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					    COLORADO HS
   BAND HANDBOOK
      2010 – 2011




The following pages are intended to make all students and parents aware of the requirements and
expectations for high school band. Please read carefully, and then both parent and student must
sign and date the agreement form. Return the agreement, the marching band acknowledgement
form and the medical release form (pages 17-19) to Mr. Johns by Thursday, August 26, 2010.
This will count as a grade. 10 points will be deducted every day it is late. Any student who
doesn‟t have these forms in by Friday will not be able to go with us to the first football game.
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Table of Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4
Plan of Classroom Discipline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Grade Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Participation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Test Average . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Summer Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Monday Night Rehearsals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Concerts / Performances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Playing Tests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Written Assignments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Sectionals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Music Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Inspection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Football Games . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Other Marching Performances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Out-of-town Trips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Uniform Care / Responsibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11
Conduct at Hotels / Condos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Extra Credit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
How Parents Can Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Individual Students Accounts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
www.charmsmusic.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Band Letter Jacket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Auxiliary Regulations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Wolf Band Scholarship Requirements & Application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Final Comments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Agreement Form (to be returned) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
General Information (to be returned) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Marching Band Acknowledgement Form (to be returned) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Medical Release Form (to be returned). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19




For clarity, “you” will refer to the band student. “Me” or “I” will refer to Mr. Johns




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                                BAND CALENDAR


    Color Legend: High School, Middle School, Both groups

    Date          Time          Event/Place
July 18             7:30 pm     Welcome Back Party/CHS outside Band Hall
                  8:00-12:00,
July 19 - 23                    Summer Band Camp/CHS
                   1:30-5:00
                 M-T-T 7-9pm
August 2 - 5                    Summer Band/CHS
                   W 3-5pm
August 9 - 12    M-T-T 7-9 pm   Summer Band/CHS
August 11          1:30-6:00    Uniform Check-out
                 M-T-T 7-9pm
August 16 - 19                  Summer Band/CHS
                   W 3-5pm
August 20           5:30 pm     Reward dinner for “Marchdown” winners & LCs
August 23        7:00-9:00 pm   Marching practice/Band practice field
August 27           7:30 pm     Merkel game/CHS stadium
August 30        7:00-9:00 pm   Marching practice/CHS stadium
September 3         7:30 pm     Ballinger game/CHS stadium
September 6         5:30 pm     Pigskin Preview/CHS stadium
September 6      7:00-9:00 pm   Marching practice/CHS stadium
September 9      4:00-8:00 pm   Beginner Band Instrument Drive/CMS Band Hall
September 10        7:30 pm     Lamesa game/Lamesa
September 13     7:00-9:00 pm   Marching practice/CHS stadium
September 16        Darkish     Bon-Fire
September 17        4:30 pm     Homecoming Parade/downtown
September 17        7:30 pm     Coleman game (Homecoming)/CHS stadium
September 20     7:00-9:00 pm   Marching practice/CHS stadium
September 24        7:30 pm     Denver City game/Denver City
                                WTAC Drum Line, Color Guard, Twirler, Drum Major competition/
September 25       All day
                                Lubbock Coronado HS
September 25        All day     All-Region Jazz Band try-outs/Reagan County
September 27     7:00-9:00 pm   Marching practice – clinic with Dr. Neal/CHS stadium
October 1           7:30 pm     Grape Creek game/CHS stadium
October 2                       San Angelo Marching Festival/San Angelo stadium
October 4        7:00-9:00 pm   Marching practice – clinic with Mr. Lunney/CHS stadium
October 4                       begin brochure fundraiser
October 8           7:30 pm     Wall game/Wall
October 9          afternoon    Big Country Marching Band Festival/Abilene-Wylie HS
October 11       7:00-9:00 pm   Marching practice/CHS stadium
October 11                      end fundraiser
October 15         7:30 pm      Crane game/CHS stadium
                                UIL Region Marching Contest/Odessa-Ratliff Stadium
October 16         All day
                                Practice that morning at our practice field
October 22         7:30 pm      Alpine game/Alpine
October 29                      FREE Friday night – YEA!
November 3                      fundraiser come in


