West Mesquite High School Burnt Orange Band Official Handbook 2018-2019
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Excused Absences Unexcused Absences Extra Rehearsals and Sectionals Performances Grades Band Placement Concurrent Enrollment Burnt Orange Band Assignment of Roles Conduct Selection of Student Leaders Instructional Leadership Positions Social Offices Eligibility Uniforms Inspections School Instruments Personal Property Private Lessons Band Fees Schedules Contacts Changing of Rules Forms Due Bands at West Mesquite High School Marching Band Transportation Social Media Etiquette Policy for Band Students Burnt Orange Band Performance Schedule Acknowledgement Page
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West Mesquite High School Burnt Orange Band Policies and Procedures 2017-2018 The following policies were drawn up not to punish or restrict your personal freedoms, but to allow us to be aware of the rules necessary to keep the Burnt Orange Band functioning in a smooth, positive manner. I.
The following situations constitute an excused absence. II.
Illness Death in the family Extreme family emergency Doctor appointment (emergency) **Please schedule all doctors’ appointments around rehearsals and performances.** All other circumstances considered to be extenuating according to the Mesquite I.S.D. attendance policy. All absences require a note from a parent/guardian.
Most other absences are unexcused at the discretion of the band director. The following actions will be taken for unexcused absences. Please avoid scheduling family reunions, quinceaneras, driving school or any other events during rehearsals or performances.
In marching season, content and valuable instruction time will be lost and cannot be recovered. As a result, a substantial number of points will be deducted from the academic grade. Continued unexcused absences could result in removal from a principal marching position. In concert season, the same policy from above will apply. Repeated absences could result in being moved to last chair in the section and/or being moved to a lower performing ensemble. Repeated unexcused absences in either concert or marching season will result in a parent conference. Repeated unexcused absences could result in removal from band.
All rehearsals will start and end on time. We will respect your time, please respect ours. 3
Extra Rehearsals and Sectionals
In addition to regular rehearsals during school time, each member is required to attend additional rehearsals each week. These are requires rehearsals and the same absentee rules apply to them as well as to our regular rehearsals. The day and time of sectionals are varied according to the section and ensemble the student is assigned.
All band members are required to participate in ALL performances. Please keep track of the performance calendar that is passed out at the beginning of summer band for all football games, marching competitions, concerts and festivals. This does include the Rodeo Parade and Graduation. Missing a performance could result in a failing grade for the six weeks and may possibly jeopardize the members’ chance in participating in contests and trips with the band. V.
Students will be expected to meet the responsibilities for each band class as listed in the handbook. Since band is an academic music class with some extra-curricular activities attached, the band student’s grade will reflect the achievement in both curricular and extracurricular areas. Grading will be assessed on the following:
Participation The student will receive a grade for each before and after school rehearsal and/or sectional during the grading period. The student will be on time. The student will be on task and focused during all rehearsals. The student will have their instrument, music, pencil and supplies. The student will be prepared to play his/her part successfully. The student will mark music and take notes as needed. Skills
The student will be expected to improve individual music skills. The student’s individual skill development will be evaluated through recorded music tests, individual playing assessments, scale and written tests. The student will be evaluated on improvement of ensemble skills during daily rehearsals.
Fundamentals The student will be expected to improve his/her performance fundamentals. The students will be evaluated for improvement of his/her music fundamentals through daily observation during the “fundamentals” part of each rehearsal and during sectionals. The student will be expected to develop a historical knowledge of the literature relative to their respective instrument. Performance The student will receive a grade for each performance during the grading period. The number of performances will be determined by the performance calendar. Performances will be counted as major exams. 4
If there is not public performance occurs during a grading period, the performance grade will be based upon informal classroom performances determined by the director.
Every student who is signed up for band must audition to be placed in a band class. These auditions will be held twice a year, once in December and again in May for the following year. Placement in the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band or Concert Band will be determined by a number of criteria. Some of these are: playing auditions, sight-reading, participation in non-required band events (All-Region, etc.), conduct, attitude, dependability, eligibility, attendance for rehearsals/performances and the students’ demonstrated ability to perform the level of music for the band in which they are placed. VII.
As per MISD policy, enrollment in both Band (A Day) and Instrumental Ensemble (B Day) classes is mandatory for all band students. Exemptions will be done on a case-by-case basis for true conflicts in the master schedule that can be solved in no other way and for seniors that need another course to graduate that cannot fit into their class schedule. Conflicts that can be resolved by moving a class a year later will be taken care of in that fashion. VIII.
