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Band is open to any HJHS student who has previously been in band and has not dropped
band. Any student wishing to join band for the first time should have their parents
contact Mrs. Manasco for information. All band students have full band rehearsal three
times per week and one small group lesson every other week. Students are expected to
practice at home and show a signed practice record at their lesson. Sixth grade band
performs at the Christmas and spring concerts, and students have the option of preparing
a selection to perform at solo/ensemble contests in the spring. Seventh and eighth grade
band performs at various parades including the Old Settlers’ Kiddie Parade and the Witt
Labor Day Parade. The 7th/8th grade band also performs at the Christmas and spring
concerts, as well as Organizational contests. Students may also participate in
solo/ensemble contests, Vandalia Honor Band, or IMEA Honor Band.


IMEA

Every fall, HJHS band and choir members participate in the Illinois Music Educators’
Association (IMEA) Honors Festival. This festival takes place in November on the
campus of Eastern Illinois University. Band members wishing to participate must
audition on scales and a required musical selection. Auditions are usually held on
Columbus Day in Effingham. Choir members are selected based on director
recommendation. The students selected to attend the festival perform a final concert after
a full day of rehearsal with students from other schools throughout central Illinois.

Tri-M

Tri-M is a national honor society for student musicians sponsored by MENC (Music
Educators’ National Conference.) Students are selected for membership by the HJHS
music faculty. Selection is based on criteria such as scholarship, musicianship,
leadership, and citizenship. In order to be selected, a student must currently have a “C”
average or higher in all subjects, and a “B” average or higher in music classes. The main
purpose of Tri-M is to promote music in our school and community. Tri-M does not
require a major time commitment, although we will conduct several school and
community service projects. The national Tri-M website can be found at
http://www.menc.org/information/trim/TriMMain1.html.
7th/8th Grade Band Handbook



Classroom Rules and Expectations

Classroom rules are as follows:

1.   No talking during rehearsal or class.
2.   Always show respect.
3.   No gum or food (unless given by director.)
4.   Always come prepared.
5.   I dismiss you!

1. No talking during rehearsal or class.
        We must always be conscious of how valuable rehearsal time is. Talking during
rehearsal is a waste of time. When the director is on the podium, talking will cease.
Talking quietly is acceptable when the director is not on the podium. Questions should
be brought up by raising one’s hand and waiting to be recognized, not by asking your
neighbor. Loud playing of instruments and other loud noises for the sake of making
noise is never allowed. Any talking during rehearsal or other classroom distractions will
take away from free time allowed at the end of the period. Students who talk or disrupt
repeatedly will receive disciplinary consequences.

2. Always show respect.
       This includes respect to the director, other students, property, yourself, and the
band as a whole. Any comments made in class should be positive and/or constructive.
Negative comments that put others down will not be tolerated at all! Respect will also be
shown at all times by taking care of school and personal property.

3. No gum or food.
        HJHS school rules prohibit gum entirely, and it will never be allowed in the band
room. Candy and food are not permitted unless prior permission is given (such as a party
day) or if it is given out by Mrs. Manasco.

4. Always come prepared.
        This includes bringing all materials to class and being ready to play required
music. A student who has not practiced is not prepared. Students who are not prepared
and do not bring required materials will receive a lowered participation grade. If the
problem continues, parents will be contacted and disciplinary action will be taken. Also,
being prepared for band means your schedule is free to come to band. Make sure you
have your homework done ahead of time. You will not be allowed to miss band rehearsal
to finish homework. Students do not have the option of staying in study hall during
rehearsal or lesson time unless requested by a teacher. That teacher must send a pass or
call Mrs. Manasco.

5. I dismiss you!
        Never leave the band room without permission. Students leaving without
permission will receive a tardy. Also, instruments should not be put away until students
are told to do so. If you think you will be late for your next class, see Mrs. Manasco for a
pass.

Consequences

1st Offense: Verbal Warning
2nd Offense: Parent contact (note or phone call)
3rd Offense: Team or Office referral

Overall, students are expected to do the best they personally can at all times. In my
opinion, something that is worth doing is worth doing correctly. If we all take pride in
what we do, there will be no limit to our accomplishments.

