Mandatory Marching Band Meeting

The Mandatory Marching Band Meeting for the 2023-2024 Marching Band season will take place on Monday, March 27th, 2023 in the LMHS Cafeteria at 7:00 pm.

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DO NOT PRINT THIS.  This fee chart is informational only.  It is not to be used for making your payment or relaying your Marching Band uniform order.  Thank You!

**We are still collecting updated pricing from our vendors for the 2023-2024 Marching Band season - we expect all prices to increase.**


2023-2024 FEES  Yearly UNIFORM COSTS for 2023-2024 Ideally one-time expense





Marching Band Fee


Summer Uniform Shorts


Instrument Rental Fee for school owned instrument


Summer Uniform Shirt

(polo shirt, also worn for Concert/Symphonic Band)




Black Marching Shoes (Dinkles)




Marching Band Sling Back Bag

First time purchase:

Replacement purchase:







Extra Black Band T-shirt





Marching Band Jacket:

(Marching Band members only)

Payment due: Monday, May 22, 2023

Payment must be received before order is placed. Expected to arrive around Oct. 1, 2023


XS–XL $175.00

2XL $180.00

3XL $185.00

4XL $190.00


*All fees and uniform costs are subject to change until presented at the annual parent meeting

Payment Plans

  1. Pay in Full
    • no later than Monday, July 24, 2023 - if ordering uniform pieces, uniform portion due Monday, May 22, 2023
  2. Four (4) equal payments, Due:
    • Monday, April 24, 2023
    • Monday, May 22, 2023 – uniform portion due IN FULL by this date
    • Monday, June 26, 2023
    • Monday, July 24, 2023
  3. Two (2) equal payments, Due:
    • May 22nd – uniform portion due in FULL by this date
    • 1st day of band camp - Monday, July 24th, 2023.

LM Marching Band Handbook

Welcome to the Little Miami High School Marching Panther Band!!

The purpose of the LMHS Marching Panther Band Handbook is to acquaint band personnel and parents with all aspects of membership in the Marching Panther Band.  Please read and keep this Handbook handy. 

It is hoped that the information included will make your participation more enjoyable and rewarding.  


Download LMHS Marching Band Handbook Here

Conflict Sheet

Marching Band Conflict Sheet- Please use this form when submitting a conflict of schedule to Mrs. Smith for Little Miami Marching Panther Band in advance of your conflict whenever possible.

Instrument Repair

Student Information for Instrument Repair

Buddy Rogers Music

6891 Simpson Ave.

Cincinnati, OH



Mehas Music

11367 Deerfield Road

Cincinnati, OH


Little Miami Marching Band Festival

Join us in 2023 for the 10th Annual Little Miami High School

 Marching Band Festival on Saturday, October 21, 2023


Thank you for your interest in the Little Miami High School Band Festival.  Please fill out the Save My Spot form and we will share more information as it becomes available.  We look forward to seeing!


Save My Spot

Marching Band Registration Forms

You must complete  #1, #2,  #3 and #4

Below you will find the forms collected from our Marching Band Members each year. 

All forms should be completed at your earliest convenience, no later than May 22, 2023.

#1.  Signature Form - view & sign all documents here

#2Volunteer Opportunities - make selections here.

#3Family Contact Information - complete here.

#4.  Emergency Medical Authorization - complete here.

Marching Band 101

Welcome to the LM Marching Panther Band!

This is the information you need to make the season awesome! We are all one big happy family and each student plays an integral part to its success. These are the things that everyone forgets or that Freshmen/new parents don’t know. It will be stressed repeatedly.  If you don’t know or understand something, please ASK!  



Participating in Marching Band is more than just Band class and Friday night football games. It is the unique combination of a fine art, a social club, and a sport.

  • Your student will need an OHSAA sports physical. It’s due before they can start Band Camp.
  • Marching Band starts mid-July and runs until mid-November. (It’s just easier to think of it this way.)  
  • Marching Band becomes Pep Band for basketball season, playing at the boys & girls home basketball games (late Nov. through early Feb.).
  • In the Spring, the Marching Band attends the St. Patrick’s Day and Cincinnati Reds Opening Day parades in Cincinnati each spring and finishes up with the Morrow Memorial Day parade.