Burnt Orange Band Assignment of Marching Roles
The Burnt Orange Band is the largest positive image-projecting organization on campus. The group appears in halftime performances during varsity football games and represents West Mesquite High School in public community events as well as the competitive marching band arena. Each year from January through July, much thought and effort is put into the numerous factors that determine the number of ‘positions’ that should be charted in the competition show or Field Production for that season. These decisions must be made well in advance as a result of the time involved in the construction and design of the program each year. The estimations define how the music is to be arranged and determine the number of drill positions that are to be plotted. It is the responsibility of the directors to ensure the students in the marching band are set up for success, including the job of fielding a complete ensemble. The directors carefully consider the following factors when determining these numbers: Current and prospective enrollment in the band program Student’s demonstrated behaviors and attitudes Eligibility history of each student Attendance during the previous school year and summer band training rehearsals Basic skills and physical conditioning that allow the student to march and play without threat of injury to him/herself or others Completion of playing and marching pass-offs Based on these factors, students are preliminarily assigned to one of two categories during summer band rehearsals: Principal Performer Alternate Performer This delineation determines the INTIAL type of role that the student will have during the competition show. All other aspects of membership are identical. 5
Instructional and Performance Privileges for All Members: (Applies to Principal and Alternate Performers)
Rehearse as a unit during all band classes Rehearse as a unit during all marching fundamentals Rehearse as a unit during all music ensemble rehearsals Perform as a unit during pep rallies Perform as unit during all parades Perform as unit during all drill team feature halftime shows
Instructional and Performance Differences
Principal Performers march and play in the competition show during all rehearsals, halftime performances and for band contests throughout the season. Alternate Performers will perform in an alternate position at all football game halftime performances. For marching contests, alternate performers will not march, but will be assigned an auxiliary role. Auxiliary roles include performance contributions in the areas of visual effects or logistical assistance, depending upon the needs of the program. This privilege is extended upon a contingency of academic eligibility as well as the student’s attendance and performance histories.
Attendance Considerations A Principal Performer may forfeit his/her role if they miss a performance of any kind. In addition, a loss of position may result from unexcused absences, extended absences (even if excused), or reoccurring tardiness/ early departure from rehearsal.
The conduct of each band member should be above reproach. By the time a student is in high school, he/she should know how to show appropriate behavior. The high standards set by the Burnt Orange Band will be strictly enforced. Poor behavior is a sign of a lack of pride and lack of concern for the band program. If a student’s grade falls below a “C” in band or any other class, he/she could be removed from their current band assignment. During marching season, the student could be removed from the band formation. Members who continually display inappropriate conduct or violate the policies of the school could be removed from the band program. Students enrolled in the band program are expected to display exemplary behavior at all times. At every performance as a band member, you represent your family, West Mesquite High School, Mesquite ISD, and the city of Mesquite, Texas. Make sure that your actions prove that the Burnt Orange Band is a class act in every way. Any student that is involved in an activity that brings negative attention or criticism to the Burnt Orange Band, West Mesquite High School or participates, either by word or deed, in an activity which seeks to embarrass, demean, or otherwise harm (mentally or physically) another Burnt Orange Band Member, Director or parent volunteer can be dismissed from the Burnt Orange Band at the discretion of the band director. 6
Band students are welcome in the band hall before and after school. However, do not disturb if there is a rehearsal or sectional in progress. Show every courtesy to the director and students involved. Hazing within the band program is not tolerated, and students are expected to follow the West Mesquite High School Student Code of Conduct.
