Colony High School
Marching Band Disclosure
Marching Band is a performing ensemble that strives to develop ensemble and personal performance skills. We will perform a number of times as a class ensemble.
As a member of the Marching Band your success depends on the work you put in, as well as the work other class members put in. We are a TEAM! Each individual is important to our success. YOU are important to us! We cannot achieve our potential if you do not participate fully in rehearsals and performances. Consistent attendance is required; please schedule any necessary appointments (medical and other) outside of rehearsal and performance blocks.
As a member of the Marching Band you represent yourself, Colony High School, the Matsu Community, and the state of Alaska. Please follow all rules or we will have no choice but to restrict your participation in performances. Classroom rules include (but are not limited to) the following:
♪ No food, gum, candy, or liquid (other than water) in the band area (including practice rooms).
♪ Be prepared when class begins. (10 pushups per minute you are late)
♪ Be respectful. (24/7)
♪ Follow directions.
♪ NO PHONES, i-pods, or other electronics in class
♪ No smoking, alcohol, or drug use at any time.
♪ No fighting, use of vulgar and profane language, derogatory or negative remarks. This applies to social media, activities, and other areas which may take place outside of school, but which affect the school environment.
♪ Maintain a 2.0 minimum GPA, including a passing grade in all music classes.
Grades are an essential part of education and I take them very seriously. In addition to maintaining a passing grade in this class, you are expected to maintain at least a 2.000 GPA in your other classes to participate in the extra-curricular aspects of the class. Eligibility is checked each quarter. The following section describes the grading policy with some brief explanation.
35% Attendance and participation in all performances (Including festivals, community events, sporting events, competitions, concerts, dances, assemblies, plays, school events, pep-assemblies, and any other conceivable type of playing for an audience that the band is involved in) . Each performance is worth 100 points. If you arrive late, you will be docked 25 points. If you leave early, you will be docked 25 points. (Yes, if you are both late and leave early you lose 50 points.) If you are absent, there is no makeup available unless the absence was pre approved by Mr. Burton or there was an emergency. Approval will only be given in extreme cases and makeup will be determined on a case-by-case basis and will usually involve an alternate performance or a research paper.
10% Stand Etiquette. During the games, you are expected to cheer for Colony, be energetic, be focused on the game and the music, STAY IN UNIFORM, and tell your friends you are in class. You are performing! Friends are not allowed to sit in the band. IF YOU LEAVE YOUR SPOT OR REMOVE YOUR UNIFORM DURING A GAME WITHOUT PERMISSION, YOU WILL LOSE ALL 100 POINTS FOR THAT GAME AND MAY BE SUSPENDED FROM FUTURE PERFORMANCES.
30 % Class attendance, behavior, and effort.
In addition to being at rehearsal on time, this part of your grade is subjective to the effort you put into class.
20% Playing Tests. All playing tests will be memorized and from the music.
5% Written Tests and other homework. Written assignments may be given covering theory, history, instrument knowledge, and other aspects involving the band program. Tests will cover the same subjects.
Please realize that neither you, nor I, are perfect. I will treat you with respect and consideration and expect the same. Many issues can be solved through respectful communication at appropriate times and in appropriate settings.
During the course of the class, you will be issued music, folders, and other supplies. You are responsible for these materials. Turn them in on time and do not damage them. DO NOT USE PEN ON YOUR MUSIC. Lost or damaged music must be paid for!
All students involved in marching band must pay a $200.00 participation fee as well as register on i-play. There is also a $15.00 uniform fee to be paid to Knights Music Boosters.
Marching Band is a demanding course. It requires physical ability as well as mental and emotional focus and determination. Discipline is essential to our success as a group. Be prepared to walk, run, do pushups, and other physical activities. It is required that you have a physical exam done prior to practicing. Bring water to all rehearsals (as well as bug spray and sunscreen if you need). Marching band is an outdoor activity. Please dress appropriately for the changing Alaska weather and the situation.
To be successful we will need to work hard, maintain focus and discipline, and be positive!
If you have questions or concerns feel free to contact me. I can be reached at the school between 6:45 am and 4:00 pm daily.
It is required that the student and at least one parent join the “Colony High School Bands” Facebook group. If this is not possible, please discuss this with me privately.
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