Grading

Band grades are based on participation in required performances, weekly participation
grades, lessons, practice records, and other assignments.

Performances-50 pts. each: Each required performance is worth 50 points. Unexcused
absences result in a grade of zero. Absences are only excused in the event of illness or
extreme family emergency. Examples of unexcused absences are babysitting, sporting
events, and not having a ride. No absence will be excused without pre-approval from
Mrs. Manasco, unless it is an emergency. Please call if you have specific questions or
problems.

Weekly Participation-10 pts/week: Students who participate as expected will receive ten
points each week. Points will be taken off for classroom disruptions, failure to follow
directions, or failure to bring required materials.

Lessons-10 pts. each: Students are scheduled for a small group lesson every two weeks.
Attendance at each lesson and preparation of assigned music will determine the lesson
grade out of a possible ten points. Students are responsible for remembering their
scheduled lesson time. Students are excused from lessons if they have a pass from a
teacher, if they are absent from school, if school is not in session, or if the lesson must be
cancelled by Mrs. Manasco.

Practice Record-5 pts./week: Practice at home must be documented on an official
practice record each week. Notes will not be accepted. Students record the number of
minutes they practice daily. The daily numbers need to be totaled weekly and initialed by
a parent or guardian. Practice records are checked bi-weekly at each student’s regularly
scheduled lesson. Students who practice for 100 or more minutes in a week will receive
five points. 80-99=4, 60-79=3, and 40-59=2. Students with fewer than 40 minutes of
practice for the week can still receive one point for showing a signed practice sheet.
Students with instruments in the shop or extenuating circumstances should still fill out
the sheet as normal, but also bring a signed parent note explaining the circumstances.
Minutes may need to be made up at a later date. Points received will be written on the
practice sheet. Multiple practice sessions of 20-30 minutes in length are preferable to
fewer long sessions, but all minutes will count.

Required Performances

These are the required performances and the information that I have as of 8/25/03.

8/21-Kiddie Parade
9/1-Witt Labor Day Parade
TBA- Halloween Parade
Dec. 11-Christmas Concert
TBA-Organizational Contests
TBA-Spring Concert
TBA-Spring Recital (Students will perform in small groups or individually in an informal
setting.)

Uniform

The required uniform for marching band performances will be: official HJHS band t-
shirt, khaki colored pants or shorts, white socks, and tennis shoes (preferably white.) No
sandals or thick-soled shoes. Shoes must be flexible.

Concert band dress will consist of a white dress shirt (pure white only), black pants or
skirt, black socks, and black dress shoes. Girls may substitute an all-black dress if
desired. No spaghetti straps will be allowed and skirts must be at least fingertip length to
be considered proper concert attire.

Dropping Band

As long as a student is officially enrolled in band, they are expected to fulfill all
obligations expected of band members. Any student who is unhappy being in band is
encouraged to discuss things with Mrs. Manasco. If the problem cannot be solved with
the student remaining in band, a student may drop band by bringing a signed parent note
to Mrs. Manasco during the first week of a new semester. (1st semester deadline-Sept. 3,
2nd semester deadline-Jan. 26) Parents with concerns should call Mrs. Manasco.

Six Flags Trip

In recent years, band and choir students who maintain eligibility requirements are invited
to participate on a reward trip to Six Flags St. Louis. Students and parents are reminded
that this trip is a reward for outstanding participation in band and/or choir. Students must
meet all criteria in order to attend. Students who are in band and choir must qualify in
both groups. If a student in both band and choir is disqualified in one group, they are
automatically disqualified for both groups. Students will have an opportunity to earn a
free ticket or a 1/2 price ticket through the band’s fall fundraiser. Otherwise, students are
responsible for the price of their own ticket (we will order tickets as a group.) Also, we
are responsible for our own bus costs this year, so a small fee may be added to the per
student cost in order to cover this expense.

Criteria for Six Flags (Band)
1. Must attend all required performances. One excused absence can be made up by: A.
auditioning for IMEA Honor Band, B. performing a solo for contests, or C. composing a
five page paper on a classical music composer. Unexcused absences cannot be made up,
and students can only make up one excused absence. Students who did not attend
summer band rehearsals cannot make up any absences.

