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Rosemount HS Band

 

BAND HANDBOOK

 

 


Rosemount High School Address:

Rosemount High School Bands 
Rosemount High School
3335 142nd Street West 
Rosemount, MN 55068
Office Phone: (651) 423-7541 
Fax: (651) 423-7511


WELCOME!

Dear RHS Band Members, Parents & Friends:

Welcome to the pride, excitement and fun of the Rosemount High School Band Program! The Rosemount High School Band has enjoyed a tradition of recognized excellence. We are proud to have earned a reputation as an innovative and exciting organization that provides its' membership with quality musical and educational experiences that are fun and memorable!

This Band Handbook provides information regarding policies, dates and times, organizational structure, awards, grades and other information necessary to give Band members and their families a clear and concise picture of what is expected of a Rosemount High School Band member.

Becoming a member of the Rosemount High School Band requires commitment, hard work and a positive attitude on the part of every individual. These are all essential ingredients that are necessary for success and enjoyment, and are educational outcomes developed in each individual Band member. The rewards of membership in the Rosemount High School Band are fun and memorable experiences, a large group of terrific friends, opportunities for significant musical and personal growth, and the pride of membership in a a respected organization committed to excellence!

Please read all of the information in this Band Handbook, and save it for future reference. If you have any questions or concerns at anytime, please contact the Band Office (651)423-7541.

Again, we welcome you to the pride, excitement and fun of the Rosemount High School Band Program! May all of your experiences be musically satisfying, personally meaningful, and a source of great pleasure and pride!

Thank you for your investment in music education!

Musically yours,

Leon Sieve, Ben Harloff & Bojan Hoover

RHS Band Directors


Rosemount HS Band Grading Policy

Grading Element.............................................% of Trimester Grade

Lessons.....................................................................50%
All Band members are expected to participate in six lessons per Trimester. Each lesson is assessed/graded based on the quality of the student's performance in that lesson, which is a direct result of adequate and quality preparation/practice at home. Regular and correct practice (as taught in the band lessons) is the "homework" for successful band lessons that earn good grades! Band lessons are equivalent to "weekly quizes" that occur in all other academic classes.
At RHS, we do not require a "set amount" of practice time each day, and there are no "practice cards" to complete. However, we highly encourage daily practice! A student will improve their musical abilities significantly more by practicing a little each day instead of practicing for a longer period of time once or twice a week. Much of practicing involves the building up of muscle memory and if we leave that training for even a few days the muscles will "forget" what they learned. As a result, music practice cannot be "crammed" like a person might do for a test. Success in music can only be achieved through the repetitions that a daily practice routine brings!! 
Regular consistent practice insures musical growth, successful lessons and a good grade in Band!

QUALITY REGULAR PRACTICE = QUALITY LESSONS = QUALITY GRADE IN BAND!!!

Required Performances...............................................15%
At least one required Concert/Performance occurs each Trimester, (see Band calendar) and for all 9th grade band members: participation at three (3) Pep Band events during Trimester-2. 

Daily Participation & Special Projects.......................25% 
Attends class on time, with instrument & music, actively participating, no deductions for inappropriate behavior or tardiness. Also includes Tests and/or Auditions. Scale auditions (required of all Band members) will occur near the end of Trimester 1, and will serve as the final exam and chair placement in each section.

Special Projects...........................................................10%

Tests, quizzes and/or Auditions. Scale auditions (required of all Band members) will occur near the end of Trimester 1, and will serve as the final exam and chair placement in each section.

% of Trimester Grade Total .......................................100%


GRADING SCALE:

A 90% - of total possible 
A- 86% - of total possible
B+ 82% - of total possible 
B 80% - of total possible 
B- 76% - of total possible 
C+ 72% - of total possible 
C 70% - of total possible 
C- 66% - of total possible 
D+ 62% - of total possible
D 60% - of total possible 
D- 50% - of total possible
F Below 50% - of total possible

Band Lessons 
Band Lessons are the foundation of the RHS Band program. Lessons are an opportunity for each student to receive individual help in developing individual instrumental music skills, knowledge and understanding. Band class is an opportunity for you to apply those skills in an ensemble setting. Practicing is your homework for Band. You are responsible for being able to perform your assigned lesson material and Band music to the best of your abilities. You decide how much practicing is necessary for you to accomplish this and earn the grade you want.

1.) Band Lesson Frequency - All Band students are scheduled for one private 15-minute lesson each week for four consecutive weeks during a 12 week trimester. 

2.) Lesson Scheduling - Students are scheduled out of their study halls and Band period whenever possible. All other students are placed on a rotating schedule, and will miss 15 minutes of a class for their lesson. Students on the rotating schedule will not miss a portion of any class more than once during a trimester. Lessons are always the same day every week, the time/period of the lesson schedule rotates.

3.) Make-up lessons - If a student misses a lesson (for whatever reason) it is the student's responsibility to make-up that lesson as soon as possible (within one week of the absence) by simply signing your name to a new lesson appointment/time on your lesson instructors schedule (posted in the Bandroom). Students may not receive more than two lessons in one week. In the case of an unexcused absence, lessons will be made up at the discretion of the instructor.

4.) Communication of student progress in Band: 
A "Grade Sheet" record is located inside the lesson book of each student stating the date the lesson occurred, assignments and grades for each lesson attended. This is the primary indicator of student progress in Band. 
Mid-term progress reports, brought home by each student. 
Report Card, mailed home after the conclusion of each Trimester.
Electronic web based grade book for which parents have access to view online, "Schoolview."

5.) Students are responsible for purchasing lesson books. These may be purchased through the RHS Band Office, make checks payable to Rosemount High School.

6.) The Band Directors will record your lessons in their gradebook. There are twelve weeks in each Trimester. You may only schedule one lesson per week. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO BE SURE YOU COMPLETE ALL LESSONS EACH TRIMESTER! Additional lessons beyond the required minimum during a Trimester would serve as extra credit to "boost" the overall grade for that Trimester.

7.) STUDENT LESSON ATTENDANCE RESPONSIBILITY

A. Inform your teacher of a scheduled lesson one day in advance. Ask about what you will miss and make arrangements to stay current.
B. If your teacher wants you to remain in class, respect that teacher's decision. Schedule a make-up lesson within the week by simply signing your name to a new lesson appointment on your lesson instructors schedule (posted in the Bandroom).
C. Be on time for your lesson and return directly to class after the lesson. No loitering in the halls or no other stops along the way back to class! Please do not abuse this privilege to attend lessons!
D. Be responsible. The privilege of being released from class to attend a music lesson carries with it the responsibility to communicate effectively with your teachers.
E. On the day of your lesson, before school begins, stop in the Bandroom to get your pass excusing you from class to attend your lesson. Passes will be on the Bandroom table prior to 7:10 AM.


Attendance at Concerts/Performances

Attendance at all scheduled concerts/performances is required and is part of the grading criteria in Band classes. 
This is a fundamental and integral part of your membership in Band. Concerts and performances are a public demonstration of what has been learned in Band, they are considered the final exams for the Band class. Music is meant to be heard. Each performer in the ensemble is dependent on each Band member being present to perform their specific and integral part. Because the Band is more than just a collection of individual performers, it is necessary that we rehearse and perform as a unified group. Problems with individual attendance performances seriously limits our ability to be consistent and strive for excellence. Every attempt has been made to structure a performance calendar that includes a reasonable number of performances.

If WE are to be successful, YOU must be there. 
Every member is a "starter." There are no "benchwarmers!"

The only excused absences from a scheduled rehearsal are:

· You are ill the day of the rehearsal, and if school were in session you would be absent from school. Please call the Band Office, 651-423-7541, in advance to report your illness/absence.

· A family emergency occurs. Please call the Band Office ASAP, 
651-423-7541.

· Regarding summer Band events, you are participating in a family vacation. Please notify the Band Directors at least three weeks in advance, in writing.

· Regarding summer Band events, you are attending a summer camp. Please notify the Band Directors at least three weeks in advance, in writing.

The only excused absences from a scheduled performance are:

· You are ill the day of the rehearsal/performance, and are absent from school. Please call the Band Office, 651-423-7541, in advance to report your illness/absence. 

· A family emergency occurs. Please call the Band Office ASAP, 
651-423-7541.

Call the Band Office at any hour of the day/night. The Band Office has direct-answer 24 hour voice mail, 651-423-7541

Any other absence from a rehearsal or performance is unexcused. Failure to notify the Band Directors in a timely manner of your absence is also unexcused.

Unexcused absences from rehearsals or performances will:
· Negatively affect your grade in Band 
· Restrict your opportunity to earn a Varsity Letter in Band 
· Will result in meeting with you and your parents and with a Band Directors to discuss your continued participation in Band 
· May lead to the loss of Band membership

Student jobs, or work conflicts, are absolutely no excuse for missing a rehearsal or performance.

Use your RHS Planner to stay organized in managing your schedule & time!

A complete RHS Marching Band Calendar is enclosed. Read and share this calendar information with your parents, employer, coaches, etc. and check for possible conflicts. In the event of a conflict, COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY! Talk to your Band Directors, we support YOU! Every attempt will be made to be fair and understanding in the event of unusual circumstances .

If a scheduling conflict should occur with a Band event an another school event you are involved with, we will utilize the following guidelines:
 

RHS In-School Scheduling-Conflict Resolution Policy
If you are in a school activity that runs concurrently during the same season as Marching Band, here are FAIR and REASONABLE GUIDELINES to resolve any scheduling conflicts that may occur:

1.) If you have a Band practice and an ACTIVITY practice
Action: Communicate with adults in charge
Resolution: Split time with each 50/50
2.) If you have a Band practice and a VARSITY ACTIVITY game/event
Action: Communicate with adults in charge
Resolution: Attend varsity game/event
3.) If you have a Band performance and an ACTIVITY practice
Action: Communicate with adults in charge
Resolution: Attend Band performance
4.) If you have a Band performance and an VARSITY ACTIVITY game/event
Action: Communicate with adults in charge
Resolution: You must objectively determine where you believe you are most needed, and which situation will allow you to make the greatest contribution to your peers and do the "greatest good"
We will respect and support whatever thoughtful decision you make

As you can see, communication is the key to successfully resolving scheduling conflicts.


