What do we need for band?
When do we meet?
We meet for full band rehearsal every Tuesday during plus period. This is a required part of band. If you miss a rehearsal, you will lose points off your grade; but every student will receive one "ticket" for a free absence from plus period band.
We also meet in small groups once a week for a 20-minute lesson. This does come out of academic team time, but we work with the team teachers to help make sure the missed class is not affected. It is the student's responsibility to make up missed class work when he or she comes to a lesson. Missed lessons need to be made up after school or during available make-up time. If a student takes private lessons from a teacher in the community, the school lessons are not required. Please let your band teacher know, in writing, if you take private lessons.
How are we graded?
During the second and fourth quarters, the grades will be the same, except that the concerts will count as 10% and the classroom rehearsal evaluations will be 40%.
When do we perform?
Do I have to practice?
What if my instrument breaks?
Is there anything else I need to know?
Please put your name on your case, book, folder, and notebook! Many cases look similar and we do not want students to accidentally take someone else's instrument home. Also, having names on cases makes it easier to replace a misplaced instrument (if left on the bus, etc.) Along this same line, parents should keep track of the serial number of any student-owned or store-owned instruments just in case one would happen to be lost.
The storage room is available for students to leave their instruments during the school day. All students (except percussion and tuba) should be taking instruments home regularly for practice. Also, students should not be storing instruments in other teachers' classrooms overnight because it causes problems for cleaning crews and also leaves instruments out where they could be taken by someone other than the owner.
Many families have instruments in basements and closets that are no longer in use. There is a program sponsored by the Sheboygan Public Education Foundation that will accept donated instruments and put them in the hands of students who may not be financially able to participate in music opportunities. If you are interested in donating an instrument, let us know and we will get you contact information.
If parents have any questions, concerns, or comments, please feel feel to contact us at school at 459-3666. School district e-mail is also available if parents would like to use this method of communication.
Thank you in advance to all the parents and families who support the band students in their musical studies! Music is so important to the development of students' minds and without your help our program does not exist. We look forward to meeting you at conferences and concerts. Most of all, we look forward to a fantastic year with your children!