Band Handbook WRHS 'Pride' Band Handbook Mission:  To make participation in instrumental music available to all students at Walnut Ridge High School. - To develop musical experiences that enhance students' overall educational experiences. - To provide a suitable background in music instruction for those students who elect to continue the study of music after graduation. - To develop a life-long appreciation for music and continuation of musical activities. - To develop performing organizations that are a source of pride for the individual, the school, and the community. Marching Band Open to all students with prior band experience, this class will focus on developing basic playing skills such as tone production, rhythmic proficiency, intonation, and technical ability, as well as preparation and performance of marching contest shows. This group performs at all football games, several marching festivals and the Walnut Ridge Christmas Parade. The band follows a regular after school rehearsal schedule; any changes are announced in advance. Basketball Pep Band An extension of the Marching Band. Concert Band Open to all students with prior band experience, this class will focus on developing basic playing skills such as tone production, rhythmic proficiency, intonation, and technical ability, as well as preparation and performance of fine concert band literature. This ensemble will perform concert programs and at concert festivals. There will be out-of-school time required for rehearsals and performances. Grading Procedure Band has curricular requirements, just as any other academic discipline, but it also has out-of-class time requirements. The strength of the band program is the consolidation of these requirements into one performance based, academic course of study. Performances are viewed as major tests. Absences from performances are only excused in the event of an extreme emergency: serious illness, hospitalization of the student, death in the family, or other reasons deemed excusable by the band director. All absences from performance must be submitted in writing to the band director in advance. Any unexcused absence will result in the loss of at least one letter grade. Rehearsals, whether during the summer, after school, or during school cannot be reproduced or made-up. Rehearsal absences or tardiness will affect a student's daily grade. Please consider the band's calendar of events when scheduling family activities. Students that miss any performance will not be allowed to attend the end of uear band trip. Lettering Policy A Letterman Bar will be issued for each year a student fulfills the following requirements: - Attend 100% of all Rehearsals and Performances (no unexcused) - Pass off All-Region Scales or Rudiments before All-Region Tryouts - Audition for All-Region Band - Participate in Solo & Ensemble - Sell your "fair share" during our Fall fundraiser. Individual Opportunities All-Region Concert, All-Region Jazz, All-State Concert, All-State Jazz Bands and Solo/Ensemble provide opportunities for students to be selected by audition for individual awards. Behavior Guidelines - All school rules and policies are in effect at all band functions. - Band Members are expected to be in the band room (or other designated area), seated, with equipment ready, at the time designated by the director. - After any performance, put away all equipment properly. Non-band personnel should wait outside the band room to help limit confusion and expedite dismissal. - Band members will not play on or play with the equipment of others. If you see someone picking up an instrument or equipment that is not theirs, remind them. - Band members are expected to use good judgment and show respect for others in displaying affection. An impassioned embrace or more ardent demonstration of feeling is best kept for private moments. - Food and drink are not allowed in the stands at football games. You will be given a break during third quarter. When you re-enter the band section, get rid of your food and drinks without being told. - Students remain in their own row when in the stadium. It is important to present the image of discipline and pride at all times. The band plays only as a group, except when the percussion section plays in support of the cheerleaders. There should be no individual, indiscriminate playing. - Band members only in the Band section of the stadium. - When the Pride Band "falls in" to march to or from any location, there is to be absolutely no talking. You are "performing" whenever you are in public, whether you are getting off the bus, marching to the stadium, or on break. Do not embarrass yourself and your friends by acting in an immature manner. Uniform Information Your uniform is to be complete at all times when in public. Jewelry, nail polish, and student - selected accessories are not permitted. Students are responsible for dry-cleaning costs. The only headgear worn with the uniform is that provided by the Band. Baseball caps will not be tolerated. All band members must have clean black marching shoes for performance which can be ordered through the band. Any other all-black lace-up shoe must be brought to the director for approval prior to performance. Members of the Color Guard are also required to provide the appropriate footwear. Make-up, jewelry, and hair style are as much a part of the uniform as the uniform itself. Guidelines for these will be established and members will be expected to conform. Band Council The Band Council is a group of students who serve as advisors and a "junior staff" for the band program. Band Council members are expected to be the first students to arrive for rehearsal, the first on line, the first to have music memorized and the last to leave rehearsal. Good leaders know that respect comes from peers only when it is earned. Council members are also considered a part of The Leadership Team. - President: The primary liaison between the band students and the director. Responsible for organizing activities of the council. Chief contact for band director, staff, and parents whenever student input or assistance is required. - Vice-President: First responsibility is the planning and implementation of activities of social and motivational nature. Is also responsible for assisting directors with recruiting strategies. Assists the President with council activities. - Historian/Reporter: Responsible for communicating with media outlets regarding band activities and awards received. Is also responsible for compiling a yearly band scrapbook. - Secretary/Treasurer: Maintains minutes from each band council meeting, is responsible for tracking band council funds and takes daily attendance. - Field commander: Assumes the role of the band leader in all marching formations. Assists the director and inspects the ranks. - Class Representatives: Relays the perspective of their classification to the council. Leadership Team The Leadership Team should strive to always set an example by their behavior. It is an obligation of Team members to keep the director and staff informed about any situation which might hinder the progress of the Band program. - Section Leaders: These appointments are made by the director and are not based on popularity but rather musical accomplishment, service, dedication and loyalty. - Equipment Manager: Primary responsibility is that of equipment and materials manager. Arranges student workers for loading and unloading of equipment for transport, moving equipment either on or off campus, and procurement of any equipment or supplies that might be needed. - Uniform Manager: Responsible for uniforms and accessories. Inspects uniforms weekly for cleanliness and neatness. Bus Rules - All students must travel to any off - campus activity on the bus. If you wish to ride home from an event with your parents, you must be signed out by them, in person. Students will be released only to parents or guardians. Only the director may release students, not chaperons or staff. This policy is for your protection as well as ours. - Buses are loaded in an orderly fashion. (We generally load in descending order by grade. Respect this tradition...you'll get to be a senior someday, too.) - Hands, arms and other body parts must remain inside the bus at all times. Parents Parents are an important part of the Walnut Ridge Band, and have a vital role to play. There are many things parents can do: - Attend Band Parent meetings. - Volunteer for parent committees. There are many different tasks with which we need your assistance: chaperon, uniforms, transportation, equipment handling, concessions, sewing, and publicity are just a few of the areas we need filled. - Assist your child to be prepared and punctual for every rehearsal and performance. - Notify the director if your child is to be absent or late for performance or rehearsal. This should be done in advance unless in absolute emergency situations. -Encourage your child to practice at home and help them find a quiet place to do so. -Show your interest and support in your child's music study by enthusiastically attending every performance possible. - Arrange for private lessons for your child, if at all possible. Chaperons Chaperons are extensions of the authority of the director. These people work hard, and the only payment they receive is our appreciation. Be respectful, polite, cooperative, and remember that the words "Thank You" cost you nothing but are highly valued by the recipient. In the extremely unlikely event that a chaperon's instruction would cause you to violate civil law or moral standards, the student should ask to be taken by that chaperon to the director immediately.