Marching Band Information

· Attendance: Band members are expected to attend all practices and performances indicated on the schedule. A calendar of summer Marching Band practices is listed in the back of this Handbook. A complete schedule of all summer and fall practices and performances is distributed in May.
· Starting and ending practice times are just that - starting and ending practice. Members should be ready to practice at the designated time. At the conclusion of practice all students are expected to help put away instruments, equipment, and props before leaving.
· Dress appropriately for the weather. Layering works best for cool weather, while T-shirts and hats are recommended for sun protection. Each member should have their own water bottle so they do not become dehydrated; sunglasses, sunscreen and bug spray are essential.
· Occasional sectionals for your individual performance area will be added periodically to the practice schedule in addition to full Band rehearsals. Prior notice will be given for these practices which will be run by student section leaders.
· Parents are invited to attend any and/or all practice sessions!

Marching Band - Punctuality
In order to be punctual, a good general rule to follow is - 5 minutes early is on time. This allows you time to get your instrument/equipment out and prepare so that the actual rehearsal (teaching and learning) may begin promptly at the designated start time.
Because the Band is a large ensemble, being on time in order to get to your assigned place with your instrument/equipment ready-to-perform is important. Band members coming in late to rehearsal cause problems for the other members of the Band. The opportunity for announcements and proper warm-ups will also be missed.

Bus Transportation - Marching Band Performances
· Performances at Marching Band Festivals/Competitions require the use of buses to travel to these events. All RHS Band members are required to use school provided bus transportation to and from these events. Because of liability restrictions, only Band members, staff and parent chaperones will be allowed to ride on these buses. Parents will need to contact the Band Directors for any special transportation arrangements for their student. 
· Return times of Marching Band Festivals/Competitions are generally listed in the schedule as "approximate return to RHS" times. Band members will always have telephone access upon returning from an event and it is recommended that they call for a ride upon return.

Marching Band Events - Parent/Spectator Information
· The Marching Band program focuses primarily on field show competitions and performances at RHS home Football games. 
· Parents, families and friends are highly encouraged to attend all marching band festivals that we participate in! Spectator admission prices for Marching Band Festivals/Competition range from $5.00 to $10.00 (adult admission). Food concessions and souvenirs are available. 
· It is highly recommended that you bring blankets, wear Rosemount colors (Blue & Gold), keep warm by sitting with other Rosemount parents/families and CHEER loudly - which is a great way to warm-up and let our kids know that they have enthusiastic fans!!!!
· Directions on how to find the location of each Marching Band Festivals/Competition are distributed to students in class. The best seats are always high on the 50 yardline, and are always available on a first-come first-serve. It is recommended that you arrive at the festivals early for the best selection of good seats (30-45 minutes prior to the start of the show for best seat selection).
· Rosemount hosts it own annual field show on the second Sunday of October, 1 PM. It is the largest marching band festival in the state! It is an event that hosts 12-15 other high school Bands and requires a lot of volunteer parent help to make it successful. Have fun by volunteering for this event!!


Marching Band 
Uniform Information

UNIFORM PARTS
1.) Jacket
2.) Pants
3.) Two white arm Gauntlets (Drum Line does not need Gauntlets)
4.) Sequin pyramid-piece that attaches on the front of uniform
5.) Shako & Plume (plume inside cardboard tube) in black/plastic “Shako Box”
6.) White Gloves
7.) MTX Black Marching Shoes
8.) Black socks (you supply)
9.) RHS Band Garment Bag with YOUR NAME CARD clearly showing
10.) V-NECK WHITE T-SHIRT (you supply)


GENERAL UNIFORM INFO
1.) YOU MUST wear athletic shorts or boxer shorts and a V-NECK WHITE T-SHIRT underneath the uniform. This protects the uniforms from perspiration damage (this will be obvious on a white uniform). 
2.) Students must wear clean black cotton athletic socks, (you supply these!).
3.) If you lose your Marching Band gloves, a replacement pair can purchased through the school, $2 for new gloves, one-size-fits-all.
4.) All uniforms once fitted and assigned, will be kept at home. You are responsible for keeping your uniform properly stored on the hanger.
5.) Please remember that these uniforms are NEW and cost approximately $400.00 each. Please take good care of them! 
6.) Shoes, socks, jacket collar-liner and gloves must be cleaned before every performance. 
7.) Each student is responsible for the care and safekeeping of their assigned Marching Band uniform. ANY DAMAGE OR LOSS OF A UNIFORM, OR ANY OF ITS PARTS, IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT. This means paying for the repair or replacement of any damaged/stained or missing uniform, and any or all of its parts. 
8.) At the conclusion of the Marching band season, each student will be given a DRY CLEAN VOUCHER to get their uniform professionally dry cleaned (at no expense to you). When you turn in your uniform at the end of the season, we expect that it WILL BE IN THE SAME EXCELLENT/NEW CONDITION AS WHEN YOU RECEIVED IT.


PROPERLY FITTED UNIFORM - CHECK-POINTS
PANTS:
1.) Pants are “high-waisted” by design and the top edge of the pants should fit above the navel!
2.) The most important correct-fitting part of the pants must be the PANTS LENGTH (inseam).
The front crease of the entire length of the pants must be perfectly straight (unbroken by any crease or wrinkle) when standing at attention with your marching shoes on. The bottom edge of the hemmed pant (front edge of pants) must touch (but not hang over) the top of the shoe in front, and hang to the middle of the shoe-heel in back. Be certain that you have adjusted the suspenders for a proper “pants length” fit. If this does not work you may need to alter the hem-line of the pants.
3.) UNIFORM ALTERATION: If your uniform needs to be altered in the jacket sleeves or pant-length, it is OK to alter the hem. However, DO NOT CUT OFF EXCESS FABRIC/MATERIAL! The next student using that uniform may need that length. Also please do not use iron tape for hemming as this is very difficult to remove. A simple hem tack will do.
4.) The waist size of the pants is easily adjustable. Adjust the side zippers on the pants for a comfortable fit around the waist, and adjust the suspenders for a proper “pants length” fit. Be sure to consider that you will deep-breathe and will be doing much physical moving/marching in these pants (caution that they are not too tight!!!). If you have made all possible adjustments to the waist-size of the pants and they still do not fit correctly/comfortably, you need to get a different pair of pants.


JACKET:
1.) The jacket should be easy to get on & off and feel comfortable when wearing. Always have someone assist you in getting into your jacket - the BUDDY SYSTEM!
2.) Button the neck-collar hook and be sure that this is not too tight a fit around the neck
3.) Check the jacket fit with arms/hands placed in instrument playing position. Does the uniform get too tight across the back, or is it comfortable?
SHAKO (HAT):
1.) All hair must be worn above the collar and behind the ear. Bobby pins, hair nets, etc. can be used to hold your hair up and inside of the Shako. Be sure to consider this when selecting the correct Shako size.
2.) A properly fitted SHAKO consists of:
• Two fingers space between the bridge of your nose and the hat-bill
• Comfortable fit to your head (not too tight, but not so loose that the Shako may fall)
• You can adjust the string inside of the Shako for a tighter or looser fit (if the string is missing, find some string & replace this - a shoelace works great!)
3.) Shako’s are not needed for FRONTLINE members
4.) NEVER ever wear your Shako backwards! 
CARE OF THE UNIFORM
1.) Do not wash or “hand wash” the jacket or trousers portion of the uniform in any manner. Professional dry clean only. 
What can (and should be) washed in any residential washing machine after each use, are the following uniform parts:
1.) Jacket collar liner (snaps out of collar) 
2.) White gloves
3.) Black socks
2.) After each wearing of your uniform, hang it up properly on the hangar. Remove the uniform from the garment bag as soon as possible after use, let it air out! Any moisture trapped in the bag will cause mildew which is extremely difficult and expensive to remove (in addition to being very stinky!)
The worst enemy of Band uniform fabric is perspiration - always wear a WHITE V-NECK T-SHIRT under your jacket. Second only to this is dirt that can be embedded into the material and do permanent damage. 
3.) Check your jacket frequently that it is clean & white. A clean stiff brush usually will remove any dirt/dust that collects on the jacket (or pants). NEVER SET YOUR JACKET ON THE GROUND!
4.) SHOES MUST NEVER BE PLACED INSIDE YOUR GARMENT BAG!!! This can cause damage to your uniform! Use the backside shoe storage zipper compartment on your garment bag. 
5.) Using a permanent marker, write your name on the bottom inside & outside of your shoes. You are responsible for keeping your shoes clean and at home! USE THE “SHOE POLISHER” INCLUDED WITH YOUR NEW SHOES!
6.) Plumes will be kept in your Shako box in the cardboard tube. Note that the plume can be permanently damaged if not placed in tube correctly (one-way direction in & out of tube).


