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HANDBOOK

FIELD HIGH SCHOOL BANDS

Chuck Collins, Director

SYMPHONIC WINDS

ROYAL GARDSMEN MARCHING BAND

JAZZ ENSEMBLE

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CHAMBER MUSIC GROUPS

STUDENT/PARENT HANDBOOK

& SYLLABI

WELCOME TO THE FIELD HIGH SCHOOL

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC FAMILY!

Field High School is rich with a tradition of artistic excellence. A tradition built with the hard work of the many dedicated and devoted students who have gone before you. The Field Instrumental Music Department has a local and greater-community reputation for excellence. It is our goal and duty to maintain, promote, and grow Field High School's tradition of musical excellence.

Music is a unique area of study that helps to develop the "whole" person. You will learn skills and knowledge that can ONLY be acquired through the study and performance of music. The study of music also stimulates character growth through co-operative effort, self-discipline, responsibility, patience, attention to detail, and the desire for excellence. I believe that each student, as a direct result of his/her full participation in the Field High School Music Program, will have an increased ability to be highly successful in life beyond high school. Be another important person and contributor in our proud history. Make sure that you do your part, make your mark, and make a personal commitment of time and energy to learn and enjoy making beautiful music at the highest level possible.

Field High School Band(s) is not an extracurricular activity. This is a credit-earning classroom subject, much like Math, English, Art, Science, History, etc. Music performance classes are different than most subjects in that each student's personal learning affects everyone else in the class. (Ex. If you fail your math test, you fail your math test. If you don't practice or learn your part, the overall effort of the entire ensemble is diminished.) In addition to all the benefits you will receive in the classroom, some of your best learning can occur outside of school. Enrolling in our private lessons program, auditioning for district, all-state, or regional music festivals, or participating in solo and ensemble contest. Attend college or professional concerts, or share your skills with a beginning music student. Music is food for the soul!

Because performing for the public is an integral part of our learning process, the bands have a unique "activity" aspect. Because of Field High's long history of fine artistry, our community has come to expect a high level of musical performance and personal behavior from us. Accept and embrace that as your responsibility and goal. Take it upon yourself to learn and practice your music outside of rehearsals. Use rehearsal time to develop our ensemble musicianship. Encourage your friends to continue (or begin!) playing an instrument. Get involved....this is YOUR ensemble! Make it really, really great!

Many factors can contribute to our success...but the most important factor is you!

PROMOTE THE LEARNING PROCESS

RESPECT EACH OTHER AND ALL PROPERTY

PROMOTE GOOD BAND SPIRIT AND COMMUNITY

LEARN TO ASK "HOW CAN I HELP?"

Make this a great school year!

Mr. Collins

Miss Soulsby

GENERAL POLICIES

Student Expectations & Responsibilities

* FOLLOW CLASS & SCHOOL RULES - You must promote the learning process at all times. Respect all others and all property. Promote good band spirit and community. Clean up after yourself. Ask "How Can I Help?". Music students are typically some of the best-behaved and best academic students in any high school. Classroom disruptions are certainly not expected, and will not be tolerated. While I may frequently initiate class discussions to promote group learning, private discussions are very disruptive to the learning process. Try to discourage chatter. To further promote our classroom ideals, I use a "two-warning" policy. The first warning will state that that your behavior is not promoting our classroom ideals, and is not acceptable. You then have the opportunity to correct the situation. The second warning is very serious in nature, and may involve a call home to parents, detention, or other disciplinary action as necessary. A third occurrence will result in removal from the classroom, detention, a call home to parents and administrative disciplinary action. The vast majority of band students themselves have indicated strong support for this system. Please refer to your FHS Student/Parent Handbook for school rules.

* BE PUNCTUAL - A student is considered on-time when he/she is physically in the band room by the second bell. Students should make every effort to be seated in his or her assigned seat within one minute after the second bell rings with all of the appropriate materials for class (sheet music, notebook, pencil and instrument). Students are considered late if not seated and ready to begin at the start of rehearsal/class. The regular attendance policies outlined in your FHS Parent-Student Handbook apply.

* BE PREPARED - Each student is responsible for being prepared for class every day. Being prepared means having your instrument, accessories, a PENCIL [no pens please!!], notebook, and all homework with you at the start of class. All homework and music must be adequately prepared BEFORE class begins. Our class effort is diminished if YOU don't participate fully. Rehearsal/Class time is for instructional or ensemble work purposes, not for individual practicing. Grade penalties exist for coming to class unprepared.

