Jacksonville High School
Golden Eagle Band
2007 – 2008
Band Student Handbook
JHS Golden Eagle Band
Jacksonville High School
1000 George Douthit Dr. SW
Jeff Gossett, Director
July 30, 2007
Band Parents and Students,
This handbook has most of the information that you will need for the upcoming school year. All of the
rules of the band, not included in the code of conduct given out by the school, are here.
Please make sure that all parents/guardians, and students read this handbook completely before
signing the release form in the back. Make sure that this form is filled out completely before returning it
to the band director. Signing this form means that you and your child will follow these established rules
and obey them to the best of your ability. Please sign and return this form within one week.
We hope that this handbook can answer some of the questions before they need to be asked. It will be
updated from time to time to keep it as current as possible.
Thank you for all that you do for the Jacksonville High School Golden Eagle Band program.
I. To promote and uphold the highest standard of instrumental music performance.
II. To offer many varieties of musical performance through various outlets.
III. To foster a greater knowledge of the musical experience.
All students have the ability to express themselves musically. What this program attempts to do is
provide an outlet for the student to reach their full potential musically. To obtain this goal the school
system has made available several classes to serve the students in this capacity.
I. Concert Band: This will be the performing organization open to all students with the necessary
performance ability, (spring semester). This ensemble will be performing band literature of level 2 to 5.
Due to the difficulty of music in this ensemble extra practice may be warranted. All members of this
group are encouraged to tryout for All- State Tryouts and Solo & Ensemble.
II. Marching Band: Membership in the marching band requires the attendance at band camp, (fall
semester). This musical ensemble will perform for all football games and competitions. There will be
after school rehearsals throughout the fall for this ensemble.
III Auxiliaries: By audition. This group would be mainly for creating the total visual effect of the
marching show (i.e. flags and majorettes during fall semester). They are members with the full
privileges and responsibilities as the other band members.
IV. Jazz Ensemble: By audition. Mainly for sax, trumpet, trombone/baritone, and a rhythm section
(drums, bass, guitars, and piano). This is a performance group that will tour to area schools and
I. Band Officers (selected by Director) and duties
A. Captain - Seniors only
1. Student representative of the band
2. Conduct all band council meetings
3. Promote band activities
4. Coordinates all student officers
5. Acts as a liaison between band and director
6. Helps coordinate loading and un-loading equipment trailer
B. Co-Capt. - Juniors or Seniors
1. Assume all duties of the president when necessary
2. Assists president
C. Class representative (elected by students)
1. One representative from each grade
2. Represents the interest of their group
II. Band staff (by audition)
A. Drum Major
1. Takes charge of band in all marching formations
2. Assists director in marching drills
3. Assists in maintaining discipline and spirit
1. Responsible for the library and all music filing and cataloging
2. Make all copies for marching band
1. Helps with attendance records
2. Helps director with public relations
1. Helps director with benevolence
2. Leads students in pre-show prayer
III. Band council and duties
A. Council is composed of the band officers, class representatives and drum major(s)
B. Meets periodically to discuss projects and/or problems
C. Assists in establishing policy for the band
D. Responsible for maintaining esprit de corps
I. Summer - These prescheduled rehearsals are required unless the band director is notified well in
advance that the student will be unable to attend. Any other unique situations should be discussed with
the band director.
II. Band Camp - This period is the most important time of the season. Attendance is required to march
in the fall. We need this time to prepare for our first performance.
III. After School - All rehearsals are required!! Should a student be involved in another school activity
that conflicts with rehearsal time, an arrangement between the Band Director and the student will be
agreed upon. Changes in the schedule may occur.
IV. Excused absences
A. Illness that causes an absence from school.
B. Any note from the doctor explaining an absence
C. ANY STUDENT ABSENT FROM SCHOOL CANNOT PERFORM OR REHEARSE AFTER
SCHOOL HOURS ON THAT DAY
D. Death in the family (this will require a note or call from a parent)
E. Any other excuse should be discussed with the band director in advance
V. Unexcused Absence
A. Two unexcused tardies equal one unexcused absence
B. One unexcused absence results in a loss of performance spot that week and a letter grade
C. The second results in the permanent loss of a performance spot and the loss of a letter
D. Consecutive absences (excused or not) will result in the temporary loss of your performance
position (for that week)
E. Any absence not notified to the director in advance will be considered unexcused until
notification and proof otherwise
F. Guidelines for all rehearsals
1. Plan to arrive at least 10 minutes early. "If you are on time, you are late. If you are
early, you are on time!"
