Roswell High School
“THE BIG RED BAND”
Michael Gottleib, RISD Superintendent
, Roswell High School Principal
P.J. Garnett, Roswell Assistant Principal
ian Byrd, Roswell Assistant principal
Odom, Director of Bands
Humanities Department Head
Sandra Weikel, Assistant Director
Roswell High School Main Office
Table of Content
Marching Band Class
Make up Work
Game Day Proc
In the Stadium
RHS Band Trip Policies
23. Band Fees
25. Personal Instruments
26. Percussion Equipment
27. Instrument Storage and Practice rooms
28. Percussion Storage Rooms
29. Band Boosters
31. Money Collections
32. Band Awards
33. Student Leadership
35. Other Classes Offered
36. Important Forms
Welcome to the
“THE BIG RED BAND”!
Over the years, the
Big Red Band
performed all over the co
untry at various contests and festivals for thousands of people.
You have now become part of a tradition that spans several decades and even
As you get to know the many others that have also chosen to become a part of our
tradition, you will
find a cross section of RHS students in our band. We have scholars,
athletes, and socialites. You will find a tremendous diversity of interests represented in
our band. We have leaders in virtually every club and/or activity in school. Members of
ational Honor Society fill many of
chairs. Many of our me
mbers will earn
not only in the field of music, but
many areas. Your time spent with “The
Big Red Band” will afford you many opportunities to be in the spotlight and be
ed as a performer and perhaps even as an outstanding soloist.
Our band is one of the cities most recognizable organizations. You will have the
opportunity to perform in a variety of situations that will give you life long memories and
will give you the
chance to be a member of a select group of individuals that are hard
working, dedicated musicians and students.
As a member of this group you will not only
find friends and colleagues, but it is our hope that you will find a home as well.
It is our goal for every student in the Big Red Band to develop a lifelong love of music.
Furthermore, it is our goal and hope that each and every student gains the highest
possible proficiency as a young musician. While we urge all young musicians to se
music performance opportunities in college or in local musical organizations after high
that many of our students will enjoy music as an avocation and as
listeners much more often than as performers after they leave our program. With
mind, we will strive to help them develop the widest possible range of musical taste by
exposing them to as many diverse musical styles and ideas as possible thus we can be
musically literate, and become critical and perceptive listeners.
h involvement in our band program, we hope to instill a strong sense of
motivation and inner drive in all we do. We provide the opportunity to develop
morally, socially, academically, and musically through the medium of instrumental music
and the exp
eriences associated with individual, small ensemble and large ensemble
performance. Our success and achievement individually and collectively as a performer
and performing group will be directly affected by the degree of
that we develop and
believe that all students enrolled in the program will improve their
performance level if they possess a cooperative spirit, a desire to learn
, and a strong work
ethic. In order to achieve the level of success we aspire to achieve, we
Then we must each
aspire to achieve
them through a personal
We must show
loyalty and dedication
toward our group and our
goals on a daily basis. We must each be willing to extend
mutual respect and a positive
toward each of our fellow members on a daily basis
. This will
discipline, personal integrity, personal responsibility for one’s own actions,
personal integrity, a cooperative spirit, and inspire group pride.
We believe that the success
f the band program is dependent upon the collective
and cooperative performance of parents, students, and instructors. No organization is
greater than the sum of its parts. At a minimum, to promote a successful prog
person involved is asked to meet the expectations stated below.
All parents want to see their children achieve success. Each child has a greater
chance of attaining success if he/she has parental approval and support. We,
staff, believe that each band member will have a greater chance of success if the parent
1. Encourage the child to follow the rules outlined in the RHS and Band Handbooks.
2. Provide a high quality instrument for the child to play
de a place
in your home for the child to practice each day
4. Provide timely transportation to and from rehearsals and performances
5. Meet financial obligations on schedule
6. Participate in band activities: join the booster club
7. Support the child
by attending concerts and performances
A student who has a positive attitude, a desire to learn and a willingness to give
consistent and continuous effort will achieve success. Band students are asked to:
1. Always strive to hav
e a positive and cooperative attitude
Follow all rules outlined in the RHS and Band Handbooks
3. Be on time and prepared for each rehearsal and performance.
4. Have all required materials, pencils, paper, drill charts, music, instrument,
ment in good repair for all rehearsals and performances
5. Know your music and drill assignments to the best of your ability
6. Give your best eff
ort, go beyond your limitations and exceed your expectations
7. Be a team player. Do your part and help oth
ers achieve success
8. Be serious about your academics. Pass all of your classes
9. Follow the 3D principle of Desire, Discipline, and Dedication
The band director’s vision, guidance, leadership, and experience are critical
success of the program
must be understood by all members, prospective members,
and parents that all decisions concerning the band, or band policies, band auditions, or
placement in the band will be made by the director and those decisions are f
that understood, the RHS band staff will meet the expectations stated below:
1. Always strive to have a positive and cooperative attitude
2. Provide an atmosphere that is conductive to learning
3. Plan rehearsals that are effective, educationa
l, and productive
4. Provide continued musical growth and development for each student
5. Design performances that are challenging, educational, entertaining, and of the highest
The Band program at RHS is
organized to provide students with continuous development
of musical skills through the study
and application of wind and percussion instruments in
large and small ensemble settings. The band ensembles include Marching Band, Concert
Band, Jazz Band, and
Marching Band will meet during the fall semester during football season. After
football season, concert band will take its place. Concert band will also meet during the
During Concert season there will be opportuni
ties to focus on small
ensemble activities like All
District Honor Band, All
State Honor Band, and Solo and
Students enrolled in band class also have the opportunity to participate in other
music classes like Percussion Ensemble, Music Theory,
and Music Appreciation. An
explanation of each class follows.
MARCHING BAND CLASS
Marching Band provides students with a balanced comprehensive study of music.
semester consists mostly of marching activities and is concluded with a winter concert at
the end of the semester providing a smooth transition to the spring semester. Instruction
is designed so that students are enabled to connect, examine, imagine, define, try, extend,
refine, and integrate music study into other subject areas. Ensemble and
solo activities are
designed to develop elements of musicianship including, but not limited to: (1) tone
production, (2) technical skills, (3) intonation, (4) music reading skills, (5) listening
skills, (6) analyzing music, and (7) studying historically s
ignificant styles of literature.
Band repertoire is of the highest caliber.
All members of the marching band program are required to participate in the Concert
Band class during the spring semester unless special arrangements are made with the
The sections of the Marching Band include but are not limited to Drum Major,
and Color Guard. Extra rehearsals are scheduled on an
arranged basis with a minimum of 5 extra hours of rehearsal scheduled outside of the
each week during the marching season as scheduled by the director.
members of the band are encouraged, but not required, to study privately.
Attendance is required at all rehearsals, performances and competitions
unless excused by the Director as
they are used as assessment tools as per the New
Mexico Standards and Benchmarks for music education.
All students who elect to
take the Marching Band class must participate in the Summer Band Camp in preparation
for the fall marching activities and perfo
rmances. Membership in the marching band as
instrumentalists is open to all students with previous band experience in grades 9
by permission of the director. An audition for placement may be required. Preliminary
chair placement as well as specifi
c assignments and positions in the competition show
will begin to be made during band camp and periodically throughout the semester at the
discretion of the director.
The marching band typically performs for all home football games, away football
hen funding is available, at pep assemblies, the Southeast New Mexico State
Fair Parade, SENMMEA District Marching Festival, and other regional marching
contests or performances as determined by the director.
Grades will be based on the
following criteria: Daily Participation, Performance Test,
Written Test, Performance Participation, Uniform Inspection, and Rehearsal
Participation. Grades are based on a 100 point scale. The
explanations of grades are
1. Morning Rehearsal
2. Daily Participation= 20
3. Performances= 100 points a performance
4. Playing Test= 100 points
. Music Memorization= 100 points
6. Uniform Inspection= 100 points
7. Performance Line Up= 100 points
8. Friday Rehearsals= 100
9. Sectionals= 100 p
10. Quizzes= 100 points
11. Miscellaneous= 50 points
12. Required music folder at games= 50 points
1. Morning rehearsals start at 7 am. Roll will be taken. If you are on time you will
e full credit. Five points will be deducted for every 10 minutes you are late.
