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Posted 8/23/2011 by FlybabyLaura in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 8/23/2011 9:26:46 PM
My 11th grade son is ordering his letter jacket for band. I am thrilled to see that he is getting a letter jacket. I never got one and always thought they were so cool. So I am happy that he will be getting one.

Being as how we have never done this before we really don't know what we are doing. He is trying to figure out what he wants where. He really wants his last name on the back but the band director is saying everyone who orders a letter jacket this year has to put the name of the band on the back. Ds is not very excited about that.

How much do these things cost anyway? Ds says not only did he earn the letter but he also earned the jacket to go along with it. Could it be all we have to pay for are the extra patches?

Also, he has earned a bunch of patches within the past two years of being in band. How do I get all of those sewn on? Do I hire someone to do it for us or should I try to sew them on myself?

Anyone have any advice or ordering wisdom to pass along?







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Posted: 8/23/2011 9:30:20 PM
Yeah for your son!

Different schools do it different ways. Our school buys the jacket and the letter when the kid earns it. We have to buy patches. A commercial shop can sew them on for you and it doesn't cost much.


but the band director is saying everyone who orders a letter jacket this year has to put the name of the band on the back.


I would not like that at all and don't see how the director can force that.


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Posted: 8/23/2011 9:36:37 PM
We had to buy the jacket and the letter and all the stripes. I am not sure of the cost, but I believe it was around $200.
She has her first name on the front of the jacket.
The athletic shop we ordered it from sews on the patches. I would not try to do it myself (for one they would never get done)but the material is very thick.


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Posted: 8/23/2011 9:43:45 PM

I would not like that at all and don't see how the director can force that.
I am definitely going to send an e-mail to our band booster president to see if he can address this issue. I don't think it's right for the band director to dictate what should go where. It didn't sound like it was a suggesion either, it sounded like he was making that decision final and the kids wouldn't get their letter jacket if they wouldn't agree to do what he wanted.







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Posted: 8/23/2011 9:45:44 PM
Well, if the school/band is paying for it then I could see his point. But if YOU are paying for it, then I can't



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Posted: 8/23/2011 9:56:05 PM
In our district, you earn the letter but are responsible for paying for the jacket. My daughter asked a friend whose jacket she liked and we used that store to order hers. The jacket was $350.

She didn't have any patches to sew on other than the letter itself, but I would definitely have the place you order the jacket from to sew those on.

Specific to the placement of names, I have only seen the school name on the back of the jackets, first name on the front and last name on the collar. Maybe that's a regional thing, though.



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Posted: 8/23/2011 10:27:58 PM
Our school pays for the letter and the jacket. We pay for all of the other patches. A lot of the kids who letter don't do anything else to the jacket. They each got to put whatever else they wanted wherever they wanted. I've never heard of being told what to put on the back. That would annoy me. Those patches aren't cheap either. We paid over $300 for them above and beyond what the jacket costs.

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Posted: 8/23/2011 10:33:50 PM
Here is a picture of my dd in her jacket. The back says "Rebels". She graduates in 2013.



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Posted: 8/23/2011 10:40:52 PM
Congrats!

The school provides the letter and pins here, but the family is on the hook for the jacket and extra patches. Most of the kids here will get a big wolf (the mascot) and their name for the back of the coat and numbers for their year for the front. The only other patches that go on it are when they go to State in a sport or make All-State in another activity.

Being in post-Columbine Colorado, the schools here letter kids for sports, performing arts, and academics. Not all that many kids get letter jackets any more, and more boys than girls will buy them. It is pretty evenly split between the performing arts and sports kids, but I haven't seen a kid with one just for academics. A lot of the kids are over achievers that have lettered in all three categories anyway.

The jackets are about $200, the wolf is $50, the names are $30, and the numbers are $25. It adds up quickly! We ended up buying a jacket off a a friend that graduated a couple of years ago. He kept his letter, name, and numbers and I sewed new ones on. This worked MUCH better for us. Not only was the used jacket only $75, but the kid was thrilled to get the money and my son would have been embarrassed to have a brand, spanking-new jacket.

My kid doesn't wear his all that often, but I am still glad that he has it and I think he is too.

