York Community High School


2018-19 Uniforms

Band and orchestra uniforms were distributed in mid-October. If you have any questions, please contact one of the music teachers or Jenn Toffler.

Lookin' Good

All of our performances are, in part, an experience in the visual and dramatic arts, as well as in sound. In order to appropriately present our performance as an ensemble, musicians must follow the standards below.


Skirt dress standards:

- Floor-length full black skirt (provided by the school)

- Solid black blouse, long-sleeved with a modest (high) neckline. No bare midriff should ever show, sitting, standing or walking

- Appropriate solid black dress shoes (no flip flops, sandals, tennis shoes)


Tuxedo dress standards:

- Tuxedo coat and tuxedo pants (provided by the school)

- Black long-sleeved dress shirt with collar and black buttons (New this year! We are no longer wearing white shirts and bow ties. Families need to provide this new shirt. As always, please contact your band/orchestra director if you have any financial concerns about this purchase.)

- Solid black socks, long enough to cover ankles

- Solid black dress shoes (no tennis shoes or casual shoes)

- Optional: black bow tie or black long tie (not required, not provided by school)


Uniforms are on loan for free to student musicians through the school year. Replacement fees apply to students who don't return uniforms at the end of the year. 


How do I know that my uniform will fit?

On the pickup days, there will be plenty of parent volunteers available to help ensure you get a good fit. Our inventory includes a lot of different size options. Occasionally, students will need to hem their tux pants or skirts. 


If I'm wearing a tuxedo, do I have to wear the tuxedo pants?

Yes. The tux pants are different from regular dress pants in that they have a satin stripe down the side of each leg. Having everyone dressed in the proper uniform improves the visual aesthetic for the audience.


When do I need to start wearing my formal uniform?

Uniforms are worn starting with the first band and orchestra concerts, usually in November. Formal uniforms are not required for the Collage Concert in September or for the Orchestra Chamber Ensembles in October.


What if I miss the pickup date?

Please don't miss the uniform pickup date! We have many volunteers coming on the scheduled dates to ensure that you get the best possible fit and look great for the performance season ahead. If you're sick and miss the pickup, contact Jenn Toffler


What if my uniform needs repairs?

In order to keep costs low, we ask that students handle minor repairs themselves. This includes hemming skirts or pants, sewing buttons, etc. If your uniform requires major repair, please contact Jenn Toffler.


What do I wear to the Collage Concert?

The Collage Concert happens in mid-September, before formal uniforms are distributed. Performance attire for the Collage Concert is:


- Dress shirt and tie, dress pants, dress shoes, dress socks

- Dress or skirt and blouse, dress shoes, dress slacks

- No jeans, no tennis shoes


*Be certain you can sit and play with correct posture and position in your chosen clothing!

I need help with a marching band uniform. Who do I contact for that?

Contact Mr Pavlik or Mr Riddle if you have questions about marching band uniforms.

End of Year Uniform Returns

All band and orchestra students must return their formal uniforms immediately after their last concerts (that same evening). Students should bring a change of clothes. Tuxedo-wearers are returning jackets and pants (no bow ties, no dress shirts). Skirt-wearers are returning just skirts (no tops).

Every student must check out with a parent volunteer. Students should:


- Report to their respective rehearsal rooms immediately after the end of the performance.


- Change out of formal uniform and into street clothes.


- Bring uniform to parent volunteers stationed in the room so they can record that the uniform was returned. Tuxedo-wearers must check all pockets and be sure that they are returning tuxedo pants which have a satin ribbon that runs down the side of each pant leg.


- Drop uniform in the big laundry pile!


If a student misses the final concert:

- Label all late returns with student’s name.

- Return uniform to Mr. Riddle, Mr. Pavlik or Mr. Ostwald by May 24.


Anyone failing to return a uniform by May 24 will be charged a replacement fee:

- $85 for tuxedo jackets

- $45 for tuxedo pants

- $20 for skirts



We need parent volunteers to help with returns after each concert. Please check back later in the year for an online signup or contact Jenn Toffler if you can help.

Volunteers Rock!

It takes a dedicated team of volunteers to outfit more than 350 York musicians in their formalwear. Thank you to the parents who made it happen this year!


Distribution Team (October)

Phyllis Anderson, Nicole Braun, Ann Dow, Katie Hoffman, Joan Letourneau, Sue Mooshool, Patty Reginelli, Becky Sletten, Denise Steinbrecher, Jennifer Trenta, Beth Valdez, Steve Wiersum, Keelie Witzel, Jeff Zochalski.


Inventory Team (Sept)

Kristin Boxall, Nicole Braun, Sarah Lestina, Jennifer Trenta, Julie Vacko, Beth Valdez, Susan Warren


When and how do I return my uniform at the end of the year?

Uniforms are returned after the last concert of the year, usually sometime in May.


- Bring a change of clothes to the last concert.

- Directly after the concert (same evening!), change clothes and report to the assigned room (band or orchestra).

- Check in with a volunteer to confirm that you are returning the uniform, then simply drop the uniform into the return pile.


Be sure you check in with a volunteer when you return the uniform. This is the only way we know that your uniform isn't missing. Failure to check in with a volunteer during the return process could result in replacement fees, listed below.

What if I lose my uniform?

The Performing Arts Department loans uniforms to students for use during the year, then dry cleans all of them over the summer ... all free to students. Because the uniforms are shared from year to year, it's very important to keep track of the one loaned to you.


If your uniform goes missing, be sure to check everywhere for it. In the past, students have found their uniform pieces under the bed, in the back of the closet (or another family member's closet), or even at a friend's house!


You are responsible for holding on to your uniform through the end of the last concert. If you lose it, replacement costs will be charged to you:


- $85 for tuxedo jacket

- $45 for tuxedo pants

- $20 for full-length skirt

Uniform Chair Responsibilities

Chair: Jenn Toffler
Chair Responsibilities

  • Organize/sort the black formal orchestra/band uniforms, by size, in the Uniform Room at the beginning of the school year.
  • Organize Uniform Distribution Date ...more