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Band Handbook

2017-2018 Band Handbook


Dear Parents and Guardians,


We would like to welcome you to the Grandview Middle School Band program. We are very excited about the upcoming school year and the great things in store for the Grandview Middle School Bands!


The following handbook is designed to be a resource for students, parents/guardians, and the directors. Contained in this handbook is information about required materials, grading policies, attendance, fundraising, helpful resources, and many other items. Parents/guardians, please read the contained information and go over it with your child. We ask that you especially take a moment to review the grading policy for this year.


Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions, comments, or concerns. We want this to be a positive experience for every child in the program. My email address is connor.callahan@grandviewc4.net and my phone number is 816-316-5691.


Sincerely,


Connor Callahan - Band Director

Charles Jakes - Assistant Director

Steve Sampsell - Assistant Director



Grading Policy

Daily Preparation: 20 points for each band rehearsal = 100 points per week

  • Students will earn 20 points if they have their instrument, their materials, and are actively engaged in the rehearsal process.
  • Students will lose points for not having their instrument or supplies, and/or not actively participating in rehearsal.

Playing/Chair Tests: 100 points per each playing test

  • Students can earn up to 100 points based on how prepared they are for the weekly playing test.

Performances: 400 points per performance

  • Students will earn all 400 points if they have all of their materials, their instrument, and themselves at the performance. Students are required to stay for the entire concert.
  • See the Attendance section for more information about missing performances.

Required Materials

The following is a list of supplies that students will need for band for the school year. If you already have any of these supplies, it will not be necessary to buy them again. Most of these items can be used through high school as well.

    • Instrument in good playing condition
    • Care Kit for your instrument
    • Essential Elements (band method book)
      • 6th Grade: Book 1
      • 7th Grade: Book 1 and 2
      • 8th Grade: Book 2 and 3
  • MULTIPLE PENCILS (at least one for you folder and another for your case)
  • Reed Players: Always have at least 3-10 quality reeds. Quality brands include Vandoren, Rico Royal, and Mitchell Lurie.
  • Brass Players: Always have valve oil and/or slide grease in your case.
  • Percussionists:
    • Snare Sticks (in original kit)
    • Plastic Mallets  (in original kit)
    • Additional Mallets for Xylophone/Vibraphone/Bells are optional

Use of School Owned Instruments

We have a very limited number of school owned instruments. If your child plays oboe, bassoon, tenor saxophone, bari saxophone, bass clarinet, french horn, baritone, or tuba, he or she will be provided this instrument by the school district. However, your child will still need to purchase a mouthpiece and/or reeds. If your child plays one of these instruments, you and your child must fill out the instrument checkout sheet which provides more details on the school owned instrument policies. Students observed abusing school instruments will forfeit their privilege to use a school owned instrument and that student will be required to pay the cost to repair the instrument.


Practicing

In order to advance their skills, students must practice. Instead of recording practice logs, students will take playing tests during class time that will measure their growth. These playing tests will be over lines in their book or music that we have been working on in class. The playing tests will be reflected in their grade as described in the previous section. Some of these playing tests will also serve as a chair test where the students have the opportunity to change their chair placement in their section.  


Performance Attendance

The performance schedule is set well in advance, allowing students to plan other activities and obligations around the established schedule. The directors should be notified IN ADVANCE if a student is going to be absent from a performance. Absences from band performances are unexcused unless due to (a.) personal illness with a note from a parent/guardian, (b.) death in the family, (c.) an emergency, or (d.) special permission of the Director(s) obtained in advance by the parent/guardian.

Students missing a performance, excused or unexcused, will complete an alternative assignment. The assignment will be due one week after the missed performance. A student who has an excused absence can do these assignments for full credit. A student who has an unexcused absence can do these assignments for half credit. The assignment is as follows.

  • Perform all missed performance music individually during the class period following the concert.

Classroom Rules

  • Respect Yourself
    • Be ready to start playing when the bell rings
    • Have all of your materials
    • Be prepared for rehearsal
  • Respect Others and Their Equipment
    • Keep your hands to yourselves
    • Raise your hand to speak during class
    • Only play when asked to play
    • Keep all food and drinks (other than water) outside of the band room
    • Keep electronic devices outside of the band room (other than tuners)
  • Respect and Respond to Adults
    • Have an open mind
    • Be willing to try something new
    • Always try your best
    • Speak loudly and clearly when asked a question

Classroom Procedures

  • The following is a list of procedures that students should follow everyday as part of our class.
    • Students should enter through the band room door near the small band room.
    • Students should immediately get out all required materials.
    • NO ONE IS TO PLAY ANY INSTRUMENT UNTIL WE PLAY AS A GROUP
    • Students should be in their seats with materials and instruments ready to play within 2 minutes of the bell ringing.
    • Raise your hand before leaving your seat.
    • At the end of class make sure to clean up your area, put all of your equipment away, and lock your locker.

Concert Attire

For all performances  students will wear the following attire.

  • 6th Grade: Nice dress shirt, dress pants, dress shoes, dress socks.
  • 7th Grade: White dress shirt, black dress pants, black dress shoes, black dress socks
  • 8th Grade: Black dress shirt, black dress pants, black dress shoes, black dress socks

Course Description

6th Grade Beginning Band:

Band is a class for students wishing to learn how to play a band instrument. Band is a performing class with experiences in woodwinds, brass, and percussion techniques. Concerts are presented during the year. Please be sure that you understand that you must rent or purchase an instrument at Rental Night. More details will be announced about rental night. Students will also need to acquire Essential Elements Book 1 for their instrument. This will be the main method book for the students during 6th Grade Beginning Band. Students will learn basic technique, embouchure, tonguing, and more as the year progresses. Students will learn to read music in the first weeks of school. By the end of the year, students will be playing upper level beginning band music. Students will have three concert performances at GMS. All performances are mandatory. See the calendar below for more details.