2. There will be daily participation p
oints. If you are late, fail
to participate, or do not
have your required material you will lose those participation points.
ces (games, parades, concerts, other performances) are worth 100 points. If
you attend the performances and are on time you will receive full credit,
you are late 50
points will be deducted from the performance points
4. Playing tests are worth 100 po
ints. One point will be deducted for each mistake. You
will be notified of your score on the playing test. You will have one week to retake the
playing test if you choose to try to improve your grade
5. Music for the half time show, fight song, school s
ong, parade song
, and Star Spangled
Banner must be memorized. Each song is worth 100 points. Stand tunes do not need to be
memorized, but i
t is encouraged.
6. There will be a uniform inspection before each performance. If you are in full uniform
receive full credit. If you are out of uniform 50 points will be deducted
uniform is in need of cleaning, 1
time there will be a warning, 2
time 100 points will
7. You are expected to be at each performance on time. Roll will b
e taken. If you are
late 50 points will be deducted.
8. There will be Friday after school rehearsals on game days. Failure to show up for the
rehearsals or showing up late for the rehearsal will mean you will lose those points
9. Extra rehearsals and se
ctionals are mandatory. Failure to show up for sectionals or
showing up late will mean you lose those points
10. Quizzes will be given periodically. They will be either written quizzes, playing
quizzes, or marching quizzes. These quizzes are worth 100 po
11. Miscellaneous points will be given for extra credit or extra effort. The points will be
deducted if you continue to “forget” your required material, gum on the field, no
charts, disruptive behavior, or have disciplinary actions against y
ou (on trip or at
12. You are required to have a mus
ic folder at all performances. F
ailure to bring your
folder to performances will result in 50 points being deducted
Symphonic Band provides students with a balan
ced comprehensive study of music.
Instruction is designed so that students are enabled to connect, examine, imagine, define,
try, extend, refine, and integrate music study into other subject areas. Ensemble and solo
activities are designed to develop eleme
nts of musicianship including, but not limited to:
(1) tone production, (2) technical skills, (3) intonation, (4) music reading skills, (5)
listening skills, (6) analyzing music, and (7) studying historically significant styles of
literature. Band repertoi
re is of the highest caliber.
All members of the Symphonic Band
are required to participate in the Marching Band class during the fall semester unless
special arrangements are made with the director. Extra rehearsals are scheduled on an
arranged basis as
scheduled by the director.
All members of the band are encouraged,
but not required, to study privately.
Attendance is required at all rehearsals,
performances and competitions unless excused by the Director as they are used as
assessment tools as per
the New Mexico Standards and Benchmarks for music
. An audition for placement may be required. The Symphonic Band students
typically perform a preview concert, at District Solo/Ensemble Festival, at SENMMEA
District Large Ensemble Festival, and
other performances as determined by the director.
Membership in the symphonic band is open to all students with previous band experience
in grades 9
12 or by permission of the director. All band members must participate fully
in all rehearsals and perfo
Grades will be based on the following criteria: Daily Participation, Performance Test,
Written Test, Performance Participation, Uniform Inspection, and Rehearsal
Participation. Grades are based on a 100 point scale. The expl
anations of grades are as
y Participation= 20
2. Performances= 100 points a performance
3. Playing Test= 100 points
4. Rehearsals= 100 points
5. Sectionals= 100 points
6. Quizzes= 100 points
7. Scale Tests= 100 points
tten Tests= 100 points
9. Miscellaneous= 50 points
1. It is expected that everyone will participate fully and cooperatively. Failure to
will result in the loss
of the participation points
Performances are worth 100 points. If you attend the
performances and are on time
you will receive full credit, if you are late 50 points will be deducted from the
3. Playing tests are worth 100 points. One point will be deducted for each mistake. You
will be notified of your score on th
e playing test. You will have one week to retake the
playing test if you choose to try to improve your grade
4. There will be times (Music in our schools week, rehearsals for contest) when extra
rehearsals will be required. These rehearsals are worth 100
points. Failure to attend these
rehearsals will mean a loss of those points.
5. Sectionals may be called if necessary. Failure to sho
w up for sectionals means a loss
of those points
6. Quizzes are used to assess student achievement
se quizzes are
worth 100 points. One point will be deducted for each mistake.
7. Scales are an important aspect of music. Scales will be given to test students’
knowledge and advancement on their instrument. One point will be deducted for each
Written tests will be given periodically for semester finals or when needed. These are
worth 100 points.
Miscellaneous points will be given for extra credit or extra effort. The points will be
deducted if you continue to “forget”
your required materi
, disruptive behavior, or have
disciplinary actions against you
You will be notified of your score on playing tests and scale tests. You will have one
week to retake the tests if you choose to try to improve your grade.
11. There will be times when
solos will be available for students to audition for. The
decision of the soloists will be determined by audition. The director will make the final
decision on who will play the solo. That decision is final.
12. Chair tests will be used for placement in
the ensemble. An audition will be required
for chair and part placement. The director will make the final decision on placement.
Those decisions are final. There will be times when challenges will be made available
for chair or part advancement.
ng Concert Season there will be opportunities for students to participate in honor
groups and Solo and Ensemble. Participation is not mandatory but is highly encouraged.
Students will practice harder for the honor groups and the solo and ensemble groups i
they feel they are responsible for those groups. With that in mind a few policies are in
1. Audition fees for All
State and All
District honor groups will be the
responsibility of the student. Money to cover the fees will be due one week before
due date. Failure to pay the fee on time will result in an increase of 10 dollars per fee.
2. Fees for Solo and Ensemble will be the responsibility of the student. Money to
cover the fees will be due one week before the due date. Failure to pay the
fees on time
will result in an increase of 10 dollars per fee.
Preparation for auditions or solo and ensemble is the
responsibility of the
student. Failure to be prepared for the auditions
or solo and ensemble
loss of the fees and t
he loss of the opportunity to participate in the auditions or solo and
It must be understood by all members, prospective members, and parents that all
decisions concerning the band, scale tests, part assignments, audition results, or
in the band will be made by the director and those decisions are final
Because of our determination to provide a rich, educational, and positive experience for
all of our students, we must be willing to abide by guidelines that will
set our standards of
behavior higher than those expected of the general student body. We are an outstanding,
high performance award winning organization and all members are expected to behave as
One key to a successful band program is a consistent
positive attitude and effort.
It is vital that all members cooperate with instructors and student leaders in order to
insure the best possible experience for all.
The following is in addition to all of the policies found in the RHS student
handbook as w
ell as the RISD School Board policies regarding student behavior. All are
in effect at all band functions, rehearsals, performances, and travel.
Be on time for rehearsals
minutes early is on time)
2. Have all necessary equipment and materials
3. Know your music and assignments
4. Always listen to directors and student leaders
5. Do not bring food, gum, or drinks into the band hall or onto the practice field
6. No disruptive behavior, talking during rehearsal or horseplay will be tolerate
7. Do not play on someone else’s equipment or instrument
8. If it is not yours, leave it alone
9. Leave the band room, practice field, rehearsal areas clean and neat.
Put away all chairs and
stands, music, instruments away in a neat
fashion after performances and rehearsals
11. All percussion music, toys, instruments should be kept in their proper place
12. Take care of school owned property and instruments. You are responsible for
cing any damaged property.
13. Practice your music at home. It is your responsibility to come to rehearsal
prepared and ready to enhance the rehearsal not detract from it
Participate fully and enthusiastically in all rehea
15. Do not enter director’s office without permission
16. The office phone is for the director’s use only.
17. Keep the instrument room clean neat and tidy, keep instrumen
t in their proper
18. When in uniform, you will be in FULL uniform. Do not take off jacket or wear
it unzipped, You will be in full uniform from the time you ENTER the
stadium until you leave the stadium.