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   Date             Time          Event/Place
November 5          7:30 pm       Kermit game/CHS stadium (with Middle School Band)
November 12-13                    Play-off game ???
November 19-20                    Play-off game ???
December 4            5:30 pm     Christmas Parade/downtown
December 7        1:00-10:00 pm   Middle School All-Region Band try-outs/Crane MS
December 11        3:00-9:00 pm   ATSSB (A-3A) All-Region Band try-outs/Greenwood HS
December 12           2:00 pm     Winter Concert/CHS auditorium
January 8             All day     ATSSB Area try-outs/Lubbock Cooper
January 21-22       9 am-4 pm     ATSSB All-Region Bands Clinic with concert at 6 pm/Midland HS
January 31         7:00-9:00 pm   Concert/Sight-reading practice/CHS BH
February 5            All day     UIL Solo-Ensemble Contest/San Angelo-ASU
February 7         7:00-9:00 pm   Concert/Sight-reading practice/CHS BH
February 9-13                     TMEA Convention for All-State students & band directors/San Antonio
February 14       7:00-9:00 pm    Concert/Sight-reading practice/CHS BH
February 21       7:00-9:00 pm    Concert/Sight-reading practice/CHS BH
February 26          All day      Wolf Band Festival/CHS
February 28       7:00-9:00 pm    Concert/Sight-reading practice/CHS BH
March 7           7:00-9:00 pm    Concert/Sight-reading practice/CHS BH
March 10             All day      UIL Concert/Sight-reading contest/CHS Auditorium, Gym, Band Hall
April 4              4:00 pm      Auxiliaries (Drum Majors & Twirlers) try-outs/CHS gym
April 5              4:00 pm      Auxiliaries (Color Guard) try-outs/CHS gym
April 24             2:00 pm      Spring Concert and dessert auction/CHS auditorium
May 14 ?                          Schlitterbahn trip/New Braunfels
May 19              6:00 pm       Concert at the Railhead/C-City Railhead Building
May 27              8:00 pm       Graduation
May 28-30                         TSSEC-State Solo-Ensemble Contest/San Marcos-Pflugerville



June 1-3          9:00-11:00 am   Freshman Camp (Freshmen & LCs)/CHS
July 18-22          8:00 – 5:00   Summer Band Camp
August 1-school
                                  Summer Band begins (M-T-T 7-9 pm) (W-F 3-5 pm)
begins

Dates not scheduled yet:
    MS 1-day Spring trip
    6th grade solo contest


I will let you know updates and changes as I find out about them. I will also keep the calendar
on our website updated with itineraries, information, pictures, etc. You can check that website at
http://colorado.region14.net/webs/djohns/calendar_-_year_at_a_glance.htm.




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PLAN OF CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE
       Step 1 – verbal warning in class
       Step 2 – conference (one-on-one) after class
       Step 3 – moving chairs (depending on section)
       Step 4 – call parent
       Step 5 – send to office!

No gum, drinks, or food in the band hall at any time, at marching practice, or at any
performance – 10 pushups (Fall) or one day lunch detention (Spring) for each offense.


GRADE BOOK
       The student‟s 6-weeks grade is made up of a Participation grade and a Test Average.
Each one counts 50% of their grade. Extra credit is added as an extra grade to bring up their 6-
weeks average.


PARTICIPATION
        I give each student a participation grade at the end of each week. It reflects my judgment
on how much effort a student puts forth during the week. Sometimes a student may have had
some low test grades though they worked very hard. The participation grades can help raise their
6-weeks average to reflect more accurately how they are doing in band. The opposite may also
apply.
        All students are required to have their instrument at school in playing condition every
day. They are expected to have all needed accessories. These include mouthpiece, reeds, music,
and everything needed to participate in class. Any day a student is not able to participate due to
missing items, their weekly participation grade will be lowered accordingly. The only exception
is the instrument being at the repair shop. In that case, the student needs to make me aware of
the situation. We try to have extra instruments on hand for such circumstances.



TEST AVERAGE
       Students will usually receive 6 or more test grades each 6-weeks. These grades are
averaged for the test average (50% of the total 6-weeks grade). The following is a list of some
things students receive a test grade for: summer band practices, Monday night rehearsals,
concerts/performances, playing tests, written assignments, section rehearsals,
memorization of marching music, inspection before marching performances, and uniform
care.




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SUMMER BAND

         Attendance during summer band is mandatory. Just as the football team and volleyball
team must begin practice before school starts, so must we. Students will receive two test grades
reflecting their attendance and participation during summer band practice. This grade comes
from an average of each day and time attended divided by the number of total required
rehearsals.
         As summers are getting shorter, many families are planning vacations late in the summer.
Please, try to plan your trips before summer band is scheduled to begin. Students will receive a
calendar for summer band before school is out in May. If you have not received one by then,
please, call me or come by. This should be adequate advance notice for most people to plan. If,
however, a student must miss summer band because of a family vacation, he/she will not be
penalized by grade; but he/she will march in the alternate line until/unless a spot in the show
becomes available.
         More and more students are getting jobs. If these jobs are necessary for family support
and will conflict with our band schedule, the student and his/her parents need to talk to Mr.
Johns, personally, to work something out. If these jobs are just for luxury or for spending
money, they should make sure it does not conflict with any band rehearsals or performances.
These absences will not be excused and can also result in a student being an alternate. Being
part of a band is a great way to learn responsibility. Band is a choice - remember, “There is no
„I‟ in team.”
         Each student is responsible to be at each practice on time. If the parents are unable to
bring them, it is the student‟s responsibility to find a ride. Parents, please, let your child know
ahead of time if they need to make arrangements. We have many students in band that are
willing to help each other out. Getting a ride need not be a problem. Absence due to no ride will
not be excused.


