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BOWIE JUNIOR
HIGH BAND








HANDBOOK

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Directors:


Josh Boyd





Brandt Sayger

432
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456
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2647










432
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456
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2606

joshua.boyd@ectorcountyisd.org







brandt.sayger@ectorcountyisd.org



Preface

This handbook has been written for the
Bowie Junior High

School band members and their parents with the
intent of providing information r
egarding the purpose, procedures, expectations and activities of the band
program.
All band students and parents are expected to read the entire handbook carefully to avoid
conflicts with the policies stated herein.


As a member of the
Bowie Junior High

Sc
hool Band you have the honor and responsibility of participating in an
organization with a high standard of excellence and pride.


Band Philosophy

The instrumental music program at Bowie Junior High is the first phase of a six
-
year program of instruction.
It
is our hope that participation in the band program will foster better understanding and appreciation of music
and help students carry with them the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will help them throughout their
academic career. The Bowie Band is

known as the largest and best Junior High Band in Odessa, and has a
great history of success. Through the dedicated work of many people, the tradition associated with this
success has grown and flourished within the school and community. While it is the i
ndividual student's
achievement in music that is our primary goal, it is the commitment of all band members to each other that
has allowed our program to achieve its unique position. By signing the forms at the end of this handbook, you
will be making a co
mmitment that includes the following:


1. You will be a member of the band for the entire school year.

2. You will give your best effort to improve as a musician.

3. You will maintain a progressive, positive attitude toward band and school throughout the y
ear.


Communication


In order to have a successful program good communication between parents and teachers is essential.
The
BEST source of information is the band website:
www.hornedfrogband.com
.

The Horned Frog band App can
also be downloaded from this

site.
Please check this website often for late breaking announcements and
information. If you have ANY questions or concerns please contact us directly by

email though the band
website or by
phone at (4
32
)
456
-
2647
.


The “CHARMS”

database program
is
des
igned to give directors and parents direct access to student
information. The charms website is available 24/7 whereby parents can update contact information, view
student fees owed, view a calendar and opportunities to volunteer, and where students have
access to
practice tools such as a metronome and tuner. We will utilize the information in charms to communicate
through traditional mail, email, and text. For this reason it is very important that your contact information be
up
-
to
-
date
.
Please update a
ll of your information by September
7
th
. Students will receive a grade of 100
for
this assignment
-

Instructions are available at www.hornedfrogband.com.

If you do not have access to a
computer, ask a director for an information form to fill out.
The Cha
rms App is available in the App Store and
Android Marketplace.




Bowie Band Calendar

The Bowie Band tries to schedule events around other school activities in an attempt to allow students the
opportunity to be a part of many organizations. We also schedul
e our events in advance to allow teachers,
parents, and students to make plans ahead of time. Please write these dates into your personal family
calendar. There may be additional dates added once the school year begins.
A copy of the c
alendar is inclu
ded

at the end of this handbook, on the band website, and through the band app.



Stay up
-
to
-
date! Check the online calendar at www.
hornedfrogband.com


Performances

Attendance is required at all performances and all pre
-
scheduled rehearsals. Concerts are exte
nsions of the
classroom and are the highlights of the learning process. Please check the band calendar at the beginning of
the school year for the dates of concerts and rehearsals.


Band Classes


Honor

Band

The
Honor

Band is an advanced performing group wi
th preparation for the high school band

program as a
primary objective. Students will perform at concerts and contests
including

solo and ensemble contests
throughout the year.
Instrumentation is limited to those who show advanced performance

abilities an
d
superior attitudes. Members are selected by audition.

Private Lessons are highly encouraged for each
student in the Bowie Band program.


Section Rehearsals


Section rehearsals will be scheduled one day per week, either before or after school. Attendance

is required
to be a member of the Honor Band.
The section rehearsals will be graded and are part of the student’s
average. It is the student's responsibility to arrange transportation. If a section rehearsal needs to be made up
because of illness or famil
y emergency, it must be completed within one week of the missed rehearsal.
Students who have

sectional

attendance problems will be assigned to Symphonic Band after the fall
semester.


Symphonic

Band

The Symphonic

Band is an advanced performing group with p
reparation for
Honor

Band and

the

high school
band program as primary objectives.
Students will perform at concerts and contests
including

solo and
ensemble contests
throughout the year.

Private Lessons are highly encouraged for each student in the
Bowie
Band program.


Guidelines for Advanced Bands

For normal progress all beginning band students are required to practice at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days per
week (2 1/2 hours per week), which is to be documented on a practice sheet given to each student at
the
beginning of each six weeks.