2. Listen for leader's commands to save time
3. Always be prepared to march (have appropriate shoes)
4. Leaving practice early is the same as a tardy and will be counted that way.
G. Students with after school jobs
Although we cannot excuse a student from a rehearsal or performance for work; we will
assist them by notifying everyone at the beginning of the semester with all rehearsal and
performance times. That way a work schedule could be arranged around all the band
events. Please discuss your schedule with your employer so that we can help you
maintain your position in band as well as on your job.
All performances carry a mandatory attendance policy. If you miss a performance (unexcused) your
grade will be dropped one letter grade.
Time to Arrive at Football Games
Students need to be in the band room by 6:00 for home games which usually begin at 7:00.
Students are required to ride the bus to the away games.
Students need to be in the band room by 4:30 pm. We expect to return to the school at about 10:30 pm.
A separate game schedule will be distributed prior to the season.
Note: Marching band members ARE NOT required to pay to get into games or park. Parents,
however, ARE required to pay to get into the games and to park (unless a uniformed student is
in the vehicle).
The Band Boosters will sell concessions during the home varsity football games. Proceeds will go to
defray operational costs and to support our students. Parents and guardians are required to work one
home game. An assignment list by section or division will be circulated prior to the season. Concession
duties may include taking/delivery orders at window, food preparation, selling raffle tickets or other
products to spectators, etc.
I. All performances are required except in emergency situations. Absence from public performance
that is unexcused will result in loss of 2 letter grades and position in field show (if the student is an
officer, loss of position).
II. If you have a personal conflict of importance on a performance date, first notify the director in writing
at least two weeks in advance. This will give an alternate (if any are available) ample time to learn your
responsibilities or give director time to make other arrangements. If the director considers your request
valid, it will be honored whenever possible without loss of grade or position. In making your request,
give the director enough information to make a correct and fair judgment.
III. In the event that a member belongs to another performing organization that should be appearing at
the same time as the band, the school band would take precedence. This is the standard procedure
and is accepted as such by all community bands, drum and bugle corps, etc.
IV. Guidelines for Absence: See the attendance policy
When in Doubt...ASK IN ADVANCE. In case of sudden illnesses, a telephone call is appreciated. In all
cases of absence from a public appearance, a written statement from the parent is necessary.
V. Dates for Concerts
Date Event Time
Dec Christmas Concert TBA
Feb District Band Festival TBA
March Spring Concert/Banquet TBA
UNEXCUSED ABSENCES OR LACK OF PROPER EQUIPMENT, MUSIC, OR UNIFORM WILL
RESULT IN A LOSS OF ALL POSSIBLE POINTS FOR THAT PERFORMANCE OR REHEARSAL.
* See other guidelines for information on lettering (rehearsal, performance, trip, etc.)
* Excused tardies and absences can be made up on your own time.
Uniforms and Formal Wear
The student is responsible for the care and appearance of the uniform assigned to them for the year,
being careful not to spill food or drinks or sit down on the ground. The student should always conduct
themselves with respect and have pride in being a representative of Jacksonville High School as well
as the city of Jacksonville, Alabama. Shoes are to be polished or cleaned before each performance
and always worn with tall navy blue dress socks.
A. We will replace lost parts only when they are paid for. A cost list will be provided.
We will not loan uniform parts.
B. Special care must be taken with these uniforms. If we see a student abusing a uniform in
any manner, the uniform will be collected and not reissued.
