Boiling Springs High School Marching Band


  • Adjudicators

The judges at competitions - also referred to as field judges and box judges.

  • Band Bag/Backpack

Every band member receives a ‘band bag’. This bag has their name attached to it, and is to be used to carry items necessary to perform. Usually band gloves, band shoes, extra black socks, hand wipes, hair accessories, emergency toiletries, phone chargers, etc. are kept in this bag.

  • Band Booster Web Site

BSHSBB.ORG - Contains important information such as: calendars, band handbook, chaperone forms, etc.

  • Band Boosters

All band parents are automatically members of the band boosters. All it requires is participation! There is no fee associated with membership. Please attend our meetings if possible! Band Booster meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month, and we need everyone’s help to maintain a successful band program!

  • Band Fees

DO NOT BRING BAND FEES TO MR. COTTER OR PLACE THEM IN THE BLACK BOX. All band payments are to be payed online via or go to BSHS Bookkeeper- Carolyn Wall. You may call the BSHS office at 864-594-9404 to speak to Mrs. Wall. Her summer office hours are 8:00am- 5:00pm Monday- Thursday.

  • Band Jacket

You may here the kids talk about having a ‘band jacket’ (not required). This is a black water-resistant jacket that the students purchase themselves and have several monograms applied to it, such as name, graduation year, initials, instrument, etc. Palmetto Twist has the list of items that are traditionally applied to the jackets. Please talk to a parent or student who has already purchased one for specific details.

  • Band Shoes

When using school band uniform, students will need to purchase a pair of (Black Viper) band shoes; most students use these for 4 years. You may also find a used pair from a graduated member if needed. The money will be due when shoes are ordered. Rookies will receive their shoes in early-September before our first full uniform performance. Band shoes (black vipers) will be ordered through Kathy’s Enterprises. She will be here during band camp registration to measure students and take payment. The cost of bands shoes including tax and shipping - $42.00.

Returning Members: If your shoes from last year still fit and are in good shape, there is no need to purchase a new pair.

  • Bands of America (BOA)

Aka: BOA Competition

Bands of America (aka: Music For All) is a national organization for high school music students. BOA is probably best known for marching competitions held each fall. There are twenty-plus regional contests held around the US, and each year Mr. Smith chooses locations for us based on our Fall schedule. In most instances the band goes to the contest and returns very late that same evening or after midnight.  Each year the schedule varies due to performance times.  There is a preliminary performance and, hopefully, inclusion in the finals.  After all of the finals performances are completed, every band lines-up to go back onto the field for what is known as the ‘retreat’. This is when awards are announced and given out. We usually get home very late, but its well worth the opportunity to see other high-caliber bands.  The band is fed various snacks and meals during the day, so donations of snack items/beverages will be needed. The BOA website is  (Please see more info on attached sheet.)

  • Battery

The stand-up marching part of percussion (snares, tenors, and bass drums)

  • Bibbers

The pants/overall part of the school’s band uniform worn under the jacket.

  • Boston Butt Sale

One of the biggest fundraisers we do each year. These are very popular and we have people who look forward to buying these every time we sell them.

  • Bus Trips

Students are assigned to busses by grade-level. They will usually ride the same bus number for the entire season.

Things your child might need:

  • Blanket (Even in warm weather the buses can get cold at night.)

  • Snacks

  • Extra charging bank for phones/electronics

  • Money (For concessions, etc.)

  • Extra pair of black socks and/or white gloves.


  • Call Time

The time that the band director will tell the kids to be dressed and/or ready to go.  Mr. Cotter’s motto is: “If you are early you are on time, if you are on time, you are late”. Get ready for your kids to start telling you that and plan accordingly.

  • Car Washes

Typically done by section to raise money for band initiatives. Parent volunteers are needed to help wash cars, collect money, and ensure the safety of the students. Car washed are mandatory for students.

  • Carolina Winter Ensemble Association (CWEA)

CWEA is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization dedicated to the education and support of the Indoor Performing Arts. Many of the indoor winter ensemble competitions we participate in are sanctioned by CWEA.

  • Chaperones

Parent volunteers who assist the staff and marching band students during practices, football games and other venues during the season. They travel on the buses with the band and ensure the safety of the band members while on the road. Chaperones must submit a SLED check form through the BSHS office every school year. If you are interested in being a chaperone, contact a band booster board member or Mr. Dennis Stepp. Forms can be located at

  • Charms

Charms is a cloud-based organization, management, and communication platform. We use Charms to keep student profiles, as well as parent/student emails addresses and phone numbers in order to communicate effectively. Charms is also used for issuing and tracking uniforms and equipment to students.  A passcode is needed to access student profiles, but most info can be accessed by simply going to the website and entering the school code.              School Code = bshsband

  • Color Guard

Band students that incorporate choreography movements, as well as the use of a flag, sabre, and/or rifle to enhance the field show. This group also competes in winter ensemble programs.

  • Competitions

Contests/Competitions are important features of the Boiling Springs Band program. It is through these activities that we obtain valuable feedback about our progress as individuals and as a program. The BSHS marching band participates in, and hosts, several competitions each year.

