! 2015-2016 Band Handbook ! http://rhsband.lincolnschools.org Table of Contents Introduction 1 Attendance Excused Absences Unexcused Absences Effect of Absences on Grade 2 3 3 3 Behavior Student Behavior In-Stands Behavior Bus Behavior 4 5 5 5 Uniforms General Uniform Summer Uniform Footwear 6 7 8 9 Officers Directors Band Officers 10 11 11 Maintenance Band Room Maintenance Equipment Maintenance 12 13 13 Schedules Camp Schedule Football Schedule Concert and Festival Schedule General Events Schedule Rehearsal Schedule 14 15 15 16 16 16 Glossary 17 Index 18 References 19 Addendum – Letterman Jacket Qualifications 20 - 22 Introduction I can think of no better way to make such a dramatic impact on the lives of the children in Louisiana than through a vibrant music education program that is an integral part of the curriculum (Carpenter, par. 2). The purpose of this manual is to assist Ruston High School’s band director and students in answering general questions about the band. With enough planning, anything is possible (Moss). The manual is broken down into the following topics. • • • • • • • Attendance – Excused Absences, Unexcused Absences, Effect of Absences on Grades Behavior – Student Behavior, In-Stands Behavior, Bus Behavior Officers – Directors, Band Officers Uniforms – General Uniform, Summer Uniform, Footwear Maintenance – Band Room Maintenance, Equipment Maintenance Schedule – Camp Schedule, Football Schedule, Concert and Festival Schedule, General Events Schedule, Rehearsal Schedule Addendum – Letterman Jacket Qualifications Attendance Excused Absences It is necessary at times for absence from an event. These guidelines should be followed if one is to be excused. • • • • Doctor’s appointments will be excused absences when accompanied by a doctor’s excuse. Excusing due to emergencies require a written excuse and a phone call from a parent or guardian. If absences are necessary, please inform the director at least one week in advance or as soon as possible. Only academic trips will be excused from band events. Excuses for non-emergency situations including doctor’s appointments will only be accepted if notification is given at least 48 hours in advance. (One week advance notice is recommended) Unexcused Absences Because of the necessity of attending band practice and events, any absence that is not due to a doctor’s appointment or an emergency will not be excused. Effect of Absences on Grade Absences will strongly affect one’s grade. Unexcused absences from any rehearsal will reduce a grade by one-half letter. Unexcused absences from any performance will reduce a grade by two letters. Specific grading instances will be announced as needed. Behavior Student Behavior You must practice good behavior in order for the band to function properly. Because the band is a group activity, good behavior must be followed so all events run smoothly. If it is seen that you cannot behave properly, the following actions must be taken. • First offense – The band director will hold a conference with you. A copy of the conference will be signed by both and placed in your folder. • Second offense – The band director will hold a conference with you again. A phone call will • be placed to your parent and documentation of the phone call will be placed in your folder. Third offense – You can and will be removed from the band during your third offense. If your behavior is severe, the actions taken for the third offense will be used. Please use your best judgement in any situation to avoid behavior problems. If you receive two behavioral suspensions from the school, your membership in the band can be eliminated. The only exception for this is suspensions due to tardies. In-Stands Behavior All school rules will be in effect in the stands of an event because these events are considered school events. You must use the following guidelines on behavior in-stands. • • • • • • Do not throw anything from the stands. Remain in your designated area. Store your instrument, music, *shako, *plume, and other items before leaving for break. Return promptly from break to the performance area. Do not eat during the game, except on break. Be ready to play your instrument at all times. Bus Behavior It is necessary for you to be on their best behavior while on a bus. Stereos, walkmans, and CD players will be acceptable only if headphones are used. Misbehavior of any sort while on a trip will not be accepted. If you do misbehave, you will receive an automatic band suspension for three days. If deemed necessary by the director, you can be removed from the band. When leaving a game, please abide by the following guidelines. • • • • Hang your