Band Handbook

Table of Contents:

Mission Statement

Statement of Policy

Objectives of the Band Program

Attendance Policy

Conflicts with Band

Duties of the Band Member

Importance of Attitude

Importance of Discipline

Parent’s Responsibility to the Band

How Parents Can Help

Rules and Regulations

School-Owned Instrument Policy

 

Form Section

(Behavior Contract, Financial Commitment, Health, Travel, Volunteer Credit, Volunteer)

MISSION STATEMENT

 

The mission of the Mundy’s Mill High School Band is to provide the members with life changing experiences, musically, educationally and socially, which help each individual member gain real world life skills, musical training and performance experiences. Through the development of the character traits of dedication, discipline and teamwork, each member of this close-knit organization learns what is required to be successful during, and outside of, performances. Participation in the MMHS Band instills confidence, quality of character and a strong work ethic that cannot be taught without commitment and responsibility, and is necessary for success in college and the workplace. 

 

 

A STATEMENT OF POLICY

In order to assist band members and parents in understanding areas of responsibility, a statement of band policy is herein set forth. Becoming familiar with this policy will enable each individual to make the most of this great opportunity to be a member of the Mundy’s Mill High School Band, becoming a better person and a better musician. 

 

We firmly believe that the student should improve through regular practice. In the MMHS band program, we feel that when the student has lost the will to improve or make a better contribution to the band, he/she is wasting the time and efforts of his/her fellow members and the community by continuing in this program. The HAPPIEST student is the one who is improving though regular habits of practice and daily progress. He/she must not only know right from wrong, but must be able to stand for principles. He/she must develop a high sense of purpose toward which he/she is willing to work. RESPONSIBILITY is the focus behind any level of achievement within this program. We intend to conduct ourselves in a manner that will facilitate all students in learning and bettering themselves.

 

OBJECTIVES OF THE BAND PROGRAM

 

  • To teach music through performance.

  • To develop performance skills of the various wind and percussion instruments.

  • To provide for the musical needs of the school and the community.

  • To acquaint the students with Music Theory/History and how history and musical composition relate to students’ current life and musical experiences.

  • To provide all students with the opportunity for worthy use of their time, a means for self-expression, and a healthy social experience.

  • To develop the ability to function as a responsible member of a group, enhance interaction with peers, and learn how to collaborate within a large social group.

  • To foster leadership skills within each student.

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY

 

Definition of an excused absence:

 

Excused absences include: Illness (parent confirmation), Death in the family (parent confirmation), Religious Holiday (parent confirmation), Pre-arranged school conflict (sponsor or coach confirmation and compromise established). Any absences not covered will be determined by MMHS. If the school considers it excused, so does the band and vice versa. 

 

Definition of an Unexcused Absence:

 

Illness without parent confirmation, Work, “No-Show”, School conflict that isn’t worked out prior to rehearsal, etc. And any absence that is considered as unexcused by MMHS. 

 

Marching Band Attendance Policy:

 

An unexcused absence will result in losing the privilege to perform at the next performance. Two unexcused absences could result in removal from the Marching Band. 

 

 

For ALL absences, the following procedure must be followed by all students and parents:

 

  • Director must be notified, in writing, in advance. 

  • An absentee request form must be filled out and on file. This form is located in the band room.

  • For illness, a parent note or doctor’s excuse must be submitted.

  • In extreme cases, a last minute email may be sent to Mr. Lewis Sharpe lewis.sharpe@clayton.k12.ga.us or Mr. Stanley Gaines stanley.gaines@clayton.k12.ga.us WITH a follow-up explanation. 

 

The filling out of an absentee request form does not constitute whether an absence is excused. The above policy is cut and dry in regards to what is excused.

 

CONFLICTS WITH BAND

 

Conflicts between band and other activities or events are the responsibility of the student. Rehearsal and performance schedules are given out in advance so arrangements can be made. All conflicts with regard to performances must be worked out in favor of the student’s responsibility to band. Performances are the reason you are in band; it is not fair to everyone else if you miss them! Work is not an excuse for missing any band activity, make arrangements in advance! 

 

 

DUTIES OF THE BAND MEMBER

 

  • Be on time to all rehearsals and performances. EARLY IS ON TIME – ON TIME IS LATE.

  • Upon entering the rehearsal, immediately get your instrument and begin preparing. (Setting up, warming up, etc.)

  • When the director of staff member steps on the podium or asks for your attention, all talking should cease.

  • Come to rehearsal with a GREAT ATTITUDE. Your problems will be there after you leave rehearsal, don’t let them follow you to your seat. Enjoy the time you are here.

  • Make a real effort to improve on a daily basis and establish a good practice routine.

  • At the end of rehearsal, put all materials in their proper place. This includes: Music, Instrument, Stand, Chair, etc. 

  • Maintain good grades! 

  • Become responsible for and assume responsibility for your own actions. Admit when you are wrong.

  • Have a proper respect for yourself and those in authority.

  • Play with passion!

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF ATTITUDE

 

The greatest single factor that will determine the success of any individual or organization is attitude. The kind of person that you are is an individual choice and how we feel about something, which involves attitude, is one of the few actual independent choices that we have in life. It takes intense dedication to reach goals. Students should learn to discipline themselves to practice daily! The “right attitude” must be present along with sincerity, concentration, and dedication as the basic foundation. Such an attitude is the fundamental difference between a successful, winning organization and a mediocre group of high school students. You who are in band are a select few. The band can do a lot for you. Make the most of it in every rehearsal and performance. 