7th Grade Concert Band:

Band is performing class with continued experiences in woodwinds, brass, and percussion techniques. Concerts are presented during the year. Please be sure that you understand that you must purchase an instrument. Students will progress from the 1st Essential Elements book into 2nd book during the first part of the school year. Students will learn more advanced techniques to progress during their second year. Band students are expected to practice daily. These students will have three concert performances at GMS and one festival performance during the school year. All performances are mandatory.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 6th grade beginning band.

Exception: Students who have no experience in instrumental music may only enroll in band if they and their parent have met with Mr. Callahan prior to the end of the previous school year. Until this meeting is held, students will not be enrolled in band. Students must enroll in a summer band and successfully complete summer band with an attendance of at least 80 percent. Students may also enroll in weekly private lessons with a qualified instructor at the cost of the parents (approximately twenty dollars per lesson). Students are responsible for providing a good instrument. Cost for rental of a student’s instrument averages 25 to 50 dollars per month, and is the responsibility of the parent.


8th Grade Concert Band:

Band is performing class with continued experiences in woodwinds, brass, and percussion techniques. Concerts are presented during the year. Please be sure that you understand that you must purchase an instrument. Students will progress from the 2nd Essential Elements book into more advanced books. Students will learn minor scales, expand their range, more advanced band literature. Students will be prepared for high school band. Band students are expected to practice daily. These students will have three concert performances at GMS and one festival performance during the school year. All performances are mandatory.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 7th grade concert band.

Exception: Students who have no experience in instrumental music may only enroll in band if they and their parent have met with Mr. Callahan prior to the end of the previous school year. Until this meeting is held, students will not be enrolled in band. Students must enroll in a summer band and successfully complete summer band with an attendance of at least 80 percent. Students may also enroll in weekly private lessons with a qualified instructor at the cost of the parents (approximately twenty dollars per lesson). Students are responsible for providing a good instrument. Cost for rental of a student’s instrument averages 25 to 50 dollars per month, and is the responsibility of the parent.


Care of Instruments

  • Handle with care! Your instrument is made of breakable parts, so be careful handling it. Do not let younger siblings handle your instrument.
  • Always store your instrument safely in the case when you are not playing it.
  • Before you pick up your case, make sure the latches are closed.
  • Do not let the instrument get too hot or too cold. For example, avoid leaving it in the car for an extended period of time. This also prevents theft.
  • Do not drink (except water) or eat right before playing your instrument. If you do eat or drink something other than water, brush your teeth before playing.
  • Swab your instrument out after each time you play it.
  • Clarinets and Saxophones should remove their reed after each playing and carefully place it back in their reed case.
  • Brass:
    • Check valves and slides each day for proper oiling and greasing (oil valves once a week).
    • Using a mouthpiece brush, clean the mouthpiece out weekly.

How Can Parents Help?

  • Help select a regular practice time and place for your child.
  • Ask your child each week what their playing test will be over.
  • Encourage your child through positive support. Listen to practice sessions on occasion.
  • Everyone in the house will require patience while the beginning musician squeaks, squawks, and moans and groans his/her way through their early band career. It will get better! With regular practice those noises will be replaced in no time with the wonderful sounds of music! The rewards are well worth the wait.
  • Set aside our concert dates to be sure you and your child can attend.
  • Help students care for their instruments (maintenance and repairs).
  • Encourage students to participate in our band fundraisers. The profits help to purchase instruments and classroom supplies that will benefit the students!

Band Website

The Grandview Middle School Band program uses Facebook for reminders for students and parents about upcoming events. Please like us at www.facebook.com/grandviewmiddlebands!


Fundraising

The Grandview Middle School Band program holds 1-2 major fundraising events during the school year. One of these is selling World’s Finest Chocolate Bars. More specific information on these fundraisers will come home soon. These fundraisers are the primary sources of funding for the band. The funds raised during these two events help us to purchase music, instruments, new equipment, repair school owned instruments, and more.


Event Schedule (subject to change)

Date

Event

Time

Location

Who?

8/29/17

Instrument Rental Night

6:00 PM

GMS Cafeteria

6th Grade

9/26/17-9/27/17

Jazz Band Auditions

During Class

GMS

7th and 8th

11/14/17

GMS Concert

6:30 PM

MCMS Gymnasium

All

2/22/18

GMS Concert

6:30 PM

GMS Gymnasium

All

3/3/18

MS Large Ensemble Festival

TBA

Blue Springs High

7th and 8th

5/5/18

MS Solo and Ensemble Festival

TBA

TBA

7th and 8th

5/7/18

GMS Concert

6:30 PM

GMS Gymnasium

All


Contact Information For Your Directors

  • Phone:
    • Mr. Callahan: 816-316-5691
    • Mr. Jakes: 816-316-5816
    • Mr. Sampsell: 816-316-5713
Email: connor.callahan@grandviewc4.net , charles.jakes@grandviewc4.net , stephen.sampsell@grandviewc4.net