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Toiling on the sidelines of every Bellbrook Marching Eagles band competition
and football game are the Pit Dads. Pit Dads are a team of parent volunteers
that help band students load and unload pit and band instruments, build
show props, maintain band equipment, build carts and stands, drive trucks
and pull trailers, set up the electronics, help with getting the pit instruments
and show props on and off the field for competition, mow and stripe the
band practice field, and most importantly, get a chance to work with a
great bunch of kids.
If you are interested in learning how to push, pull, drag, lift, and
carry delicate musical instruments like marimbas, gongs, tympani, vibes,
chimes, cymbals, snares, bass drums, podiums, backdrop walls, mixers,
microphones, props and giant man eating tarps, on and off the hostile
environment of the football field, gravel parking lots, tall grass, curbs,
and up and down the 30% grade at the Pontiac Silverdome, then your our
kind of guy!!
All kidding aside, being a Pit Dad is a very rewarding experience. Working
with this great bunch of kids every year from when they stumble around
in August at band camp to the end of the season when they take the field
at Grand Nationals is an experience you will not regret. The hugs and
tears of joy as you enter the airlock with the kids after that flawless
semi-finals performance are truly unforgettable. Not to mention the many
lasting friendships and prop construction skills you will acquire.
Bellbrook Pit Dad
Jobs and Responsibilities
any well oiled parent volunteer organization, the Bellbrook Pit Dads
have defined the many jobs and responsibilities that are required
to support our kids and the music program at Bellbrook High School.
Luckily over the years we have always had hard working parents to help
jobs. Some of the jobs listed below only require a few hours a week
during marching season, and some "many" more virtually year round. These jobs
are constantly opening up due to kids graduating and parents "moving on" so
if you are interested in helping at ANY job please speak up. Just remember,
even if your kids tell you otherwise... they really do appreciate anything
you do to support them. And I think that volunteering as a Pit Dad is
one of the best ways for a Dad to support his kids and have fun doing
Weekly Field Maintenance - This
group meets every sunday afternoon during grass growing season (and
sometimes mid-week to during spring) to repair, fertilize, and mow
the band practice field. During band practice season (August-November)
also are responsible for keeping the practice field striped. Ron Applegate, Brooks Horseman, Mike Froning, Don Coppock,
Jim Easter, 3 more needed
Truck Drivers -
The booster organization operates a semi tractor trailer (CDL required)
and a 24 ft box truck (NO CDL required) to transport band equipment,
instruments, uniforms, and props to football games, and band competitions.
Drivers are also needed for winter band concerts, and OMEA competitions
as well as winter drum line and winterguard competitions.
Jeff Stahl-CDL Jim Easter-CDL Jim Yankel-CDL, Warren
Sumner-CDL, Ron Applegate, Tom Lyle, Brooks Horseman, CDL driver
Load Masters -
Loading all of the equipment and props requires organization and leadership
to duplicate week after week. Without organization and repeatabilty
the stuff just will not fit! The loadmaster directs kids and parents
in the proper loading sequence and ensures that equipment is well
and will travel safe and secure. Larry Bouffioux
3 more needed.
Foreman - During prop building season (September-November)
the pit dads meet two days
a week to plan and build props. We usually break up into 3-4 teams
of 5-10 workers. Each team has a foreman to determine final design,
construction, order supplies, etc.
2009 team foreman TBA
Secy - Maintain active pit dad lists and email addresses. Determine
prop building and
meeting schedule and communicate same to dads. Communicate truck loading
schedule during football season and competition season. Recruit new
pit dads. Organize and distribute job duties and field passes at competitions.
Send weekly email updates. Determine social activities... lots of
Pit Boss -
Somebody has to supervise this unruly group of animals...
2010 Pit Boss - Ray Parks
Dads - And last but certainly NOT LEAST. Without volunteers
like you guys, Bellbrook's
show could not go on the field. At least not as gracefully as we do
it... :) This group of volunteers put in over 1000 hours
last year building props, cutting grass, striping fields, painting
and re-furbing the box truck, painting tarps, building carts, loading
driving trucks, repairing large instruments, working the invitational,
and chaperoning band camp, and other stuff we don't even know about.
2009 pit dad list - COMING SOON
If you would like
to learn more about becoming a Bellbrook Pit Dad please contact Ray Parks at 672-3213
Ray, or Jim Easter on 604-7510 or Email