Marching Band season is very active with many, many events, which requires time, money and communication.  Let’s break these down:


To have a thriving program, it requires volunteers. The LM Band Staff is not large enough to do everything. Everyone is busy, but if everyone helps just a little then nobody is over-taxed. There are several events to be covered, such as basketball concessions. Other volunteer opportunities include hemming uniform pants, painting lines on the practice field, Band Camp help and various other necessities. Find something YOU like to do and grab a friend to do it with you!  Volunteer Opportunities


How much would you pay to know your teenager is supervised, improving his/her future and having the time of their life with high quality friends? Let’s use some round numbers to break down the fee. $250 fee ÷ 16 weeks = $16 a week to have your child educated, transported, and entertained?!? IT’S A BARGAIN!!! But wait!! There’s more!!!! You can help keep this price low!!

  • Fundraising: the more butter braids we sell to others, the less we all pay! The more hot dogs basketball fans eat and more Band Festival goers buy, the less we pay! HELP OTHERS HELP THE MARCHING BAND!


  • Remind. This is our primary form of communication, which is a text alert app. This is how Mrs. Smith will communicate with you. This is how you’ll be informed when to come pick up your student.  When they arrive is exactly that: when they arrive. They still have to unload the trailer and put away their uniforms, instruments, etc. so don’t be in a hurry. Want to get home faster? Come help unload the trailer or put away uniforms. Many hands make light work!
  • EMAIL. Right behind the use of Remind is our use of email.  It is the official communication for the Little Miami Band Boosters.  Please make sure the Little Miami Band Boosters have your (and your student’s) correct email address. It is imperative that we have a valid email address for you as a parent. Critical information is sent via email ( and Mrs. Smith. 
  • Website - There is a lot of good information on our website (, which is regularly updated throughout the year.  
  • Facebook. We will share photos and videos here as well as fundraising information and other good news.
  • is an online tool for volunteer management and event planning.  The Little Miami Band Boosters uses this website extensively for coordinating our need of volunteers across an entire Marching Band season.  This includes everything from staffing the concession stand for basketball games to band camp donations and lunch preparation.


Band Camp

  • Band Camp – Starts mid/late-July (3 weeks total)
    • Pre-Camp - July 19-22, Monday -Thursday
      • Percussion 5:00 pm -8:00 pm
    • Week 1 – July 26-29, Monday-Thursday
      • Woodwinds & Trumpets - 8:00 am -11:00 am
      • Brass 12:30 pm-4:00 pm
      • Percussion 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
    • Week 2 – August 2-6, Monday -Friday
      • Everyone 8-4*
    • What to bring: A water bottle, sunscreen, music and instruments need to be brought every day!
  • All students should come to the band room when they arrive at school - this is where you will leave your belongings including your instrument case then you report to the field.
  • The students are expected to be on the Marching Band practice field at 8 AM  - all the marching band students will be on this field.  It is the field next to the tennis courts with the podium that has the sign on it that says Little Miami Marching Band.
  • If the students cannot be outside due to weather they will be practicing somewhere inside the building - Band Camp takes place daily from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, regardless of the weather.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast before you arrive at school.


*Band Camp Lunch – Week 2

  • Lunch is provided via parent donations and supplemented by the boosters.
  • All food donations should be brought to the band room on the day it was requested for. If you cannot bring it on the day requested, please let us know. We will be collecting food every morning.
  • All frozen food should be defrosted in advance.  We are preparing and serving out of the inside concession stand. We are limited on space and resources so having it thawed out reduces cooking time.
  • Lunch is prepared and served by parent volunteers every day in the cafeteria.



  • Once camp is completed, practices are Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6-8:30pm and Wednesday after school until 4:30pm. A water bottle should be brought to each practice.
  • We like to hand out popsicles to the students and staff after the hot practices. Keep an eye out for sign-ups to donate via!
  • In the spring there will be a few practices for parades and the Fine Arts Festival.