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Posted: 8/23/2011 11:11:32 PM
My DD got one freshman year. Everyone that was in Marching Band lettered. It says band on the back. That was just the way it was, no other options.

On the front her name is on one side, and her letter is on the other.

She has earned other patches from things they participated in. She at some point wants to put them on.

She is no longer in band but still wears her jacket.

It cost around $150 for the jacket.



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Posted: 8/23/2011 11:33:37 PM
Our district provides letter jackets if the kids earn them. There are several ways that can be done. My DD should earn a jacket for band (and possibly choir). The school pays for the jacket, but I will have to get the patches earned/bought before she gets it put on.


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Posted: 8/24/2011 4:59:08 AM
Our school supplies the letter for the first year that you letter, then the jacket for the second year you letter in the same sport. For example, my son earned his first letter in his Freshman year for wrestling, then earned the jacket for lettering in his sophomore year in wrestling. He also has a second letter that he earned for lettering in his sophomore year of football. We had to pay for the lettering to be put on the jacket.

Front of jacket (left side) is the letter with all the pins.
Front of jacket (right side) is his last name embroidered.
On the back, it has his school name in an arch, then under the school name is says "Football", then under football is says "Wrestling". Down the left sleeve, starting near the top of the sleeve, it has his football jersey number (16), then under that it has the defensive and offensive positions he plays -DL, RB. On the right sleeve, starting near the top, it lists all the weights he has wrestled, starting with his Freshman year (160, 171). It only lists 2 years, even though he lettered 3 years, because he wrestled the same weight in his sophomore and junior years (171). My son loves his letterman jacket and wears it every day in the winter. He is very proud that he earned it.
Oh, and it cost us close to $100 for all the lettering done to the jacket.


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Posted: 8/24/2011 5:42:14 AM

but the band director is saying everyone who orders a letter jacket this year has to put the name of the band on the back.
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I would not like that at all and don't see how the director can force that.
I would fight that, unless they are paid for by the school and then I think you'd be in a losing battle.

They run about 225 here and my best advice is to buy up a size unless you are darn sure your son is done growing. I know so many moms that bought what fit in 10th or 11th and by 12th...new jacket was needed.

Plenty of dry cleaners will sew them on for you, I think the patches are difficult to do 'right'. To me, right is the lining being removed so the patch is not sewn to it and that is just too much work/trouble. I would rather pay 15$ per patch to have them done.



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Posted: 8/24/2011 7:42:32 AM

In our district, you earn the letter but are responsible for paying for the jacket. My daughter asked a friend whose jacket she liked and we used that store to order hers. The jacket was $350.


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This....except my daughter's jacket was closer to $400. Do not try to sew the patches on yourself, unless you have a MONSTER machine, as the jacket as thick and so are the patches. The place that supplies the jacket should be able to do it for a small fee.


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Posted: 8/24/2011 8:01:38 AM

Here is a picture of my dd in her jacket. The back says "Rebels". She graduates in 2013


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Posted: 8/24/2011 8:02:34 AM
I sold letter jackets for 9 years. In my area the parents pay for the jacket and the school awards the patches.

The jacket is offered in boys and a girl styles. The jacket has a chenille patch of the name of the school on the back that is includeed in the price. Students can have the name of any activity embroidered on the back. Only one school here has chenille activites on the back.

The front has the name and patches earned. Freshman get numbers, soph get a small letter JV get a med size letter, Varsity gets a large letter

The base of the guys jacket starts at $150.00 Girls start at $125.00
The cost to sew on the patches start at $7.00 Trust me you do not want to sew them on yourself.




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Posted: 8/24/2011 8:18:26 AM
Are you ordering your jacket through the school?(having someone come and fit them) Or are you purchasing at a local retail store?

