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					                                  Rose Bands Constitution, rev. 6
In recognition of the benefits to the Rose-Hulman community which the band program provides,
we the members of Rose Bands do hereby affirm and ordain this Constitution in order to
accomplish the purposes of this organization.

                                   Article I Name and Purpose
Whereas the band program exists to provide the Rose-Hulman community an opportunity to
express itself through musical education, instruction, expression, and performance, as well as to
provide a social setting in which to share the interest in music and the fine arts; and

Whereas the band program exists to edify the Rose-Hulman community as a whole as a result of
such musical outlets; and

Whereas the band program exists to foster in its members curiosity, creativity, an awareness of
self, a commitment to lifelong learning and achievement, the capacity to understand others and to
express oneself clearly and persuasively, and an appreciation for alternative points of view and
the diversity of human cultures, according to the goals set forth by the Humanities Department of
Rose-Hulman; and

Whereas the band program exists to extol Rose-Hulman both in the public eye and to prospective
students;

Now, therefore, we the members of the band program shall strive to uphold these the purposes of
our organization, which shall officially be known as, Rose Bands.

                                Article II Membership and Dues
Membership in Rose Bands shall be open to all Rose-Hulman students, faculty, staff, and alumni,
as well as students of Indiana State University, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, and interested
musicians within the local community.

A person who participates in no less than one Rose Bands sanctioned band organization shall be
considered a member of Rose Bands. Such a person shall share in all the privileges and
responsibilities of a member of Rose Bands, including use of Rose Bands property, voting rights,
and participation in Rose Band activities.

An Active Member of a particular band shall be defined by the committee overseeing that band.
Only active members may vote for the impeachment of an Executive Committee member, or for
the recommendation of the dismissal of a director.

No dues shall be charged to any Rose-Hulman student, faculty member, staff member, or alumni;
however, dues may be charged to those outside the Rose-Hulman community at the discretion of
the Band Council. The Executive Committee shall vote in the Spring Quarter of each year to
decide if dues shall be collected from such members for the following year. Such dues may be
collected on a by-quarter or by-band basis, and may not exceed fifteen (15) dollars per year.
                                   Article III Organization
Rose Bands shall consist of a Pep Band, a Jazz Ensemble, and a Concert Band. Other Small
Ensembles may also be formed.

                                       Section I Pep Band
As a means of supporting Rose-Hulman athletic events, including but not limited to men's and
women's basketball, football, and volleyball, as well as providing for the Rose-Hulman
community a musical outlet in a social atmosphere, Rose Bands shall maintain a pep band.

Interest shall dictate the size of the pep band, and the Pep Band Committee (PBC) shall maintain
a musical repertoire sufficient to accommodate a full range of instrumentation. The PBC shall
also maintain a uniform inventory for the pep band.

Any member of Rose Bands who so wishes may participate in the Pep Band. Auditions shall not
be required, nor shall rehearsals be mandatory.

The name of this band officially shall be the Rose-Hulman Pep Band.

                                     Section II Jazz Ensemble
As a means of encouraging musical development in the areas of ensemble musicianship, theory,
improvisation, and jazz, as well as providing an opportunity for public musical performance,
Rose Bands shall maintain a jazz ensemble.

Interest as well as instrumentation requirements shall dictate size of the jazz ensemble. The Jazz
Ensemble Committee (JEC) shall maintain a musical repertoire sufficient to accommodate a full
range of instrumentation.

Anyone eligible to participate in Rose Bands shall be eligible to participate in the Jazz Ensemble.
In order to maintain ensemble instrumentation, auditions may be required at the discretion of the
JEC, for which Rose-Hulman students shall be given preference.

Since the Jazz Ensemble exists as a highly polished performance-oriented group, the JEC may
require mandatory rehearsal attendance, for which regularly missed rehearsals may result in
dismissal from the ensemble.

The name of this ensemble officially shall be the Rose-Hulman Jazz Ensemble.

                                    Section III Concert Band
As a means of encouraging musical development in the areas of ensemble musicianship, as well
as providing an opportunity for public musical performance, Rose Bands shall maintain a concert
band.

Interest shall dictate the size of the concert band. The Concert Band Committee (CBC) shall
maintain a musical repertoire sufficient to accommodate a full range of instrumentation.

Any member of Rose Bands who so wishes may participate in the Concert Band. At the
discretion of the CBC, auditions may be required, for which Rose-Hulman students shall be
given preference. At the discretion of the CBC, rehearsals may be mandatory.