* PRACTICE: IT PROMOTES EXCELLENCE! - Instrumental technique and musicianship requires constant refinement. Playing an instrument is not like riding a bike. You must continually maintain and improve your technical and musical skill to grow as a musician. In addition to rehearsals during the school day, your musical growth is very dependent on your attention to your specific technical and musical needs. Sufficient progress will be made with a minimum of 20 - 30 minutes each day outside of class. Sit in a good chair or stand up (posture affects your technique and intonation), use a music stand (strongly recommended), and practice in an area free from distractions. Don't just "go through the motions", GROW MUSICALLY!

* USE ONLY WHAT IS YOURS - Only play your own instrument, or one that is assigned to you.

* TAKE CARE OF YOUR PERSONAL PROPERTY - Modest instrument storage is provided during the school day. Students are encouraged to bring instruments home daily for practice and security. All other personal property must be stored in your school locker. LABEL YOUR INSTRUMENT CASE. Students and parents are ultimately responsible for the care and safety of instruments. Instrument insurance is highly recommended and families are urged to record the instrument brand, model name and/or number, and serial number.

* RESPECT SCHOOL PROPERTY - School-Owned Sheet music, folders, instruments, uniforms, and equipment must be kept in excellent condition. Protect and preserve, not destroy, deface, or tamper with school owned supplies. The cost to repair school instruments because of DAMAGE CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE will be the responsibility of the student. Student Handbook rules apply. Band room furniture, fixtures, and equipment, including Mr. Collins's desk, computer, filing cabinet, etc. are off limits. Reports incidents or accidents immediately!!!

* EAT ONLY IN THE CAFETERIA - Food and beverages belong in the cafeteria, not in the band room!! Food residue can cause long-term damage to instruments. Avoid eating, drinking, or chewing gum while, or directly before, playing your instrument.

* BE GOOD HOUSEKEEPERS - Put your music folder in its assigned place. Store your instrument properly. Put trash in the trash can. Straighten your chair and music stand. Take your personal belongings when you leave the room.

* PERFORM!!! - All music students are required, as part of this course, to participate in all scheduled performances outside of school time. These events are considered essential to the study of music. Your absence from a required performance means that the band cannot perform to its fullest capabilities, thereby diminishing the group effort. The required band performances are indicated on the Field Local Schools Music Department Calendar which will be distributed shortly after the beginning of school. PLEASE PLAN AHEAD!!! Absences from required performances will only be excused for serious medical or emergency concerns. Please submit appropriate documentation (absence request form). If you have advanced warning of scheduled medical or other important family matters which requires you to be absent from a required performance a written note from a parent/guardian must be submitted. Strict grade penalties for unexcused absences apply. Absences of either kind do not relieve you of having to complete your assignments. Makeup work may be an option for excused absences, but highly unlikely for unexcused absences.

* DRESS APPROPRIATELY - Performance etiquette and professional stage presence are essential components to our performances. Uniformity of performance attire lends itself to excellent stage presence. Performance attire for all performances is as follows:

SYMPHONIC WINDS/JAZZ ENSEMBLE/CHAMBER GROUPS

WOMEN are to wear a long black concert dress. These are provided by the Field

Band Boosters. Solid black dress shoes should be worn with this outfit. Boots,

sneakers or clogs are not an exceptable form of concert dress shoes.

MEN are to wear black tuxes. These are provided by the Field Band Boosters. Additionally, men should have all-black dress
shoes with black dress socks. Boots and sneakers are not an exceptable form of concert dress shoes.
ALL MEN will be required to buy a tux shirt from the band boosters. This is yours to keep.

MARCHING BAND

Uniform - Provided
Undershirt - Solid White tee shirt or band shirt is required.

Footwear - Black/White dress socks only!!! Black/White marching dress shoes only!!!

Members will purchase specialized marching shoes that properly protect and

support your feet while marching. Such shoes are relatively very inexpensive.

BAND

IS A MUSIC TEAM WITH NO SUBSTITUTE PLAYERS.

DO YOUR PART!!!

REQUIRED MATERIALS

* INSTRUMENT - Your own, or a school-owned instrument, in proper working order.

* ACCESSORIES - PENCIL, Reeds, Reed cases, cleaning rod, cleaning swabs, mouthpiece brush, valve oil, "pro oil", slide grease, valve brush, cleaning brush, light drum sticks, timpani mallets, keyboard mallets, stick bag, folding music stand, marching lyre and folio, etc., AS APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR INSTRUMENT. Make sure you have what you need to be successful!