uniform bag on the bus window. Wear your shako. Remain at attention until the bus is at the main road. Stand at ease and remove your shakos once the main road is reached. Uniforms General Uniform The uniform is an important part in the appearance of the band. The uniform that is generally worn throughout the year consists of the pieces that follow. • • • • • • • Appropriate head cover. Red collared tee shirt from the band or section tee shirt. Jacket (This includes the jacket, collar insert, shoulder cords, and all buttons and zippers). Suspenders. Uniform pants. Black socks. Black shoes. There are three head coverings that can be worn with the uniform. Each is used for certain events. • Shako (worn with all chains, buttons, and your plume) – worn into arenas, during performances at the arenas, and leaving arenas. • Red beret – worn outdoors. • No head covering – worn indoors and during concerts. All uniform pieces must be returned to the band room after all performances. Summer Uniform The summer uniform is worn to events generally during the summer. It consists of the following items. • • • • • Red Beret. Red polo style shirt. Black slacks. Black socks. Black shoes. The red polo style shirt is purchased through the band. You will furnish your own black slacks. They must be black, cotton, twill, pleated, slacks. Footwear The footwear used by the band is a black, flat colored, traditional band shoe. The band orders the shoes. They should be cared for as follows. • Use a mild detergent to clean. • Rinse gently with a cloth dipped in warm water. • Do not use polish. Officers Directors The Band Director and Assistant Director oversee all band activities. Mr. Walter Moss is the Band Director, and Mr. Dennis Hensley is the Assistant Director. If they need to be reached please call the school at (318) 255-0807 or the band room at (318) 255-0547. Band Officers Select members of the band have been chosen to oversee different elements of the band. The officers also have staffs working with them to help carry out the duties assigned to them. The following chart shows what each officer is in charge of. Office Drum Major Staff Manager Section Leader Duties Oversees field command Makes sure that the other managers are carrying out their duties Inspects equipment and lockers, oversees loading of equipment for trips. Maintains the upkeep of storage areas, makes arrangements for repairs. Maintains the upkeep, fitting and disbursement of the uniforms and organization of the uniform room. Dispenses music and flip folders, Replaces lost music. Organizes the Music Library workspace. Leads their section in playing and marching Secretary Takes roll and notates absences and tardies. Equipment Manager Uniform Manager Library Manager Maintenance Band Room Maintenance The following rules will be followed in the band room. • No food or drinks (unless approved by the Band Director) • No gum chewing. • No baseball caps. • Store only your instrument in your locker. • Return items to their proper place. Equipment Maintenance Please take care of all equipment used by the band. Students must care for their own instruments. Any damaged school-owned instruments, music stands, or furniture must be brought to the director’s attention immediately. If you have school-owned equipment must care for it as if it was your own. Schedules Camp Schedule Date 8/3 – 8/8 8/8 Event Freshman Band Camp Flag Camp August 10-15 Full Band Camp August 14 Ruston High School Band Sneak Peek 8/5– Place Ruston High School Band Room Ruston High School Band Room Ruston High School Band Room Band Field Time 8:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM 7:00 PM Football Schedule Date Opponent Place Time August 15 Bearcat Madness Home TBA August 28 Jamboree Home 6:00PM September 4 Neville Away 7:00 PM September 11 East Feliciana Home 7:00 PM September 18 Airline Home 7:00 PM September 25 Jonesboro - Hodge Home 7:00 PM October 2 Wossman Away 7:00 PM October 9 West Monroe Home 7:00 PM October 16 Pineville (Homecoming) Home 7:00 PM October 23 Alexandria Senior High Away 7:00 PM October 30 Ouachita Away 7:00 PM November 6 Natchitoches Central Home 7:00 PM Playoff games will be held as determined by the football team. They are scheduled for the following dates. • • • • • November 13 November 20 November 27 December 4 December 12 – State Finals in the New Orleans Superdome 8:30 PM Concert and Festival Schedule Date Event Place Time September 12 Bandoree WMHS TBA September 26 All State – First Round WOHS 11:00am October 10 All State – Second Round Lafayette TBA October Cotton Country Marching Band Competition Sterlington High School Marching Band Competition