Do not rip, cut, or amend the band t
shirt in anyway
20. Be a good citizen. The use of Profanity, disruptive behavior, spitting, hazing,
harassment, vandalism, or any behavior that is not conducive to
ewarding rehearsal will not be tolerated.
21. Stay informed and make sure to keep your parents/ guardian informed of
schedule changes and event dates
22. The use of cell phones during class or rehearsals will not be tolerated
low the 3D rule
Desire, Discipline, and Dedication. You have a
desire to be in this ensemble and your actions and behavior are expected
to be above
and beyond the normal expectations of others. You must be disciplined in your
behavior as wel
l as your academics and time management. You must have dedication
to your instrument, your music, and this ensemble to achieve success.
PARTICIPATION AT ALL FULL BAND REHEARSALS AND
PERFORMANCES IS MANDATORY.
Students and parents must understand that
meeting the requirements of the course
includes mandatory participation at all rehearsals and performances including those
Schedule of events will be made available at the beginning of the school year.
and parents will
any changes or amendments that are made
in a timely
manner so that scheduling conflicts can be avoided.
It is expected that parents will ensure their son/ daughter is picked up on time after
rehearsals or performances. Only parents or guar
dians will be allowed to pick up
students. If other arrangements are to be made, the band staff AND school administration
signed by the parent giving permission and acknowledging that
your son or daughter is being picked up by other
The band staff realizes that emergencies and conflicts do happen from time to time. If a
student must miss a performance or a rehearsal,
he director must receive
no later than a week prior to the performance
Band camp is an essential part of the band program. It is the time when freshman come
to understand what it means to be a member of the RHS band. It is also the first time the
band can start working on the show and drill for the school year. Band camp
MANDATORY for every band member. If you are unable to attend a portion of band
camp then the director must be notified. Failure to show up to band camp will result in
Band camp will be from 8 am until 11 am and 1 pm until 4 pm Mon
day through Friday.
Camp will also be from 8 am until noon on Saturday. Camp begins the third Monday of
July and goes until August 1
. At the end of band camp there is an ice cream social
where friends and parents can see the band for their first perfor
mance of the year.
also the first parent booster meeting.
Band members are not allowed to leave campus during band camp hours for any reason
unless the director is notified in advance.
Remember the more students that attend band camp the more we c
an get accompl
The more we accomplish
during band camp the less we will have to practice after school
and during the regular school year
Band jacket, Over
lay, Band Trousers, Black marching shoes
cks, Band Hat.
Band Jacket, Band Trousers, Black Marching shoes, Black Socks
Pep Band/ Assemblies
: Band t
shirt, Blue Jeans, Sneakers or appropriate footwear
Other Concert Attire:
Men: Dress shirt, black dress pants
jeans) Black shoes,
ack socks, Tie, Dress jacket is not required.
Women: Black dress, or appropriate semi formal attire.
No short skirts or strapless dresses
You must be in full uniform at all times while in the stadium or at a performance
Attitude is ev
Uniform rental agreement must be filled out and fees paid before the uniforms will be
handed out. Refer to the uniform rental agreement at the end of the band handbook for
It is a privilege and an honor
to wear the RHS band uniform. Students who wear the
uniform must work hard to uphold the PRIDE, TRADITION, INTEGRITY, and
that is associated with the Roswell High School Band. Band uniforms will be
issued the first weeks of school AFTER the unifo
rm rental fee has been paid. The
following uniform policy will be strictly enforced.
1. Parents and students must sign a uniform contract assuming
full responsibility for all uniform parts issued
Parents and students are responsible for the clea
ning and maintenance of
Students are not allowed to eat, chew gum, or drink anything
except water while wearing the band uniform
4. Students are required to wear the band uniform at all times
during concerts and performance
5. Students are required to report to all games, performances in full uniform.
6. Students are required to take care of the uniforms.
You are responsible for any damage to the uniform.
7. Students may not wear jewelry while in uniform
tud earrings will be allowed. No dangling jewelry will be permitted.
You must have permission from the director to wear jewelry.
No necklaces or bracelets will be permitted.