X. SELECTION OF STUDENT LEADERS STUDENT LEADERSHIP EXPECTATIONS The Burnt Orange Band Student Leadership team consists of two types of leadership: Social and instructional. Each of these types of leadership serves a separate, yet important purpose in the Burnt Orange Band program. That being said, it is important to note that due to their familiarity with the expectations of the program, all Juniors and Seniors are considered a valuable leadership asset in the Burnt Orange Band Organization. As such, they have a responsibility to set the example of positive attitude, work ethic, discipline and appropriate behavior. Student leaders set the tone and environment of rehearsals, games, competitions and performances. Band directors have the expectation that student leaders understand and demonstrate the behaviors necessary for success and be an example for the entire band. Student leaders must be able to exhibit a high standard for marching and playing fundamentals and have the ability to articulate and teach/ motivate others to do the same. Student leaders must be a member in good standing with the Burnt Orange Band. Student Leaders must show a consistent respect for the importance of their position, the chain of command and the contributions of every band member. Student Leaders may be removed from their position at the discretion of the band director for various infractions, including, but not limited to: o Failure to maintain academic eligibility o Insubordination of directors, parent volunteers or other WHMS faculty members. o Excessive absences from rehearsals and/or performances – excused or unexcused. o Involvement in an activity that brings negative attention or criticism to the Burnt Orange Band program or West Mesquite High School. o Participation, either by word or deed, in an activity which seeks to embarrass, demean, or otherwise harm (mentally or physically) another Burnt Orange Band member, director or parent volunteer. o Dereliction of duties STUDENT LEADER PROFILE When assessing potential student leadership candidates, the directors are looking for the following characteristics: 1. The candidate must demonstrate the ability to make appropriate choices, have a positive attitude, exhibit the inclination to find ways to help without being asked and to have a desire to serve the organization. 2. The candidate must be entering their Sophomore, Junior or Senior year. (Only Juniors and Seniors may hold the position of Drum Major) 3. For instructional leadership, the candidate must have performed on the field in a Burnt Orange Band Contest Show. 7
4. The candidate must show proof of being able to maintain passing grades in all classes. 5. The candidate must attend the Burnt Orange Band Leadership Camp. The camp with not be overnight and will be held on the WMHS campus. Specifics concerning camp scheduling will be made available to the candidates in the Burnt Orange Band Student Leadership Application.
XI. INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP POSITIONS The Instructional Leadership Team assists the band directors in direct instruction of band members during the fall marching season. Students are expected to be role models, both on and off the field as well as a source of motivation for the Burnt Orange Band members to always give their very best effort. The positions are appointed through application and director evaluation process. In certain cases, interviews may be necessary. DRUM MAJORS AUDITION CRITERIA Drum Major candidates must complete a Student Leadership Team Application. Drum Majors must remain eligible throughout their term as Drum Major. Drum Major candidates must not have a six weeks band grade below 80 for the year prior to selection. Candidates will be offered the opportunity to attend pre-audition training sessions. Candidates will demonstrate and maintain superior musical and marching abilities, as well as communication skills during a formal audition. Candidates must be willing to invest their personal time outside of normal rehearsals. Candidates must attend Drum Major Camp, selected by the director, during the summer prior to their time of service. The Burnt Orange Band pays expense of the camp. RESPONSIBILITIES Drum Major(s) must be the role models in every aspect of band participation (musically, academically, and socially) throughout the entire year. Drum Major(s) will serve as field conductor(s) during the field performance. Drum Major(s) should be a source of positive motivation for band members. Drum Major(s) will assist band directors, other SLT members or band members as needed. Drum Major(s) are expected to support the goals of the band directors, staff, and program at all times, without exception. Drum Majors are expected to step in and provide assistance with completing any director/staff tasks without having to be asked. Drum Majors will not be responsible for disciplinary consequences or grading. Due to the demands placed on them, Drum Majors may not be president, vice president or secretary.
WOODWIND/BRASS/PERCUSSION/COLORGUARD CAPTAIN AUDITION CRITERIA Captains must remain eligible throughout their term as Captain. Captains must not have a six weeks band grade below 80 for the year prior to selection. Captains must be willing to invest their personal time outside of normal rehearsals. 8
Depending on the quality of those applying, a captain will be chosen for woodwinds, brass, percussion and Colorguard. If the band directors feel that no applicant is qualified to be a captain for a specific section, there will be no student selected for the position. Captain candidates must complete a Student Leadership Team Application. Captain will be selected from the Section Leaders chosen for the corresponding year. It is possible candidates will be called for an interview if the band directors deem in necessary.
RESPONSIBILITIES Captains must be the role models in every aspect of band participation (musically, academically, and socially) throughout the entire year. Captains should be a source of positive motivation for band members. Captains are expected to support the goals of the band directors, staff, and program at all times, without exception. Captains are expected to step in and provide assistance with completing any director/staff tasks without having to be asked. Captains will be in charge of communication with section leaders in the areas of fees, attendance, announcements, deadlines, rehearsal schedules, call times, etc. Are responsible for coordinating and executing uniform/instrument check prior to each departure in collaboration with section leaders. Perform any duties assigned by band directors. Should serve as mentors and role models for their sections. Captains will not be responsible for disciplinary consequences or grading.
