HBA News & Notes

As of June 20, 2022

Follow the HBA’s Facebook Page and Instagram Account for handy event links and reminders. You can find the Band Calendar on the HBA website:  https://www.hamptonbands.org/ or in Charms:  https://www.charmsoffice.com/. You can also link the Band Calendar to your phone.

The Charms Store is now open so you can pay your HBA Dues and Band Fees for the 2022/2023 school year.  Please see the email from June 8 for all the details (links are below).  Late fees will be assessed after July 12.  Extra show shirt orders are also due by July 12.


Remember that the High School campus is closed for construction for the rest of the summer

Happening This Month

Mondays and Thursdays

6:00pm-9:00pm—Color Guard Practice



8:30am-12:00pm—Percussion Practice (Hampton Middle School)

Band Uniform Fitting Sign-Up

All fittings are by appointment only.  Sign-Up and information to be sent out in June.


Kennywood Ticket Sales coming soon

Summer Practices/Special Dates for July

Tuesdays, beginning Tuesday, July 5

9:00am-12:00pm—Brass and Woodwind Practice (at HMS)


Wednesday, July 27

6:00pm-10:00pm—Marching Band Kick-Off Event (at HMS)


Friday, July 29

9:00am-1:00pm—Student Leader Workshop (at North Hills HS; open to all students)

HBA Dues and Band Fees for 2022/2023

The Charms Store is now open! Dues and other items can now be paid for in Charms.  A “shopping list” of fees can be found on page 13 of the Marching Band Manual.  This list explains what is included when paying your dues. Late fees will be assessed after July 12.

If you need instructions on how to create a Charms account, please follow this link: Charms Login Help.

Click this link to get started in Charms.  Click on the “Parents/Students/Members” tab and enter hamptonbands as the School Code.  Enter your “Student Area Password” and then click on the Shopping Cart to begin.  Once you choose an item to add to your cart, select from the left list first, and then from the right list (click where it says “No Description (click to add to cart)”), and then click “Update Cart” to add the item to your cart.  Choose your next item to add more things to your cart, or checkout.  (Screenshots and instructions are also included in the Charms Login/First Time document linked above.)

There are two payment options for dues and other items in the Charms Store: 

1) You can pay online by credit card using AffiniPay.  (There is an additional fee to pay by credit card.)
2) You can choose “Bill & Print,” and then pay by check.  After checking out, print your order receipt, and return it with a check (payable to Hampton Band Association) to: Joe Vecchio, HBA Financial Secretary, 2448 Lakemont Dr, Gibsonia, PA 15044

If you have any questions about the Charms store, please contact Joe Vecchio or CharmsSupport@HamptonBands.org

“Show Shirts” Orders

Students will receive one show shirt as part of their dues payment. Extra shirts for students and parents can be ordered in the Charms Store (the Store will be opening soon—stay tuned for details!). We are asking for all orders for extra shirts to be placed by the July 12 dues payment deadline. This way we have plenty of time to order before the Kennywood Parade. In years past, we have had to pay a significant upcharge for additional orders placed for parents after the initial shirt order, and we are trying to avoid that by having a hard and fast deadline of July 12. No orders will be placed after this deadline. We will email out a sample of the artwork for this year’s show shirt as soon as it is available so that you can see it before purchasing.

Band Camp Begins August 1

This is a reminder that Band Camp begins the week of August 1. Everyone should schedule their summer travel plans so that they return by Sunday, July 31, and students are ready to attend Band Camp on Monday, August 1. 


You need to fill out a Membership Contract and Medical Form before the start of Band Camp (August 1) and turn them in to Mr. Himmler.  These forms can also be turned in during Uniform Fittings in July.


 Membership Contract and Medical Form

Current Band Camp dates and times are as follows:

Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 5
8:00am-5:00pm (lunch from 12:00pm-1:00pm)—Marching Band Camp at Fridley Field Stadium


Saturday, August 6
8:00am-9:00pm (parade at 6:00pm)—Band Photos at Hampton Middle School and then Kennywood Day/Fall Fantasy Parade

8:00am—Band Photos Begin1

0:00am—Leave for Kennywood

6:00pm—Kennywood Parade

9:00pm—Estimated Return to HMS


Monday, August 8 through Friday, August 12
12:00pm-9:00pm (dinner from 4:00pm-5:00pm)—Marching Band Camp at Fridley Field Stadium

Friday, August 12

Band Picnic—Details to follow.