APPEARANCE WHILE IN UNIFORM
1.) Hair must be worn above the collar and behind the ear. 
2.) All jewelry must removed when in uniform. No earrings, necklaces, etc. Plan ahead to leave these valuables at home.
3.) Uniform pants must be the same uniform length throughout the Band, the bottom front edge of your pants hem should barely touch the top portion of your shoes. The crease on the front of your pants must be perfectly straight and unbroken, when standing at attention! Judges at competitions will notice this and it will affect the competitive score of the entire band in the Marching & Maneuvering caption of a marching band competition.
4.) Wearing cosmetics, “make-up” while in uniform is not recommended (Exception: Color Guard, you may wear makeup!). Invisible base make-up clogs pores and does not allow the skin to breathe properly, leading to potential overheating and exhaustion. Make-up also will stain the uniform collar.
6.) The way we dress and take care of our appearance says a lot about the way we feel about ourselves as a group. Pride in our appearance will generate pride in our actions and thoughts. Uniformity of dress and sharp/crisp appearing uniforms is adjudicated at all marching band competitions.
7.) With proper care and maintenance, these uniforms will last a long time. Do your part. Always wear the uniform with pride. If you remove any part of the uniform, remove all of it. If you are wearing any part of the uniform, wear it all. Be proud of your BAND and SCHOOL, and show it every time you put your uniform on!


Marching Band & Pep Band 
"Bleachers Etiquette"

· Good Bands look organized at all times. We want to look good as well as sound good! Behavior in the bleachers at football games & Pep Band events is a vital element of the impression we give the public about our Band program. One of our main functions at athletic events is "espirit de corps," showing our enthusiastic school spirit and supporting the team at the event we are participating in as performers.

· While playing music, always watch the Drum Majors and/or Band Directors so that we start & stop together and play well together as a well- organized ensemble.

· Be alert! Watch the game and the Drum Majors, things happen quickly! Be prepared to play the school song after each football-touchdown or hockey-goal is scored.

· You are responsible for bringing your own Pep Band music to the Pep Band events.

· Please do not play your instrument unless the entire Band is playing, no "hacking or honking!"

· Watch your instrument carefully to avoid any damage, and handle your equipment only. Never play other people's instrument!

· We all sit together in like-instrument sections (clarinets together, trumpets together, percussion together, etc.). This will enable us to sound at our very best as well as look organized!

· When in uniform remain in uniform for the entire event (please do not get "half-undressed" by removing any part of your uniform, except the hat!).

· Please do not invite your non-band friends to sit with you in the bleachers, we are an organized performing unit at this public event!

· For safety and liability reasons, do not leave the bleachers without permission from a Band staff person.

· Remember that you are a highly visible representative of the RHS Band program at all times when in uniform, especially in the bleachers!

· When participating as a performer at an athletic event, have fun, and represent Rosemount High School with class and pride!


RHS Marching Band Home Football Game Information

5:30 PM - Hornline,Color Guard, Front Line & Drumline REPORT, in full uniform. Frontline will be organizing equipment and moving equipment to stadium for Pre-Game, weather permitting)

6:00 PM- Hornline warm-up's begin
6:25 PM - Form Parade Block in front of school, plumes distributed
6:35 PM - Parade Block departs front entrance enroute to stadium
6:40 PM - Perform School Song, Pre-Game Music & Star Spangled Banner on track facing home audience (Concert Arcs, the same as summer rehearsals). 
6:50 PM - Be seated in stands, sit in sections as a Band (not on the very end of bleachers, but closer to people/center of home side).
Be ready to play school song when team re-enters the stadium.
7:00 PM - Game begins
We sit together as a band, in sections, play School Song after each touchdown scored. Be very careful/smart about eating & drinking while in uniform. 
Half-time: After performing our show, we will meet in end-zone track area as one big group, play school song from this location when the team re-enters the stadium, then be seated back in the bleachers.
We stay for the entire game, play School Song immediately after the game ends, after which everyone is immediately dismissed (approximately 9:15 PM). 
9:30 PM - Fine! Go home!

Take good care of your uniform!!! You are responsible for returning it in the same condition it was issued to you. You are financially responsible for any damage to your uniform and for replacement costs of any missing parts!
Keep your marching band uniform at home, NOT at school. 
Hang the uniform on the hanger after each performance at home, but do not place uniform inside of garment bag (this will seal in unwanted perspiration odors, moisture, etc.). Please do not place shoes in the garment bag, this could damage your uniform.

Regardless of the weather, always report on time at the specified "report time." Many times the weather may change quickly and alter our plans, but the decision of whether we perform or not will be made just prior to the actual performance time following a discussion of the situation with the Athletic Director and the Band Staff (we will not perform in the rain)

 

 


RHS Band - Behavior Expectations

Whenever and wherever the Band appears in public we are representatives of the entire music program at Rosemount High School, the school itself, and all citizens and alumni who are in any way associated with this great school. Whether in uniform or out, at a performance or a practice, on the road or at home, in an official capacity or in a social setting, members of the Rosemount High School Band Program must conduct themselves in a mature, responsible, courteous, respectful and professional manner. Anything done by a member of the Band reflects (positively or negatively) upon the entire Band organization, its leaders, and the school and community. Just as we strive for excellence in our musicianship and performance standards, we must also strive for excellence in our behavior and the manner in which we conduct ourselves.

1.) RESPECT YOUR FELLOW Band MEMBERS AND STAFF:
· Use appropriate and courteous language
· Be honest, fair and nice
· Treat the school facilities with care
· Pick up trash
· Take good care of school-owned equipment
· Respect the private property of others

Respect is an essential ingredient of the RHS Band Program. This includes respect for the Bandroom, your and others' instrument, your folder, music and books, and each other. The Bandroom is in use by large numbers of students almost every hour of the day. Proper care of the room and your equipment is a must at all times. Hats are not allowed in rehearsals to aid non-verbal communication.
2.) Be on time. This generally means 5 minutes early is on time!
3.) Be positive - Look for creative solutions when you see problems, and contact the Band Directors for help.
4.) Cooperate fully with Band Directors/Staff or anyone else who is in a position of leadership.
· No talking when anyone is "on the podium" working with the group
· You are held accountable for any information presented in a rehearsal, or is posted on the board
· When in a sectional, your section leader is in charge and is to be treated in the same manner as your Band Directors

5.) All Minnesota State High School League Rules, and Rosemount High School Rules will be followed and enforced, at home and "on the road:"

· Smoking, use and/or possession of any alcohol, tobacco, weapons, or any mood altering chemical substances, is strictly forbidden and will not be tolerated!
· Violation of MSHSL & RHS Rules will result in suspension from ALL school activities.
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6.) You are responsible for the safekeeping of your music, instrument, uniform and any other school owned equipment you may use. Loss or damage of school owned equipment will become your financial responsibility (repair and/or new replacement).

7.) Absolutely NO food, gum, or beverages (BOTTLED WATER IS OK) in the Bandroom at any time. This includes after school and evenings.

8.) A definition of Integrity: Making good decisions and doing what is right, especially when nobody is watching you.


Wind Ensemble & Wind Symphony Auditions

1.) The auditions will occur during a specified time period in January/February, no exceptions!

Sign-up for an appointment before school, after school or during the school day. Sign-up for a time that works best for you! Each audition will take approximately 15 minutes (not including warm-up time prior to the audition).

2.) Woodwind & Brass auditions will consist of:

· 4-6 scales, as printed on the sheet given to you (articulation as indicated on the music). Your Performance Goals: your best tone, consistent centered pitch, steady tempo, ability to play in all ranges, accuracy and speed..

· Prepared Etudes, available in the Band Office, two weeks prior to the audition week. One etude is a short LYRICAL etude and the other a short TECHNICAL etude, both of which we provide. Tempos are clearly marked on the music, use a metronome and follow these tempo markings! Practice!!!

Your Performance Goals: your best tone, consistent centered pitch, musicality, dynamics, phrasing, steady tempo, accuracy, correct articulations.

· Sight Reading

3.) Percussion auditions will consist of:

· 2-4 major/minor scales, Instructors's choice! Prepare to play all of the major scales two octaves. Your Performance Goals:accuracy, evenness of hands, steady tempo and speed.

· Prepared Etudes: Snare Drum, Marimba and Timpani

Your Performance Goals: accuracy, dynamics, steady tempo, correct stickings and evenness of hands

· Sight Reading, (on snare drum)

4.) On the day of your audition, arrive early prior to your audition appointment/time, warm-up adequately well in advance of your audition on your own BEFORE the audition time begins, PLEASE BE ON TIME for your audition!

5.) Audition results will be posted the following week after all auditions are completed.

6.) Anyone interested in membership in the Wind Ensemble must audition, including current Wind Ensemble members.

7.) The highest audition scores (combined total score from scale, etude & sight reading audition) in every instrument section will be selected for membership in the Wind Ensemble.

8.) If you are not currently registered for Wind Ensemble class next year and your audition results in you being invited for membership,we will change your schedule for you.

10.) If you have any questions about Wind Ensemble or the audition process, please contact Mr. Olsen.

Band Office: (651)412-7541 E-Mail: steve.olsen@district196.org

Thanks for your interest in auditioning for Wind Ensemble!

Good luck to you!


FUNDRAISING

Each student who participates in Band fundraising activities has access to their money through a "personal account" system. This system allows students to "deposit" fund-raised money into their Band "account" through participation in fundraisers and make "withdrawals" in their name for the following Band expenses only:

· Band Fees (Marching Band shoes, gloves, etc.)
· RHS Band Camp
· Bands of America Summer Symposium Camp
· Band Trips
· Band fees (Jazz Band, etc.)

In order to "withdraw" money from your Band fundraiser account (to use only for the above listed Band expenses), simply write a note stating how much money to use for what purpose, be sure your name and today's date is on the note and give this to the Band Directors. Current fundraiser account information is posted in the Bandroom. All money is deposited in the school district Band activity account, and at all times is the property of the RHS Band Program. Money cannot be withdrawn for cash, or transferred to other students or family members. Money not used by a graduating student, or someone who withdraws from the Band program, is used by the Band program as a whole.