MONDAY NIGHT REHEARSALS
         From the time Summer Band begins, we will have weekly Monday night rehearsals from
7-9 pm. These rehearsals will take place on our marching field for the first few weeks until it
starts to get dark before 9:00 pm (beginning of September). When that happens, we will move
our practices to the football stadium so we can use the lights. I will take the percussion
instruments and sousaphones to the stadium in the trailer. Those students are responsible for
loading their equipment on the trailer before leaving the band hall and unloading their equipment
at the band hall after practice. Everyone else will be responsible for getting his or her own
equipment to and from the field. These Monday night rehearsals will continue until after all UIL
marching events are over, usually by November.
         Anyone late to practice will run one lap for every 5 minutes late before they join us on
the field. Anyone excessively late for or missing a Monday night rehearsal will be responsible
for making up the missed time. Unexcused misses will result in the student becoming an
alternate.
         In February, we will resume Monday night rehearsals as we prepare for UIL Concert/
Sight-reading Contest. These rehearsals will continue until after UIL.

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CONCERTS/PERFORMANCES
         Students and parents need to understand that concerts and performances of the Colorado
HS Band are counted as a test grade. They are part of the required curriculum for band. All a
student must do to earn a “100” is show up on time, wear appropriate attire, and play. If a
student is late or dressed incorrectly, his/her grade will be lowered accordingly.
         Band members will wear band uniforms for all football games and contests unless
otherwise told. I will instruct students what to wear for other performances. Additionally, all
students will need to purchase a band “travel shirt” ($10-15) to be worn whenever we travel
together to demonstrate band pride. Should they forget their shirt, they will not be allowed to
go with us. If they come to a performance out of uniform, they may not be allowed to perform.
In addition to bus travel, we will wear travel shirts to school on the day of Friday football games,
contests, and concerts to show band pride. Exceptions are made for football players and
cheerleaders that are required to wear their “uniform” for that team.
         If a student skips a performance with no excuse, he/she will receive a “0” with no chance
to make it up. Sickness, death in the family, or other major family emergencies is excused. Any
other excuses are handled on an individual basis. “I couldn‟t get a ride,” is no excuse! With so
many students in the band program, you can find a ride if you will try. If you must miss a
performance for any unexpected reason, please, call me ahead of time if possible. Be sure to
bring a parent or doctor note when you return. If you know in advance that you will be absent
from a performance, bring a parent note at least one week ahead of time.
         Even if you are absent from school on the day of a performance, call me or I will expect
you to be at the performance. Make sure to bring a note the following day for me to keep in my
files. If the absence is excused, another assignment may be given (whether playing or written) so
you can have a grade.


PLAYING TESTS
        Students will be given playing tests on a regular basis to assess their development and
progress on their instrument. Students can expect one or two playing test in a semester. Some
will be done in class, and some will be recorded in another room. Playing tests are usually done
in conjunction with chair tests. Chair tests allow the students to be placed in a chair order (1st
chair, 2nd chair, etc.) based on how well they played. If a student misses a chair test, they are
put at the end of the section until the next chair test or until they challenge. If a student is not
happy with their chair, they can challenge any of the students sitting above them. That keeps
everything fair to everyone. Challenges are not for a grade. They are simply for chair
placement. Any questions on challenges should be directed to Mr. Johns.




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WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS
       The only times a worksheet or other written assignment will be given is if a student has
an excused absence from a performance, if a student is in OCS, or if a student asks for written
work for extra credit.


SECTIONALS
        Sectionals (or section rehearsals) are a time before or after school when a band director or
section leader can work with an individual section. This is a time to work on technique,
characteristic tone quality, tuning, hard spots in the music, etc. The high school band will have
some sectionals throughout the year. Sectionals are vital for a band to continue to grow to play
harder and more exciting music.
        A grade will be given for attendance of sectionals called by a band director. When
scheduling sectionals, I will try to work around the students‟ other activities to help avoid
conflicts. Students should not have the pressure of deciding which activity they will choose to
attend. If there are any conflicts with other school events, I will work it out with the teachers/
coaches involved.
        During marching season, twirlers, color guard, and drum line will have weekly sectionals.
Other sections may have an occasional sectional when deemed necessary by a band director or
section leader. During concert season (the 2nd semester), sectionals will be scheduled as needed.
These will be required for a grade: “100” for being there, “70” for being late, and “0” for an
unexcused absence.