SECTION LEADERS AUDTION CRITERIA Section Leaders must remain eligible throughout their term as Section Leader. Section Leaders must not have a six weeks band grade below 80 for the year prior to selection. Section Leaders must be willing to invest their personal time outside of normal rehearsals. Depending on the quality of those applying, a section leader(s) will be chosen for each section. If the band directors feel that no applicant is qualified to be a section leader for a specific section, a student from a different section can be selected to lead that section. Section Leader candidates must complete a Student Leadership Team Application. Section Leaders will be selected from the candidates that apply. It is possible candidates will be called for an interview if the band directors deem in necessary. RESPONSIBILITIES Section Leaders must be the role models in every aspect of band participation (musically, academically, and socially) throughout the entire year. Section Leaders should be a source of positive motivation for band members. Section Leaders are expected to support the goals of the band directors, staff, and program at all times, without exception. Section Leaders are expected to step in and provide assistance with completing any director/staff tasks without having to be asked.
Section Leaders will assist the band staff in the administrative duties of their respective sections, which would include taking roll, sharing announcements, copying music, rehearsal set-up and organization, etc. Section Leaders will assist the band staff in rehearsals by modeling correct fundamentals, both marching and playing, as well as proper rehearsal discipline and attitude. Section Leaders can assist in the positive motivation of their respective sections. Section Leaders will not be responsible for disciplinary consequences or grading
XII. SOCIAL OFFICES President Must complete a West Mesquite Burnt Orange Band Student Leadership Team Application. Applicants may be interviewed to better assess the candidate. In collaboration with the band directors, may call and preside over Student Leadership Team meetings. Organizes and delegated duties to the Student Leadership Team. Assists other SLT members in their duties and functions. Takes a lead role in planning social activities for the band such as lock-ins, pool parties, picnics, etc. Organizes and finds tutors for Burnt Orange Band members. Assists the band directors when necessary in non-musical aspects of student activities. Serves as liaison with counterparts from other schools. Serves as liaison with officers in other clubs and activities on the West Mesquite High School Campus. Organizes student volunteers for various activities as necessary. Vice President Must complete a West Mesquite Burnt Orange Band Student Leadership Team Application. Applicants may be interviewed to better assess the candidate. Assists the president in preparing meeting agendas. Serves in the president’s role in the absence of the president. Is in charge of any “welcoming” activities for incoming students. Assists other SLT members in their duties and functions. Assists the band directors when necessary in non-musical aspects of student activities. Serves on or chairs committees as needed. Assists band directors and/or president as needed. Secretary Must complete a West Mesquite Burnt Orange Band Student Leadership Team Application. Applicants may be interviewed to better assess the candidate. Keeps official minutes of all SLT meetings (must have good organization and note-taking skills) Make the minutes of and meetings available in a timely manner Assist with the band directors with band correspondence and other clerical duties. Assists other SLT members in their duties and functions. Assists the band directors when necessary in non-musical aspects of student activities. Assist the band directors, president or vice president when needed.
XIII. Eligibility According the Texas Education Agency/ University Interscholastic League Side by Side Rules, it is stated that a student that is involved in an extracurricular activity who fails any class for a six weeks grading period will be ineligible to compete or perform with that group for the next three weeks. At the end of the three week grading period, a student may regain his/her eligibility by pass all of their classes at that time. Because of this law, a student showing an inability to consistently be eligible can be removed and placed in a lower performing band, or be removed from the band program.
A student who receives, at the end of any grading period (and after the first six weeks of the school year), a grade below 70 in any academic class (other than an identified advanced class) or a student with disabilities who fails to meet the standards in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) may not participate in extracurricular activities for at least three school weeks. This is Texas State Law. An ineligible student may practice or rehearse. The student regains eligibility when the principal and teachers determine that he/she: (1) earned a passing grade (70 or above) in all academic classes, other than those that are advanced, and (2) completed the three school weeks of ineligibility. The Burnt Orange Band Staff will enforce all eligibility rules and regulations. Students who are ineligible will continue to rehearse during their band class and at all scheduled extracurricular rehearsals to earn their band grade. Ineligible students will not travel will the band or participate in extracurricular performances.