2. Good behavior is required at all times. In order to qualify, students may not receive
any disciplinary referrals (pink slips) for their behavior in rehearsals or performances.
Parent phone calls, notes sent home, or verbal reprimands do not merit immediate
disqualification, but should serve as a warning. Students who have lost school privileges
for 4th quarter will not get to attend.

3. A grade of an A or B in band must be attained in each of the first three quarters, with
no more than one B.

Fundraising

Due to increasing strain on our band activity fund, fundraising is a necessary part of our
band program. We ask for parents to be understanding of this and to allow their child to
participate in fundraising activities. Donations are also accepted.

Repairs/Maintenance

It is important that instruments are in proper working condition at all times. Problems
need to be brought to the attention of Mrs. Manasco right away. If your instrument is still
under a rental agreement, it will need to be repaired by the store you are renting from. A
representative from each store will come to the school at a certain time each week to pick
up and bring back repairs. If the instrument is paid for, it can be sent to either Halpin
Music or Thompson-Kramer and will be sent at Mrs. Manasco’s discretion. The store
will call with an estimate on large repairs. Please send a note with your child if you have
a preference of music stores.

Please keep your instruments properly maintained, or they will not work as well as they
should. Instruments should be kept clean and well-lubricated where necessary. Reed
players should have a supply of at least 3 reeds on hand (no chips or splits) and a storage
case for each. Alternate reeds each time you play. Reeds should not be left on the
mouthpiece after playing.

Instrument Loss/Theft
Students are responsible for their instrument at all times, even if it is left in the band
room, and especially on out of town trips. Every effort is made to make sure instruments
are secure in the band room, but problems do occur from time to time, usually due to
confusion about instrument ownership. In order to best protect your investment, please
follow these procedures. First, make sure your instrument has a nametag, preferably with
a phone number and address. Many students have similar instrument cases, and they are
easily mixed up. Do not rely on physical characteristics (such as color, scuffs, or
scratches,) because no one else knows those characteristics. The director should be able
to enter an instrument room at any time and know whose instruments are there.
Secondly, have the brand name, model, and serial number of your instrument written
down in a safe place at home. You might also want to check to see if your instrument is
covered on your homeowners’ insurance.

Extra Opportunities

Students are invited to participate in extra opportunities for performance and growth.
The following is a list of some available opportunities.
        IMEA Honor Band-IMEA is an honor band held at Eastern Illinois University in
Charleston, IL in November. Selection is by audition. Auditions are held in October on
Columbus Day. The festival is held in mid-November. At least one student will be
selected from each school.
        Vandalia Honor Band-This honor band is selected by director recommendation
and is held in the spring at Vandalia Jr. High.
        Solo/Ensemble Contests-Students have the option to perform as a solo with piano
accompaniment or in a small ensemble. Some after-school practices will be required.
Contests are usually held in Virden, IL, in late March or early April.

Tri-M Music Honor Society

Tri-M, which stands for Modern Music Masters, is a national honor society for music
students sponsored by MENC, the national association for music educators. Membership
is open to seventh and eighth graders and is selected by the HJHS music faculty.
Members are selected on the basis of musicianship, scholarship (must have a C average
or higher in all subjects), leadership, service, and character. Students may be selected for
participation in band, choir, or both. Students in both band and choir need only to be
selected by one teacher, but must be approved by both Mrs. Zook and Mrs. Manasco.
Students selected as members in seventh grade are automatically considered members in
eighth grade, unless that student requests to be dropped from the roster.

Contact Information

You may contact Mrs. Manasco by calling the Junior High at 532-3742. If no one is in
the office, you may dial ext. 254 for voice mail. If I am unreachable, please leave a
message with your name and number so I can return your call quickly. You may also e-
mail me at amymanasco@yahoo.com or send a note with your child. Please call with any
questions or concerns.
6th Grade Band Handbook



Classroom Rules and Expectations

Classroom rules are as follows:

1.   No talking during rehearsal or class.
2.   Always show respect.
3.   No gum or food (unless given by director.)
4.   Always come prepared.
5.   I dismiss you!