MUSIC MEMORY

        During marching season, all music performed on the field will be memorized and played
off for one of the directors. Students will receive a “100” for playing off the required music on
time. 10 points is deducted per week for playing off music late. If the required music is not
played off before the show performance, the student will march the half-time show without their
instrument until it is played off. Color guard and twirlers must perform their routine.


INSPECTION

        Before each marching event, I will do an “inspection.” Before the band appears in
public, everyone must be ready, look good, and have all needed equipment. More procedure for
football games will be explained on the following pages.
        After all band students are in uniform, have instruments out, and are lined up in parade
block, the drum major(s) will call the band to attention. To receive a “100” for your inspection
grade, the following will be expected: have complete (clean) uniform on; have shoes cleaned
and neat; have on black socks; have instrument assembled and in playing condition (slides and
valves working, good reeds, etc.); and have your own flip folder with all music in it. If any of
the above is incomplete, the student will receive a lowered grade accordingly.


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FOOTBALL GAMES
Instructions for home games:
        Be in complete uniform, have your instrument ready to play, and be lined up for
inspection in the grass by 7:00 p.m. for 8:00 home games and 6:30 p.m. for 7:30 home games.
Following inspection, we will load up on buses to go to the stadium. You will carry your
instrument and flip folder. Any other equipment needed (i.e. keyboard percussion instruments)
need to be put on the trailer. When we arrive at the stadium, we will march in. I expect you to
stay at attention and show pride as you march into the stadium. Horn cases will be left in the
band hall. If it looks like rain, woodwinds will be allowed to bring their cases.
        After we have marched around the field to our place in the stadium, drums will continue
to play as you march into the stands single file. When you reach your spot in the stands, you will
stay at attention and continue to mark time until everyone is in place. When the drums do a halt
cadence, then you can sit down. Everything we do will be done together.
        When I dismiss you at the end of the game, the buses will take you back to the band hall
so you can put things up. After everything is put up, we will have a brief sit-down meeting
before you are dismissed to go home.

Instructions for away games:
        You will be told ahead of time when the buses will leave and whether to wear your travel
shirt or uniform on the bus. We will sometimes stop somewhere to eat before the game. When
we arrive at the stadium, if we need to put on uniforms, I will have a place arranged for you to
change. Do not change on the bus! Then you get your horn out and line up for inspection.
Following inspection, we will march into the stadium just as we would at home. When we get
home, we will have a sit-down meeting after the trailer is unloaded and everything is put up.
Then I will dismiss you to go home.

Conduct at football games:
        You are responsible for all of your equipment. Do not ask someone else to be
responsible for anything unless you clear it through me. Do not play on your instrument until
instructed to do so. No gum, food, drinks, or tobacco in the stands. Water will be provided.
You will stay at your allocated spot at all times except when we move together for half-time.
Please, use the restroom before we get in the stadium. When you are getting your uniform on is
a good time. You can stand or sit in the stands when we are not playing. When we play, brass
and percussion will stand and woodwinds will sit.
        We will sit in rows in a uniform fashion. No one is allowed in the band block except
current band members - that includes parents, friends, etc. unless it has been cleared by Mr.
Johns. Following half-time, we will play for the team to come in and then return instruments to
the stands. 3rd quarter will be your break time. You are expected to stay in full uniform unless
Mr. Johns allows you to take off your jacket. I expect you to be back in the stands before the end
of the 3rd quarter. We will begin playing when the buzzer sounds ending 3rd quarter. Anyone not
ready to play at that time will lose their 3rd quarter break privilege the next game. No band
member will be allowed to leave a game early unless it is cleared with Mr. Johns prior to the
game.
        We will play only as a group while in the stands. Solo performance is strictly prohibited.
Drum cadences may be played as long as the drum captain has permission from Mr. Johns. No
inappropriate cheers or “booing” will be allowed.

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OTHER MARCHING PERFORMANCES

        The band competes at UIL Region Marching Contest every year. We earn a rating for
this competition (I-Superior, II-Excellent, III-Average, IV-Below Average, V-Poor). On odd
years, we have the opportunity to advance past Region. If we earn a 1st division, we get to go to
the Area level. If we place in the top 3 at Area, we get to go to the State level. Region and Area
events are on Saturdays. State is on a Monday. Region is only a one-day event, but Area and
State may be overnight trips.
        In addition to these UIL performances, the band will go to at least one marching festival
like the “Big Country” Marching Festival at Wylie. The band will march in the Colorado City
Homecoming Parade and Christmas Parade. As with all performances, these are required of all
band members. The color guard, twirlers, drum line, and drum major(s) may compete at an
additional competition (i.e. WTAC).