XIV. Uniforms All students are responsible for knowing the proper procedures for checking in and out uniforms. This will be covered before the first game. Students are expected to take great care of all uniform parts. Students will be held responsible for any damage done to the uniform or lost uniform parts. All students are required to purchase band shoes (we do this in the summer from one specific company), and for wind players, performance gloves. In addition, concert bands wear ALL Black for performances. Students are expected to purchase the following before the Holiday Concert in December. Ladies: Black Dress (solid, no designs, etc.) that extends past the knees or a solid black blouse (with three quarter inch sleeves or longer) or with a black cardigan-type cover up with black dress pants and solid black, closed toe shoes (no sandals or flip flops). Gentleman: Solid black, long sleeved, button down dress shirt, solid black dress pants, black belt, tall black socks and black dress shoes. Your marching shoes are acceptable.
XV. Inspections During marching season, inspections will be held before each football game and marching contest. The purpose of inspections is to make sure band members have everything necessary to be successful at those performances. Any student who fails inspection will have to serve a mandatory detention following the game or contest performance with the director staff. In addition, equipment duties will be added for the following week. Inspection lists of required materials for each section will be distributed before the end of summer band rehearsals.
XVI. School Instruments The school owns most of the expensive instruments required for the performances expected at the high school level. The instruments will be provided for the studentsâ€™ use without charge. If an instance arises where there are more students than there are instruments available, then the director will decide which student(s) will receive the instrument(s). This decision will be made on displayed abilities and attitudes, not on seniority. The student who uses a school owned instrument is expected to properly care and maintain his/her instrument. This includes oiling, greasing, and/or washing the instrument according to the proper care instructions for each instrument. The expense of routine repairs and overhauls of school instruments will be paid for by the school. The student is expected to immediately report a problem with an instrument to a band director. If it is apparent that the damage to an instrument is a result of carelessness or lack of proper maintenance, then the student will be responsible for repairs. The director will make the decision after the examination of the instrument and/or with the advice of a professional repairman.
XVII. Personal Property Although precautions are taken, the school cannot guarantee the safety of any personal property. It would include: clothing, books, cameras, phones, purses, watches, iPods, money, etc. The student is advised not to leave any personal property in the band hall unless he/she is actually in class. Otherwise, books and belongings should be kept in school lockers. The band hall will be locked during all outside rehearsals. Marching clothes left in the band hall after the conclusion of marching season will be donated to charity after two weeks. The school or band directors are not liable for the repair cost or replacement of any personal instrument or property.
XVIII. Private Lessons Private lessons are not required, but are highly encouraged and recommended. Nothing can substitute for the knowledge and expertise gained from studying one on one with an expert on a particular instrument. The more students that are involved with private lessons the greater the success our band can have. We have a great private lesson staff available. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. If you are interested, please talk with Ms. Brown.
XIX. Band Fees There is no cost for participating in the B.O.B., however monies will be collected every fall for materials such as: t-shirts, shoes, gloves, uniform cleaning and meals for students during travel. We will work hard to keep these costs as low as possible.
XX. Schedule The Burnt Orange Band rehearses at the following times: High School Day:
8:45 AM – 3:55 PM
7:00 AM – 8:10 AM (Monday thru Friday) 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM (Tuesday Afternoon)
Wind Ensemble, Battery Percussion/ Colorguard (Fall Semester Only) Wind Ensemble Instrumental
1st Period A Days 1st Period B Days
Symphonic Band, Front Ensemble (Fall Semester Only) Symphonic Instrumental Ensemble
2nd Period A Days 2nd Period B Days
Band Director Conference Period
3rd Period A/B Days
Concert Band Concert Instrumental Ensemble
4th Period A Days 4th Period B Days
Anytime there is no school on a Monday, the Tuesday afternoon rehearsal will be extended one hour. (7:30pm) Anytime there is a game scheduled for Thursday evening, there will be no Friday morning rehearsal, but we will have a Friday afternoon rehearsal 4:30-5:40pm. Sectionals and extra rehearsals can be scheduled at the discretion of the band director. A copy of the official band calendar will be posted in the band hall and will be available on CHARMS.
XXI. Contacts The band directors may be reached at the following numbers and emails. Mr. Scott A. Patricia, Director of Bands Ms. Lacy Brown, Associate Director Mr. Michael Gibson, Assistant Director Mr. Dustin Nguyen, Assistant Director Mr. Trevor Duke, Colorguard
972-882-7626 972-882-7654 972-882-7643 972-882-7654 682-808-3238
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XXII. Changing of Rules This handbook normally serves as the official record of rules and requirement for the B.O.B. However, at times during the school year it may become necessary to develop new rules or amend old ones. When this need arises, the students will be notified in class and the new rules posted in the band hall. Once the rule is stated to the students, they are expected to be aware of the rule and comply.