1. No talking during rehearsal or class.
        We must always be conscious of how valuable rehearsal time is. Talking during
rehearsal is a waste of time. When the director is on the podium, talking will cease.
Talking quietly is acceptable when the director is not on the podium. Questions should
be brought up by raising one’s hand and waiting to be recognized, not by asking your
neighbor. Loud playing of instruments and other loud noises for the sake of making
noise is never allowed. Any talking during rehearsal or other classroom distractions will
take away from free time allowed at the end of the period. Students who talk or disrupt
repeatedly will receive disciplinary consequences.

2. Always show respect.
       This includes respect to the director, other students, property, yourself, and the
band as a whole. Any comments made in class should be positive and/or constructive.
Negative comments that put others down will not be tolerated at all! Respect will also be
shown at all times by taking care of school and personal property.

3. No gum or food.
        HJHS school rules prohibit gum entirely, and it will never be allowed in the band
room. Candy and food are not permitted unless prior permission is given (such as a party
day) or if it is given out by Mrs. Manasco.

4. Always come prepared.
        This includes bringing all materials to class and being ready to play required
music. A student who has not practiced is not prepared. Students who are not prepared
and do not bring required materials will receive a lowered participation grade. If the
problem continues, parents will be contacted and disciplinary action will be taken. Also,
being prepared for band means your schedule is free to come to band. Make sure you
have your homework done ahead of time. You will not be allowed to miss band rehearsal
to finish homework. Students do not have the option of staying in study hall during
rehearsal or lesson time unless requested by a teacher. That teacher must send a pass or
call Mrs. Manasco.
5. I dismiss you!
        Never leave the band room without permission. Students leaving without
permission will receive a tardy. Also, instruments should not be put away until students
are told to do so. If you think you will be late for your next class, see Mrs. Manasco for a
pass.

Consequences

1st Offense: Verbal Warning
2nd Offense: Parent contact (note or phone call)
3rd Offense: Team or Office referral

Overall, students are expected to do the best they personally can at all times. In my
opinion, something that is worth doing is worth doing correctly. If we all take pride in
what we do, there will be no limit to our accomplishments.

Grading

Band grades are based on participation in required performances, weekly participation
grades, lessons, practice records, and other assignments.

Performances-50 pts. each: Each required performance is worth 50 points. Unexcused
absences result in a grade of zero. Absences are only excused in the event of illness or
extreme family emergency. Examples of unexcused absences are babysitting, sporting
events, and not having a ride. No absence will be excused without pre-approval from
Mrs. Manasco, unless it is an emergency. Please call if you have specific questions or
problems.

Weekly Participation-10 pts/week: Students who participate as expected will receive ten
points each week. Points will be taken off for classroom disruptions, failure to follow
directions, or failure to bring required materials.

Lessons-10 pts. each: Students are scheduled for a small group lesson every two weeks.
Attendance at each lesson and preparation of assigned music will determine the lesson
grade out of a possible ten points. Students are responsible for remembering their
scheduled lesson time. Students are excused from lessons if they have a pass from a
teacher, if they are absent from school, if school is not in session, or if the lesson must be
cancelled by Mrs. Manasco.

Practice Record-5 pts./week: Practice at home must be documented on an official
practice record each week. Notes will not be accepted. Students record the number of
minutes they practice daily. The daily numbers need to be totaled weekly and initialed by
a parent or guardian. Practice records are checked bi-weekly at each student’s regularly
scheduled lesson. Students who practice for 100 or more minutes in a week will receive
five points. 80-99=4, 60-79=3, and 40-59=2. Students with fewer than 40 minutes of
practice for the week can still receive one point for showing a signed practice sheet.
Students with instruments in the shop or extenuating circumstances should still fill out
the sheet as normal, but also bring a signed parent note explaining the circumstances.
Minutes may need to be made up at a later date. Points received will be written on the
practice sheet. Multiple practice sessions of 20-30 minutes in length are preferable to
fewer long sessions, but all minutes will count.

Dropping Band

As long as a student is officially enrolled in band, they are expected to fulfill all
obligations expected of band members. Any student who is unhappy being in band is
encouraged to discuss things with Mrs. Manasco. If the problem cannot be solved with
the student remaining in band, a student may drop band by bringing a signed parent note
to Mrs. Manasco during the first week of a new semester. (1st semester deadline-Sept. 3,
2nd semester deadline-Jan. 26) Parents with concerns should call Mrs. Manasco.