Monday, August 15; Wednesday, August 17, and Thursday, August 18
6:00pm-9:00pm—Marching Band Camp at Fridley Field Stadium


Once School Starts

Weekly Evening Rehearsals

Regular weekly evening rehearsals begin the week of August 22 through the end of October (see the online Charms calendar for exceptions/changes to the schedule):


Mondays, 6:30pm-9:00pm—Full Band Rehearsal (HHS Practice Lot; Instruments, Color Guard and Dance Team; 6:00pm start for Color Guard)


Tuesdays, 3:15pm-5:15pm—Dance Team Practice (HHS Gym or Dance Studio)

Thursdays, 6:30pm-9:00pm—Instruments and Color Guard Rehearsal (HHS Practice Lot)

Fall Performance Schedule

Friday, August 26 Home vs. Knoch
Friday, September 2 Away at Shaler
Friday, September 9 Home vs. Central Valley
Saturday, September 10 AV Band Festival hosted by Hampton
Friday, September 16 Away at Kiski (Pep Band Only)
Saturday, September 17 PIMBA at Baldwin
Friday, September 23 Home vs. Armstrong (Homecoming Picnic and Game)
Friday, September 30 Away at Connellsville (Pep Band Only)
Friday, October 7 Away at North Catholic
Saturday, October 8 PIMBA at Deer Lakes
Friday, October 14 Home vs. Indiana Area
Friday, October 21 Away at Mars
Saturday, October 22 PIMBA Championships at Norwin
Friday, October 28 Home vs. Highlands (Senior Night)
Sunday, November 6 Operation Troop Appreciation Veterans Day 5K Race Pep Band
Friday, November 11 Pittsburgh Veterans Day Parade

More dates are available on the Charms Calendar.

Future Dates
  • Brass & Woodwind Rehearsals (Tuesdays, beginning July 5 until Band Camp; 9:00am-12:00pm)

  • Uniform Fittings (tentative dates July 7-8, 11-15, 18-19; details to follow) 

  • HBA Dues/Marching Band Fees and Extra Shirt Orders (once store opens until July 12; late fee for dues after July 12)

  • Marching Band Kick-Off Event (July 27)

  • Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser Band Leadership Seminar (Open to all students; July 29; 9:00am-1:00pm; North Hills HS)

  • Membership Contract/Medical Form (due before Band Camp starts August 1)

  • Band Camp (August 1-5, 8:00am-5:00pm; and August 8-12, 12:00pm-9:00pm) 

  • Band Pictures and Kennywood Day/Parade (August 6)

  • Band Picnic (August 12; details to follow)

  • Hoagie Sale Fundraisers (August 27, October 29, January 21, and February 25)

  • Mattress Sale Fundraiser (October 1)

Parent Volunteer Sign-Up

Please plan to volunteer for the Holiday Extravaganza in December and try to sign up for one other volunteer opportunity.  More information will be available soon and at the meeting in August.

Other News


Donations to the Hampton Band Association

Did you know you can donate directly to the Hampton Band Association via credit card?  Although donations in cash or checks were always accepted by mailing them to the Hampton Band Association at 2929 McCully Road, Allison Park, PA 15101, donations by credit card can now be made.  As a 501c3 Tax Exempt Charitable Organization, the Hampton Band Association appreciates any donations, and will provide a receipt for tax purposes as well.  To donate by credit card, please click HERE.

Amazon Smile Program

The Hampton Band is a part of the Amazon Smile program!  If you do not have your Amazon account linked to a group, please consider adding us. The band receives 0.5% of the purchase price so every little bit helps. Follow the link if you are interested: Hampton Band Amazon Smile Program

Shop and Save Perks

Thank you for your ongoing support of this program!  We just recently crossed the $1000 mark for donations from Shop and Save so thank you for being a part of the Perks program.


If you are a regular at Shop and Save (or even just an occasional shopper) and have a Perks card, please consider linking your account to the Hampton Marching Band. We earn points when you shop and receive gift cards to use in the store. Those gift cards helped to pay for food for the Band Picnic, the Homecoming Picnic, and other events. If you are interested you can find the form here: Shop & Save Perks Program

Hampton Band Spirit Wear Store is Always Open!

It’s time to stock up on your Hampton Band-related merchandise before Marching Season begins! Waterfront Embroidery has put together a huge selection of shirts, hoodies, jackets, hats, bags, and more—over 100 items to pick from! You can choose between Marching Band, Dance Team, and Color Guard for many of the items. We will arrange local delivery once orders have been filled.  Visit https://waterfrontembroidery.com/hampton-marching-band/ to place your order.