I am in high school right now and I feel compelled to weigh in. Next year our marching band is going to compete at the competition that coincides with the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona (we are from southern California). It is costing every student $1100 dollars to be in band for next year, including the trip. This year it was $750, but we did not travel (we were going to go to the Holiday Bowl for $350 more dollars per person, but not enough people committed). We have already had a few people (especially the families with multiple kids in band) say they can't do it. Our enrollment is going to drop temendously I expect, even with the 8th graders coming in. We are fundraising like mad though. We are thinking of selling nachos on campus during lunch 2 days a week to earn money. We're doing a cowpie bingo game too. We are doing all we can to make this affordable for everybody.