Required Performances

These are the required performances and the information that I have as of 8/25/03.

Dec. 11-Christmas Concert
TBA-Spring Concert
TBA-Short performance at band parent meeting(?)

The 7th and 8th grade band performs at more events than the sixth grade. Sixth grade does
not march in parades or participate in organizational contests.

Uniform

Attire for the Christmas and Spring Concert will consist of a white dress shirt (pure white
only), black pants or skirt, black socks, and black dress shoes. Girls may substitute an
all-black dress if desired. No spaghetti straps will be allowed and skirts must be at least
fingertip length to be considered proper concert attire. More casual attire will be
acceptable if we perform for a band parent meeting.

Fundraising

Due to increasing strain on our band activity fund, fundraising is a necessary part of our
band program. We ask for parents to be understanding of this and to allow their child to
participate in fundraising activities. Donations are also accepted.

Repairs/Maintenance

It is important that instruments are in proper working condition at all times. Problems
need to be brought to the attention of Mrs. Manasco right away. If your instrument is still
under a rental agreement, it will need to be repaired by the store you are renting from. A
representative from each store will come to the school at a certain time each week to pick
up and bring back repairs. If the instrument is paid for, it can be sent to either Halpin
Music or Thompson-Kramer and will be sent at Mrs. Manasco’s discretion. The store
will call with an estimate on large repairs. Please send a note with your child if you have
a preference of music stores.

Please keep your instruments properly maintained, or they will not work as well as they
should. Instruments should be kept clean and well-lubricated where necessary. Reed
players should have a supply of at least 3 reeds on hand (no chips or splits) and a storage
case for each. Alternate reeds each time you play. Reeds should not be left on the
mouthpiece after playing.

Instrument Loss/Theft

Students are responsible for their instrument at all times, even if it is left in the band
room, and especially on out of town trips. Every effort is made to make sure instruments
are secure in the band room, but problems do occur from time to time, usually due to
confusion about instrument ownership. In order to best protect your investment, please
follow these procedures. First, make sure your instrument has a nametag, preferably with
a phone number and address. Many students have similar instrument cases, and they are
easily mixed up. Do not rely on physical characteristics (such as color, scuffs, or
scratches,) because no one else knows those characteristics. The director should be able
to enter an instrument room at any time and know whose instruments are there.
Secondly, have the brand name, model, and serial number of your instrument written
down in a safe place at home. You might also want to check to see if your instrument is
covered on your homeowners’ insurance.

Extra Opportunities

All HJHS band students in grades six through eight are invited, but not required, to
perform and compete at Solo/Ensemble Contests in the spring. Contests take place in late
March or early April and are usually held in Virden, IL. Students have the option of
performing either a solo with piano accompaniment, or in a small ensemble. Mrs.
Manasco will pick out appropriate music for interested students. Students will be judged
on their performance and will receive a rating of I, II, or III. Students who achieve a I
rating will receive a medal at the Spring Concert. Some after-school practices may be
required for students wishing to attend contests.

Any student who wishes to perform a solo (or in a small group) for talent shows, church,
family, etc. are welcome to see Mrs. Manasco for music and help if needed.

Six Flags and Tri-M

The Six Flags reward trip and Tri-M Music Honor Society are activities that you could be
involved in next year in band. Everyone in seventh and eighth grade band has an
opportunity to go to Six Flags in the spring, so you have that to look forward to next year.
Tri-M is an honor society for music students in 7th and 8th grade. Mrs. Manasco and Mrs.
Zook select members based on things like behavior, effort, dependability, and grades
(you have to have a C average in all of your classes). Selection next year will be based
on your performance and participation this year, so be aware that we are watching you!

Contact Information

You may contact Mrs. Manasco by calling the Junior High at 532-3742. If no one is in
the office, you may dial ext. 254 for voice mail. If I am unreachable, please leave a
message with your name and number so I can return your call quickly. You may also e-
mail me at amymanasco@yahoo.com or send a note with your child. Please call with any
questions or concerns.

				
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