On-going Band fundraisers include: 
· Late Summer/Fall: Advertisements in the Marching Band Festival Program Booklet 
· Winter: Fruit/Nuts/Sausage/Cheese Sale: Selling Period, late October/early November, Pick-up & deliver product 2:30 PM, early December, RHS (exact dates will be announced)

Specific materials are distributed to each Band member at the time of the sale. Other fundraisers are scheduled on a need/interest basis. Parent and student volunteer help is needed to coordinate and handle logistics for each fundraiser.


Instruments

INSTRUMENT STORAGE
Band instruments should be stored in Band Instrument Lockers or on the shelves in the Bandroom storage area. People owning smaller instruments such as clarinets, oboes and flutes will share instrument lockers. Locks are provided with each Instrument Locker.Please take good care of the lockers and locks. The Instrument Lockers and Locks are the property of Rosemount HS and any damage to the locker (or missing locks) will be the responsibility of all persons assigned to that locker/lock.

Make sure your instrument case is clearly marked with your name, address, and phone number. In addition, because many instrument cases look identical, a unique sticker or name tag prevents other students from accidentally taking the wrong instrument home. It is recommended that you record the serial number of your instrument, brand name and model, for safekeeping at home (in the highly unlikely event that your instrument were ever missing).
 

INSTRUMENT REPAIR
An instrument that is not working properly is extremely frustrating to the student and is a major obstacle to student progress and success!
If your instrument is not working correctly, phone one of the instrument repair shops listed below to make arrangements with them to have your instrument inspected by a professional band instrument technician/repair person. Most repair technicians will give you an approximate cost of repairs when asked to do so. All fees or billings for repair of personally owned instruments, are handled directly between the music store and the customer.
Always ask for a firm completion date & time of the work to be done, and if they have a loaner instrument for you to use until the work on your instrument is complete. Also, be sure to remove the mouthpiece from your case, to use with the "loaner" instrument. A few "loaner" instruments are available at RHS.

Valley Band Instrument Repair 
(952)432-3059 
Ralph Christison - owner & repair technician 
149 Oakwoood Road, Apple Valley 

Schmitt Music - Davenport Repair Service
(763)566-4560
A store representative from Schmitt Music visits the RHS Band office weekly. Instruments can be sent with this person, and are generally returned in approximately one week. They offer excellent repair service!

Groth Music 

(952)884-4772

494 & Nicollet (Bloomington) 

A store representative from Groth Music visits the RHS Band office weekly. Instruments can be sent with this person, and are generally returned in approximately one week.


SCHOOL OWNED INSTRUMENTS & EQUIPMENT
The following instruments will be issued as school equipment: bass clarinet, bassoon, oboe, tenor sax, french horn, mellophone (horn), euphonium, marching baritone, tuba and percussion.
You will be given a contract that explains your responsibilities for safekeeping the instrument. Return the signed contract, along with the rental fee check, ($100 per year, June to June) to your Band Directors. School owned instruments will be issued after a completed contact is turned in and rental fees are paid.
All school owned instruments will be issued to you through your Band Directors. Any damage or loss of this instrument, while at school or at home (outside of normal wear and use) will be paid by you. If at any time your school owned instrument needs repair, or you are experiencing problems with it for whatever reason, contact the Band Directors immediately. As a result of normal use and wear, school owned instruments will need regular maintenance and occasionally repairs. Repairs are costly and time consuming. Please take good care of your instrument!
During the last week of school, all school owned instruments will be collected for inspection and/or routine scheduled maintenance.

Equipment that is polished and clean adds a great deal to the overall appearance of the Band. Take pride in your equipment!

A copy of the rental form can be obtained from your Band Director.

Percussion instruments may not be checked out to go home unless advance approval is given by your Band Directors and/or Percussion Instructor.

NOTE: Privately owned instruments are not insured by the school. Individuals must check their homeowners insurance policies to get these instruments insured.


PURCHASING & UPGRADING TO HIGHER QUALITY INSTRUMENTS
There are times when parents and students should consider purchasing a "step-up" instrument. Many high school students have physically matured and have literally outgrown their present instrument (often the instrument they started as a beginner on). If and when this occurs, please contact us so we may assist you by providing you with information regarding our recommendations of quality instruments at reasonable costs. We offer this as a service and receive no compensation from any musical instrument companies or dealers. Frequently, even merely upgrading to a higher quality mouthpiece and/or reeds can make a significant qualitative difference and make the instrument easier and more enjoyable to play!

Recommended "Step-Up" Instrument List:

FLUTE (all solid silver head joint & open hole)
1.) Pearl 665 RB Coda Series (Solid Silver Headjoint, with B foot) 
2.) Pearl 765 RB Coda Series (Solid Silver Headjoint, with B foot)

For great flute prices & selection, visit Music2Master: http://www.music2master.com/

CLARINET (all solid Grenadilla wood)
1.) Buffet R-13 (with Vandoren 5RV Lyre mouthpiece & Luyben ligature)
2.) Buffet E-11 (with Vandoren 5RV Lyre mouthpiece & Luyben ligature) 
3.) Leblanc Noblet 45 (with Vandoren 5RV Lyre mouthpiece& Luyben ligature)

Clarinet Step-Up Mouthpiece Kit:
1.) MOUTHPIECE: Vandoren 5RV Lyre 
2.) LIGATURE: Luyben plastic ligature; or Vandoren “Optimum” Silver ligature
3.) One box of Vandoren V12 Clarinet Reeds (choice of 3, 3.5 or 4)
4.) "Thumb Ease" (thick black thumb pad)
5.) Mouthpiece patch (rubber patch that goes on top of mouthpiece)
6.) REED CASE: Selmer Clarinet 5 Reed Case

ALTO SAXOPHONE
1.) Selmer - Super Action 80, Series II (with Selmer C* mouthpiece)
2.) Yamaha YAS-62ll (with Selmer C* mouthpiece)
3.) Cannonball wide-bell (with Selmer C* mouthpiece)

TENOR SAXOPHONE
1.) Selmer - Super Action 80, Series II (with Selmer C* mouthpiece)
2.) Yamaha YTS-52 (with Selmer C* mouthpiece)
3.) Cannonball wide-bell (with Selmer C* mouthpiece)

TRUMPET
1.) Yamaha YTR-8335 Xeno (with a Bach 3C mouthpiece)
2.) Selmer Bach Stradivarius 180 (with a Bach 3C mouthpiece)

TROMBONE (all with F trigger attachment)E
1.) Conn 88H (with a Bach 6 1/2 AL mouthpiece) .547 bore
2.) Selmer Bach 36B (with a Bach 6 1/2 AL mouthpiece) Med-Lg bore .525
3.) Selmer Bach 42B (with a Bach 6 1/2 AL mouthpiece) .547 bore

FRENCH HORN - Conn 8D Double French Horn

EUPHONIUM - Yamaha YEP-321S

TUBA -  Meinl Weston 25 Series 4 Valve 4/4 Bb


Band Travel

Local Travel
When traveling locally with the Rosemount Bands, members will use I.S.D. 196 Student Transportation school buses. A list of students attending each event is used to take attendance at departure and arrival points. Students are expected to obey all rules and expectations of the bus driver and to leave the bus in the same condition as when it was boarded.
Parent chaperones are always needed and appreciated for these events! At least one parent chaperone per bus is needed, and more are always welcome! Please call the Band Office if you are interested and available to help chaperone a bus-travel event! Band Office: 651-423-7541.

Extended Domestic or International Performance Tour ("Big Trips")
All RHS Band trips are:

· Appropriately balanced - with a good mix of educational, fun and musical experiences. 
· Highly structured - an active and well planned itinerary in which students are busy doing educational, fun and musical activities throughout the trip.
· Adult chaperones - a ratio of one adult for every 15-20 students, who are with the students at all times. Often other district Band Directors serve as chaperones. Whenever available, a nurse goes on the trip too.
· Rules - all students and adults are expected to follow all RHS and MSHSL rules at all times during the trip.

Students are encouraged to participate in Band fundraising activities to pay for all, or part, of their Band trip.

The RHS Marching Band participates annually in two overnight weekend trips.

The Rosemount Bands will offer an extended domestic or international performance tour every three years. Eligibility for this trip is usually limited to the 10th-12th grade students. These trips are optional and are in no way required for participation in the curricular Bands. This trip will usually be scheduled over Spring Break with little or no school being missed. All trips outside of the school district must be approved by the school board. Past trips have included Florida, New York, Washington D.C., Italy, Austria, and Germany. These optional tours will generally cost between $800.00 and $1300.00 per student.

Recent trips have included Spring Break performance tours to: Orlando, Florida; Europe; Honolulu, Hawaii; Beijing & Shanghai, China.  Our next "big trip" is Puerto Rico (Spring Break 2013).

Trip Procedures
Tour information, including eligibility, tentative itinerary and payment 
structure will be announced in accordance with the trip timeline, generally a year in advance. Large international projects will have more advanced notification. At that time, students will have the option to register for the tour by filling out a form and making an initial financial deposit indicating their interest in participating in the trip. Students will then make scheduled payments throughout the year, with the final payment occurring just prior to the departure date. Profits from Band sponsored fund-raisers that have accrued in student accounts will be used to make tour payments. Late cancellation of trip participation after payment(s) have been made will usually carry a penalty from the contracted travel company (any refund of trip payments will have to be negotiated with the contracted travel company). A parent/student information meeting will be held approximately one week before departure to dispense final trip information and answer parent questions about the trip. A complete packet of information, including the detailed trip itinerary, rules, etc. will be distributed to all participants approximately ten days prior to departure.

Accountability
All students traveling with Rosemount Bands will sign a travel contract that states they will comply with Rosemount High School policies and MSHSL rules and regulations set forth for Fine Arts activities. All members are required to abide by these rules and exhibit respect both in and out of performance. Irresponsibility in this area may result in a student being returned home from the trip at parental expense.