  • Concessions

The band boosters operate one of the concession stands under the high school football stadium. Food is cooked and served by parent volunteers during football games and when we host band competitions. The proceeds from concessions are used for the band.

  • Cover Down

Oral command that tells the group: Straighten the column or file.

  • Dots

Your band child’s position coordinates during certain points of the field show.

  • Drum Corp International (DCI)

Also known as “Marching Music’s Major League”, a drum and bugle corps is a musical marching unit consisting of brass instruments, percussion instruments and color guard. Drum corps are specialized marching bands.  DCI is the non-profit governing, oversight and sanctioning body for North American drum and bugle corps. Drum corps participate in competitions throughout the summer that culminate in a championship competition every August. Each year, more than 8,000 students, ages 13 – 22, audition for the fewer than 3,500 positions available in top-tier DCI member corps. Each summer, some 400,000 fans attend live drum corps events. For more information visit

  • Facebook Page

We have a ‘private’ Facebook page titled “Boiling Springs High School Band”. This page is private because it is used to communicate schedules and post photos, and we want to protect the identity of our children. If you are interested in joining the page, please request to join it on FB or see one of the band boosters.

  • Feeding The 'Dogs'

Volunteers are needed during summer band camp, and at competitions, to help prepare and feed food to the students. Please see a board member for more information.

  • Festival Of Bands (FOB)

This is a day-long band competition hosted by BSHS each year. Our band does not compete, but they usually play as exhibition. This is a big fundraiser for our band program, and it takes a lot of parent volunteers to make the event go well. Band members are required to work at various assigned jobs during this competition. Please consider signing-up as a volunteer and join the fun!

  • Field Judge

Judges that can be seen walking amongst the band on the field during band competitions.

  • Gloves

White or black gloves – part of the uniform. Many parents order extra gloves on-line to have as back-up while washing used ones.

  • Pit (Front Line)

The Marching Band percussion front ensemble of marimba, timpani, keyboards etc.

  • Pit Crew

Parent volunteers who help push the front ensemble, sound gear, podiums and props onto the field during games and contests.

  • Plume

The large, expensive feather worn on top of the shako.

  • Premier

A special night towards the end of August or first part of September for families, friends, and alumni to see the new show and the amazing progress the kids have made.

  • Prop Crew

Parent volunteers who build and transport props for the band. Duties include loading and unloading props and equipment on trucks when traveling, assembling props, disassembling props, and getting props on and off the field for performances.

  • Props

Visual enhancements to the theme of the marching band field show.

  • Retail Merchandise

Each year band-themed t-shirt designs and other various items are sold to parents and band supporters. These can be purchased under the stadium seats near the concession stand during football games, or at band booster meetings.  

  • Rookie

Any new marching band member, regardless of year in school, is called a “rookie”. Most rookies are incoming freshman, but some are incoming 8th graders. This term also applies to parents of incoming band members, for example, “Rookie Parent.” The Boiling Springs Bulldog Band welcomes all rookies to our program!

  • Sectional

A set time arranged by the directors when a specific instrument section gathers to rehearse.

  • Set

The band’s position on the field during a certain point in the show.

  • Shako

The marching uniform hat. It is stored in a box called a Shako Box.

  • Show Shirt

T-shirt designed for the students to showcase the name/subject of the marching show. Band members will wear these under bibbers.

  • South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA)

South Carolina Band Link is a non-profit source for information about school bands in South Carolina. This resource is provided for band directors, band students, band boosters, parents, and the general public. The mission of Band Link is to provide easy access to information about school bands in South Carolina and help promote the positive nature of the school band activity. The SCBDA also sponsors several marching band competitions throughout the state each year, including the 2A/4A event that we often host at Boiling Springs High School.

  • Sponsorships

The band boosters have a business sponsorship program that helps students pay for their band fees. Students can ask local businesses to sponsor the BSHS band program. Sponsorship information and forms are available on the website. Please contact a member of the band boosters if you have any questions or need further details.

  • Techs (Consultants)

Staff hired by the band director to work closely with band members as well as with the percussion and guard. Think of them as “Assistant Coaches.”

  • Uniform

Band members are measured and assigned uniforms during Summer band camp. There is usually a parent in charge of uniforms, and many volunteers are needed to help with hemming, cleaning, repairs, etc. The BSHS official uniform consists of a jacket, bibbers (pants), gloves, Shako, plume, black Viper shoes, and black socks.

  • Warmup Uniform

This is a personalized jacket and pants set that will be purchased and ordered for each student at band registration, and worn at various times throughout the year. Cost - $65

  • Watering The Dogs

Donations of bottled water are collected during the marching season to be used by the students at competitions and while traveling.

  • Winter Ensembles

BSHS has three winter ensemble groups that practice weekly in the winter months and perform on gym floors in competitions that are held indoors January through March.

The groups are:

  • Winter Winds

  • Winter Percussion

  • Winter Guard

If there is a helpful glossary term missing from this list please let us know.