  • There is a “Summer” and a “Formal” uniform. They will be told in advance which uniform they should wear and it will be emailed out and posted on our website.
  • Formal uniforms are kept at school.  They are passed out and collected before and after each event. Students will be wearing their black band t-shirt and black band shorts under their formal uniform. 
  • For uniform details please see the Uniform Information and Policy which can be found on our website under Resources then Marching Band Forms
  • LABEL EVERYTHING!!!! Do it NOW! Even the stuff you think they’re not even going to take off. TRUST US!!!
  • Dinkles = shoes. Label these too!
  • TIP: buy a white/silver Sharpie and mark your last name inside your Dinkles.
  • Go buy the socks and black layers now. You do not want to wait!


Events – football games, festivals, parades

  • Mrs. Smith will let the students know what time to be at school and we include the times on the website and the website calendar whenever possible.
  • We have access to the building (band room, uniform room and restrooms before & after each event) for students to get and put away their uniforms and instruments.



  • We meet at Little Miami High School. Getting to and from LMHS is up to the family.  Many families carpool.
  • Buses take the Marching Band to and from away games and other events (festivals and parades), that are not held at Little Miami High School.
  • Mrs. Smith will send a Remind message with what time to pick up your student (home and away events)



  • Your student will want to have money for concessions.
  • Parents are encouraged to attend festivals.
  • Festivals do charge an entry fee and may have a parking fee.
  • Festivals are a fundraiser for the host school.
  • The entry can range from $5 to $12 per person.
  • Come & support your student and the LM Panther Marching Band.


Football Games

  • Your student will want to have money for concessions during 1st or 3rd quarter break.
  • The Marching Band does attend all Away football games. They may or may not perform their full show and it may be before or after the game.



Fundraising is key to having a successful program year-after-year.  Everyone needs to fundraise. Some things can be donated but there are other events that REQUIRE parent participation. Fundraising cuts down on everyone’s fees and improves the overall program. Major fundraising components include:

  • The concession stand for all home Basketball games (girls and boys). Signups for each game will done via
  • Butter-Braid Sales. This is one of our biggest fundraisers. It involves selling and delivering frozen pastries. Usually done in time for delivery prior to Thanksgiving.
  • Letter Writing Campaign done during band camp. Each student is asked to bring in 10 addresses to mail a donation letter to those addresses. Please take this seriously and send the addresses of people who are likely to make a donation.
  • Dine-to-Donate nights. On particular nights, the Band will receive a percentage of the receipts. All you have to do is show up, mention the group or maybe present the flyer and eat.
  • Meals – LMHS PTO Craft Fair Lunch and Fine Arts Festival Pancake Breakfast
  • LM Band Festival

So there you have it! It is overwhelming but your student will have the time of their life, create life-long memories, and become a better person! Who knows? You may too!

Reimbursement form

Please use this form for reimbursement of pre-approved expenses.

Scholarship Form

Please use this form when applying for the LMBB scholarship program.

Download Scholarship Application Form (DOC)

Trailer Pulling Agreement

Please use this form when you have been approved to pull the band trailer for events.

Phys Ed Option Form

High school students have the opportunity to apply for physical education credit when they participate in  marching band.

Guidelines are:

1) The student must complete two full years of marching band to receive ½ credit for PE Option.

2) After completing the above, the student will receive a Pass/Fail grade (not included in GPA) and earn ½ credit.

3) The student may not combine one physical education class and one year of band.

They also may not combine one year of band and one sport season.

If the student quits, is dismissed from the band, or becomes injured and does not complete the entire year, the student will forfeit the ½ credit.

This form must be completed and submitted to the Band Director AFTER the completion of two years then the student needs to submit the signed form to the Athletic Department.

Download and fill out the form.


This form must be printed, completed by a physician and turned in bythe 1st day of Band Camp - Monday, July 24, 2023.

Physical OHSAA 2023-24 Available here