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF DISCIPLINE

 

Because of the nature of the organization, band discipline must be strict. Band students and parents must believe in the ideals, principles, and philosophy of the organization. Each member must always be aware of good behavior and think for himself. Any misconduct casts a bad light on the school, community, and band program. Any member who casts discredit to the organization by his/her conduct or actions in band, in another class, or on a trip, shall be subject to the loss of privileges within the program or dismissal from the band. This may include the chance to go on trips, etc. This decision will be at the director’s discretion. 

 

PARENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO THE BAND

 

It is the responsibility of every parent and guardian to see that the policies outlined in the handbook are followed and that the form in the back is signed and returned. This states that you understand the policies as set within, and that any questions are to be directed to the band director through email or a pre-arranged appointment. Each parent is responsible for the attendance of their child at all band functions. It is the responsibility of each parent to see that their child practices his/her instrument daily! 

 

HOW PARENTS CAN HELP

 

When a “band question” arises, it is important that you get factual information before discussing it with others. We do more harm to ourselves, the band family, when we talk about things that contain one or more falsehoods but consider them facts. If questions arise in regards to performance issues or anything dealing with the band as a whole, please contact Mr. Sharpe and Mr. Gaines. If it is a fundraising question or anything dealing with parent volunteer issues, please speak with the individual responsible for that task. 

 

Also, please take the following tips as “pointers” for a band parent:

  • Show an interest in the music study of your child.

  • Arrange a regular time for your child to practice.

  • Find a quiet place where they can practice without interruption.

  • Stay current on your financial obligations to the band.

  • Come up with a reward system for DAILY practice.

  • Keep the instrument in good repair and keep at least three reeds in the case; and get a metronome!

  • Be extra-careful with school-owned instruments. Repair costs are high!

  • Provide private lessons!

  • Make faithful attendance at all band activities important.

  • Buy your child a personal planner for marking important dates.

  • Keep the handbook in a safe place and refer to it often.

  • Notify the teacher if the student is to be absent for rehearsals or lessons.

  • Attend meetings, concerts, games, and contests.

 

 

RULES AND REGULATIONS

 

Band Room Facility:

 

The use of band facilities before, after, and during school is a privilege. Students who abuse the facility will be discipline accordingly. Any abuse or damage will be considered vandalism. The following rules and procedures are now in place:

 

  • NO OUTSIDE STUDENTS WILL BE PERMITTED IN THE BANDROOM.

  • There will be no horseplay in the band room.

  • All percussion and auxiliary equipment is off limits to anyone not specifically designated to use them.

  • Auxiliary equipment is not to be used in the band room during school hours. Never spin flags or batons in the band room.

  • No student should be in the band office without a staff member present or permission from a staff member. 

  • Parents of students who remain after school DURING MARCHING BAND SEASON must sign a “medical release form”, available in the band office. This form contains vital information and must be on file.

  • Practice rooms are to be used for personal practice or lessons by an instructor. They are not to be used for hanging out!

  • The band office is a place of business. IF THE DOOR IS SHUT, PLEASE KNOCK FIRST. Telephone use should be kept to a minimum and permission is required. 

  • Bullying of any kind, verbal and/or physical, will not be tolerated.

 

Marching Band:

 

Football games:

 

  • Report time for all games will be announced on Thursday prior to the game.

  • Students should wear the full uniform unless otherwise noted.

  • For home games, students will be dismissed, as a group, following the 

  • Only uniformed band members are allowed in the band section. 

  • All members must remain in their section’s area!

  • No eating or drinking in the stands. Eat before the game!

 

Band Traveling:

 

  • No hanging out of bus windows.

  • Please keep the bus clean; pick up after yourselves and always thank the chaperones and driver!

  • Boys and Girls are not permitted to sit next to one another on the bus. NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • Always represent yourself and program in a positive, classy way.

 

Hotels:

 

  • Parents and students will be responsible for paying for any incurred charges/damages in the room.

  • Rooms are to be locked at all times.

  • There will be no one of the opposite sex in your room.

  • Please refrain from playing instruments in the room.

  • All school rules regarding behavior, alcohol, etc., will be enforced.

  • Profanity is not a part of our organization! Make sure your language is not vulgar or offensive!

  • Band members are expected to be at the right place, at the right time, ready to go!


Miscellaneous:

 

  • Shoes and socks must be worn at all times for outside practices. 

  • Chewing gum is not permitted during a rehearsal of any kind.

  • Food and drink are not permitted in the band room!

  • Respect authority and others, including their personal property.

  • Drinking, smoking, and drugs are STRICTLY PROHIBITED. All CCPS policies regarding such are in force during any band activity. 

  • Hazing is never tolerated and will be reported to the proper authorities immediately.

  • Any damage/abuse/vandalism is the responsibility of the student and parents.

  • Students may practice in the band room before or after school only if directors are present. Students must ask to use practice rooms. They are first come, first serve. Do NOT assume directors will be present after school everyday. 

THEFT OF ANY KIND WILL RESULT IN THE IMMEDIATE REMOVAL FROM ALL BAND PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES. 

 

THEFT WILL NOT BE TOLERATED IN THIS PROGRAM.

 

 

SCHOOL-OWNED INSTRUMENT POLICY

  • All instrument information MUST be on file in the MMHS Band Office. 

  • Any damages/repairs are the SOLE responsibility of the student. 

  • Mistreatment of school owned equipment will result in the loss of the privilege to use the instrument.

  • Any student who mistreats school owned equipment will be required to obtain the same instrument for use in band. An inability to do so will result in removal from the band program.

  • Bottom Line: DO NOT MISTREAT EQUIPMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!