Pep Rally Uniform: Bowie Band Shirt/ Khaki Pants/ Closed toe shoes



Concert Uniform: Band uniform as provided by school in addition to the following:


Boys: Solid black socks



Girls: Black
hose



Solid black dress shoes




Black closed toe flats



Beginning Band

The Beginner Band is intended as a training ground to prepare each student to participate in one of the
advanced

bands the following year. Students will learn a vas
t amount of musical and instrumental concepts
the first year and will perform scales, and band literature throughout the year. Basic music concepts such as
rhythm notation, music note identification, instrumental fingerings and tone production will be cove
red in this
class.

Private Lessons are highly encouraged for each student in the Bowie Band program.


For normal progress all beginning band students are required to practice at least 30 minutes a day, 5

days per
week (2 1/2 hours per week), which is to b
e documented on a practice sheet given to each

student at the
beginning of each
six weeks
.


The uniform for concerts will consist of the band tee
-
shirt, khaki pants, and closed toe shoes.


Once a student is in the
8
th

and 9
th

grade, they may participate i
n band, athletics and

various other electives.
THERE IS NOT A CONFLICT OF CLASSES, CONCERTS, OR GAMES.


Grades and Attendance

Work schedules and other activities must not interfere with the rehearsal and performance schedules that

are
given at the beginnin
g of the school year. Students who enroll in other school activities, such as

athletics,
choir,
orchestra
, etc., need to plan ahead to avoid conflicts that cannot be resolved. The band

directors will
work with other teachers, coaches, and directors of vari
ous activities to give each student

every opportunity
to be part of other groups.
Non
-
school sponsored
activities, teams, organizations,

and student jobs must not
conflict in any way with the practice/performance schedule of the band.


The following attend
ance policies will affect student grades:

1. An unexcu
sed absence from a
performance
will result in a grade of zero for that performance. Habitual
absentees will be removed from t
he band program at the director
s


discretion.
Excuses are only accepted in
the event of absence from school or family

emergency.
Please make every effort to notify a director

24 hours

before an absence occurs

for
consideration
.

Students with an unexcused absence will have the opportunity
to make up to a 70 by performing their en
tire concert/performance music for their band class.


2. Section rehearsals missed for any reason must be made up within one week of the missed

sectional.
Excused absences (see above) may be made up for full credit, while unexcused

absences may be made up
for
50% credit only.


In determining the band grade each six weeks, three areas will comprise the average:

Performance Grade (50%)
including

concerts, public performances, and sectional attendance (Honor Band)
.

Recorded assignments may be performed using
computers in the band hall and practice rooms. Students may
also record using the CHARMS program

or App
.

Practice Reports (
4
0%)
including a record of individual practice throughout the week. Students are expected
to practice for a minimum of
10
0 minutes e
ach
week and i
nstruments must be brought home every day.

Reports will be checked every Thursday, and
MUST BE SIGNED BY A GUARDIAN FOR CREDIT.

Reports not
signed on time can be turned in, signed 1 week late for 70% credit.

Participation Grade (
1
0%)
includ
ing correct marking of music, care and maintenance of instruments,

punctuality at rehearsals and performances, and
classroom conduct
.

Six Weeks Test
-
Objective sheets will be posted in the band

hall and online with assignments to be completed
throughout the

six weeks grading period. These assignments may be completed at anytime throughout the six
weeks, but grades will be posted based upon 2 assignments completed by the end of each week. Advanced
band playing assignments should be completed through Smart M
usic, Charms (online, or App), or through
Soundcloud (online or App). A limited number of computers will be available for student use. Do not wait
until the last minute to record because you will have to settle for a poor recording resulting in a poor gr
ade, or
you may not be able to record

because of technical issues.
Beginner

playing assignments will be completed
during class time. You have six weeks to complete these assignments…ASSIGNMENTS SHOULD NOT BE LATE!


Practice Guidelines for Parents

Your ch
ild's success in band will depend a great deal on what is achieved during daily home practice sessions.
Learning takes place in school, but proficiency is gained at home. You can use the following guidelines to help
your
student

at home.

TIME SCHEDULE

Twen
ty minutes

5 times a week is the minimum amount of practice time recommended for the average
student. Practicing at the same time every day is good, but some flexibility should be built into this schedule.
Don't bring the world to a halt at 6:30 pm every e
vening because it's practice time
-

kids need time for fun and
relaxation just as adults do. If the situation merits, reschedule the practice session to an earlier or later time.
Note: Beginners ONLY need to practice 15 minutes per day the first month of s
chool and then start 30 min. per
day after that. This is because their facial muscles have not matured enough the first month to handle 30
minutes of a practice routine without forming bad habits.

