Mason Creek Middle School
Band Syllabus 2011-2012
David Sims, Band Director
Dear Band Parents and Students,
WELCOME TO BAND! We’re so happy and proud of you for beginning or continuing your
experience as a part of the Wolf Band Family. This year holds a lot of promise for us with new
opportunities to grow and excel as we learn. In order to make the most of this year we need to
have clear goals and expectations. That’s why you’ve been given this syllabus. Knowing what
to expect from one another and from the director at all times makes this class more enjoyable
This syllabus contains six different sections. They are:
1. Materials needed for class
3. Grading system
4. Music vendor contact numbers
5. Performance attire requirements
Section One: Materials
Having all the proper materials is very important to your success in band. It is also tied directly
to the way you will participate in class every day. Check this list carefully and make sure that
you have what you need every day. Preparation saves time and eliminates confusion.
Instrument (all parts, including mouthpiece)
Method Book- Essential Elements 2000 (level one-6th grade) (level two-7th&8th)
Method Book- Foundations For Superior Performance (7th & 8th grade)
Band folder with current music
Maintenance supplies (reeds, cork grease, valve oil, slide oil, cleaning materials)
Smart Music System purchase (encouraged, but not required- got to
smartmusic.com to order this year’s subscription)
Section Two: Procedures/Rules/Consequences/Rewards
Enter the classroom quietly. Get your materials off the shelf, sit in your seat, and
assemble your instrument.
Write the agenda message in your agenda and get started on the Warm up activity.
(Warm up activity in band class traditionally involve air playing current musical
selections; please note that playing out loud will result in a consequence)
Three minutes after the tardy bell, Mr. Sims will step to the podium to begin breathing
exercises and warm ups; full participation is required. (Students who do not bring
materials to class must “participate” to the best of their ability by attempting to act out
the playing of their instrument. Failure to do so will result in a written assignment.)
Students must obtain permission to leave their seat.
Restroom passes will be granted a maximum of 5 times per semester. Students wishing
to leave the class must have their restroom card to be initialed by the teacher before
leaving the room.
Hands up = instruments in ready to play position
At the end of the class the teacher will choose sections with the cleanest, straightest,
quietest rows to put their instruments up first before the bell rings and dismissals begin.
Students will arrive 10 minutes prior to warm up time and wait quietly in their
designated area with their instrument and music only.
At call time the director will begin to warm up the group.
Tuning will occur. It is imperative to be absolutely silent during tuning because of the
slight differences in pitch that must be heard for proper adjustment. Failure to stay
silent during tuning and warm up will result in dismissal from the entire performance.
All performers must stay for the entire concert.
Dismissal should be and event without running, pushing, or any other similar behavior.
Be respectful of those around you, as many people bring babies or elderly people to our
Rules of the Band
1. Follow all procedures
2. Respect your fellow classmate’s right to learn without being disturbed
3. Be on time (better yet, be early!)
4. Respect property (yours, your classmate’s, the school’s)
5. Give 100% effort in everything you do
Law of the Pack
1. Points will be taken off according to the infraction in student’s agenda.
2. Parent will be contacted via agenda or phone call.
3. At home detention will be assigned as an intervention prior to school detention.
4. At appropriate point levels silent lunch/detention/referral will take place.
5. Referral; serious offenses such as fighting or theft may require this step immediately)
There are several positive rewards in the band program itself. From learning something new
to the thrill of competition, there is something for almost everyone. Students can be chosen
for the following activities as an additional reward for going above and beyond the call of duty:
Football/Basketball pep band
Douglas County Honor Band
Festival Invitational Groups
Annual Road trip
Classroom rewards include game time for great behavior, daily section contest for early
dismissal, “sugar coated reinforcement” for outstanding performance, and band outside days.
Section Three: Grading System
There are four main areas in which you’ll be graded. They are:
1. Participation and daily work (50%)
This includes bringing materials necessary to participate, making sure that you are
actively working and learning every day that you are present, and also various written
work that may be assigned from time to time (including substitute teacher
2. Practice record/ CATS (10%)
Your parent/guardian will be asked to sign a weekly practice sheet. Fill out the number
of minutes and days you practice. Turn it in to Mr. Sims each Monday. He will record
your grade, initial your sheet and give it back to you for you to use the following week.
New practice sheets are available from school website or you may pick one up in the
band room at the front table.
3. The playing test (20%)
Each week, a playing test will be assigned and you’ll be given a brief playing test on
Friday. These playing tests will usually occur on an individual basis during class.
Students are encouraged to read AR books or airplay during other students’ playing
4. Performances (20%)
This is the most exciting reason to be in band! Performance calendars will be given out
at the beginning of the year/semester for the entire season and every effort should be
made in advance for the entire family to attend. However, should a last minute
emergency occur that could not be previously avoided, Mr. Sims will at his discretion
allow that student to make up the concert grade by performing individually for the class
on the next school day.
Section Four: Music Vendor Contacts
Here are some local music stores that you can use to buy supplies. It is always a good
idea to call before you go!
Jackson Music- 770-949-5262
JW Pepper (sheet music/method books only)- 770-941-9100
Ken Stanton Music- 770-427-2491
Big Bargain Music- 678-838-2888
Music & Arts- 404-389-0455
Section Five: Performance Attire
All students on stage will wear the following performance attire if they are to perform with the
Black dress pants or slacks with no other color on them (NO JEANS!!!)
Solid black shoes (any kind will do as long as they are solid black with no other color)
Tuxedo shirt with bowtie/rosette/cummerbund. You will be given and order form in
August and the cost for the combo is $30.00. These must be prepaid before we order.
A sizing chart and order form will be sent home for you to fill out and return.
All students in pep band members will wear a t-shirt with jeans and casual shoes. The t-shirts
will be ordered in early August and the cost will be $10.00.
Student Information Sheet
Grade Level __________________
Best Parent Contact Number:
Parent Email Address:_____________________________________________
Please read the following statement and sign below:
We have read and understand the MCMS band syllabus and agree to abide by the guidelines set
forth for the success of all students, the band program, and the school. The syllabus is available
on the school website. Click on “fine arts dept.” on the left side of the website, then click band,
then click forms. Any student without internet access can obtain a paper copy of the syllabus
from the director upon request.
Student signature Date
Parent signature Date