OUT-OF-TOWN TRIPS
        Whenever the band takes a trip out of town, students are expected to ride the bus (or other
school provided transportation) to and from the event. Special permission may be obtained for a
student to ride home with his/her parents only if the High School Principal signs the parent‟s
written request before leaving for the trip. Parents must present that signed request to me and see
me, personally, after the event before taking their son/daughter. No student will be allowed to
leave with friends or other students. There must be an adult. No student will be allowed to drive
him/herself.


UNIFORM CARE / RESPONSIBILITY

         Our band uniforms are of the highest quality and with this quality comes expense. The
current replacement cost is $500 per uniform. That includes black bibbers, jacket, and cape.
These uniforms are expected to last at least 10 years, and ours are now three years old. We must
take care of what we have so they‟ll look as nice as possible and last well. Students are expected
to keep them in good shape by following these guidelines:
         When a uniform is checked out to a student, it has been cleaned. The student is expected
to take proper care of the uniform to keep it looking nice. The school will take the uniforms to
the cleaners at the end of the year when the uniform is turned in. Any other necessary cleaning is
the responsibility of the student and parent. If the student gets a spot on the uniform, they must
get it cleaned before the next performance.
         When the student is issued a uniform, it becomes his/her responsibility. Any cost for lost
or damaged uniform parts is the responsibility of the student and their parents. Although
uniforms may be left on the racks in the band hall, the students are responsible for them.
Students should check their uniform bag to be sure all parts are there before the uniforms are
loaded on the trailer. Each student is responsible for his/her uniform being brought to and from
the trailer for out-of-town performances. Keep up with the uniform parts and always report to all
activities requiring uniforms with everything needed.


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        Each student is issued a coat, cape, black bibbers, a helmet & plume (or beret for tuba
players), and a uniform bag. There is no rental or purchase cost for these items, however,
students must purchase black band shoes ($30) and black socks to be worn with the uniform.
The shoes will last for all four years of high school band if they are taken care of. Shoes should
be cleaned before every performance. A wet towel or washcloth works most of the time. For
excess dirt, scuffs, etc., use “409” or a similar cleaner. Uniform parts are never to be washed,
only dry-cleaned. Uniform bags and hats can be wiped off just like the shoes.
        The pants must hang straight with the creases on the edges. The coat should be hung
correctly on the hanger around the pants. The cape needs to be hung on the coat just as it would
be worn. Shoes may be kept in the back of the uniform bag only. Nothing else should be left in
the uniform bag. If pant length needs to be altered, please do so before the first performance. If
you need help with this, there are several parents that can help. If you need anything done to
your uniform, please let Mr. Johns know before the day of a performance.


CONDUCT AT HOTELS/CONDOS

         Students will be expected to follow school rules and guidelines such as no alcohol,
nonprescription drugs, tobacco, etc. will be tolerated. Band members will not be allowed in the
room with students of the opposite sex after the set curfew. Students and their parents will be
responsible for paying for any room damage or lost room keys. Students will dress appropriately
at all times. Students must refrain from playing their band instruments in the room. Under no
circumstances will a student be allowed to leave the hotel unless with the group. Basically,
students are expected to behave and represent Colorado City in a worthy manner.
         All students should realize that for the duration of the trip, any personal desires,
uniqueness of character, or other individualities must be considered secondary to the traits that
facilitate large group control and management.


EXTRA CREDIT
        You can get extra credit in band. Extra credit is added as an extra grade to bring up
your 6-weeks average.
        You can attend other high school or college band concerts. I feel that one of the best
ways you can grow as a musician and a person is to hear a wide variety of music. If you can go
to a band concert, pick up a program and have the band director sign it after the concert. Bring it
to me the next day, and I‟ll give you extra credit. I must have a signed program unless I am
there. If I am there, make sure you check with me after the concert so I can record your name for
my records. You must stay for an entire concert to receive credit.
        You can receive extra credit by trying out for All-Region Band, playing a solo at UIL, or
playing in an ensemble for UIL.
        You can do written reports for extra credit. Just ask me for a subject or person, and I‟ll
give you one. You can do a 3-page typed essay for up to 5 points extra credit. You can do a 6-
page typed research paper for up to 10 points. It must be complete with footnotes and title page.
I do check for spelling, correct grammar, and plagiarism.



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HOW PARENTS CAN HELP

At Home:
        Show an interest in the musical studies of your child. They may almost be adults, but
your interest is vital to their success. Help them arrange a time and place for individual practice.
Band is not just a school activity. For the band to excel, the individual players must excel. If
they cannot practice at home, allow them to stay and practice at the band hall after school. It is
open almost every day until 6:00.
        Help him/her keep their instrument in good repair with all needed supplies. I keep a
small amount of supplies for students to use during band time. However, they need to have their
own for other practice time (i.e. valve oil, cork grease, etc.). If they are using a school-owned
instrument, they are responsible for taking take of it. Repair cost is high. The school will pay for
everyday wear and tear, but damage from accidents and carelessness are the responsibility of the
student and parents. Teach your child to be on time for every rehearsal and every performance.
They must learn to be responsible before we turn them loose in the real world.
        Although private lessons are not required, they are encouraged as an extension of the
classroom learning. They can certainly help in the individual development of the player. If you
need help finding a private teacher, see Mr. Johns. Encourage your child to play for others as the
opportunity arises in the home, at church, in the community, etc.
        If you ever need to contact me, you can reach me at the band hall (728-1077) during my
conference time from 9:15 – 10:15. You can email me at djohns@ccity.esc14.net, Mr. Branch at
cbranch@ccity.esc14.net, or Mrs. Wilson at ewilson@ccity.esc14.net. Check the band website
for up-to-date Band information – http://colorado.region14.net/webs/djohns/

At School:
       Keep up with your child‟s various musical activities. Notify Mr. Johns if your
son/daughter will be late or absent from an out-of-school practice or performance. See that your
child keeps up with his/her academic studies and makes up all missed work, checking with Mr.
Johns when necessary. After all, no pass, no play, OR an incomplete at the end of a 6-weeks will
also keep them from playing. Attend concerts and performances whenever possible.
       Attend Band Booster meetings whenever possible. Check the newspaper for meeting
times. Volunteer to help out with band functions.

INDIVIDUAL STUDENT ACCOUNTS

        The purpose and intent of individual student accounts is to assist the individual band
student with any expenses related to their participation in the band. All band students are
eligible to earn credit toward specific expenses through their individual student account. This
individual account is part of the band activity account. Money is added to a student‟s account
when they fund raise or donate to it. Money in this account may not be withdrawn as cash. It is
to be applied to any of the following band related fees: spring trip expenses; summer band
camp; purchase or replacement of uniform and/or uniform accessories for which the student is
responsible, costs related to maintenance, repair and replacement of school-owned instruments
and music; or any related band expenses approved by Mr. Johns. Students‟ individual accounts
are not transferable to another student. Students‟ individual accounts start over every school
year following a “big trip.” You can view the account information at www.charmsmusic.com.

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WWW.CHARMSMUSIC.COM
        Charms Music Office Assistant is a web-based management database that we use to keep
all student information that we need for the band program. As a parent or student, you may
logon to see and/or update certain information.
        Go to the webpage www.charmsmusic.com. Under the section, “Parent/Student Login,”
you will type “CCHSBAND” beside “School Code” and click “enter.”




        On the next page beside “Enter Password,” type the student‟s first initial and last name
with no spaces (i.e. djohns). If that doesn‟t work, type the student‟s first two letters of his/her
first name and then their last name with no spaces in between (i.e. dajohns). We had to do this
with any students that had the same first initial and last name.




        On the next page, you have many options to choose from. I would first suggest you click
the “change password” icon. The old password is the first initial and last name you just used to
get into the system. By changing this to something else, no one else will be able to access your
information.
        To see your student‟s individual account information, click on the “finances” icon. You
can see money earned with fundraisers, amount due for the spring trip, etc. We are hoping to
offer the ability for you to pay with a credit/debit card toward trip costs in the near future. If you
have any questions, you can always click on the “email” icon to send one of us an email.
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BAND LETTER JACKET
       You can earn a band letter jacket or letter in one of three ways: participation,
achievement, or auxiliary. As long as you do not already have a letter jacket, you can earn one in
band. If you do have one, you can still earn a letter (one per year). If you choose to get out of
band, you forfeit your opportunity for a band letter jacket or letter, even if you have earned it.

Participation:

       Requirements:
             1) Participate in band every year through 12th grade.
             2) Demonstrate responsibility by attending all performances unless excused.
             3) Have a commitment to band as a team

       Action taken:
              Jacket or letter will be ordered at the end of your Junior year. You will receive it
              after school begins your Senior year as long as you are enrolled in band.

Achievement:

       Requirements (meet one of the following):
             1) Make the All-Region Band and attend the Clinic/Concert.
             2) Earn a 1st division on a Class I solo or ensemble at UIL and perform at State.

       Action taken:
              Jacket or letter will be ordered at the next available time. You will receive it as
              soon as it comes in as long as you are still enrolled in band.

Auxiliary:

       Requirements:
             1) Be selected as drum major, color guard, or twirler for 2 years.
             2) Fulfill all requirements set by Mr. Johns for your respective area.

       Action taken:
              Jacket or letter will be ordered after being selected for the position for a second
              time. You will receive it during the fall as long as you are still enrolled in band
              and fulfilling your auxiliary requirements.




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AUXILIARY REGULATIONS
          The below qualifications, responsibilities, and conduct requirements pertain to any student who is wishing
to audition for or who is currently holding a position as drum major, color guard member, or twirler of the Colorado
HS Band. Failure to meet all qualifications and responsibilities listed below will prevent you from trying out. If
you were currently holding an auxiliary position, such failure would mean the immediate forfeiture of your position.

1) Qualifications to try out:
    a) You must have completed 1 year in the Colorado HS or MS Band program to audition for Color Guard or
        twirler. You must have completed 1 year in the Colorado HS Band program to audition for drum major.
    b) You must be a member in good standing of the Colorado Band. This includes completing all requirements
        of any band member such as attending all band functions, rehearsals, concerts, and contests.
    c) You must do at least one of the following:
        i) Audition for All-Region Band
        ii) Perform an instrumental solo at UIL or other approved contest
        iii) Perform in an instrumental ensemble at UIL or other approved contest
2) Responsibilities for auxiliary members:
    a) You will attend the required summer band camp.
        i) All band camp costs must be paid before camp begins.
    b) You will be expected to be a band member first and will do what is right for the entire band (team work).
    c) You will attend all after school practices and rehearsals.
        i) Missing practices because of a job is not excused.
        ii) The only excuse for missing a practice other than sickness or family emergency is a conflict with
             another school event or practice that could not be resolved.
    d) You will purchase your own uniform.
        i) All uniform parts must be paid for by Pigskin Preview or your first performance, whichever comes
             first. You will not receive your uniform until it has been paid for.
        ii) If your uniform is not paid for in time for the first performance it is needed, you will wear your band
             uniform and still perform.
    e) You will perform as a line and a solo at WTAC.
3) Conduct while holding an auxiliary position:
    a) You will conduct yourself appropriately as your actions reflect on the entire band.
    b) You will demonstrate good character and high moral standards at all times.
    c) You will be willing to cooperate with and help others.
    d) You must put forth your best effort at all times.
    e) You must understand that as an auxiliary member, you will have additional sanctions imposed above those
        of a regular band member for failure to conduct yourself properly.
        i) First offense will result in a teacher/parent/student conference, and/or you will not perform at the
             upcoming pep rally and football game.
        ii) Second offense will result in temporary removal from the auxiliary position. You will still attend the
             game and pep rally with the band, but you will play your instrument and wear a band uniform.
        iii) Third offense will result in the permanent removal from your position, and you will not be allowed to
             hold any auxiliary position in the future.
    f) Negative attitudes will not be tolerated and can result in temporary or permanent removal from your
        position.
4) Academics:
    a) You must be academically eligible (as set forth by the State Board of Education) during the entire school
        year before you are allowed to try out for an auxiliary position.
    b) You must remain academically eligible while holding the position. If you become ineligible, the following
        sanctions will be imposed in addition to a consequence on an offense under the above Section 3) e):
        i) You will be removed from your position in the contest show, and you will not perform on the field
             with the band until after UIL Marching competitions are over.
        ii) If and when you become academically eligible, you may perform at pep rallies and at games while the
             band is in the stands.
Finally: You must audition each year – just because you filled this position for one year does not mean you will
automatically fill it the next year.

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                 WOLF BAND SCHOLARSHIP
CRITERIA:
1. Must be a member in good standing of the Wolf Band.
2. Must have been in band for all four years of high school.
3. Must have participated in UIL Marching Contest and Concert & Sight-reading
Contest all four years of high school.
**4. Must have auditioned for All-District Band, auditioned for All-Region Band, or
participated in Solo/Ensemble contest at least three years in high school.
5. Must attend a two or four-year college or trade school.

SELECTION:
1. The Colorado Band Booster Club will make the final selection of scholarship
recipients based on the recommendations of the scholarship committee.
2. Selection will be based on:
       A. The student’s fulfillment of the entry criteria.
       B. The student’s attitude toward the band and its members.
       C. The student’s attendance at band rehearsals.
3. The number of scholarships along with the dollar amount per each scholarship to
be awarded will be determined by the number of eligible applicants.
4. This scholarship is not based on grades, class ranking, or awards won. It is
based only on the student’s active participation and attitude in the Wolf Band.

The band director(s) will make recommendations to the scholarship
committee based on the above criteria being met. However, should
extenuating circumstances arise preventing a student from meeting all
criteria, the band director(s) may still recommend a student for receiving
the scholarship.

PAYMENT:
A check made out to the college or trade school will be issued after verification of
enrollment in an accredited college or trade school. Scholarship must be used
within the next school year.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Yes, I meet the requirements and would like to be considered for the Wolf Band
Scholarship.


_________________________________                   _________________________________________
            Student’s Signature                           College or trade school you plan to attend

**This criterion is established to begin in the 2005-2006 school year for the graduating class of 2009. For the
graduating class of 2008, the sentence would read, “…at least two years…” For the graduating class of 2007, the
sentence would read, “…at least one year…” For the graduating class of 2006, this line item would not apply.


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FINAL COMMENTS
        Please, take band as seriously as you do other classes. I don‟t expect band to be your life,
but I do expect you to give 100% for band just as you should for your other classes. Please, do
give 100% to your other classes, too. Remember, no pass, no play! If you fail a class this 6-
weeks, you are ineligible for at least 3 weeks during the next 6-weeks for events like contests,
football games, etc. For more information on this, see Mr. Johns.

I have read all of the information contained in this “Colorado HS Band Handbook.” I
understand the requirements and expectations to earn my grade in band and the
consequences of not doing what I am expected to do.



_______________________________________________                 _____________________
               Student Signature                                          Date


_______________________________________________                 _____________________
            Parent/Guardian Signature                                     Date


GENERAL INFORMATION FOR STUDENT
Home mailing address:         _____________________________________________________

                              _____________________________________________________

Home phone number: ___________________________________________________________

Cell phone number: ____________________________________________________________

Email: _______________________________________________________________________


                                  Mother                             Father

Name: _______________________________________________________________________

Work phone #: ________________________________________________________________

Cell phone #: _________________________________________________________________

Email: _______________________________________________________________________



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                      PARENT/STUDENT UIL MARCHING BAND
                          ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM

No student may be required to attend practice for marching band for more than eight hours of
rehearsal outside the academic school day per calendar week (Sunday through Saturday). This
provision applies to students in all components of the marching band.

On performance days (football games, competitions and other public performances) bands may
hold up to one additional hour of warm-up and practice beyond the scheduled warm-up time at
the performance site. Multiple performances on the same day do not allow for additional
practice and/or warm-up time.


Examples of Activities Subject To the UIL Marching Band Eight Hour Rule.

       Marching Band Rehearsal (Both Full Band And Components)
       Any Marching Band Group Instructional Activity
       Breaks
       Announcements
       Debriefing And Viewing Marching Band Videos
       Playing Off Marching Band Music
       Marching Band Sectionals (Both Director And Student Led)
       Clinics For The Marching Band Or Any Of Its Components


The Following Activities Are Not Included In The Eight Hour Time Allotment:

       Travel Time To And From Rehearsals And/Or Performances
       Rehearsals Set-Up Time
       Pep Rallies, Parades, And Other Public Performances
       Instructions And Practice For Music Activities Other Than Marching Band And Its
        Components

NOTE:         An extensive Q&A for the Eight Hour Rule for Marching Band can be found on
              The Music Page of the UIL Web Site at: www.uil.utexas.edu

“We have read and understand the Eight-Hour Rule for Marching Band as stated above and
agree to abide by these regulations.”

Parent Signature________________________________________Date_________________


Student Signature_______________________________________Date_________________

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                MEDICAL RELEASE FORM
Name of child _________________________________________________________________
Street address _________________________________________________________________
City ______________________________________ State ___________ Zip _______________
Home phone (____)_____________________________________________________________
Work phone (____)_____________________________________________________________
Cell phone (____)_______________________________________________________________
Email ________________________________________________________________________
Parents/Guardians names ________________________________________________________
Emergency contact person ________________________________________________________
Phone (____)__________________________________________________________________
Phone number of blood relative (____)______________________________________________
Relation to child _______________________________________________________________
Name of home physician _________________________________________________________
Phone number (____)____________________________________________________________
Insurance carrier _______________________________________________________________
Policy name & number __________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________
Important medical information (allergies, alerts, current medications, etc.)
_____________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________
In the event of a medical emergency and if I cannot be contacted, I hereby give permission for
my child to receive appropriate medical treatment. I also hereby release school officials,
chaperones, resort personnel, and festival officials from any liability for any actions taken in the
normal course of their duties.

                     ____________________________________________
                               Signature of Parent/Guardian


                     ____________________________________________
                                         Date

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