ENVIRONMENT

Practicing should be done in an area that is fr
ee of distractions away from the TV, radio, stereo, and family
traffic. Good lighting, a straight
-
backed chair, mirror, metronome, and a music stand are definite assets. Reed
players should have several reeds available during the practice session.

ENCOURAG
EMENT

Spend some time listening to your
student

practice. Offer constructive criticisms. You do not need to be a
former band member or musician to be able to hear improvement. Encourage them to play assignments and
tests for you. Each time the student play
s for a friend or relative, it helps them to feel more comfortable with
a performance or competitive event.

IS YOUR CHILD PROGRESSING?

For the beginning band student, the field of instrumental music is new for your child. He is learning to use his
facial a
nd finger muscles in a different way and his breathing apparatus for a different purpose. There is a new
language of symbols (notes) that require the use of his mind and body to translate this into musical sounds. All
this takes time! Even parents who have

had former instrumental experience have probably forgotten the
struggle of producing those first few notes and songs.

Parents can evaluate practice sessions by asking:

1. What is your assignment for today?

2. Am I hearing the same daily warm up each day?
It is important to play the same daily

warm up and drill before beginning the assigned material.

3. Am I hearing music that they can already play, or am I hearing attempts at new material?

4. Is the tone quality becoming more characteristic of the instrume
nt, or is the tone harsh,

unmusical, and unpleasant?

5. Does the familiar tune or exercise move along steadily with some sort of fluent rhythm, or

is it halting and jerky with no steady rhythm?


Learning how to practice is an important part of playing an i
nstrument!


Conduct

1. Conduct in the Band Hall

a.
No Food or Drink will be brought into the band hall.

We will throw your things away!

b
. Non
-
Band students are to wait in the hallway for their friends.


We will tell your friends to go away!

c. Disorder
ly behavior and abusive language will not be tolerated and will result in a Discipline Referral.

d. Practice in the practice rooms, not in Band Hall or hallways.

e. Cell phones and other electronic equipment must be TURNED OFF and NOT VISIBLE at any time
.

2. Conduct in rehearsal

a. Be in your seat with your equipment
1 minute

after the tardy bell rings.

b. Follow all directions the first time given.

THE FIRST TIME PRINCIPLE


c. No talking without permission. This is a discipline matter.

d. Keep all ha
nds, feet, and other objects to yourself.


3. Conduct on bus/field trips

a. Students will comply with all rules set forth in the ECISD Code of Conduct, School Rules, and Bus Rules.

b. Students will behave in a manner which reflects positively on themsel
ves, their parents, Bowie Junior
High
School, and the band.


Consequences will follow district guidelines and will include warnings, detention, phone
calls to guardians, discipline referrals, and removal from the band program.


Eligibility

Students and Pa
rents should not be surprised by low grades in any class. Please sign up for Parent Connect
through the ECISD website to receive access and updates concerning your student’s grades. Students who
become ineligible for the six weeks will still participate
in every band activity except the following:

Any event

for which admission is charged;

Any event that is inter
-
school competitive
; or

Any event where ratings are
awarded.

Sectional and concert attendance will not be affected by grades
.


Ineligible studen
ts will be given alternate assignments during contest preparation

time, or to make up for
performances that are missed.


Use of School
-
Owned Instruments

A limited number of the more expensive instruments are owned by
EC
ISD for the purpose of balancing

the
instrumentation district
-
wide and maintaining performing bands at every level.
Most districts around the state
charge a fee for the use of these instruments, however
,

ECISD does not currently charge a fee.


A checkout
form will be sent home for parent/guar
dian signature each
fall

which describes the condition

of the
instrument at that time. It is the responsibility of the student/parent to check over the instrument at

that time
and understand that the instrument must be returned in the same condition at the

end of the

year.

If repairs
are necessary during the year, it is the responsibility of the student and parent to deliver

the instrument to
a repair facility as instructed by the band director.


Required Band Supplies

Certain supplies are necessary to play

an instrument correctly and effectively each day. Please make

sure these items are always on
hand when needed.

Binder/Supply checks will be done every
-
other Thursday.