The name of this band officially shall be the Rose-Hulman Concert Band.

                                    Section IV Small Ensembles
As a means of encouraging musical development in the areas of small ensemble musicianship
and public performance, as well as to provide Rose Bands members who play instruments not
utilized in the other band offerings an opportunity for musical development and performance,
Rose Bands shall support and encourage small ensembles.

Interest will dictate size and number of small ensembles. The Executive Committee shall
support a musical repertoire sufficient to accommodate a full range of small ensemble
instrumentation and genres.

Any Rose Band member who so wishes may form or participate in one or more small ensemble.
Rose Bands property, as well as use of the band room, shall be made available to small ensemble
members. The Executive Committee or band members who form a small ensemble may, at their
discretion, conduct auditions for such small ensembles. Small ensembles shall maintain a
regular, mandatory practice schedule, and shall seek regular guidance from a Rose Bands
director.

These small ensembles officially and collectively shall be called, Rose-Hulman Small
Ensembles. Small ensembles shall be encouraged to create unique, descriptive, and creative
names.

                                  Article IV Executive Committee
The Executive Committee will serve as the decision-making body and leaders for the band. The
Executive Committee shall consist of the three Presidents of the individual Band Committees, a
Treasurer of the Bands, and a non-voting Advisory Committee. Any authority or responsibilities
not explicitly granted to the Executive Committee as a whole, or relinquished to the Committee
by the individual Band Committees, shall be reserved to the individual Band Committees. The
Executive Committee shall meet as often as necessary to deal with the business of the Bands, but
no less than once per quarter. Executive Committee meetings shall be open to any Rose Bands
member who wishes to attend. However, if the President of the Bands deems necessary, a
closed-door meeting may be held with only the Executive Committee and any band members
explicitly invited present. All band members must be given at least one week’s notice before any
meeting that is not explicitly closed-door. Non-committee members in attendance will be
allowed to speak at the discretion of the President of the Bands. Minutes shall be taken at all
meetings and kept on file.

                                     Section I Organization
The Executive Committee members shall share equally all responsibilities and authority
necessary for Rose Bands to function and prosper as a whole, including but not limited to:
morale, communication among the various bands, expenditures of Rose Bands funds, and
coordination of rehearsals, performances, and other activities among the various bands. The
voting members shall be responsible individually for addressing the unique circumstances for the
band he or she represents, and for presenting those circumstances to the Executive Committee as
a whole. In case of a tie vote within the Executive Committee, the Faculty Advisor shall have
the final vote. All major expenditures shall be approved by the Executive Committee
unanimously. Major expenditures shall be defined as any expenditure exceeding one hundred
(100) dollars.

Subsection I President of the Bands Each year, one of the three voting members of the
Executive Committee shall serve as President of the Bands. As President of the Bands, he or she
shall be responsible for representing Rose Bands in the school and in the community, and shall
be the channel for communication outside of Rose Bands. He or she shall have no authority
which has not been expressly granted him or her by this Constitution, or relinquished to him or
her by the Executive Committee. The President of the Bands is responsible for convening
Executive Committee meetings, for compiling any meeting agenda that may be required, and for
conducting the meeting.. Committee members must be given at least one week’s notice before
any meeting. This position shall rotate among the Presidents of the three bands, such that in any
three-year period the President of the Bands shall have been chosen from each of the three bands
no more or less than once, unless the majority of the members of Rose Bands approves the
change. The rotation of the position of President of the Bands shall be as follows: Pep Band,
Jazz Ensemble, and then Concert Band. The President of the Bands shall be a returning active
Freshman, Sophomore or Junior when appointed. If a President does not meet the requirements,
the members of the Rose Bands, by a majority vote, may either appoint a person who meets the
requirements from the appropriate band to the position of President of the Bands or they can
appoint a President of the Bands from one of the other Presidents if they meet the qualifications.
If the latter option is chosen, the rotation shall then proceed accordingly.

Subsection II Treasurer of the Bands The Treasurer of the Bands shall be elected by, and may
be dismissed by, the majority of the members of Rose Bands. He or she shall be responsible for
the financial affairs of the Rose Bands Organization as a whole, including but not limited to:
keeping track of all expenditures, submitting purchase orders to the Institute, ensuring that funds
are appropriated according to the annual budget, and submitting a budget to the Institute when
required. He or she shall have voting rights as a member of the Executive Committee. He or she
shall not be a member of the Pep Band Committee, Jazz Ensemble Committee, or Concert Band
Committee, and must have been a returning active member of Rose Bands for at least one year.

