Director of Bands Brian Friedrich
Welcome to the SJHS BANDS!
The following information is intended to help you prepare for the upcoming band year. All members of the bands are required to read all documents received. All information is essential to you as they contain important information not covered in the handbook. In this hand book you will find syllabus, schedule, purpose, and bands.
The purpose of the band program is to provide a means of education to expose students to a variety of opportunities not found in a typical high school classroom. Students have the opportunity to perform in an ensemble to use musical ability they have acquired to think logically and outside of the box. The bands department provides student the opportunity to perform in various means through Marching Band and Concert Band.
1. To develop musical skills such as rhythm, phrasing, tempo, expression, dynamics, and style which can be expressed through movement and music 2. To learn about and experience music-related performance 3. To develop performance skills using body movement 4. To participate in an organization which helps to develop mental, physical, and social skills 5. To develop the technical skills to become outstanding musicians
To be a member of the Bands, one must make a stern commitment to excellence. Excellence is Expected. Members of the band are expected to perform at every performance. Members will participate in summer rehearsals and band camp. Band camp is the most important time of the year because it is concentrated time before school starts. Rehearsals and performances are MANDATORY. Students must be enrolled in band. If you are not, see the guidance counselor at your respected school.
Over the course of a year, any member of the band could perform up to 10 times. Each member is to perform at their highest ability. That
means that each individual has a working instrument, all required music, and items needed to maintain their highest ability. Everyone is required to know their material for rehearsals. Rehearsals are not practice sessions. Rehearsals are designed to bring everyone together to better the bands. Students must take their music and instrument home and practice to help the band grow and develop.
SJHS Bands is committed to providing students the best possible education for a minimal cost to students and families. The SJHS Bands have a limited supply of instruments that able to be loaned out to students to use. Smaller instruments such as flutes, clarinets, trumpets, trombones, and alto saxes are expected to be purchased by the students. Larger instruments such as euphoniums, tubas, larger saxes, F horns, and bass clarinets are available for rent to use in concert band. Marching Brass such as mellophones, baritones, sousaphones, and drumline equipment will be rented by the student. There will be a rental agreement form that each student will sign and abide by. It is the STUDENT’S responsibility to maintain the instrument assigned to them. Any negligence on the student’s part will result in the student paying for damages. Each student will also be responsible for providing there own lyre and flip folder for marching band. All Reed musicians are to have TWO working reeds at all time, a cleaning swab, and working ligature. If you rent a woodwind instrument that is shared by a High School band member, you must purchase your own mouthpiece and ligature. Brass players are required to have valve oil and slide grease to maintain proper care and working condition of their instruments. Brass players who also share an instrument with a High School band member must purchase a mouthpiece. All Percussionists are required to purchase the following equipment: Concert Snare Sticks Marching Mallets (7th-8th Grade) Timpani Mallets Percussion Stick Bag These items are to be brought to EVERY REHEARSAL. These sticks are your instrument. Wind players are to bring there instrument, percussionist are required to do the same. All equipment that needs to be purchased can be ordered through Mr. Friedrich or Mancell Music.
It is not the responsibility of the bands to maintain your instrument. If there is a problem with your instrument, inform Mr. Friedrich immediately to ensure proper maintenance is done.
There are three uniform codes that the band must adhere to. There is the concert attire, formal marching uniform, and summer uniform. Marching The SJHS Marching Band has a strict uniform code. The uniform is to be worn at all parades. No alterations or additions to the uniform may be made without approval from Mr. Friedrich. Uniforms are your responsibility to maintain and clean. There is no eating or drinking in uniform, unless it is a clear liquid. The uniform consists of the SJHS Band Polo shirt, black shorts, and comfortable shoes. The uniform is to be purchased through the Staunton Band Parents. Concert Concert attire is designed to be professional while still maintain a level of comfort to perform in. This uniform is to be worn at ALL concert band performances. Men Black Shoes Black Socks Black Pants Dress Shirt (Button-up) Tie Sport Coat (Optional) Women Dress Shoes Dress Skirt Dress Pants Sweater/Dress Top Ladies Suit Skin-Toned Under Garments
No Jeans, cargo pants, khakis, Tennis shoes, Flip-Flops, Logo-ed T-shirts, Multi-colored socks, Anything that is not considered dress clothes will not be accepted.
Each musician will have a folder slot assigned to them the first day of summer rehearsals. Each individual will be given a folder to store all music given to them. Your individual folder will have the following contents: Schedules Concert music Marching Music Text Book Warm-ups At any given time there maybe a random check for one of those items for a grade. 7th/8th Grade Band will have the textbook “Step by Step Technique” handed out at the beginning of the summer. It is the student’s responsibility to turn that book back in proper condition or he/she will be responsible to cover the replacement cost. 6th Grade musicians will be required to have “Accent on Achievement Book 2” by summer band camp. All sheet music will be given to you first time free of charge. Any replacement there after will be a charge of $.25. Folders are free to replace at any time.
1. Fall & Summer schedules are posted online at www.stauntonbands.weebly.com and attached to this handbook. Questions about the schedule should be made clear to Mr. Friedrich ASAP. 2. Schedules will be handed out at the beginning of each semester. Updated schedules will be posted online and handed out as needed. 3. Itineraries for trips will be handed out as soon as they are made available. 4. At Summer band camps, EVERYTHING will be covered. It is imperative you make every effort to attend these camps. If you cannot attend you must inform Mr. Friedrich immediately. If you cannot attend, you will be responsible for learning the material on your own. If you miss excessively and/or are not making the effort to put forth your best effort, you may be removed from the performance.
