Marple Newtown High School Band Orientation 2010-2011 School Year
Contact Information • Marple Newtown High School120 Media Line RoadNewtown Square, Pennsylvania 19073 • Michael S. Massimo, Director of Bandsmmassimo@mnsd.org610-359-4218 (High School Office)610-359-4238 (Band Office)
www.tigermusic.org/band • Full Calendar available for download and to print • Contact information for Director, Staff, and Band Parent Association • Detailed weekly schedule including:Rehearsal & Performance dates/times/locations • Driving directions if applicable • Important forms • Permission slips • Music and recordings • Assignments • Marple Newtown Band Parent Association information • Fundraising opportunities • Other important information
UPCOMING EVENTS • June 2nd • First morning rehearsal w/8th grade band members • Includes color guard • Concert band members will rehearse for graduation • Parents will need to provide transportation to the high school. School District will provide transportation from the High School to the Middle School at 7:45 a.m. • June 3,4,7,8,9,10,11,14,15,16,17 • Morning Rehearsals for graduation continue
UPCOMING EVENTS • Evening Rehearsals • Marching Band Pre-Season • Encourage ALL Paxon Band members attend • Don’t make a decision about Marching Band until you know what it’s about… • June 2nd, June 7th, June 9th • 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. • Held at the High School • Begin to rehearse Field Show music / Stand Music / Parade Music. • Begin to learn the basics of Marching • Percussion Placement Auditions.
UPCOMING EVENTS • Mini Camps • 7/12, 7/26, 8/9 • 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. • At Paxon Hollow Middle School • Absence for scheduled vacation is acceptable during mini camps • Must receive an absence note • Band Camp begins 8/16 • Mandatory for participation • 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. • CHECK THE WEB CALENDAR FOR DATES!!!
Code of Conduct • Follow all Marple Newtown High School Discipline Codes • Follow all Band rules and guidelines • Come in with a positive attitude • Integrity, Concentration, Dedication, Excellence • Things to consider: • If everyone in band were just like you, what would band be like? • Integrity: in•teg•ri•ty [possession of firm principles / completeness / wholeness] • the quality of possessing and steadfastly adhering to high moral principles or professional standard • the state of being complete or undivided. • the state of being sound or undamaged.
Field Positions Marching Band Drum Major Assistant Drum Major Student Marching Instr. Captains Percussion, Color Guard, Woodwind, Brass, Front Ens. Student Leadership • Executive Board • President • Vice President • Secretary • Historian “Management is doing things right; Leadership is doing the right things.”Peter F. Drucker
Attendance Expectations • Band is a class. You are expected to attend class. • This includes period 0 (before school) and after school / evening rehearsals and performances. • The school district does not provide transportation to school. • The school district DOES provide transportation to most public performances • Most Competitions, Football games, etc • Things to consider: • There is NO substitute for ‘being there’. • To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late, to be late is to be disrespectful and inconsiderate of you peers and instructors. • Individuals practice to learn their part. Ensemble members rehearse to learn everyone else’s part.
Attendance Expectations • If a conflict is unavoidable, an ‘Absence/Latency Request Form’ must be completed and submitted to the Director. • Examples of excused absences • Medical emergency/necessity (Routine appointments are not excused absences) • Wedding • Significant religious obligation (Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation, etc) • Death in the family/funeral • **Help Class…
Help Class Policy • HELP CLASS POLICY: • All Band students are expected to attend help class after school. • If your classroom teacher is unwilling to offer after school help class, you may schedule a morning help class. • The proper attendance form is to be completed and turned in at least 1 full day in advance. • If a rehearsal is missed due to help class, students will need to remain for a short time after school • THAT SAME DAY to attend Band help class and make up the missed band class. • Failure to follow this procedure in full will result in a ‘0’ for the daily grade and a reduced weekly playing grade score for the missed rehearsal.
Attendance Expectations • The following are examples of items that would NOT be considered excused: • College visitations • *Athletic events not associated with the Marple Newtown School District • Interscholastic Athletic Addendum must be filled out prior to the start of the sport season in question. • Concert events not associated with the Marple Newtown School District • Club meetings or events • Outside employment obligations • Any extra morning or evening classes (college prep, SAT courses, religion, etc.)
Interscholastic Sports Addendum • Must be submitted prior to the PIAA scheduled beginning of each season. • Only “in season” regularly scheduled practices and games will be considered. • Rescheduled games will be discussed on a case by case basis. • Every effort will be made to “split the difference” • May not be possible for away band camp • Situations where missed time would be too excessive or would negatively impact the education of the individual or group must be taken into consideration and adjusted accordingly • Students are not to miss an actual performance • Half time or Competition
Marching Band “Opt. Out” • For students who have irresolvable conflicts • Students will need to complete alternate assignments to make up the missed rehearsal and performance points. • Student may “Opt. Out” by semester. Deadlines are • July 15th for the first semester • January 15th for the second semester • Students may not “Opt. Out” or “Opt. In” in the middle of a semester. • Color Guard students are not permitted to “Opt. Out”
Grading Summary • Daily Grade • Rehearsal Technique • Preparation • Equipment • Posture • Rehearsal Etiquette Guidelines • Attention and Participation • General Classroom Rules • Subtractors: Latency • < 5 minutes …………… 1 | 2 | 10 pt 5 to 15 minutes ………. 2 | 4 | 20 pts 15 to 30 minutes …….. 3 | 6 | 30 pts > than 30 minutes …….. 5 | 10 | 50 pts • Column 1 = Morning Reh. • Column 2 = Evening Reh. • Column 3 = All Performances • Weekly Play/Movement Grade • Using the Play Rubric • Includes Evaluation on: • Note Accuracy • Rhythm • Note Markings • Musicianship • Marching Season will include an evaluation on the principles of movement/marching • Color Guard uses a separate movement Rubric • Additional Grading per M.P. • Assigned Playing Tests20 pts per test • Using applicable play rubric • Instrument Practice Rubric / Self-Evaluation20 pts • Due 1st Friday of each M.P. • Color Guard exempt • Periodic Equipment Checks • 10 pts each occurrence • Winds: Instr. / Locker / Folder • CG: Flag Bag / Cubby / Equip. • Perc: Stick Bag / Locker / Equip. Daily Grade Possible Points Morning rehearsals …………………….. 10 ptsEvening marching reh.** …………….. 20 ptsPercussion rehearsals …………………. 20 ptsIndoor Guard rehearsals ……………… 20 ptsFootball Games** ………………………... 100 ptsCompetitions**……………………………. 150 ptsParades** ………………………………….. 150 ptsChampionships** ………………………... 200 ptsAll Concerts ……………………………….. 200 pts
All Members Band or Color Guard Shoes Music Department Orange Polo Sharpened Pencil Labeled Equipment Instrument Case Stick Bags Flags Etc. Percussion Players Stick Bag Concert Sticks MH Timpani Mallets Yarn Mallets Hard Rubber Mallets Typical Instrumental Supplies • Woodwinds • Cleaning Swab • Cork Grease • Pad Guard • 3 Good working reeds
Brass Players Valve or Rotary Oil Slide Grease/Cream Trumpets Straight and Cup mute Trombone Straight Mute Spray Bottle Marching Band Wind Instruments Marching Music Flip Marching Lyre Connects music to the instrument Typical Instrumental Supplies Indoor Guard, Percussion Ensemble, and Jazz Band may have additional materials and supplies
General Rules – Summary • Band is a class • All rehearsals and performances are graded • Uniform Policies • No Jewelry while in uniform • Long hair is pulled back • No non-traditional hair colors • Concert Band and Marching Band rules differ slight. Please read carefully and familiarize yourself with both. • Act like your grandparents are constantly watching everything that you do and say. • Would they be proud?
Instrumental Lessons (Course 7890) • All Band students will be scheduled for at least one section of ‘Instrumental Lessons • Practice and Individual testing period • If a student does not have an available open period / study hall: • after school on Mondays or Tues./Thurs. Lunch • This course is a graded course. (0.1 CR)
Percussion • Placement Auditions will be held at the first Marching Rehearsal • Percussion Handbook distributed Thursday, May 27th • “Pitched” and “Non-Pitched”… ALL percussionists audition for placement • June 2nd • There will be a separate Tenor audition • Students that “Opt. Out” of Marching Band will have a placement audition in September • Members of the Marching Band are automatically enrolled in Percussion Ensemble • Begins in January • Rehearsals are two mornings per week with concert band • Rehearse one evening per week with percussion ensemble • Students unable to participate will “opt. out” of Marching Band for the SECOND Semester.
Color Guard • Students enrolled in Band (course 7880) that are non-instrumentalist and only participate in the Color Guard are REQUIRED to participate fully in the Marching Band and Indoor Color Guard seasons. • Attend morning and evening Marching Band rehearsals • Indoor Guard begins in December • Evenings only @ PHMS
Jazz Band • Not part of the scheduled Band Course • All expectations remain the same, students just do not get a grade • Auditioned Ensemble • Additional Materials and Supplies may be necessary • Mutes, Instrument Stands, Workbooks, Uniforms, etc.
A “necessary evil”… Group Fundraisers All students are asked to participate to the best of their ability Individual Fundraisers Optional Goes to Student Accounts Parents Association / Fundraising All Band parents are eligible to participate in the Band Parents Association. Dues are $20 and entitle you to have a voice in the organization & voting rights. Examples of Group Fundraisers: French Fries [Parent Run] Bandarama [Parents and Students] Jazz Spaghetti Dinner [Parents and Students] Concert in the Park [Parents and Students] Car Washes [Students] Beg-a-Thons [Students] Pancake Breakfasts [Parents and Students] Examples of Individual Fundraisers: Candy Sales Fruit Sales Candle Sales Corbi Pizzas Wawa Hoagies Flower Sales Calendar Lotto Raffles Membership
Marching Band Summary • Pre-Season • 6/2, 6/7, 6/9 • 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. • At Marple Newtown High School • Mini Camps • 7/12, 7/26, 8/9 • 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. • At Paxon Hollow Middle School • Absence for scheduled vacation is acceptable • Must receive an absence note • Band Camp begins 8/16 • Mandatory for participation • 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. • **We will need to work out car-pooling** • PLEASE read Marching Band section of the Band Handbook!
Forms & Information • Sample forms are listed in the Handbook • Orange Confirmation Form due ASAP • I suggest you go to the website for the individual forms • For when you need them • Health Form Due at first Mini Camp, etc. • Due dates will be listed on the website • Adobe format. • Most will allow you to type the information directly, print, sign and return. • A few allow for digital signature and email. • Families will receive an email next week asking that they go on the website to fill out some general information for the band database. This will take you about 10 minutes.