Redington Jr./Sr. High School Percussion Class is to help develop each percussionist into an independent musician of the highest caliber. This will be accomplished through a rigorous classroom setting focusing on developing fundamental skills. Students from this class will perform with the other performing ensembles: Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, and Pep Band. Percussion students will also play in percussion ensembles in class and at evening performances as well as out of school events. This class will focus on improvement of individual musicianship in areas of percussion performance(mallet, snare, timpani, auxiliary, and drum set)
Students will experience and perform appropriate percussion literature using
proper percussion techniques.
Students will interpret standard musical notation and will sight read.
Students will analyze and describe percussion elements of diverse genres, and
Students will relate percussive learning to all musical experience, history, and
culture, to the other arts, and to other "core" disciplines.
Units/Topics to be studied:
Development of individual and ensemble musicianship skills
Appropriate concert literature for the modern percussion ensembles
Technique building in both marching and concert percussion ensembles
Enhanced development of cognitive and psychomotor skills
Performances of studied musical genres
Class Rules and Expectations:
Act with dignity and grace
Show respect for everyone and their personal belongings
Attend class regularly
Practice and master your individual parts
No food, drink, candy, or gum will be allowed in the band room
School-owned percussion instruments damaged by negligent student
behavior can and will result in repair costs to be paid by the student.
3 ring binder May have sheet protectors for music if you wish
Drums Sticks 5A or 5B are good beginner sticks.
Supplemental Materials/Music This is a performance-based class, and it is expected that
each student come to class with the proper implements(equipment) for performance
* Percussionists are required to have drums sticks during the entire concert ensemble season:
The main goal with the percussionists is that they provide their own concert
implements and do not use school-owned mallets/sticks for class band or percussion
Four basic areas will make up a student’s grade in percussion class: daily rehearsals,
musical progress (tests), after-school rehearsals and performances, and Final Exam.
Grades will be determined as follows:
Daily Rehearsal/Participation Grades 20%
Musical Progress (Test Grades) 20%
Concert Performances & After school Rehearsal Grades 40%
Final Exam 20%
1. Daily Rehearsal Grades -20%:
Students are expected to participate in rehearsal every day. If a student is well enough
to attend school, he or she is well enough to rehearse.
Class participation points are earned. If a student is behaving inappropriately
or is asked to leave the classroom, participation points will not be earned.
2. Musical Progress -20%:
Students will be evaluated periodically on their musical progress. These tests consist of
scale tests, rhythm tests, and other material chosen from current method books or
3. After-school Rehearsals and Performances -40%:
Please refer to the band calendar for all rehearsals and performances. This is also
located on the band website on the Redington Page.
Attendance at percussion concerts/performances is required! If a student has an
unexcused absence from a concert, he or she will be prohibited from participating in
future performances outside of school, i.e. concert festival. In addition, an unexcused
absence from a performance may result in the failure of the course for the semester.
100 points – concert attendance and participation
25 points deducted – late to performance or unacceptable behavior during the concert
0 points – absent from the performance
Excuses must be approved in advance with the appropriate director. NO
EXCEPTIONS! Transportation and work are never excuses and will result in a 0 for the
4. Final Exam -20%
The Final exam will be a culmination of the curriculum throughout the school year.
Please do not neglect the importance of doing well on the final exam because it is
weighted fairly heavily. The final exam for the band classes will take place during the
month of May.
Band Parent Organization:
All band parents are encouraged to become involved with the RJS Band Parent
Association (Band Booster club). As a band organization, we hold monthly parent
meetings in the band room (Check band calendar for dates). This is the opportunity for
parents to learn about the current happenings of our band program. If you would like to
have input in decisions that are made for the band students, we invite you to attend. A
successful band program will only thrive with parental support and enthusiasm for the
students’ well being!!