I worked for the "Neff Company" we make the letter jacket for schools all over the country and the chenille letters, mascots, chevrons, etc..... If you can have the patches sewn on when you order. You have to have an industrial sized sewing machine. The patches are sewn on through the jacket material and the lining. I have sewn these patches on and it is very hard to do. The patches are sewn on usually after the jacket is put together. Most of the schools jackets have a leather or leather like sleeve. If you sew patches on wrong and you have to remove the patch it will leave sewing holes on the sleeve and the only thing to do to fix it is replace the sleeve, or sew something else over the holes. Trust me I worked in customer service and saw this very thing a thousand times. If it has wool sleeves then it is not a big thing. As far as what to put on, most schools have their own tradition as what goes on where.

The state of TX when I was working was the was the only state that purchased the jackets and the letter.

I hope that this helps you out.


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Posted: 8/24/2011 8:32:48 AM

*My honor student beat up your band geek*


Honor students can earn letter jackets too. If you actually raised an honor student, you'd know that. And lastly, many of the band geeks are honor students.

I am fairly certain that the State of Texas hasn't paid for a letter jacket in a very long time. At least here, they sure didn't. They buy the letters, but parents have to buy the jacket to put the letters on, and no band director is telling me to put the band's name on a jacket Once that stitching is done, you can't switch it out later without leaving marks.

DS earned his jacket as a soph, loved it, wore it a lot. After that, wouldn't be caught dead in it.


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Posted: 8/24/2011 8:54:16 AM
I forgot to ask you what school your son goes to?


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Posted: 8/24/2011 9:05:23 AM
I lettered in band when I was in high school. We had to be in band for all four years of high school to get them. Our jacket and any band-related patches were paid for (I was a twirler and in jazz band). Other clubs may or may not pay for the patches (like Key Club, JETS, etc.). I also had some region band patches that I had earned.

My mother could sew quite well, but not through the pleather or whatever the arms are made of, so we took it to the dry cleaners and they did it. I did not get my name put on it anywhere.

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Posted: 8/24/2011 9:32:05 AM
Our school pays for the jacket, letter and any patches you earn also. You get your last name large on the back as a patch with your first name or nickname embroidered on the swooshy part under the last name. The front is your letter and other patches go down the sleeves. The only thing you pay for is having non-letter and name patches put on. I think we could turn those in with the order form and pay the same company to put them on before you got the jacket.

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Posted: 8/24/2011 9:37:38 AM
We had to buy the Jacket which can run you $200-$400. Check around at your local small town type athletic stores. DS recieved the Letter from the school and also the tinier patches that signify how many years of sport..so for football he had 3 little footballs, LaCrosse a racket and track 2 running shoes with wings or something like that. The basic jacket is just first name on front and school name on back. Then you can add number (for sports) or a picture. So ds was a WR and had a huge patch of a WR on his back. He put his numbers on the front. It's really up to you on what you want.

I never realized these were a big thing..I always thought this was kind of old school so glad to see they are making their way back.


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Posted: 8/24/2011 9:49:09 AM
We had to buy the jacket. The letters/patches were given to my child. My child earned the right to wear the jacket....it was up to us to purchase it. I believe it was around $200.00.

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Posted: 8/24/2011 9:52:21 AM
At our school, they give you the letter, but you purchase a jacket on your own. The school used to facilitate that, not sure if they still do.

But for the band director to demand the name of the band go on the back? The norm has always been it's the school name that goes on the back...at least it is in my part of the country. What if your kid played a sport as well as band? Would they have 2 jackets?






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Posted: 8/24/2011 9:55:25 AM
Our school awards the letter and gives pins for the area in which the letter was earned. Pins are usually worn on the letter itself. The jacket is a simple wool one with contrasting sleeves, no other decoration is usually on it. (back and sleeves are blank) My college jackets were even simpler, blue wool jacket, gray wool sleeves, big gray "C" on the front left.


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Posted: 8/24/2011 11:23:38 AM
Back in the day, the school did not buy our jackets, but did give us the letter to add onto them. I had a spring (nylon) jacket and a winter (wool) jacket. I had the school name on back, my first name on the front and graduation year on the sleeve of the spring jacket and (I think???) on the front pocket of the winter jacket. The letter went on my spring jacket. The wool jacket was the old "girls" style with the zip-up hood.

Anyone could get jackets; not just those who earned a letter. We bought them at a local sports shop. I got mine during my Freshman year.

I still have them, along with my college jacket.


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