Practices
Because these trips often combine students from one or more of the Rosemount Bands, participants will be required to attend a limited number of special rehearsals, outside of school prior to the trip departure date, to prepare for the trip. These rehearsals will be scheduled well in advance of the trip and attendance is required for trip participation.

Transportation
Short trips will be by deluxe air-conditioned motor coaches equipped with restrooms. Extended tours will usually involve either a charter or domestic air-carrier. In order to qualify for group hotel and airfare rates and keep all trip participants costs minimal, we must guarantee to the travel company an exact number of participants all flying and staying together as a group. Therefore, students will be unable to use frequent flyer discount programs to arrange their own air travel and/or hotel accommodations (for obvious supervision/liability purposes as well).
All ground transportation at a tour destination will be by deluxe motor coaches equipped with restrooms.


Co-Curricular Band Experiences

Rosemount High School has developed an active and respected co-curricular music program. Participation opportunities include jazz Band, pep Band, clarinet choir, flute choir, trombone choir, percussion ensembles, brass choir, pit orchestra, and the annual Minnesota State High School League Region Solo and Ensemble Contest. A vast majority of students in the Band program
choose to participate in one or more of these experiences. It has been our experience that students who become involved with co-curricular music groups seem to gain the most enjoyment from our program.

The role of all Rosemount co-curricular music groups is to provide students with an opportunity to expand their musical knowledge and experiences.

Jazz Band gives students an unique insight into the improvisational art of jazz performance. The pep Band contributes to the excitement of high school athletics and promotes school spirit. The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Solo and Ensemble Contest allows students to earn awards and special recognition for their individual musical performance achievements.

Pep Band (Winter)
One of the responsibilities of the Rosemount Band is to support various school activities. Students will be given a list of Pep Band performances at the beginning of winter trimester. As part of basic band membership in earning a LETTER in Band, Band members who plan to earn a LETTER are expected to perform at a minimum of six (6) Pep Band events of their choice during Trimester 2 (in addition to accumulating enough points to earn the letter). The Pep Band begins performing in the winter and is open to any curricular Rosemount Band member. The Band provides entertainment for home sporting events. It is usually committed to no more the one event per week. Students are encouraged to wear school colors (navy blue & gold). However, no uniforms are required. Several events are scheduled each winter, but should a team advance to the region semi-finals or state level of play, the Band would follow that particular team. The events at which the Band performs are determined by the Band Directors and the Athletic Director.

Jazz Bands (November-May)
The Jazz Bands are open to any RHS student who plays any instrument and can read music. We especially are in need of Bass Guitar players who read music! Enrollment in Jazz I, Jazz II or Jazz III is determined by audition. 
All Jazz Bands meet weekly (November-May) outside of the school day on Monday's (rehearsal time is determined by the agreed consensus of each band's members, based on their after school schedules, availability, etc.)

Jazz Blue & Jazz Gold: Are intended as a "first time" and/or introductory high school Jazz Band experience for any RHS student who plays any instrument and can read music. Easy jazz music and Improvisation (the "heart & soul" of jazz music) will be introduced, studied and made fun!!!

Jazz II: Is intended as an opportunity for students with less experience in jazz bands, and with an emphasis on medium-level music and having fun while learning about playing in a Jazz Band. Improvisation (the "heart & soul" of jazz music) will be introduced, studied and made fun!!!
The music is scored for saxophone, trombone, trumpet and rhythm section (piano, bass guitar, drum-set & guitar) and participation is limited to these instruments.

Jazz I: Is intended for students with more advanced playing skills, and having had more playing experience in jazz bands in past year(s). The music will be at a more advanced level, and is scored for saxophone, trombone, trumpet and rhythm section (piano, bass guitar, drum-set & guitar) and participation is limited to these instruments. Improvisation (the "heart & soul" of jazz music) will be studied and included in most rehearsals. As RHS's "top" jazz band, this group represents RHS at the Lake Conference Jazz Festival, is the central focus of the annual "ON STAGE" production, and any other festivals the groups decides to participate in. The group will perform at scheduled jazz concerts occurring at RHS. In addition, this group will rehearse twice per week outside of the school day, Monday's and Thursday's, November-May.

Jazz Band Attendance
Jazz Band participation requires that students arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of rehearsal, to set-up equipment and warm-up. Any absence other than illness must be communicated and approved in advance by your Jazz Band Director. You are expected to attend all rehearsals and performances. Inconsistent attendance will result in dismissal from the group.

Jazz Band Uniforms
Dress for performances for all jazz ensemble members will be determined by each group's Jazz Band Director. There are no school owned uniforms for Jazz Bands.

Performances
Jazz Bands II & III will perform one Spring Jazz Concert, and participate/perform in the Region 1AA Solo & Ensemble Contest. Jazz I will perform in the Spring Jazz Concert, Lake Conference Jazz Festival, and may travel to a regional jazz festival for performance and clinics (decided by group on an interest basis). Jazz I may have additional performances such as school assemblies or civic events. 
A complete Jazz Band events calendar will be available at the first rehearsal for all Jazz Band participants.
Their is a $60 activity fee for participation in any of the Jazz Bands (student fundraiser account money may be used for this fee).

Solo & Ensemble Contest (Spring)
Each spring, Rosemount High School actively participates in the annual Solo and Ensemble Contest in conjunction with the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL). With the guidance of the instructor, students select and begin to prepare a piece to perform for a certified adjudicator. Two original pieces or a full score are required for adjudication. This piece may be an unaccompanied/accompanied solo or an ensemble with other members of the Band. Students are scored on their performance and achieve a rating of Superior, Excellent, and Good. Students awarded Superior ratings receive a MSHSL medal and certificate; students with Excellent ratings receive a certificate. This contest is open to all Band members. There is a fee per solo and ensemble entrant.

Musical "PIT Band" 
This is the musical ensemble that performs actual Broadway musicals, collaborating with student actors singing and dancing on stage, in the annual RHS Musical Production. Expect daily after school practices and all-day Saturday practices. An audition is required, see Band Directors for more information.

All-State Band (Spring)
The All-State Band is sponsored by the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) and is offered to students on an annual basis. The group is determined by state-wide auditions through a selection committee. Students must be at least a sophomore to audition. Participants prepare provided scales, solo material, and sight reading exercises. Deadline for entry is in February, auditions are held in early March and results are generally known in late April or early May. This experience is for advanced musicians only. If selected to participate, the student is required to attend a one week camp for all Band members. The All-State Band will perform at Orchestra hall for the closing concert of the MMEA convention, which is typically held on a weekend in Minneapolis during the middle of February.
There is a $15 audition fee for All-State, and if selected for membership, a camp fee must also be paid.

Bands Of America Summer Symposium
Over the past several years many RHS band student leaders and staff have participated in the Bands of America Summer Band Symposium. It is an intense week of learning, rehearsals, performances and fun, that has had an enormous positive impact on the lives of those students (and Band Directors!) that have participated in this unique educational experience. It is the largest and finest Band Camp and Band Leadership training experience in the nation!
Third week of June, Saturday - Saturday

1,500 students from throughout the United States, representing some of our nation's finest high school band programs, attend this week-long Symposium. The instructors are internationally recognized professionals from some of the best colleges, universities, and award winning drum corps and high school band programs.
The event is held at Illinois State University, at Normal, Illinois, during the third full week of June. 
The Summer Band Symposium offers band students a week long in-depth experience, in their choice of one of the following areas: 
 Concert Band (Four Concert Bands - ability based, by audition)
 Jazz Band (Four Jazz Bands - ability based, by audition)
  Marching Band 
 Color Guard (flags & rifles)
 Drum Major Academy, with George N. Parks
 Advanced Leadership training for all students(occurs the opening weekend of the camp, with Dr. Tim Lautzenhaiser and his highly effective staff) This IS THE BEST part of the week!
 World Percussion Symposium, select one curriculum track for the week: 
1.) Comprehensive Percussion, (world percussion, ensembles, hand & ethnic drumming, concert percussion)
2.) Marching Percussion
3.) Drum Set

Some of the guest performing groups that have performed at BOA include: Canadian Brass, jazz trumpeter & Grammy award winner Arturo Sandoval, Tower of Power, Spyra Gyra, Drum Corps such as: The Marines Drum & Bugle Corps (from Washington DC), Blue Devils, Cavaliers, Phantom Regiment, Star of Indiana; and many other professional performers.
More information may be obtained in the Band Office or by visiting the BOA website: http://www.bands.org


Awards & Recognition

Rosemount High School Band "Varsity Letter" Policy

All band members have the opportunity to earn a varsity letter in the RHS Band program. This award is for recognizing additional service and musical achievement, both in furthering the band organization and their own personal growth, through their participation in band co-curricular activities, (co-curricular: band activities that take place outside of the curricular school day, but relate to the daily band class/curricular experiences). The points can be earned primarily in these co-curricular band activities:

Marching Band, Summer Band Camp and Pep Band.

Other band co-curricular activities in which students can earn and accumulate points include:

Jazz Bands, Solo & Ensemble Contest, Percussion Ensemble, Musical Pit Band, All-State Band, Rosemount community service performances, participation in Summer Music Camps, music library work and other band activities listed in the RHS Band Handbook (found on the RHS Band website).

The RHS Band Program is under the governing rules of the Minnesota State High School League and Rosemount High School. Band members are subject to the same policies regarding grades, attendance, chemical/tobacco use and sexual/religious/racial harassment policies as set by these institutions. Violations of the policies/rules could result in suspension from band activities, and/or loss of co-curricular points.
Students must be a member of RHS bands three consecutive Trimesters during the school year, and have been consistently working toward the advancement of excellence and personal musical achievement in the RHS Band program in order to qualify for the above awards. (Transfer students new to RHS should see the Band Directors regarding all awards).