XXIII. Forms Due All forms (Acknowledgement Page, Medical Form, UIL 8 Hour rule Form) must be completed, signed and returned by Friday, August 24, 2018. 13
XXIV. Bands at West Mesquite High School Individual Band Responsibilities Students are placed by audition into one of the band classes at West Mesquite High School: Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Battery Percussion Class (Fall Term Only), Front Ensemble Percussion Class (Fall Term Only), and Color Guard Class (Fall Term Only). Our curriculum is designed to improve individual performing skills throughout the year. The responsibilities for students in each group are outlined below. Wind Ensemble – Scott A. Patricia, Conductor Participation in marching band Performance of marching music from memory Preparation of All-Region music Audition for All-Region Band (required) Participation in UIL Solo/Ensemble Contest (Solo required) Performance of concert music as assigned by the director Required attendance at all section and full band rehearsals as scheduled Required attendance at all performances Private lessons are STRONGLY encouraged SYMPHONIC BAND – Lacy Brown and Michael Gibson, Conductors Participation in marching band Performance of marching music from memory Preparation of All-Region music Encouraged to audition for All-Region Band Participation in UIL Solo/Ensemble Contest (Solo required) Performance of concert music as assigned by the director Required attendance at all section and full band rehearsals as scheduled Required attendance at all performances Private lessons are encouraged CONCERT BAND – Scott A. Patricia, Conductor Participation in marching band Performance of marching music from memory Preparation of excepts of the All-Region music Encouraged to audition for All-Region Band Participation in UIL Solo/Ensemble Contest (solo required) Performance of concert music as assigned by the director Required attendance at all section and full band rehearsals as scheduled Required attendance at all performances Private lessons are encouraged PERCUSSION – Michael Gibson, Director Participation in marching band Performance of marching music from memory Development of individual and ensemble percussion skills Preparation of All Region Music Audition for All Region Band is encouraged Participation in the Honors Band, Symphonic Band and Concert Band in the Spring Term. Private lessons are encouraged. 14
COLORGUARD (FALL TERM ONLY) – Trevor Duke, Director Development of individual basics including flag, rifle, and sabre skills Development of individual movement basics Development of ensemble skills including timing of flags and body movement Performance of marching contest routine by memory Participation in all marching band activities in the Fall Term The Fall Term is open to students who do not perform on a band instrument as well as band students who want to have additional work in this area. Current woodwind, brass and percussion students (at any level of the program) may be a part of the color guard. However, they may not quit playing their instrument and solely participate in Guard. JAZZ BAND (AFTER SCHOOL ONLY) – Michael Gibson, Director Develop ensemble skills in the jazz idiom. Rehearses begin after marching season ends. Rehearsal will be on Tuesdays from 4:15-6:15pm. Open to entire high school.
XXV. Marching Band Background Information The Burnt Orange Band has enjoyed a high reputation for excellence in music performance. The marching band is a highly visible aspect of the band program. The marching band provides performance opportunities for band students while integrating the band program into school and community activities. Marching Band Participation As an integral part of the band program, MISD’s philosophy is that educationally, historically, and musically, marching band is an essential ingredient in a well-rounded music education. The MISD believes that music students need to develop the ability to participate and perform in different ensemble experiences, which, for band students, includes the marching band. As a result, marching band is required for all high school students who elect to take the academic band performance courses that include the Honors Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Percussion and Colorguard. Philosophy regarding all aspects of high school band stems from TEA/UIL guidelines, which govern all Texas schools. Exceptions to this requirement for marching band participation will be considered at the discretion of the Head Band Director. Any student granted an exception would not receive a physical education waiver.