* THREE-RING BINDER / NOTEBOOK - (NEW) Students are strongly advised to keep a notebook. Many Handouts will be used in class, so a three-ring binder is perfect!!! I suggest having various sections for different categories of information, so dividers may be very helpful. You will want quick access to a lot of various information...get organized early!

* TEXTBOOKS - Supplemental books of technique exercises, chorales, and rhythm studies will be used frequently in class instruction. Assignments for home practice may be made out of these books. Copied sheet music is also considered music text...please protect and preserve it. Field High School will provide such materials, and students shall be responsible for the materials. (Students involved in private lessons may need to purchase appropriate materials for individual study separately.)

* BAND FOLDER/SHEET MUSIC - This will be provided for you to help protect our sheet music. Folders and sheet music are expensive, and unfortunately, easily damaged "consumables" if they are not treated with proper care. Please take time and effort to preserve our materials. Markings on copied sheet music should be done in No. 2 pencil only. (Percussionists will need facility on all percussion instruments over the course of study.)

EXTRA HELP

I am generally available after school (Monday – Friday) from 2:45 – 3:30 pm for extra help, additional private lessons, etc., although times and days may vary depending on many variables. Please see me to schedule time for extra help. I am delighted when students come for extra help! In addition, I can be reached at the following e-mail addresses and telephone number to answer questions, to provide assistance.

Mr. Collins:

chasband@yahoo.com

330-673-9591 EXT. 5051

GRADING POLICY

Band students are offered the opportunity to learn music through both classroom work and as a member of a performing ensemble, and are evaluated on their achievement in the Field Band program. Grades are "performance" based, meaning they are a reflection of a student's demonstration of his/her academic/musical progress. Naturally, we will strive for the highest level of performance in all endeavors. If all goes well, everyone will have the opportunity for personal musical growth and a rewarding ensemble experience. The goal is to have a group of young musicians achieve their personal best together. There are several components to the grade. Quality, effort, practice, preparation, performance, and attendance are all important considerations in determining the student's grade. Specifically these components are:

1. Class Work/Attendance/Daily Grade 20% of your total grade

* Students in Band have an opportunity to demonstrate their musical growth on a daily

basis. This grade may include use of music notebook/portfolio materials, homework assignments, daily preparation, class participation, class assignments, and general band "citizenship". Any behavior that distracts from the instructional goals may result in a lowered daily grade. Always PROMOTE THE LEARNING PROCESS!

2. Performances 50% of your total grade

* Performances/Concerts are essential components of this course, and often are considered as mid-term and/or final exams. Your grade will be based on your attendance, quality of your performance, and concert "etiquette".

3. Practice Cards 30% of your total grade

* As a good band member and musician, it is imparitive that you practice. As you’re aware, regular practice positively impacts the students performance level which effects the quality of the overall bands sound. Therefor, students should be rewarded for their practice (homework). Practice cards will provide an opportunity for all students to receive credit for their hard work outside the classroom. During the first nine weeks (marching band) students will not be required to turn in practice cards. Credit will be given for evening rehearsals and/or performances.

4. Performance Exams/Written Exams or Quizzes 20-50% of you total grade

* Performance Exams or Written Exams may be given to students who are excused from a performance.

5. Personal Enrichment Projects (extra credit)

* Students who participate in solo and ensemble or local, district, or regional performing

groups can receive extra credit for their participation.

GRADES A+ (97-100) = SUPERB PERFORMANCE LEVEL

A (94 - 96) = PERFORMANCE LEVEL

A- (90 - 93) = Slightly below Performance Level

B+ (87 - 89) = Slightly further below Performance Level

B (84 - 86) = Below Performance Level; more practicing needed

B- (80 - 83) = Below Performance Level; more practicing needed

C+ (77 - 79) = Below Performance Level; considerable practicing needed

C (74 - 76) = Barely acceptable; diligent practice required

C- (70 - 73) = Barely acceptable; diligent practice required, better effort needed

D+ (67 - 69) = Work is not acceptable; diligent practice required; effort required
D (64 - 66) = Work is not acceptable; drastic changes are necessary

D- (60 - 63) = Work is not acceptable; drastic changes are necessary

F (0 - 69) = Work is not acceptable and broken school/band rules

EXTRA CREDIT -- Various opportunities for extra credit may be offered from time to time. Please ask!


BAND AND WORKING

It is the reality of today's world that many students want to and need to work, especially in the Summer. At a glance, this may appear to be a problem for a band program which requires rehearsals, a three week camp, and many performances during the first couple of months of school. However, over the years we have been able to develop a positive relationship with many of the employers in our area. This relationship is based on one important factor, that the Field Band members inform and remind them well in advance of their required band schedule. Because of the tremendous cooperation and understanding that exists between employers and school related activities:

WORKING IS NOT AN AUTOMATICALLY EXCUSED REASON FOR MISSING A SUMMER OR FALL REHEARSAL OR BAND CAMP.