Missed Rehearsals or Performances
Students that know they will miss a performance or rehearsals due to vacation, camps, etc should provide written documentation at least 72 hours in advance WITH parent signature and contact information for verification explaining the reason for the absence. In emergency cases, a message may be left on the Bands Office answering machine at 635-3838 ext. 257 Being excused from school will not affect your grade in band. An unexcused absence will lower the students overall grade by ½ (i.e. 1-A to A-, 2-A- to B, 3-B to B-, etc.) An unexcused absence from a performance will result in lowering of the overall grade Two Full letters. Absences that will not be excused are birthdays, work, sport practices, etc. We are a team and we are only as strong as the weakest link. Any problems, concerns, or questions should be directed to Mr. Friedrich immediately.
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Use the restroom before or after class. Do not come in and ask. Get your instrument Get your music Sit in your Assigned seat Warm-yourself up before rehearsal begins Class begins three minutes after the bell rings Students leaving early will be dismissed upon approval from Mr. Friedrich
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Be ON time Know Your Music Have All Your Materials (Sticks/Mallets/Music) Music WILL be memorized Keep a Positive Attitude NO GUM! NO CELL PHONES or electronic devices during rehearsal
First Offense-Verbal Warning Second Offense-Parent Conference Third Offense-Lunch Detention Four Offense- After School Dentention
Each student is required to audition in the fall for concert band. This is part of your first semester grade. Music will be provided to you at the beginning of the school year. Auditions will be evaluated in early to midOctober. Any student choosing to not audition will receive an automatic zero for that grade. Challenges If a student does not like where they sit after the audition, a student may challenge the person sitting next to them. The procedure for challenges is that the challenger must get a challenge form from Mr. Friedrich. One week of time will be given to prepare for the challenge once music is given. When it is time to have the challenge, it will be blind. Mr. Friedrich will be turned around. The students will decide who goes first. The first student will come in and play the selected passage and then exit then the 2nd person will come in and play the exact same passage. Winner of the challenge will be based on musicality, technical ability, preparedness, and tone quality. NHFS solo and ensemble sheets will be used as a grading guideline.
Every student will have the opportunity to audition for IMEA District IV Festival. Music and a commitment form with all information will be passed out in early September. Bonus points (See grading procedures) will be awarded to any student who auditions.
Solo and Ensemble Contest
Every spring, each student has the opportunity to perform in Solo and Ensemble contest. Students prepare a solo with a piano accompanist and receive an evaluation for their efforts. Bonus points will be awarded to anyone who goes to solo and ensemble and be based off of score received (Higher marks=More Points).
Students will receive a daily grade based off of participation, attitude, following procedures, and preparedness for class. A maximum of ten points will be awarded each day to each student. PRACTICE RECORDS are a vital part of the band program. Rehearsal time is limited due to scheduling and classes. Students are expected to practice on their own at home each week. Practice records will be collected the last rehearsal of the week. Students are to practice two and a half hours a week to receive an A. For each half hour less is one letter grade (2.5 hrs=A, 2 hrs=B, 1.5 hrs=C, etc). Performances are given a maximum of 100 points for each performance. Lateness to a performance, not having all supplies, wrong uniform, and being unprepared for the performance will be taken into consideration. Having all materials in class is crucial to a conductive program. Random material checks will be enforced for 10 points. If any student does not have their materials, it will result in a zero for that grade. Bonus points maybe earned to boost a grade by either auditioning for IMEA, Solo and Ensemble Contest, Teacher aiding, volunteering time to the band, or various other activities that might be added to the schedule. Grading Break-down 100-90 = A 89-80 = B 79-70 = C 69-65 = D 64-0 = F 1st Quarter 20% Summer Grade 20% Daily Grade 30% Performances 30% Parctice Records (60% if no Performance) 3rd Quarter 50% Practice Records 50% Daily Grade 2nd Quarter 20% Auditions 20% Daily Grade 30% Performances 30% Practice Records 4th Quarter 30% Daily Grade 40% Performances 30% Practice Records
Staunton Band Parents Organization
The Staunton Band Parents meet the second Tuesday of every month in the band room at 7pm. Every parent of a student in band is a member. The organization helps plan fundraisers, field trips, organizing events, and supports the band. Please help the band and the parents by volunteering and taking an active role in the band. If there are any questions or concerns please contact Mr. Friedrich at anytime.
Brian Friedrich Director of Bands Staunton Community Schools 618-635-3838 ext. 257 email@example.com
I will/understand…… o Always have a positive attitude at rehearsal/performance o My Actions reflect myself, family, school, community. For each action there will consequences positive or negative o My behavior is reflective of myself/section/school/community o Be on time to rehearsals/performances: 1. To be early is to be on time 2. To be on time is late 3. To be late is not acceptable o Have all my materials for class o Practice my instrument o Respect myself, others, and instructors o Be QUIET during rehearsals o Abide by the attendance policy o Put forth 110% effort, 100% of the time o Lead when it needs leadership, follow when I need to follow o Have the best interest of the ensemble in mind o That I will not have electronic devices at rehearsal o Have fun and enjoy my time in this ensemble o To not Chew Gum in Rehearsal/Performance o Mr. Friedrich’s policy is to educate me, then for me to entertain the community o That if I do not follow this contract, I may be removed from the Ensemble o That this is a binding 12 month contract
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