Physical Education Requirement Waived As an artistic endeavor, each rehearsal and performance of the marching band is mentally and physically demanding. For the full marching band performance, students are always on task and must bring to the experience their best performance skills. As a result, each student in the marching band is eligible to receive a physical education waiver in accordance with TEA guidelines. Marching Band is an Integral Component of State Curriculum Requirements The music and performance skills and techniques, along with the associated academic skills in the band program, are derived from the implementation of the expectations found in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Each performance by the marching band provides students the opportunity to demonstrate musical artistry through the ensemble, individual music performance skills and techniques, marching 15
performance skills and techniques, and critical thinking skills that include auditory, spatial, and visual awareness. Performance Procedures Members of the Burnt Orange Band will be expected to adhere to the following performance procedures. Each person is responsible for his/her equipment at all times. Drum majors and Section Leaders will conduct inspection prior to departure. Inspection will include appropriate wearing of the uniform, instrument and equipment in good working condition, and all necessary music in flip folders. Be in uniform at all times. No jewelry or caps are to be worn with uniform. Students will march into the stands and remain at attention until given the indication to be seated by a director or a drum major. Students will remain in stands until given permission to leave. Sit in assigned seats and do not move about the band during the game. No food, gum or drink is allowed in uniform. All students must have a flip folder. Students who play an instrument other than flute or percussion must provide a lyre for their instrument. Do not play your instrument at any time the band is not playing. Percussion will play with the full band or organized cadences. No one except band personnel is allowed in the band section. B.O.B. alumni or special visitors are sometimes exceptions, but only by special permission from the band director. File orderly from the stands to warm up before halftime. Do not play on instrument during transit. Cheer with the cheerleaders. Group cheers are acceptable, but “off-color” or unsportsmanlike cheers will not be tolerated. Do not make discourteous remarks to visiting bands, peers or other students. The B.O.B. will be a Class Organization. Students will ride the bus to and from all games and performances. No speakers allowed on the bus. All music must be listened to by headphones. Be courteous to the bus driver and parent chaperones. Upon arrival back at WMHS, students will return uniforms and put away all equipment. In cold weather, students are allowed to wear a jacket over their uniform coat, but it must be removed for performances. Burnt Orange Band Rehearsal Guidelines
Be seated with instrument, music, pencil and supplies when the tardy bell rings. Show good rehearsal etiquette by being a good team player. Re: Study your part quietly while the director works with another section. Remain on task at all times; do not talk or interrupt the focus of the rehearsal. Maintain proper posture at all times. This is important for all musicians. Be intent on improving your performance skills. Raise your hand and ask questions if you need individual help. Leave your cases in your locker and your backpacks at the side of the room during rehearsal. Do not leave purses, wallets or other valuables unattended in the band hall. We are not responsible for stolen or lost items. Students are solely responsible for the care and maintenance of their assigned equipment and personal items. 16
No food, gum, or drink (except bottled water) is allowed in the band hall. Take pride in keeping our band hall clean and organized. All instruments remain in cases with latches closed while inside the locker when not in use. Lockers shall remain clean. Items other than instruments, music, and books should not be kept in lockers. Use the lock on your locker. It is for the safety of your items. Tampering with locks or moving them to another locker will not be tolerated. Disorderly behavior (horseplay) or abusive language will not be tolerated. Practice rooms are for the convenience of the private lesson staff and for those who need them for instrumental practice. They will not be used for any other purpose. Please be considerate of directors’ requests for assistance and/or performance of tasks around the band hall. All students will adhere to the West Mesquite High School Code of Conduct. Any infraction to these Performance Procedures and Rehearsal Guidelines may result in a band detention. Detentions will be held in the band hall from 4:05-4:20pm every Tuesday. If you are assigned a band detention, but forget or skip the detention, you will be given an office referral and assigned a lunch or after-school detention as determined by administration.
XXVI. Transportation The Head Band Director will determine transportation to and from all band performances. If a student must leave directly from a performance, he/she can be released only to his/her parent/guardian with a written note given prior to the event. The Head Band Director reserves the right to deny any requests.
Student Travel Guidelines o Follow all standard bus/plane rules. o Allow the chaperone to check roll quickly and efficiently. o Refrain from using vulgar or rude language or engaging in rude behavior. o Always be respectful to, appreciative of, and mindful of the chaperones. o Be respectful of other passengers and groups. o For the safety and comfort of all students, no playing instruments or group singing is allowed on the bus. o XXVII. Social Media Etiquette Policy for Band Students As you begin participation in another season, we want to make sure you are aware of social networking guidelines. The West Mesquite Burnt Orange Band Department recognizes and supports the band members’ rights to freedom of speech, expression, and association, including the use of social networks. In this context, however, each band member must remember that performing for the Mesquite Independent School District is a privilege. As a band member, you represent the school district and you are expected to portray yourself, your band, your school, and the school district in a positive manner at all times. Below are the social networking guidelines, which provide the following direction for social networking site usage:
Everything you post is public information – any text or photo placed online is completely out of your control the moment it is placed online – even if you limit access to your site. Information (including 17
pictures, videos, and comments) may be accessible even after you remove it. Once you post a photo or comment on a social networking site, that photo or comment becomes the property of the site and may be searchable even after you remove it. What you post may affect your future! Many employers and college admissions officers review social networking sites as part of their overall evaluation of an applicant. Carefully consider how you want people to perceive you before you give them a chance to misinterpret your information (including pictures, videos, comments and posters). Similar to comments made in person, the Burnt Orange Band program will not tolerate disrespectful comments and behavior online, such as: o Derogatory language or remarks that may harm bandmates or directors; other West Mesquite band students, band directors or teachers; and band students, directors or representatives of other schools, including comments that may be disrespectful to opposing bands/teams. o Incriminating photos or statements depicting violence, hazing; sexual harassment; full or partial nudity; inappropriate gestures; vandalism; stalking; underage drinking, selling, possessing, or using controlled substances; or any other inappropriate behavior (including the use of profanity). o Creating a serious danger to the safety of another person or making a credible threat of serious physical or emotional injury to another person. o Indicating knowledge of an unreported school or team violation â€“ regardless if the violation was unintentional or intentional.