WORKING IS NEVER AN AUTOMATICALLY EXCUSED REASON FOR MISSING A PERFORMANCE.

Any time a student has a potential conflict between work and a required band activity IT IS THE STUDENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO IMMEDIATELY ADVISE THE BAND DIRECTOR. Only after the Band Director has had an opportunity to be part of the situation will the conflict be judged excused or unexcused.

Since all band performances and schedules are known and passed out weeks, and in most cases, months ahead of time, one of the first questions that the band director will ask the employer is "When did this student inform you that they had this rehearsal (performance, etc.)?" Students must do their part and give employers ample advance notice of school activity dates and times.

Communication is the key to being able to work and participate in an activity like band. Most problems in this area are simply caused by too little and too late communication by the students with their employers. Any employer who refuses to cooperate with students who wish to work and continue participation in a school activity like band should be called to the attention of the band director.


BAND AND ATHLETICS

It is the philosophy of the Field Band Program that students should have the opportunity to participate in band and athletics. There are many common values like hard work, discipline, team effort, dedication, positive thinking, working under pressure, and respectful conduct that are shared between organized sport and a competitive band program. The ability to participate in both only enhances both, and strengthens those common values. By having a three week camp in August and no evening rehearsals when school begins many students are able to participate in a sport and band in the Fall. Winter and Spring sports seldom conflict with band requirements.


LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

As stated in the GENERAL GUIDELINES AND PHILOSOPHIES, a band program should offer opportunities for students to gain experience in leadership roles. There are a number of these leadership roles provide in the Field Band Program at various grade levels.

SQUAD LEADERS - Squad Leaders are responsible for teaching, developing, and maintaining the various performance skills needed by the members of their section. These include basic marching, specific show routines, music, horn maneuvers, dances, parade marching, and preparedness in rehearsals, in the stands, and throughout the performance. Squad leaders are generally upperclassmen with at least one year of marching experience. They are selected by the directors based on criteria of past successful experience as a marching band member, need within a particular section, musicianship, demonstrated ability or potential to work well with other students, past successful experience as a squad leader.

SECTION LEADERS - Section Leaders are generally the first chair players in the various sections, both in concert and in marching band. As section leaders they are responsible for the general musical performance of their sections. In marching band they are further responsible to make sure there is a visual consistency throughout the section with regard to instrument carriage, marching style, specific instrument movements and choreography. Section leaders are selected by the directors based on criteria of ranking in the previous year's concert band, past experience as a section leader, grade level, and potential or proven ability to work well with other students.


FIELD COMMANDERS - The Field Commander is the ranking student position in the Field "Royal Gardsmen" Marching Band. The Field Commander is responsible for directing the Marching Band on the field, during indoor rehearsals, outdoor rehearsals and in performances. The Field Commander also directs the band at pep rallies, parades and other events. As one of the highest positions for any high school student, the Field Commander must be a superior musician, excellent conductor, possess group leadership skills, and have demonstrated a consistent positive, and loyal track record and shown a thorough understanding of the procedures and expectations of the Field Band Program. The Field Commander position is open to all Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. Try outs consist of knowledge of commands, conducting skills, score reading, general musicianship, past successful experience in other leadership roles and potential and demonstrated ability to lead large groups.

MUSIC LETTER AWARDS RULES AND REGULATIONS

A student must earn thirty (30) credit points in music participation classes to be eligible for an award.

A student may earn credit points through the following:

CONCERT BAND

Concert Band 10 credit points - per school year

Choir 10 credit points - per school year

Jazz Ensemble 5 credit points - per school year

Marching Band 5 credit points - per school year

Solo and Ensemble 2 credit points - per school year

A student may earn a service bar for each additional 10 credit points. (limit of one service bar per year.)

MARCHING BAND

The marching band pin is awarded on the basis of points earned during the marching season.

Students may earn points per the following:

1. 10 points for each performance

2. A deduction of one (1) point for unexcused rehearsal. (Director is to determine if the excuse is

approved or unapproved.)

NOTE: All absence request must be handed to director(s) at least 24 hours BEFORE absence for approval. In the case of an emergency, a phone call to director(s) is requested.

