/Parent Handbook found here.
Do I have to volunteer?
This is a tough question. We all understand the rigors of daily life and the time it takes. The EEU cannot survive without the help of our great parent volunteers. It is mandatory for every EEU family (band and colorguard) to volunteer a minimum of 8 hours or volunteer to work one fundraising event. There are numerous ways to volunteer. From donating money or drinks or food to assisting the Uniform Coordinators to helping unload and load the trailers to Chaperoning to acting as a Chair to one of our many activities, these all are important to the students and the directors. If you would like to volunteer, don’t be shy! Just ask any one of the EEU Boosters how you can help or just jump in and roll up your sleeves! We don’t bite…promise!
What are Meet and Eats?
These are the easiest fundraisers we have. All you have to do is go out to eat at the particular restaurant where our Meet and Eat is at and give them the flyer that will be posted on the website. That’s it. We get anywhere from 10% to 20% of the proceeds, which go directly to the EEU to reduce the cost of running our great program.
Boy, it’s expensive to participate in the band and colorguard. What is this Performance Donation?
Yep, we hear this a lot. Yes, the Performance Donation is expensive, but we try to keep it down as much as we can. Believe it or not, the EEU Performance Donation is one of the least expensive in Orange County. Some families in other districts donate up to $1000.00 and more a year to participate in band and colorguard. Within our own school our performance donations are just a mere fraction of what other activities are requiring their parents to donate. Our typical budget to run the EEU is just under $100,000.00. We get very little cash assistance from the school and the district to put on our field shows, march in parades and entertain the multitudes of people in our competitions and performances. Performance Donations help reduce these expenses and allow the EEU to do what band and colorguard students do best, perform and entertain! Performance Donations are also a 100% tax write off on your tax return as the EEU is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, charitable organization.
If you have difficulty in paying the Performance Donation, please contact Mr. Davis as soon as possible. We are always willing to help out and come up with a viable solution that works best for you and your student.
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