8. Only black shoes and black socks may be worn with the uniform
ching shoes must be “polished” no visible dirt or scuffs will be permitted
10. Marching hat must be clean, no dirt or scuffs will be permitted
11. Students may not wear face paint, faddish hair
(styles or hair coloring that will distract or stand o
ut) while in uniform.
Unless given permission from the director
Students with long hair must have the hair tucked up under the hat.
13. Uniforms must be professionally dry
Do not try to wash or dry uniforms at home
14. You will
be responsible for cleaning uniforms before major performances
r when it is deemed necessary.
15. The band will clean uniforms at the beginning of the school year
and at the end of the school year.
Students who are not in full uniform will
not be allowed to perform and will
receive a zero for the performance grade. Students who do not take care of their uniform
will have their uniform taken away from them resulting in the loss of the opportunity to
perform. If your uniform is found “crumpl
ed” in the band ro
om, it will be taken away and
fee of $5
0.00 will be charged to get that uniform back. Failure to retrieve t
will result in a loss
of participation of concerts or performances until the uniform issue is
If uniforms ar
e damaged beyond repair, you will be responsible for the
replacement cost of the uniform ($450.00)
Academic Eligibility is determined by grade point average earned at the end of the
previous grading period. All band memb
t maintain at least a 2.0
GPA and not
failing more than one class. Students that are ineligible are not allowed to participate in
any out of town activities or music festivals. Non participation in these events will result
in the loss of points they woul
d have received by attending these events. We will have
weekly progress reports for grade checks. These reports are mandatory and will count as
a weekly participation grade.
Make up Work
from 3:30 until 4pm students will have the op
portunity to make up one
day of missed assignments, tests, or participation grades. If you are late to the make up
session, you will lose the opportunity to make up those points. You must take
responsibility for your own actions.
Make up assignments and
or activities will be determined by the director.
The RHS Band is a highly visible ensemble. Discipline mus
t remain at the highest
Each student will be given the opportunity to not only display a high level of behavioral
y every day during rehearsal, but to raise it to a higher level enabling us to
experience true musical growth as individuals and as an ensemble. We will follow the
RISD discipline policies as outlined in the RHS student handbook. Refer to the section in
your RHS Student Handbook dealing with the student code of conduct and ethics, dress
code, etc. for a more complete guide in this area.
Insubordination will not be tolerated. Students that cho
se to engage in the following
behaviors will be referred to t
he principal or assistant principal immediately:
Defacing or destruction of school property and/or buses or other arranged
session or use of tobacco, alcohol,
or drugs on campus or on school
Any other serious misconduct
Students that are continually invol
ved with discipline problems will
from the class.
Game Day Proc
The marching band will perform at all varsity home games and possibly one away game.
All marching band members are required to attend and participate. Students are required
to follow the schedule below for the home games. Students need to eat befo
re the game.
Students may not bring food or drink into the band hall or the stadium. Water will be
allowed and will be provided.
4:00 After school rehearsal on game days
4:30 load equipment
6:00 report time to the Stadium
op the track
6:50 Star Spangled Banner
7:00 Game start
8:00 Half time show*
9:00 End of Game*
Everyone is responsible for loading and unloading their own equipment. After the game
the equipment will be unloaded back at the band
In the Stadium
The role of the marching band is to boost moral, promote pride, exude excitement, and
support the football team. In order to meet these objectives the following policies will be
1. All students must sit in their assigned
seating within their section
2. Students should maintain the block seating formation at all times
3. No one except band students will be allowed into the band section
4. Students are not
allowed to eat, chew gum, or drink in the stands (water is allowe
5. We all play together. Everyone plays or no one plays, practice at home
6. Watch the director and drum major at all times. Games are fast paced we play at a
notice and have to cut off immediately.
7. Rest room breaks will be permitted ONLY
after half time, students must go in groups
of 2 and be accompanied by a chaperone
8. The fight song and school song will be played after the end of the game
9. No one is allowed to leave the game early unless permission is given by the director
p the band section clean and free of trash or debris
11. The use of cell phones will not be permitted
12. The discipline policy will be in effect during all games
13. The band will be dismissed by the director.
Students are required to t
ravel to and from out of town performances with the band.