                                  Section II Pep Band Committee
The Pep Band Committee shall be responsible for the affairs of the Pep Band, and shall be
granted all authority necessary to that end. The committee shall be led by the Pep Band
President. Additional members may be elected by the Pep Band or appointed by the President, at
the discretion of the Pep Band Committee. They are the leaders of the Pep Band.
Subsection I President The President presides at any meeting of the Pep Band Committee. The
President is in charge of scheduling rehearsals, performances, and social events, and dealing with
morale and participation of members. He or she must be a Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior
when elected, shall not be a member of the Jazz Ensemble Committee or Concert Band
Committee, and must have been an active member of the Pep Band for at least one year.
Subsection II Additional Officers At the discretion of the Pep Band Committee, additional
officers may be elected or appointed to fulfill the additional duties and responsibilities necessary
for the band to function. Such duties may include, but are not limited to: band correspondence
and communication with members, publicizing Pep Band functions, keeping attendance records
for the Pep Band, maintaining an inventory of the Pep Band’s music, and organizing and caring
for the music in use by the Pep Band. An officer who serves in this capacity may be a Freshman,
Sophomore, or Junior when elected, but must have been a member of the Pep Band for at least
one year.

                                 Section III Concert Band Committee
The Concert Band Committee shall be responsible for the affairs of the Concert Band, and shall
be granted all authority necessary to that end. The committee shall be led by the Concert Band
President. Additional members may be elected by the Concert Band or appointed by the
President, at the discretion of the Concert Band Committee. They are the leaders of the Concert
Band.
Subsection I President The President presides at any meeting of the Concert Band Committee.
The President is in charge of scheduling rehearsals, performances, and social events, and dealing
with morale and participation of members. He or she must be a Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior
when elected, shall not be a member of the Jazz Ensemble Committee or Pep Band Committee,
and must have been an active member of the Concert Band for at least one year.
Subsection II Additional Officers At the discretion of the Concert Band Committee, additional
officers may be elected or appointed to fulfill the additional duties and responsibilities necessary
for the band to function. Such duties may include, but are not limited to: band correspondence
and communication with members, publicizing Concert Band functions, keeping attendance
records for the Concert Band, maintaining an inventory of the Concert Band’s music, and
organizing and caring for the music in use by the Concert Band. An officer who serves in this
capacity may be a Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior when elected, but must have been a member
of the Concert Band for at least one year.

                                Section IV Jazz Ensemble Committee
The Jazz Ensemble Committee shall be responsible for the affairs of the Jazz Ensemble, and
shall be granted all authority necessary to that end. The committee shall be led by the Jazz
Ensemble President. Additional members may be elected by the Jazz Ensemble or appointed by
the President, at the discretion of the Jazz Ensemble Committee. They are the leaders of the Jazz
Ensemble.
Subsection I President The President presides at any meeting of the Jazz Ensemble Committee.
The President is in charge of scheduling rehearsals, performances, and social events, and dealing
with morale and participation of members. He or she must be a Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior
when elected, shall not be a member of the Concert Band Committee or Pep Band Committee,
and must have been an active member of the Jazz Ensemble for at least one year.
Subsection II Additional Officers At the discretion of the Jazz Ensemble Committee,
additional officers may be elected or appointed to fulfill the additional duties and responsibilities
necessary for the band to function. Such duties may include, but are not limited to: band
correspondence and communication with members, publicizing Jazz Ensemble functions,
keeping attendance records for the Jazz Ensemble, maintaining an inventory of the Jazz
Ensemble’s music, and organizing and caring for the music in use by the Jazz Ensemble. An
officer who serves in this capacity may be a Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior when elected, but
must have been a member of the Jazz Ensemble for at least one year.

