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Crystal Lake Central HS Music Dept.
45 W Franklin AVE

Crystal Lake, 60014

Phone: +1 0815 4592505 +1 0815 4592505







2023 Season General Information 



Welcome to the new season of the Marching Tiger Band! All band members are part of the Marching Tiger Band which plays at all home football games and area parades and festivals. Read below for all of the info BEFORE registering!


Student Registration

Complete this by Friday, June 16th

Link to RevTrak for Student Marching Band Registration Form 


On Free/Reduced Lunch Program? We can help with financial assistance. Click here for a special registration form.


Parent Volunteers


Visit our new Parent Volunteer site to learn how you can give your time & talents to the band!


Performance Policy
All performances with the CLC Band are required. Every student in the ensemble plays a significant role in our total musical experience. All absences for marching band must be cleared AT LEAST 1 month ahead of the performance date with the director in writing from a parent with a clearly stated reason. Work is NEVER considered an excused absence. By communicating conflicts well in advance, we can work out all problems!


Band Excellence
Next year’s CLC Marching Tiger Band will be a continuation of the success we have established over the last decades. We will continue to build on our traditions, raise our musical standards, refine our discipline, and be open to new ideas. With hard work, effort, and dedication, WE WILL HAVE SUCCESS!


2023 Season Info Below



Pre-Season Events

All Events take place at CLC unless noted.


Summer Drumline & Colorguard

These groups MAY have summer practices and those dates will be announced soon.


Freshman Band Camp

May 25th from 9-3pm

An "Intro to Marching Band" camp for all freshmen, new students, all drumline, all colorguard, all section leaders and drum majors. There will be a lunch break included. Wear gym shoes and comfortable clothes. Bring instruments!


Band Leadership Training

Aug 2, 9am-1:30pm

For all drum majors, section leaders, and Band Staff members.


NEW! Band Camp Music Sectionals

Aug 3

Woodwinds: 9-11am

Brass: 11:30-1:30pm

Drumline: 9-3pm (w/lunch break)

Colorguard: 9-3pm (w/lunch break)


Aug 4

Woodwinds & Brass: 9-11:30

Drumline: 9-11:30

Colorguard: 9-11:30


Uniform Fitting 

Aug 6, 1:00-4pm

1:00 Seniors & "Hard to Fit" 

1:45 Juniors

2:15 Sophomores

2:45 Freshmen


Band Camp (everyone)

August 7-10, 9am-5pm

August 11, 9-12pm


Orange & Black Kickoff Event

August 18, 5:30pm

CLC Stadium


students will wear their white CLC t's, khaki shorts, and gym shoes. Note, we are "throwing the powder" again so dress appropriately in clothes you don't mind getting the powder on. 


Picture Day

August 19, 9:30am-12pm

     (We will take our group photo in the stadium. All students are expected to be present in full uniform with instruments for this picture. You will have an opportunity to purchase full group portraits as well as individual ones. Order forms passed out during camp)


 "Distribution Days" (aka Registration)
Students can process through registration from 5-6pm AFTER our evening drill rehearsal, REGARDLESS of alphabetical assignment.


Clothing, Health, & Safety

In the Tiger Band we focus first on the safety and wellness of all band members. Whenever you are in an outside marching rehearsal, the following precautions must be followed:

  • Good GYM SHOES with SOCKS must be worn at all times.
  • A HAT, SUNGLASSES, and SUNSCREEN to protect from burning.
  • WATERBOTTLE to avoid dehydration.
  • EAT a good breakfast every day!

Required Musical Equipment 

  • Instrument
  • Lyre (winds only; an attachment to hold music to the instrument...can be bought at a local music store or online)
  • Music Flip Folder (provided by CLC, except for flutes & trombones -yours are included with your lyre)
  • Accessories(Reeds, Cork Grease, Valve Oil, Marching Size Drum Sticks)


In-Season Events

Home Football Games 2023

Band report times are listed below. The band marches in to the stadium immediately following the freshman game, usually around 6:30pm. We perform a short concert for the crowd and then our traditional pregame show before the 7:00 kickoff.


9/1 vs. Cary-Grove

              MS Band Night, report 5pm

9/16 vs. Burlington (1pm kickoff)

              Homecoming, SATURDAY!

       This day also includes a parade at         10am through downtown CL.

10/6 vs. Jacobs

              Pink Out, report 5:30

10/20 vs. Hampshire

                  Senior Night, report 5:30


Marching Band Clinics/Festivals

Sept. 9 at CLC (Sat afternoon) 

Sept. 19 at Oswego (Tues evening)

Sept. 30 at Prospect (afternoon/evening)

Oct. 21 at CLC (afternoon) 

More info will be sent out as each event's details are finalized.


Evening Rehearsals

     5-7pm, unless otherwise noted.

      Attendance required for all.

Aug. 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30

Sept. 7, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

Oct. 2, 4, 11, 18


Sept. 6 is Parent Night at CLC, so we will move practice to Sept. 7 that week.


Colorguard & Drumline will have additional practices. TBA.


Student Leaders

Student leaders are an invaluable part to any successful music program. Our Band Staff, Drum Majors, and Section Leaders are chosen on the basis of their skills, talents, dedication, and willingness to help every band member reach his/her potential. These students will be busy preparing this summer for their major leadership roles next fall.


Drum Majors: Viki B., Alex C., Trinity K.

Flute: Elise E., Sofia W.
Clarinet: Corey A., Sydney H.

Saxophone: Avery C., Edwin F., Adam K.

Trumpet: Melody A., Sophia W.
Mellophone: Kavya K.

Trombone: Ben H., Maddie M., Jimmy W.

Tuba: Christian S.

Drumline: Natalie D., Imanol H., Bolt M.
Colorguard: Nicole G., Clara G.


Finances & Other Info


The following uniform items are issued by the school for a $40 Uniform/Travel/Tech Fee:
Band: Jacket, Pants, Baldric, Hat, Plume Guard: Uniform

All: Hanger, Garment Bag, all MB transport costs, Ultimate Drill Book smartphone app.

The following accessory items must be purchased separately:

Item Description




Same Design as 2022

Any NEW students (or those needing a new one/different size, etc.) will purchase a poly-mesh polo shirt to wear for less formal performances and when it is too hot to wear the full uniform. We will pair this with black pants or shorts (purchase pants/shorts on your own). $35



New design for 2023, mandatory for all students. $10
White cotton gloves Only for Woodwinds & Brass, not Percussion or Guard. $3/pair
Leather Guard gloves

Only for Guard.


Black marching shoes

High quality shoes made specifically for marching at discounted prices. All band members must wear these for performances, nothing else is acceptable. The sizes may run slightly small, so order 1/2 size larger than you can wear them for multiple years. $40


Guard will have a black dance shoe, same cost. 



Purchase on your own...must go mid-shin in height...NO ANKLE SOCKS!
Band Pullover Jackets These are the same popular jackets we wore for Spring 2021. They are black weather-resistant pullovers with a hood and storage pocket. This is an OPTIONAL purchase. $40

Other Spiritwear

New designs & more apparel coming for 2023! Stay tuned!


Instrument Rental Fee
Crystal Lake Central High School offers students, based on availability, the opportunity to rent an instrument directly from the high school. The district’s yearly rental cost for a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument is $100 (this is separated as $25 for marching season and $75 for concert season). The instruments we have available are: Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Horn, Euphonium, & Tuba/Sousaphone.

In addition, Colorguard, French Horn, and Baritone players will be assessed
$25 for use of the school flags, mellophones, or marching baritones respectively.


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