Fall Concert - Wednesday, October 28 - 7:00pm
Student Report Time: 6:15 pm
Classroom Participation 20%
Three minutes after the tardy bell will be allotted for preparation for class. Rehearsal preparation means always having a working instrument, all appropriate related materials (reeds, mallets, sticks, mutes and/or oil), music, and general responsibility. All students should be seated and ready to participate in rehearsal following the first three minutes of class. This portion is earned on a weekly basis.
Classroom Assignments & Quizzes 25%
Classroom grades may consist of, but not be limited to, playing tests, reviewing rating sheets, journals or portfolios, reports, worksheets relating to performance music, and individual or group assessment assignments. Quizzes, while infrequent, will test student’s individual theoretical knowledge and musical abilities.
Out of Class Assignments 25%
While a great deal of growth occurs during class, it is the structured experiences outside the classroom that will truly enhance a musician’s growth. Weekly practice records catalog progress and time spent on music and studies for class.
Our performances are our tests. They are a natural outgrowth of our music classroom. While band class does not solely exist for the sake of performance, music is a listening art. Therefore, the greatest musical satisfaction is when performers know their music has reached an audience. For this reason, we schedule a concert performance once per quarter that serves as a demonstration of their accomplishments. Due to the limited number of concerts in contrast to the number of games, athletic contests are not considered excused absences for concerts.
Please apply the following logic in relation to band/athletic activities:
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Location: Standish-Sterling Central HS, Standish, Michigan
6:15 AM CHS Band Room Open
6:30 AM Load Trailer
7:00 AM Depart CHS for SSCHS
8:20 AM Arrive SSCHS
9:00 AM Middle School Concert Band - Warm-Up
9:25 AM Middle School Concert Band - Performance
9:50 AM Middle School Concert Band - Sight-Reading
10:40 AM HS Symphonic Band - Warm-Up
11:05 AM HS Symphonic Band - Performance
11:30 AM HS Symphonic Band - Sight-Reading
12:30 PM Depart for CHS
1:15 PM Lunch - Stop en route at Gladwin McDonalds
2:30 PM Arrive CHS; Stow equipment; Go home with parents
Who We Are
We are the future of the Clare Bands
While meeting as separate classes during the school day, the 7th Grade and 8th Grade Bands serve as preparatory ensembles for the high school bands. Quality, ability-level appropriate literature is performed while maintaining student interest in musical achievement.
Performances, including concerts and Festival, are considered a natural outgrowth of the school day activity.
Students who have not enrolled in Beginning Band must speak with Mr. Lowe before joining. This is to ascertain interest and placement within the ensemble, not to discourage participation.
Seventh grade band meets during fifth hour in the band room at the high school.
Eighth grade band meets during sixth hour in the band room at the high school.
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A gray polo shirt with Clare Bands embroidered upon the left chest. Shirts must be tucked in at all times by all members of the ensemble. Shirts will be ordered in mid-September.
Black dress pants are required. Pants should not touch the floor. Under no circumstances are black denim jeans, skirts, leggings. capris, or athletic pants appropriate for performances. No prints or patterns.
Solid black shoes and black socks are required for performances.
No excessive or bright jewelry
No perfume or cologne
No accessories allowed except black belt
Shirts must be tucked in
45 min prior to concert: Students report
2 min prior to concert: Students in HS Gym
End of Concert
Please help by taking equipment, chairs & stands back to band room
Here are some helpful tips on how to practice at home: