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2011-2012 Band Handbook

Welcome,

        Here we are, getting ready for another exciting year for the Berrendo Middle

School “Bulldog Band.”  It promises to be a good year and I’m looking forward to working with all of you.  This is the handbook for the band, and it will also be serving as the basic syllabus for all band classes taught at BMS.  As such, it is very important that both students and parents take the time to go through and read this handbook. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to use my contact information at the bottom of this page.   I am looking forward to a fantastic and exciting year.

 

Sincerely,

Whitney Bain
wjohnson@risd.k12.nm.us
575-627-2775 x 5632

 

 

 

 

Mission Statement:  The band will use music for the personal growth of all students.  We will endeavor to play the highest quality repertoire with the greatest amount of sensitivity and musicality.  We will be an important part of the community by providing free concerts, and using the band to transform ourselves into better people and thus better members of the community.  Our primary concern will always be creating a safe and fun environment in which everyone can learn about music.

 

 

Expectation for commitment:

Because the success of a band is heavily influenced by the consistent success of its members, all students who enroll in band are expected to commit to being in band for the full year.

 

Materials:

All students will be required to have the following materials at all rehearsals:

1.      Instrument and parts (including at least 3 quality reeds (Vandoren) of proper strength for woodwind instruments).  Percussion students in the advanced classes will need to purchase specific sizes of sticks and mallets for the purposes of ensemble sound.

2.      Music.

3.      A PENCIL! 

4.      Cleaning and maintenance supplies (valve oil, swabs, cork grease, etc.).

5.      Folder or notebook for all music and handouts.

6.     Essential Elements Book 1 for beginning band
Essential elements Book 2 for Advanced Band

7.    Percussion students will be working out of the Snare drummers toolbox and the Mallet players toolbox. These books will be provided, however if any damage occurs to the books the student will be responsible for replacing them.

8.      Students in the advanced band will need to purchase a flip folder and a lyre to hold their music at the football games

 

 

Grading:

Grades will be determined on the following factors.

 

Participation- 10 pts a week.  Students start with 10 points at the beginning of every week.  For every negative in the check book, 2 points will be deducted.   

 

Paperwork- 10pts per assignment.  This will include getting forms signed and returned, as well as occasional worksheets.  These grades will be taken on occasion

 

Playing Tests- 15 points per test:  These tests will be taken weekly.  Please see the attached rubric for information on how these tests will be graded.

 

Practice Records- 10 points per week:  Students will be required to keep a record of their practice time each week for a grade.  These must be turned in on the last school day of the week, and the student is responsible for picking up a new practice record.  Un-signed records will receive a score of 0. 

 

Performance- 100pts per performance.  Performances in band may be thought of as equivalent to test grades in other classes.  They are very important as they are both the students opportunity to show off what they have learned in the year, as well as counting as a substantial grade in every grading period. Please note that football games are performance grades as well as all concerts throughout the year.

 

 

 

 

NOTE:Excused absences will be accepted for personal illness, death in the family, conflict with other school activities, and academic ineligibility (applies only to some activities).  Absences will not be excused for reasons such as transportation problems, conflicts with non-school activities, and other reasons.  Communication about conflicts should take place no less than two days prior to the conflict.  Please ask to receive a complete semester calendar of all your activities so that you can have the maximum amount of time to resolve potential schedule conflicts.  It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of the most current calendar of band activities.  Excused absences must be made up within one week of the original absence.  Students should see the director for an appropriate assignment.  I will not “chase down” a student to make sure they have their make-up work!!!  Unexcused absences may not be made up and will receive a lower grade.

 

Please follow this policy carefully.  Absences from performances by any student affect the full band’s quality of performance.

 

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