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
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
hool Band you have the honor and responsibility of participating in an
organization with a high standard of excellence and pride.
The instrumental music program at Bowie Junior High is the first phase of a six
year program of instruction.
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
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
In order to have a successful program good communication between parents and teachers is essential.
BEST source of information is the band website:
The Horned Frog band App can
also be downloaded from this
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
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
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
Please update a
ll of your information by September
. Students will receive a grade of 100
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.
rms App is available in the App Store and
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
at the end of this handbook, on the band website, and through the band app.
date! Check the online calendar at www.
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 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
solo and ensemble contests
throughout the year.
Instrumentation is limited to those who show advanced performance
superior attitudes. Members are selected by audition.
Private Lessons are highly encouraged for each
student in the Bowie Band program.
Section rehearsals will be scheduled one day per week, either before or after school. Attendance
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
attendance problems will be assigned to Symphonic Band after the fall
Band is an advanced performing group with p
band program as primary objectives.
Students will perform at concerts and contests
throughout the year.
Private Lessons are highly encouraged for each student in the
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
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
Solid black dress shoes
Black closed toe flats
The Beginner Band is intended as a training ground to prepare each student to participate in one of the
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
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
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
The uniform for concerts will consist of the band tee
shirt, khaki pants, and closed toe shoes.
Once a student is in the
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
given at the beginnin
g of the school year. Students who enroll in other school activities, such as
, etc., need to plan ahead to avoid conflicts that cannot be resolved. The band
work with other teachers, coaches, and directors of vari
ous activities to give each student
to be part of other groups.
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
will result in a grade of zero for that performance. Habitual
absentees will be removed from t
he band program at the director
Excuses are only accepted in
the event of absence from school or family
Please make every effort to notify a director
before an absence occurs
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
Excused absences (see above) may be made up for full credit, while unexcused
absences may be made up
50% credit only.
In determining the band grade each six weeks, three areas will comprise the average:
Performance Grade (50%)
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
Practice Reports (
including a record of individual practice throughout the week. Students are expected
to practice for a minimum of
0 minutes e
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.
signed on time can be turned in, signed 1 week late for 70% credit.
Participation Grade (
ing correct marking of music, care and maintenance of instruments,
punctuality at rehearsals and performances, and
Six Weeks Test
Objective sheets will be posted in the band
hall and online with assignments to be completed
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
you may not be able to record
because of technical issues.
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
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
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.
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.
Spend some time listening to your
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
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
1. Conduct in the Band Hall
No Food or Drink will be brought into the band hall.
We will throw your things away!
Band students are to wait in the hallway for their friends.
We will tell your friends to go away!
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
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
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.
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:
for which admission is charged;
Any event that is inter
Any event where ratings are
Sectional and concert attendance will not be affected by grades
ts will be given alternate assignments during contest preparation
time, or to make up for
performances that are missed.
Use of School
A limited number of the more expensive instruments are owned by
ISD for the purpose of balancing
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.
form will be sent home for parent/guar
dian signature each
which describes the condition
instrument at that time. It is the responsibility of the student/parent to check over the instrument at
and understand that the instrument must be returned in the same condition at the
end of the
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
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
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
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.)
ls and Pencil Pouch
At least two
. 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
1. Cork grease (clarinets and saxophones)
loth swab (clarinets and flutes)
. At least four good, recommended brand reeds at all times.
(It is more economical to purchase reeds by the box rather than individually.)
. Reed guard
available for smart phones for free
. Folding music st
and (For at home practice)
1. Valve oil (cornets/trumpets, euphoniums, tubas)
2. Tuning slide grease (
Tuning Slide Grease)
slide cream and spray bottle (trombones only)
4. Flexible cleaning snake
5. Mouthpiece brush
available for smart phones for free
7. Folding music stand (For at home practice)
(Nylon tip sticks or drum set sticks are NOT allowed!! Stay away from the bargain bin!!)
2. One pair
medium yarn marimba mallets
. One pair hard timpani mallets
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
All materials and Supplies must be acquired by
Band fees help to fill the gap between what the school district can provide for students, and what is needed
maintain the Bowie Band program. Typically the band fee accounts for
of the budget for the year.
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.
ded in this fee is
which will be used for performances
and can be worn to school on Thursdays.
This fee is
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
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
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
It is very important that
do their part and participate in each fundraiser.
rivate lessons are a VITAL ELEMENT in a student’s musical life. The opportunity to study
privately with a
fessional musician is one of the most important factors to individual success.
These professionals provide
detailed, specific, one
one instruction tailored for your child. Of the
students who make the Texas All
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 $
Half scholarships are available for students in need. Plea
se contact Mr. Boyd if interested.
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
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
I have read the
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
RETURN THIS FORM
SIGNED BY SEPTEMBER
KEEP ALL OTHER PARTS OF THE HANDBOOK FOR REFERENCE.