Marching Band points needed for pin awards:

RUNNERS/MANAGERS regardless of year - Certificates

1st year -#1 Pin and shield 1st full year of marching band - 150 points

2nd year - #2 Pin - 150 marching band points

3rd year - #3 Pin - 150 marching band points

4th year -#4 Pin - 150 marching band points

5th year -medal plus 150 marching band points

6th year -Trophy plus 150 marching band points

SENIOR AWARDS regardless of years - tie tack and charm

SAMPLE BAND FORMS

INCLUDING:

ABSENCE REQUEST FORM

EVALUATION FORM - CHAIR PLACEMENT

INSTRUMENT CHECK-OUT FORM

Field High School

Instrumental Music Department

Brimfield, Ohio

Large Group Absence Policy

1. Excused absence forms must be submitted two (2) weeks prior to a rehearsal and three (3) weeks prior to a performance.

At that time the band staff will decide if the absence will be excused. Family events and/or special school functions may be excused. Work will not be excused!

2. In case of illness or death in the family, the excused absence form must be submitted the day the student returns to school following the absence.

Students who obtain two (2) unexcused absences will be dismissed from the program.

This policy is in effect for the summer rehearsals as well.

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Absence Request Form

Name _______________________________________

Today's date __________________________

Instrument or Squad ________________________________ Class Year ___________________

Date of projected absence ________________________________________

Reason: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Parent or Guardian Signature ___________________________________________________________

This form must be submitted two weeks before a rehearsal and three weeks prior to a performance and must be signed by the parent or guardian. In case of illness, the form must be submitted the day the student returns to rehearsal following the illness.

For Music Department use:

FIELD HIGH SCHOOL

Band Audition Form and Seat Placement

Student_______________________________________ Instrument ________________________

Performance and technical skills: 10 points for superior,1 point for poor

Scales Major ________________________________ Points __________ (15)

Chromatic ________________________________ Points __________ (15)

Etude ________________________________ Points __________ (15)

General rating of performance on above materials

____Superior ____Excellent ____Average ____Below Average ____ Poor

Tone ______ (10)

Rhythm ______ (10)

Articulation ______ (10)

Dynamics ______ (10)

Phrasing ______ (10)

Range ______ (5)

Total Points ______ (100 pts.)

Rating of Musicianship:

____Superior ____Excellent ____Average ____Below Average ____ Poor

Preparation of Musician:

____Well Prepared ____Shows work ____Needs more work ____Unprepared

Sight Reading - (used as tie breaker)

____Superior ____Excellent ____Average ____Below Average ____Poor

Work needed in following areas: ____________________________________

Assigned to following band: ________________________________________

FIELD LOCAL SCHOOLS

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC DEPARTMENT

INSTRUMENT CHECK - OUT FORM

I___________________________________, AGREE TO TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE INSTRUMENT THAT I AM BORROWING FROM THE FIELD INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC DEPARTMENT. THIS INCLUDES REPAIRING ANY DAMAGES, AT COST TO ME, THAT MIGHT OCCUR WHILE I AM USING THIS INSTRUMENT. I ALSO AGREE TO TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DAMAGES CAUSED BY SOMEONE OTHER THAN MYSELF, DUE TO MY NEGLIGENCE. IF AT ANY TIME MY HORN IS DAMAGED BY ANOTHER BAND PERSON WHILE IN MY POSSESSION, I WILL BE ASSISTED BY THE BAND DIRECTOR IN COLLECTING DEBTS OWED FOR THE REPAIR OF THIS INSTRUMENT FROM THE INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DAMAGE. POSSESSION MEANS ACTUAL PHYSICAL CONTACT.

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____ SUMMER CHECK-OUT - please list different phone number if applicable ____________________

____ SCHOOL YEAR CHECKOUT

DIRECTOR'S SIGNATURE_____________________________________

STUDENT'S SIGNATURE______________________________________

PARENT'S SIGNATURE_______________________________________

DATE__________________

INSTRUMENT I.D. NUMBER____________________________________

TYPE OF INSTRUMENT_______________________________________

CONDITION OF INSTRUMENT ________excellent ________good ________poor

This contract will stay on file in the band office for the duration of the year.

Returned condition: _______excellent ________good ________poor

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ASSIGNMENT - READ & SHARE HANDBOOK

Please read this handbook carefully. Make sure you understand all that is being expected of you. Ask questions as necessary. Realize that this handbook is our guide for building and promoting a strong band program. Your commitment and hard work will make band an incredibly wonderful, inspiring, and engaging experience for you.

Next, share this handbook with your parents. It is crucial that they support you in your efforts to succeed, and are informed of band policies and activities.

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