II. WEARING THE UNIFORM
A. Students will wear the complete uniform. If we are through performing and permission has
been granted to change, then change completely out of the uniform (i.e. if weather
B. Hats will be worn until permission is granted to remove them.
C. Shoes will be cleaned or polished for each event
D. Be completely ready before call time (that includes hair up, uniform on, instruments ready)
E. Facial make-up must be kept to a minimum. Only small silver or gold post earring should be
worn. Long hair will be worn under hat. NO spray in hair colors
F. A plain navy T-shirt will be worn under the jacket at all times to protect the lining.
G. No changing of clothes will take place on buses at anytime.
H. There will be a uniform inspection before each performance.
Grading requirements will be made available at the beginning of each semester grades are based on
attendance, and playing test at the end of every semester. See policies on attendance.
A. Band Pictures
There will be a representative from Miller Photography to come in, and take individual band
pictures in the fall and the Composite Photos will be taken by World Photography. More
information will be forth coming.
Navy tee shirts and shorts will be handed out to each marching band member these will be part
of the game uniform and are to always be worn under the marching uniform.
C. Preliminary Fall 2007 Fund Raising Schedule
May & June Tote For Tips
August Cookie Dough, Cheesecake
September Golf Tournament
October Haunted Forest
November Bear Cutlery Knife Sale
Ink Pen Sales
I. Rehearsal Attitudes
Arrive early. If you are on time, you are late. Be mentally alert to your environment. Be prepared in
body and mind. All that we ask is that you give 110%. That's all!
II. Instruments, Music, Drill Charts
You are responsible for your instrument, music and your charts. Keep this equipment in good order
during rehearsals and all performances. A booster owned instrument that is checked out for your use
becomes your responsibility. It must be kept clean and in proper working order. Excessive damage
through negligence will result in your own repair bill. Each member will receive a folder containing
music for the show as well as selections for the use in the stands. Be sure you have all your music at
all times. Drill Sheets are to be kept in a separate folder from your music. Do Not Loose Your drill
III. Music Rooms
A. Band Room: Band members are to keep the band room clean and neat. Keep the chairs
and music stands in place. Use the wastebasket for the items to be thrown away. No drinks or
food are allowed in the band room.
B. Practice Rooms: To be used for practice or study only. Keep these storage rooms neat
C. Instrument Storage Room: To be used for instrument storage only. All other items are to
be kept in the student's school locker. Instruments must be in cases and cases closed while in
the storage room. NO PERSONAL INSTRUMENTS IN THE STORAGE ROOMS OVER THE
WEEKEND, unless they are school owned instruments.
D. Cleanliness: The areas on the JHS campus that the Band will use must be kept clean and
free from litter. Your personal trash does NOT go on the ground! If you cannot dispose of your
trash properly, don't take it to the rehearsal area.
E. During the Game: The JHS Golden Eagle Band sits together at all times during the game.
Stay in your assigned area at all times. Keep one eye on the Director and Drum Major(s) so
you will be playing the right song at the right time. Other people (non-band) DO NOT sit with
the band nor stand in the aisles by the band. Since we do give a third quarter break, the band
must return to their seats 2 clock minutes before the third quarter buzzer goes off. Every time
you play a note it must produce a quality sound. Keep yourself and your instrument under
control at all times.
1. Arrive early and adhere to any itinerary.
2. Home games- be in uniform and in your assigned area by 6:00 p.m.
3. The bus will leave on time- with or without you
4. The uniform is worn properly at all times.
5. Always have rain gear if necessary when arriving at school.
6. Members must remain in their stadium seating assignment until dismissal.
Breaks for restroom are permitted under the following conditions:
a. Chaperon or band director is notified
b. Only two per section at any given time
c. Members never travel alone
d. Food and drink is not purchased nor consumed until after halftime
7. Student leadership is responsible for setting the example and ensuring the bands
proper behavior and conduct during all public appearances. The JHS band serves
as the school's good-will ambassador and an excellent reputation must be preserved
and promoted at all times.
Band Boosters Club
All parents and interested adults are welcome and encouraged to become a part of the JHS Band
Booster Club. Meetings are usually held the first Tuesday of each month at 7 pm in the Band Room.
Band activities will be discussed. In the spring of each year officers will be elected for the following
school year. Positions available are President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Jacksonville High School
Golden Eagle Marching Band
SIGN AND TURN IN TO THE BAND DIRECTOR DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF CLASSES.
I ________________________, have read and do fully understand every policy that has been set forth
in this handbook. I also promise to do my best to use my talents to improve my band program.
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