                                   Section V Advisory Committee
The Advisory Committee serves to advise the Executive Committee, but shall not have voting
privileges. The Advisory Committee shall consist of the Faculty Advisor, Directors, and alumni
representatives. Any Rose Bands alumni may serve on the advisory committee.
Subsection I Faculty Advisor In accordance with the purposes enumerated in Article I, Rose
Bands desires to maintain relations with the Rose-Hulman faculty. To accomplish this intent
Rose Bands shall appoint from the Rose-Hulman faculty an advisor. The faculty advisor, who
shall be appointed concurrently with officer elections, shall serve for a term of one year. Unless
the incumbent advisor wishes to step down or a motion is made and seconded during the
elections to vote for the dismissal of the faculty advisor, he or she shall be reappointed by
acclamation.
Subsection II Directors The directors shall be hired by the Institute to conduct rehearsals and
performances of the various bands in accordance with their contracts, and will also serve as
members of the Advisory Committee to the Executive Committee. Salaries paid to directors
shall not be appropriated from nor paid out of the Rose Bands budget. The Executive Committee
may, according to the procedures set forth in the by-laws to this Constitution, suggest to the
Institute the acquiring or dismissal of any director. In the case that a recommendation is made
for the dismissal of a director, such recommendation must be accompanied by a petition signed
by two-thirds of the active members of the band with which the director works.

                             Section VI Election of Committee Members
Committee members shall be elected in the Spring Quarter by popular vote of the members of
their respective bands, and shall assume the responsibilities of their offices immediately after a
transition period that shall last for the duration of the Quarter in which they have been elected,
and during which the officers-elect shall have opportunity to gain an understanding of the
responsibilities of the offices for which they have been elected. Committee members shall hold
office for one year. No person shall serve as President of more than one band committee in one
year, nor shall anyone serve as a voting member of the Executive Committee for more than three
years, consecutive or otherwise.

                    Section VII Impeachment of Executive Committee Members
An Executive Committee member may be impeached only by the band for which the member
holds office. At such a time as a petition is presented to the Executive Committee in which two-
thirds of all active members of a band have affirmed approval for impeachment of an officer, the
Executive Committee shall appoint a member of that band to fill the office until such time as the
band elects an interim officer to hold the office until the next regularly scheduled election. The
President of the Bands may be impeached if a petition is received by the Executive Committee in
which three-fourths of all active Rose Band members have affirmed approval. The Executive
Committee shall then appoint a new President of the Bands following the aforementioned
rotation. Impeachment of the President of the Bands does not remove the person from their role
of President of their respective band.
Subsection I Interim Elections If a band duly impeaches an officer, an interim election shall be
held within one week of the impeachment in order to fill the vacant office. If no election is held
within one week, or unless a request is made to the Executive Committee at the time of
impeachment to extend this time limit, then the member appointed by the Executive Committee
shall serve as the interim officer until the next regularly scheduled election.



                                Article V Rose Bands Property

Property of Rose Bands, which shall include music, uniforms, instruments, stands, accessories,
or any other paraphernalia which the Executive Committee defines as Rose Bands property, shall
not be lent to individuals or groups who are not members of Rose Bands, except at the discretion
of the Executive Committee. All property of Rose Bands shall be checked out in writing through
the Executive Committee for use longer than twelve (12) hours, at the discretion of the Executive
Committee.

                            Article VI Amending the Constitution

Constitutional amendments shall require the approval of the Pep Band, Jazz Ensemble, and
Concert Band, which will require from each band individually either a unanimous vote of the
band committee or a two-thirds majority vote of the band members. Should these conditions not
be met, the Executive Committee shall hold a meeting, for which all members of Rose Bands
shall have no less than one week notice, and at which the amendment may be approved by a
three-fourths majority vote of all present members of Rose Bands. Any amendment shall be
labeled with date of approval, and all repealed clauses shall be bracketed and labeled to indicate
the date of repeal and the superseding amendment.

                                         Section I Bylaws
By-laws may be added to or repealed from this Constitution by popular vote of the members
present at the general meeting held for the purpose of officer elections. A bylaw may be added,
amended, or repealed by a majority vote of the members present, or by the unanimous consent of
the Executive Committee.

                          Article VII Ratification of the Constitution
This Constitution shall become ratified when duly approved by the Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology, as well as a three-fourths majority vote of all members of Rose Bands. It shall then
become effective the following Spring Quarter when new officers are elected. At such time, this
Constitution and its by-laws shall supersede any preceding Constitution or by-laws, including
any amendments thereon, thereto, or contained therein, which shall be considered repealed and
no longer in effect.

We, the members of the Executive Committee of Rose Bands, on this, the twentieth day of May
in the Year of our Lord two thousand four, by the authority vested in us as officers of this
organization of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, in unanimous consent of this
Constitution, in witness thereof have signed our names:

				
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