Points can be earned in a variety of co-curricular band activities, as listed below. These points accumulate in one year (June to May) and cannot be accumulated beyond one year.

Varsity Letter - The chenille "R" is awarded to any RHS Band student who accumulates at least 425 band co-curricular points in one year, representing outstanding work and dedication in instrumental music (points accumulate in one year only, and at least 60 points of your total accumulation must be earned in the Pep Band category). In addition, students who earn a Varsity Letter in Band for the first time will receive a Musical Lyre.

"Honor" Varsity Letter - This award certificate recognizes any RHS Band student who has far exceeded the expectations and requirements for a Varsity Letter Award in Band, and represents outstanding work, loyalty and dedication in instrumental music. Awarded to those band members who have accumulated at least 525 co-curricular band points in one year (points accumulate in one year only, and at least 60 points of your total accumulation must be earned in the Pep Band category).

Service Bars - awarded to any band member who has earned another Varsity Letter in Band (one bar for each year after the first chenille"R"Letter).

Solo and Ensemble Medal - The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) awards this medal to all students who earn asuperior rating at the Region 1AA Solo and Ensemble Contest.

Lake Conference "All-Conference" - The All-Conference award is given to seniors in the RHS Band program who most exemplify the finest musical skills, dedication to music, leadership, and character of the Rosemount High School Band program. One "All Conference" award is presented per 10 seniors in the RHS Band program.

All-State - Each year students audition for the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State Band, Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble. Those chosen through the audition process are named as All-State musicians, attend a summer All-State camp and perform at Orchestra Hall (downtown Minneapolis) at the MMEA Conference in February.


RHS Band Varsity "R" Letter Award

All band members have the opportunity to earn a varsity letter in the RHS Band program for their investment of time and effort in music outside of the regular school day. This award recognizes additional service and musical achievement, both in furthering the band organization and their own personal growth, through their participation in band co-curricular activities, (co-curricular: band activities that take place outside of the curricular school day, but relate to the daily band class/curricular experiences). The points can be earned primarily in these co-curricular band activities:

Marching Band, Summer Band Camp and Pep Band.

Other band co-curricular activities in which students can earn and accumulate points include:

Jazz Bands, Solo & Ensemble Contest, Percussion Ensemble, Musical Pit Band, All-State Band, Rosemount community service performances, participation in Summer Music Camps, music library work and other band activities listed below.

The RHS Band Program is under the governing rules of the Minnesota State High School League and Rosemount High School. Band members are subject to the same policies regarding grades, attendance, chemical/tobacco use and sexual/religious/racial harassment policies as set by these institutions. Violations of the policies/rules could result in suspension from band activities, and/or loss of co-curricular points.
Students must be a member of RHS bands three consecutive Trimesters during the school year, and have been consistently working toward the advancement of excellence and personal musical achievement in the RHS Band program in order to qualify for the above awards. (Transfer students new to RHS should see the Band Directors regarding all awards).

Points can be earned in a variety of co-curricular band activities, as listed below. These points accumulate in one year (June to May) and cannot be accumulated beyond one year.

Varsity Letter - The chenille "R" is awarded to any RHS Band student who accumulates at least 425 band co-curricular points in one year, representing outstanding work and dedication in instrumental music (points accumulate in one year only, and at least 60 points of your total accumulation must be earned in the Pep Band category).

"Honor" Varsity Letter - This award certificate recognizes any RHS Band student who has far exceeded the expectations and requirements for a Varsity Letter Award in Band, and represents outstanding work, loyalty and dedication in instrumental music. Awarded to those band members who have accumulated at least 525 co-curricular band points in one year (points accumulate in one year only, and at least 60 points of your total accumulation must be earned in the Pep Band category).

Service Bars - awarded to any band member who has earned another Varsity Letter in Band (one bar for each year after the first chenille"R"Letter).

Print out the following "Band Letter Point Accumulation Form" and keep track of your points by writing them directly on to this form.


RHS BAND VARSITY LETTER AWARD - BAND CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES 

POINT ACCUMULATION FORM

 

Keep track of your points using this form. Turn this completed form in to the Band Office in mid-May, for verification of your points with RHS Band records/databases.

 Awards Record for (Name):_____________________________________________________________________________________

 School Year -2011/12 Current Grade: (circle one)      9    -    10    -    11    -    12

 CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE FOR POINTS:

 Activity.....................................................................................................................Points Awarded: 

 I.) PRIVATE LESSONS.............................................................................................10 points per lesson 

   •Points will DOUBLE if you do 9 or more lessons per Trimester (or 9 or more during the Summer)

   •Private Teachers must be approved or recommended by RHS Band Directors

 II.) PEP BAND:

****To be eligible for a Varsity Letter or Honor Letter in Band, at least 60 points of your total accumulation must be earned in the Pep Band category****

Attendance/participation at less than 10 events ....................................................10 per game Attendance

      Notice that your Pep Band points WILL DOUBLE if you attend 10 or more events!!!

Attendance/participation at 10 events or more .......................................................200 (20 points per game beyond 10)

Participation at tournament play-off games ..............................................................20 per game

 

III.) PERFORMANCE:

 

Solo & Ensemble Contest:

Solo............................................................................................................125

Ensemble, or Piano Accompanist...........................................................................75

Musical "Pit Band" ................................................................................................100

Bands Of America Summer Camp (June).................................................................75

Summer Music Camp............................................................................................75

Performing in Church/Community.............................................................................5 (per performance) 

All-State-Band, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra  (selected as a Member) ........................125

MBDA 9th & 10th Honor Band................................................................................75

Concordia or U of M HS Honor Band Selection & Participation...................................125

Other College Honor Band Selection & Participation..................................................50

Minnesota Youth Symphony or GTCYS....................................................................5 points per performance

U of M High School Honor Band...............................................................................50

 

IV.) On-Going Performing Ensembles:

Jazz Band I...............................................................................................................150 (-10 per missed rehearsal)

On Stage Jazz Band.................................................................................................75 (-10 per missed rehearsal)

Jazz Band II..............................................................................................................100 (-10 per missed rehearsal)

Jazz Gold or Jazz Blue..............................................................................................75 (-10 per missed rehearsal)

Percussion Ensemble...............................................................................................150 (-10 per missed rehearsal)

Clarinet Ensemble.....................................................................................................5 per rehearsal & performance

Flute Ensemble.........................................................................................................5 per rehearsal & performance 

Brass Choir ..............................................................................................................5 per rehearsal & performance

WinterGuard............................................................................................................150 (-10 per missed rehearsal)

 

V.) Marching Band:

Marching Band Camp(August)................................................................................125

Summer Marching Band Practices (July & August)..................................................100 (-20 per missed rehearsal)  

Marching Band Performances (July - November) ....................................................75 (-75 per missed performance)

Monday & Thursday Evening Rehearsals ................................................................75 (-20 per missed rehearsal) 

Drum Line Membership ............................................................................................75 (-20 per missed rehearsal) 

Color Guard Membership .........................................................................................75 (-20 per missed rehearsal)

 

VI.) Leadership Positions:

Marching Band Drum Major (Summer, Fall & Winter)...............................................100

Marching Band Leadership Team Member ...............................................................50 

 

VII.) Service:

Band Librarian (year-long position) ..........................................................................75 per Trimester 

Office work: filing, organizing, computer, etc. ...........................................................5 points per hour 

Event/Concert set-up ...............................................................................................5 points per hour 

Cleaning/organizing .................................................................................................5 points per hour

Ushering at Concerts................................................................................................10 points per event 

Other (see Band Staff for approval)

 

VIII.) Concerts Attendance:

These are concerts that you attend, and you are not performing in the event yourself.

In order to receive credit, you must turn in a printed program & a completed "Performance Evaluation" form, forms available on table in Bandroom.

RHS Band/Choir Concert/Musical............................................................................ 5 points 

School District music concert or musical or college or professional concert ...........5 points 

 

Your TOTAL ACCUMULATION of points for the year (June thru May):_____________________________


STUDENT LEADERSHIP 
Band Student Leadership = Service Leadership

Unlike most organizational top-down "pyramids" where the leader is in control of "bossing" others around and barking out "orders/commands," we advocate a system of Student Leadership utilizing an upside down pyramid based on these premises:
· Lead by example, be a "role model" for all Band members
· Anticipate problems and be solution minded
· Break down walls of "cliques" and assimilate all band members into a group sense of belonging - a Band family!
· Serve to help other individuals in our Band be successful, and we will be successful as a collective group (we are all in this together!)
· Treat others the way you want them to treat you
· Look for the best in everything
· The only person's behavior we can control is our own
· All we can receive from other people is information, how we perceive that information determines how feel about them, ourselves and our Band
· The key question in contemplating our behavior with others is, "Will what I am about to do or say bring me closer to this person or push us apart?"
· Integrity is doing right things & making right decisions, especially when nobody is watching me

Student Leaders are encouraged to continually work on "tweaking" our system of how the Band program operates to create a non-coercive environment within which the students can self-evaluate and achieve quality work. One of the primary ways our Band program will achieve our most immediate goal - quality performance - is if the Student Leaders continually work with the Band Staff to improve our system of teaching & learning by communicating in ways that build trust.

Student Leadership - Service Leadership upside down pyramid:

ROSEMOUNT HIGH SCHOOL BAND MEMBERS 
BAND SENIOR CLASS
DRUM MAJORS
STAFF

L
E
A
D
E
R

Band Student Leadership = Servant Leadership

ROSEMOUNT HIGH SCHOOL BAND MEMBERS - YOU! 
You are the ultimate executor of excellence - the one who gets the job done. Take it upon yourself to be the best possible Band member and to contribute your very best efforts at all times in musical performance, attitude, work ethic and relationships with your colleagues!!! 