Social media outlets will be used as communication device. They will also be used to encourage involvement with family, friends, fans, colleges and recruiting outlets. In short, understand that freedom of speech is not unlimited. The online social network sites are NOT a place where you can say and do whatever you want without repercussions. The information you post on a social networking site is considered public information. Think about whom you represent; yourself, your family, your fellow band members and directors, and your school. Like it or not, people are going to associate everything you post with you and what you represent. Protect yourself by maintaining a self-image of which you can be proud for years to come. Any misuse of social media that is discovered will be immediately turned over the West Mesquite High School administration. Any consequences given out by the WMHS Administration will be followed to their fullest extent. In addition, band consequences will be administered along with administrative consequences possibly resulting in dismissal from band.
Burnt Orange Band Performance Schedule 2018-19 ***All underlined performances are required by all band members***
***ALL DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE*** ***All morning and after school rehearsals will begin the first day of school*** Date 9/1 (Sat.) 9/7 9/14 9/20(Thurs.) 9/24(Mon.) 9/27(Thurs.)
Time 11am 7:30pm 7:30pm 7pm 7pm 7pm
Event Game vs. Hutto Game vs. Lancaster Game vs. Keller Timber Creek (HC) Game vs. Denton Ryan MISD Band Extravaganza Game vs. Wylie East
Location Waco ISD Stadium Mesquite Memorial Mesquite Memorial Mesquite Memorial Mesquite Memorial Wylie ISD Stadium
10/6 (Sat.) All Day 10/12 7:30pm 10/13(Sat.) All Day 10/19 7:30pm 10/24 (Wed.) Evening 10/26 7:30pm
Mesquite Marching Festival Game vs. John Tyler Royse City Marching Classic Game vs. McKinney North UIL Region 3 Marching Contest Game vs. Poteet (JrHi Band Night)
Mesquite Memorial Mesquite Hanby Bulldog Stadium McKinney ISD Stadium Mesquite Memorial Mesquite Memorial (H)
11/2 11/3 11/9 11/10
7:30pm All Day 7:30pm All Day
Game vs. Sherman TBA Marching Contest Game vs. Texas High (SN) 9th Grade All-region Band Auditions
Bearcat Stadium TBA Mesquite Memorial North Mesquite HS
12/1 12/3 12/13
All Day evening 7pm
All-Region Band Auditions Phase I All-Region Band Auditions Phase II WMHS Band Holiday Concert
Berkner HS Berkner HS WMHS Auditorium
After School 7pm
WMHS Solo/Ensemble Contest Winter Cluster Concert
West Mesquite HS WMHS Auditorium
4/6 4/8 4/17-18
9am 7pm TBA
Rodeo Parade WMHS Band Pre-UIL Concert UIL Concert/Sight-reading Contest
Mesquite HS WMHS Auditorium Poteet HS
WMHS Band Spring Concert Graduation
WMHS Auditorium Culwell Event Center
Acknowledgement Page This page must be signed and returned to the band directors before students will be considered for a principal performing position in the Burnt Orange Band.
I have read and understood the policies and requirements contained in the Burnt Orange Band Handbook and agree to follow the policies as a member of the Burnt Orange Band. Student Name (Printed) ________________________________________________
Student Signature ____________________________________________________ Date _______________________
I have read and understood the policies and requirements contained in the Burnt Orange Band Handbook and agree that my child will follow the policies as a member of the Burnt Orange Band.
Parent Name (Printed) ________________________________________________
Parent Signature ____________________________________________________ Date __________________________
Handbook with required form to sign in back