District Marching Festival Caldwell Parish High School Sterlington High School TBA ULM TBA NSU Marching Competition District Marching Festival Rain Date LMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival LMEA State Convention / All State Band Christmas Concert Nachitoches TBA ULM TBA TBA October 24 October 27 October 31 November 3 November 14 TBA (Afternoon - ACT Date) January 14 - 16, 2015 All-District Clinic Ouachita Junior High School Crowne Plaza Executive Center, Baton Rouge Ruston High School Auditorium West Ouachita High School La Tech March 10-11, 2016 Large Ensemble Festival WOHS TBA April 25 , 2016 Solo and Ensemble WOHS TBA April, 2013 Spring Concert RHS Auditorium 6:00 PM April 18-22, 2015 Regional Festival TBA TBA November 19-23 December 17 Thursday Before Break January 9, 2016 All-District Audition TBA 6:00 PM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM General Events Schedule Date Event Place Time December , 2015 Christmas Parade Ruston TBA May, 2016 Band Trip Orlando Florida TBA May 17, 2016 Graduation Tech – Thomas Assembly TBA Center Rehearsal Schedule This schedule only applies to the school year. Extra rehearsals can be called if the directors see that it is necessary. You will have one week’s notice of these. Section Full Band Day Tuesday / Thursday Time 3:35 – 5:35 PM Glossary Plume: a large, showy pom-pom used in the band hat, p. 5. Shako: a large, traditional band hat used in marching activities, p. 5. Index Absences Effect on Grade Excused Unexcused Behavior Bus In-Stands Punishment for Student Directors Maintenance Band Room Equipment Officers Drum Major Equipment Manager Library Manager Section Leader Staff Manager Uniform Manager Schedules Camp Concert Festival Football General Events Rehearsal Uniforms Footwear General Summer 3 3 3 3 5 5 5 5 5 11 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 15-16 15 16 16 15 16 17 7-9 9 7-8 8 References Carpernter, Karl. The President Speaks. 29 Oct. 2000. Louisiana Music Educators Association. 31 Oct. 2000 http://www.menc.org. Moss, Walter. Personal Interview. 31 Oct. 2000. Letterman Jacket Qualifications for Letterman Jacket Students who are to be considered for the title of Letterman in the RHS Band must meet the following requirements: • • • • • • • • Two semesters of Marching Band with a passing grade (25 pts. each) Two semesters of Concert Band with a passing grade (35 pts. each) Attend one summer band camp other than Ruston High School’s (25 pts.) Audition for LMEA All State at least once (10 pts.) Audition for Louisiana District One Band Director’s Association Honor Band at least twice (10 pts. each) Participate in at least one solo at LMEA Solo and Ensemble festival (10 pts.) Participate in at least one ensemble at LMEA Solo and Ensemble festival (10 pts.) Accumulate a total of 250 pts. towards Letterman Participation Scale Total of required activities: plus 55 additional points Required points for Letterman: 195 pts. 250 pts. Approved Activities for points towards the Letterman Participation Scale Includes but not limited to the following activities: • • • • • • • • • • RHS Beginning Band RHS Music Theory Class RHS Applied Music Class RHS Woodwind Ensemble RHS Brass Ensemble RHS Percussion Ensemble USM All South Honor Band Four States Honor Band Private Lessons (with proof from instructor) Any other band related activity approved by the Director of Bands Number of points will be determined by degree of difficulty of the activity Passing grades and/or completion of activity required in order to receive points Mandated camps or activities may not count towards points Service Bars For every 100 points accumulated after the Letterman status is achieved, a service bar will be awarded up to four bars total (650 pts.) Application Process To apply for points towards the Letterman participation scale, the official Ruston High School Letterman Participation Scale application must be used. A copy of this form may be obtained through the Band Office. The Director of Bands has the right to deny points towards any band related activity for any reason. BEARCAT BAND PLEDGE WHEN I DO SOMETHING WRONG OR DON’T DO MY BEST, IT NOT ONLY HURTS ME, BUT IT HURTS THE REST. WE WORK AS A TEAM, AND EACH INDIVIDUAL COUNTS. SO WHEN WE PERFORM, IT’S A TOTAL AMOUNT. THERE ARE GOALS TO ACHIEVE THEREFORE WE MUST GIVE IT OUR ALL. IF ONE OF US DOSEN’T TRY, THE WHOLE UNIT WILL FALL. THE BAND REPRESENTS DIGNITY AND TRADITION, WHICH WE LEARNED FROM OUR PAST. IF ONE IS IN THE BAND, THEN HE SHOULD DEFINITELY SHOW CLASS. I AM IMPORTANT TO THIS GROUP. I’M NOT JUST “ALONG FOR THE RIDE.” I WILL NOW ADJUST MY ATTITUDE TOWARD MORE BEARCAT PRIDE.