While the students, staff, and volunteers are working hard at these camps, parents will attend band booster and informational meetings about the season… and this is where the “sticker shock” happens. They get the bill for their student(s) to participate in marching band. The cost varies greatly from program to program; anywhere from $500 to $1,500 is not uncommon in base dues… and this is just for starters. There are often additional fundraising requirements: Uniform fees, shoes, instrument rental or repair, sticks, mallets, flags, mouthpieces, etc. There may also be a separate “Band Camp Fee” to pay for facilities, staff, and travel costs just associated with camp.