General

Band Materials and Supplies:

1. Case Name Tag
Labeled on the handle with a lug
gage tag or on the side of the case itself, directors have a
limited supply

2. Black Binder
1 provided by director, Good Condition; Name clearly labeled on the spine; Notebook paper

3. Five Dividers
Every piece of paper should be in a divider

1. Informatio
n (Calendar,
Letters, Practice Report, etc.)

2. Warm Up (Exercises done in class or lessons)

3. Scales (Scale Sheet, Thirds, Clark Studies, etc.)

4. Rhythms/Theory (Key Signature, Rhythm, Note Names, etc.)

5. Music (Pep Rally, Concert Music, etc.)

4. Penci
ls and Pencil Pouch
At least two

pencils
. We will use a pencil every day. Have them on your stand.

5. Beginner Band Students are required to have the beginner book appropriate for their instrument


WOODWINDS:

1. Cork grease (clarinets and saxophones)

2
. C
loth swab (clarinets and flutes)

3
. At least four good, recommended brand reeds at all times.

(It is more economical to purchase reeds by the box rather than individually.)

4
. Reed guard

5
. Metronome
-
available for smart phones for free


6
. Folding music st
and (For at home practice)


BRASS:

1. Valve oil (cornets/trumpets, euphoniums, tubas)

2. Tuning slide grease (
Selmer
Tuning Slide Grease)

3.
Slide
-
O
-
Mix
slide cream and spray bottle (trombones only)

4. Flexible cleaning snake

5. Mouthpiece brush

6. Metron
ome
-
available for smart phones for free

7. Folding music stand (For at home practice)


PERCUSSION:

1.
IP
-
1

drum stick

(Nylon tip sticks or drum set sticks are NOT allowed!! Stay away from the bargain bin!!)

2. One pair

medium yarn marimba mallets
-

IP 240

2
. One pair hard timpani mallets
-

CT
-
5


3. IP902 mallet

4. IP 904 xylophone mallet

5. Stick/Mallet Bag (This will keep your equipment safe and organized
).


You may want to upgrade to a larger
mallet bag as you continue to add sticks

and mallets to your coll
ection. A good choice would be the MB
-
1 from
Innovative

Percussion
.


***
All materials and Supplies must be acquired by
September

5
th
***


Band Fee

Band fees help to fill the gap between what the school district can provide for students, and what is needed
to
maintain the Bowie Band program. Typically the band fee accounts for
30%

of the budget for the year.


The
band fee will be $4
0 this year. This is a 65% reduction from previous years. We believe that this is a
manageable fee for all families.
Inclu
ded in this fee is
the
band t
-
shirt

which will be used for performances
and can be worn to school on Thursdays.

This fee is

also

used throughout the year to help pay for student
supplies, travel, food, instrument purchase, clinicians, and private lesson s
cholarships for students in need.
This fee is mandatory, and must be
paid by September 7
th
.





Fundraisers

The Bowie Band will participate in several fundraisers throughout the year. These fundraisers help to fill the
gap between what the school distric
t can provide for students, and what is needed to maintain the Bowie
Band program. Typically fundraisers account for
4
5%

of the budget for the year. Fundraiser money is used for
student supplies, travel, food, instrument purchase, clinicians, and private

lesson scholarships for students in
need.

It is very important that
everyone

do their part and participate in each fundraiser.


Private Lessons

P
rivate lessons are a VITAL ELEMENT in a student’s musical life. The opportunity to study

privately with a
pro
fessional musician is one of the most important factors to individual success.

These professionals provide
detailed, specific, one
-
on
-
one instruction tailored for your child. Of the

students who make the Texas All
-
State
Band, roughly 97% take private lesso
ns! Lessons are taught at

Bowie Junior High

School, either before, during,
or after school depending on the teachers’ schedules.

Lessons will be 30 minutes per week at a cost of $
20
.
0
0

per lesson.
Half scholarships are available for students in need. Plea
se contact Mr. Boyd if interested.
Though
optional, please consider

private lessons as a necessary part of the band program.












PLEASE READ THE HANDBOOK CAREFULLY
BEFORE SIGNING BELOW


"We have read the
Bowie

Band Handbook and our student has our
permission to participate
in the Band activities stated in this

handbook within the guidelines described. We
understand that Band is a full
-
year commitment for the 201
3
-
201
4

school

year.



Parent/Guardian Signature__________________________________________
_


Date_____________________



I have read the
Bowie

Band Handbook and agree to abide by the policies stated. I realize
that failure to follow policies or

directions will result in disciplinary action that could lead to
dismissal from the Band and Band cla
sses.



Student Signature__________________________________________________


Date
_____________________



RETURN THIS FORM
SIGNED BY SEPTEMBER
5
th
.

KEEP ALL OTHER PARTS OF THE HANDBOOK FOR REFERENCE.