BAND STAFF
Ultimately in charge of overall operations and details of the Band Program. All final decisions come from the Band Staff.

 


LEADERSHIP TEAM -  JOB DESCRIPTIONS

Role of a SECTION LEADER (one Section Leader per section, Marching Band)

Musical Leader in charge of all musical aspects:

                  • Characteristic tone for all section members

                  • Correct musical phrasing

                  • Correctness/Accuracy of all notes, rhythms, articulations, dynamics within your section

                  • Intonation/Tuning accuracy

                  • Balance and Blend of entire section

                  • Encourage each member to LISTEN & MATCH tone - achieve goal of UNIFIED SECTION                                                                                                       SOUND (section = one player sound)

                  • Plan section rehearsals on a regular basis

                  • Coordinate and run sectionals (Music)

         • Provide assistance to insure that each section member successfully passes all music memorization tests

                  • Open dialogue/communication with Band Directors

                  • You are responsible for maintaining focus and no talking during rehearsal (95% rule)

                  • Use good discretion when to and when not to talk during rehearsal...timing is everything!! (5%m rule)

                  • Model & promote a positive attitude

                  • Model & reinforce the RHS Band standards of excellence (musically & personal character)

                  • Promote band standards of excellence and pride

                  • Always lead by example - set a strong pace - set the bar high!

                  • Servant Leadership & Pay It Forward – Invest the time, energy & empathetic patience to help others be successful as musicians and people!

 

Role of a SQUAD LEADER(one leader for every 4-5 performers in Marching Band)

Student Leader in charge of:

                  • Dot Book checks

                  • Correctness of drill sets

                  • Section rapport & feeling tone (relationships within the section)

                  • Keep accurate attendance records of the entire section (for all rehearsals & performances)

                  • Provide assistance to insure that each section member successfully passes all music memorization tests

                  • Model & promote a positive attitude

                  •Maintain discipline and pride within your section

                  • Transportation issues to rehearsals and performances

                  • Communication/band announcements

                  • Assist Section Leader with music at the section leaders discretion

                  • Plan section rehearsals on a regular basis

                  • Coordinate and run sectionals (Visual)

                  • Encourage each member to LISTEN & MATCH tone - achieve goal of UNIFIED SECTION SOUND (section = one player sound)

                  • Open dialogue/communication with Band Directors

                  • You are responsible for maintaining focus and no talking during rehearsal (95% rule)

                  • Use good discretion when to and when not to talk during rehearsal...timing is everything!! (5% rule)

                  • Model & reinforce the RHS Band standards of excellence (musically & personal character)

                  • Promote band standards of excellence and pride

                  • Always lead by example - set a strong pace - set the bar high!

                  • Servant Leadership & Pay It Forward – Invest the time, energy & empathetic patience to help others be successful as musicians and people!

 

Role of a DRUM MAJOR

                  • Conducting the Marching Band at all rehearsals & performances

                  • Conduct percussion sectionals

                  • Set field long rangers, podiums, and yard markers for rehearsals

                  • Clear the field long rangers, podiums, and yard markers after rehearsal.

                  • Charge long rangers

                  • Insure that all rehearsals begin on time

                  • Insure that at the end of a Marching Band rehearsal/Pep Band event, the facility is clean & secure

                  • Take charge of the band in all types of situations

                  • Monitor feeling tone/focus of each rehearsal and offer appropriate verbal feedback.

                  • Provide motivational items PRIOR to show days (ie Friday after school is a better time)

                  • Conduct pep band band music in stands for FB games and winter sports events

                  • Monitor Section Leaders, Squad Leaders, and Seniors (EXPECT and INSPECT)

                  • Open dialogue/communication with Band Directors

                  • Set up Stretch block so that MB rehearsal begins on time.

                  • You are responsible for maintaining focus and no talking during rehearsal (95% rule)

                  • Use good discretion when to and when not to talk during rehearsal...timing is everything!! (5% rule)

                  • Model & promote a positive attitude

                  • Model & reinforce the RHS Band standards of excellence (musically & personal character)

                  • Promote band standards of excellence and pride

                  • Always lead by example - set a strong pace - set the bar high!

                  • Servant Leadership & Pay It Forward – Invest the time, energy & empathetic patience to help others be successful as musicians and people!

 

Role of a Band CO-PRESIDENT

Elected Position  (election will occur in May)

                 • Two students working as a team in this position

                 • Be a problem-solver

                 • Model & reinforce the RHS Band standards of excellence (musically & personal character)

                 • Hold each member of the Leadership Team accountable for their individual responsibilities

                 • Serve as liaison between students and Band Directors

                  • Coordinate, monitor and supervise the Leadership Team

                  • Plan, facilitate and lead all meetings of the Leadership Team

                  • Work with BAND REPRESENTATIVES to develop ways of building teamwork & pride within each and every band

                  • Planning and coordinating social events

                  • Public relations

                  • Band mentoring program

                  • Open dialogue/communication with Band Directors

                  • Assist in making sure that our instructional staff & parent volunteers are thanked and appreciated

                  • Model & promote a positive attitude

                  • Promote band standards of excellence and pride

                  • Always lead by example - set a strong pace - set the bar high!

                  • Servant Leadership & Pay It Forward – Invest the time, energy & empathetic patience to help others be successful as musicians and people!

 

Role of a BAND REPRESENTATIVE

                  • Elected Position

                  - One BAND REPRESENTATIVE from each curricular band class (election will occur in May)

                  • Assist Band Directors with attendance each day in class

                  • Work with Co-Presidents to develop ways of building teamwork and pride within your band

                  • Serve as liaison between students and Band Directors

                  • Be a problem-solver

                  • Model & promote a positive attitude

                  • Model & reinforce the RHS Band standards of excellence (musically & personal character)

                   • Promote band standards of excellence and pride

                   • Always lead by example - set a strong pace - set the bar high!

                   • Servant Leadership & Pay It Forward – Invest the time, energy & empathetic patience to help others be  successful as musicians and people! 

 

Role of a SENIOR - All Senior Band members automatically assume this role by the mere fact that you are a SENIOR and work together as a “team” of Seniors:

                  • Maintain discipline, pride and “esprit de corps” within your section

                  • Plan, coordinate & lead “Band Camp Follies” (Ice Breaker & Team Building/Bonding games)

                  • Senior Speakers at appropriate times (please organize this in advance!)

                  • Create and coordinate awards at the marching band banquet

                  • Carry on the RHS tradition of “Pride in the Past, Performance in the Present, and Promise in the Future”

                  • Planning and coordinating periodic social events

                  • Public relations, RHS Band program and community

                  • Band mentoring program

                  • Open dialogue/communication with Band Directors

                  • You are responsible for maintaining focus and no talking during rehearsal (95% rule)

                  • Use good discretion when to and when not to talk during rehearsal...timing is everything!! (5% rule)

                  • Model & reinforce the RHS Band standards of excellence (musically & personal character) and promote band standards of excellence in personal character and a strong work ethic

                  • Model & promote a positive attitude

                  • Always lead by example - set a strong pace - set the bar high!

                  • Servant Leadership & Pay It Forward – Invest the time, energy & empathetic patience to help others be successful as musicians and people!


RHS Band Parent Volunteers

Welcome all Parents!

Whether you are a new freshman or an upper classman band parent, you and your son/daughter are about to become involved in one of the most exciting and educationally powerful activities this year - the RHS Band Program! 
Welcome to the pride, excitement and tradition of excellence of the Rosemount High School Band program! 
As the parent of an RHS Band member, we deeply appreciate and value your support of the RHS Band program! 
We encourage you to become active in the RHS Band program by volunteering your time and/or talent in assisting the RHS Band with various events and activities that occur throughout the school year. Volunteer as little or as much as you desire and/or have time and an interest for. We thank you in advance for your participation in our program - we cannot offer all of the programs, events, etc. in the RHS Band program without significant Parent Volunteer help! 
Taking the time to volunteer gives parents opportunities to: 
• Activiely participate along with their children in positive, fun and educational Band activities at RHS 
• Support young people as they participate in positive and worthwhile musical activities in Band at RHS 
• Directly observe youth striving for excellence, setting goals, working hard, having fun, cooperating with others and a myriad of other positive attributes 
• Have fun getting to know other RHS Band parents! 
To volunteer, simply Log in to Charms and Volunteer.

RHS BAND E-MAIL NEWSLETTER 
(E-mail List Service Subscription- FREE!) Stay informed about RHS Band news & events by subscribing to our free e-mail newsletter, automatically e-mailed to anyone who "signs up" by simply clicking the “rhs-band” box and entering your e-mail address at this website: http://www.district196.org/rhs/listservices/

Please actively join us and feel free to contact us at any time. Questions are welcome!

Sincerely,

Leon Sieve, Ben Harloff & Andrew Dussl

RHS Band Directors

Band Office Phone: 651-423-7541



Great Quotes

"Why does the world need bands? Why does the world need flowers, sunlight, religion, the laughter of children, moonlight in the mountains? Why indeed? Because the world has a soul - a spirit which is hungry for beauty and inspiration..." John Phillip Sousa, The Etude magazine, September 1930


"It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong person stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done better. 
The credit belongs to the man or woman who is actually in the arena; 
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; 
who strives valiantly; 
who errs and comes up short again and again; 
who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends oneself in a worthy cause; 
who if he/she fails, at least fails while daring greatly; 
so that his/her place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."
- Theodore Roosevelt


Dr. Tim's Laws of Leadership:
· You can't lead others until you lead yourself.
· You're only worth what you give away.
· You can only give what you have.
 

"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is you have a choice every day regarding the attitude you will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. the only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is ten percent what happens to me and ninety percent how I react to it. And so it is with you. 
You are in charge of your attitude."
- Charles R. Swindoll

"I am only one,
But still I am one,
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something..."
- Edward Everett Hale

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."
- Teddy Roosevelt

Words to live by:
Every act is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.

Always leave a place cleaner than you found it.

We don't see the world as it is, but we see the world as we are.

People are more persuaded by the depth of your conviction than by the strength of your logic.

Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.

We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.

We are what we think about and repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.



Why Band?

In today's society there is much conversation about school curriculum, and the use of academic time. With an emphasis on "back to basics," it becomes increasingly more important to focus on Band as it relates to this ongoing educational discussion. 

Why should a young person join the Band, or continue participating in Band? What will it mean to her/his life?

University studies show that music education instills students with responsibility, discipline, maturing social skills, communication and analytical skills. Music students tend to possess the qualities that employers consider essential. Simply put, learning a musical instrument is a positive preparation for life.

Music appeals to the part of the mind that opens new horizons. The study of music supports wonderment, imagination, appreciation and sensitivity. This creativity leads to an inventive thinking style allowing the individual greater personal choices. 
Music is a language unto itself. It allows the human to experience and express feelings and personal understandings generated from the soul, unlike any other form of communication.

Music is one of the few disciplines that requires the individual to access both the cognitive and affective sides of the mind. Critical assessment, the ability to conceptualize and respond to any given situation, is the foundation of intelligence as it applies to living a full rich life, and music is a pathway to this intellectual pattern. 
The key to success is completion of the tasks at hand. Positive, productive living is based on the establishment of habits of tenacity and personal persistence; commitment. In music, commitment is fundamental. It becomes a part of the musician's personality and transfers to every avenue of life.

Participation at the level of excellence is not a personal preference in music, it is a requisite. The musician quickly discovers that it is not the destination, but the journey that counts. It is not the product, but the process. The joy of music generates further growth and understanding of our very existence.

The Rosemount High School Band program is a unique organization whose purpose is to provide these life-expanding educational opportunities to students so they can further their skills and nurture personal growth and self-appreciation through an array of musical activities and events embracing all aspects of instrumental music education, (Concert Bands, Marching Band, 9th Grade Band, Jazz Bands, Summer Band Camp, Broadway music theater Pit Band, On Stage, numerous solo & ensemble opportunities, Color Guard, Percussion Ensemble, travel opportunities and Pep Bands).



"We must encourage our youngsters in such pursuits as music education. In addition to learning the valuable lesson that it takes hard work to achieve success, no matter what the arena, music education can provide students with a strong sense of determination, improved communication skills, and a host of other qualities essential for successful living."
Edward H. Rensi
President & Chief Operating Officer - USA, McDonald's Corporation

"We cannot forget that music is an integral part of a student's educational element. We must insure that the present 'back to basics' mentality includes access to arts and music education. As we push to increase high school graduation and college entrance requirements, we must not ignore the cultural and artistic development of our students."
U.S. Senator Paul Simon, Illinois



Music Advocacy Information
"Must Read" Information for all parents, students, teachers and musicians

Music Students Are Scoring 
Music students are outperforming non-music students on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). College-bound seniors with coursework or experience in music performance scored 52 points higher on the verbal portion and 37 points higher on the math portion of the SAT than students with no coursework or experience in the arts. (Source: The College Board, September 1997)

Music Is Beating Computers at Enhancing Early Childhood Development 
Music training, specifically piano instruction, is far superior to computer instruction in dramatically enhancing children's abstract reasoning skills necessary for learning math and science. Learning music at an early age causes long-term enhancement of spatial- temporal reasoning. (Source: Frances Rauscher, Ph.D., Gordon Shaw, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 1997) 

Music Enhances Linguistic Skills 
Music -- specifically song -- is one of the best training grounds for babies
learning to recognize the tones that add up to spoken language. (Source: Sandra Trehub, University of Toronto, 1997) 

America Is A Country Full Of Music-Makers 
113 million, or 53%, of Americans over the age of 12 are current or former music makers. (Source: 1997 "American Attitudes Towards Music" poll conducted by the Gallup Organization) 

Americans Say Schools Should Offer Instrumental Music
Americans Say Schools Should Offer Instrumental Music Instruction as part of the regular curriculum. 88% of respondents indicated this in a 1997 "American Attitudes Towards Music" Gallup poll. (Source: Music
Trades, September 1997) 

Music Heals More Than Just The Spirit
Scientists, Therapists Agree: Music Heals More Than Just The Spirit. Music benefits older adults. Active music-making positively affects the biology and behavior of Alzheimer's patients. (Source: Music Making and Wellness Project, a study conducted at the University of Miami) 

The Window Of Opportunity
The Window Of Opportunity For Studying Music is between the ages of three and ten. This is the time when we are the most receptive to and able to process music. It is much harder to learn an instrument as an adult.
(Source: Newsweek, February 19, 1996) 

Studying Music Strengthens Students' Academic Performance 
Rhode Island studies have indicated that sequential, skill-building instruction in art and music integrated with the rest of the curriculum can greatly improve children's performance in reading and math. (Source: "Learning Improved by Arts Training" by Martin Gardiner, Alan Fox, Faith Knowles, and Donna Jeffrey, Nature, May 23, 1996) 

Music and Spatial Task Performance: A Causal Relationship
Music lessons, and even simply listening to music, can enhance spatial reasoning performance, a critical higher-brain function necessary to perform complex tasks including mathematics. (Source: Frances Rauscher, Ph.D., Gordon Shaw, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 1994)

The Mozart Effect
The Mozart Effect surfaced about four years ago when research uncovered that adults who listened to music of complexity for ten minutes or so experienced temporary increases in their spatial IQ scores. (Source: Frances Rauscher, Ph.D.,Gordon Shaw,Ph.D., University of California, Irvine,1993-1994) 

Music Is One of Our Greatest Economic Exports
"The arts are an economic plus -- second only to aerospace as our most lucrative national export." (Source: Michael Greene of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) 

Music Teacher Expertise is a Critical Factor in Student Learning
Research indicates that teachers of all subjects -- including music -- who are more experienced and educated are more effective in the classroom. Consequently, students learn more from them. (Source: Paying for Public Education: New Evidence on How and Why Money Matters, by Ronald Ferguson, 1991)

PREPARATION FOR LIFE

We all want our children to experience a healthy, happy, and prosperous life and to enjoy themselves in the process. There are certain mental tools which aid in this goal, and music is crucial in honing these tools:

Creativity 
Music opens horizons of the mind and supports wonderment, imagination, appreciation, and sensitivity. Creativity is the source of possibility and is a mental muscle that must be trained and exercised often.

Communication 
Music is a language beyond words. Music can only be explained with music because of its various styles, textures, tempos, and dynamics. It can elicit an emotion. Think of what television or movies would be without music warning us of the impending danger, or setting the mood for the festivities of a wedding. Music truly stirs the soul of people. No words or visual display can come close to the emotional impact of music.

Critical Assessment 
Music is one of the key areas where an individual can develop a consistency between intellectual and emotional understanding. Here is the chance to bridge the cognitive and affective data of life, which many feel is the recipe of genius. Music offers one the chance to conceptualize, not just respond. In other words, we can create formulas instead of just solutions, and we can be pro-active rather than re-active. We can open the mind and avoid tunnel vision - and in doing so, come up with discerning opinions which develop quality character.

Commitment 
It is almost impossible to be "partially committed" to music. One may quit on a test, refuse to turn in an assignment, or just not be aware of what is going on in a lecture class, but the participation level in music requires a focus of attention unlike most subjects in school. Music causes one to learn persistence and the value of "not giving up," even when there is the temptation to throw in the towel. Many have pointed to "stay power" as one of the greatest personal attributes in our society. Welcome to one of the key benefits of the study of music. Excerpts from "The Value of Music" by Tim Lautzenhaiser, Attitude Concepts for Today.

Participation In Music

According to a recent statewide survey, student involvement in extracurricular makes students resilient to current substance use among their peers. Secondary students who participated in Band, orchestra or choir reported the lowest lifetime use of all substances. - 1994 Texas School Survey of Substance Abuse Among Students: Grades 7-12 All-State music students consistently score over 200 points higher on the SAT than non-music students, indicating that high performing students have a strong interest in pursuing serious music interests while excelling in other academic areas. (see chart on adjoining page) - TMEA Survey, 1988-96

A recent study states that music majors have the highest rate of admittance to medical school, a whopping 66.7%. Biochemistry, the subject area closest to medicine, has a rate of 59.2 %, - Rockefeller Foundation

Music students always outperform non-music students on achievement tests in reading and math. Because of their study of music, their skills are better in reading, anticipating, memory, listening, forecasting, recall and concentration. - B. Friedman, "An Evaluation of the Achievement in Reading and Arithmetic of Pupils in Elementary School Instrumental Music Classes."

More Quotes
Arts Education aids students in skills needed in the workplace: flexibility, the ability to solve problems and communicate; the ability to learn new skills, to be creative and innovative, and to strive for excellence.
- Joseph M. Calahan, Band Band Directors of Corporate Communications, Xerox. Corporation

Participation in the fine arts engenders discipline, a sense of community, trust, and teamwork. All of these qualities are essential to a student's potential success in the workplace.
- Dr. Mike Moses Texas Commissioner of Education

The plain fact is that the very best and most enlightened views of education and of humanity always have included the arts as part of the definition of both. The arts always have been regarded as intrinsically valuable to the human enterprise, worth learning both for their own sake and because of what they enable in every individual and in society. The goal of education also is to teach children how to become productive learners - to provide them with the tools they need to create new ideas and information.
- Consortium of National Arts Education Association, Choral Journal, November '95

The things I learned from my experience in music in school are discipline, perseverance, dependability, composure, courage and pride in results. . . Not a bad preparation for the workforce!
- Gregory Anrig - President, Educational Testing Service