Students may go home with parents
if their parent or guardian has made
arrangements with the director prior to the day of the trip. Parents must get permission
from the director be
fore the student may leave. Students who leave with their parents are
still responsible for their uniforms, equipment, or instruments.
Parents must provide a
written note to the director
to the day of the event in order for students to leave
1. All bus rules, discipline policies, and travel policies will be enforced.
2. Students will be responsible for loading and unloading of all equipment and
3. Leave the bus clean and neat. A cleaning fee will be assessed to those that l
4. The band is not responsible for any lost or stolen items
5. No loud music, noises, or vulgarity will be tolerated
RHS Band Trip Policies
Because of our determination to provide a rich, educational, and positive experienc
all of our students, we must be willing to abide by guideline that will set our standards of
behavior higher than those expected of the general student body and befitting an
outstanding and award winning organization.
Strive to be a mature and cont
member of our group. In our group situation “maturity” will mean that you respect
yourself, others, order, safety, and that you will take responsibility for your actions and
furthermore exhibit self
control and self
discipline. Help rehearsals m
smoothly, and efficiently by not talking or playing out of turn. Musical growth and
musical maturity are impossible without self
control and self
discipline so please
maintain both of these two characteristic signs of maturity during rehearsa
performances, and any other occasion that we are in our group situation representing
RHS and Roswell.
Do not leave the event area without a sponsor.
Be where you are supposed to be when you are supposed to be there
with everything you need.
Curfew in t
he motel will be clearly stated and followed.
expected to be in your rooms at all times unless permission
director is given.
Your room will be checked
and if an infraction
takes place, disciplinary action will be taken at the time of the
ction, and d
isciplinary action will be taken at RHS upon return.
If you are tardy for any departure time you will spe
nd the remainder
of the day under close observation of the director
If you are ineligible you will not be allowed to participate
have been reported for any discipline action you will not be
permitted to participate.
You must stay with your assigned group and chaperone at all times.
If you are
found to be
after completion of payment of trip,
THERE WILL BE NO REFUND GRANTED
Please refer to the section in your RHS Student Handbook dealing with the student code
of conduct and ethics, dress code, etc. for a more complete guide in this area.
problem I will have no other recourse than to either 1) cancel a
trips ( including all
state, contest, and solo and ensemble) 2) require parents
of every student to be chaperones on band trips 3) require all students to be in groups
with designated chaperone at all times.
In order for the
RHS band to run smoothly, there are a few fees the band members are
These funds are used to help defray the high cost of operating a top level
marching band program. In some instances, sponsorships and fundraisers are used by
o raise the money needed to pay for band fees and additional costs.
need to be paid
by October 1st
unless other arrangeme
nts have been made with the
shirt fees, uniform fees, a
nd shoe fees
to be paid before the items will be
Failure to pay band fees will result in a hold on the students grades until
payment is received.
shirt is used as our travel uniform as well as
ssembly and pep band uniforms.
very band member needs to order a
this fee is used to pay to have the uniforms professionally dry
cleaned and to repair general day to day wear and tear. Parents and students must sign a
uniform rental agreement and pay the rental fee before the uni
forms will be handed out.
Drill Master Shoes
shoes we use for marching band as well as concert season.
a pair. Shoes must be paid for BEFORE they are ordered.
you are in the percussion section or
play a school owned
instrument this is the rental fee for the instrum
ent. This fee is used to keep the
instruments in good playing condition and pay for end of the year repairs and cleaning.
Students and parents must sign an instrument rental agreement
and pay the fee before an
instrument is handed out. Students will be required to pay for repairs and damaged
caused by abusive or careless usage.
The drill master shoes will be used every year. As long as your shoes fit and are in good
condition you do
not need to purchase another pair. Shoe sizes are the same as sneaker
sizes. Shoe fees and t
shirt orders will be taken at the beginning of band camp or first
week of school.
owned instruments are issued on a rental basis. The rent
al fee is $50 per year.
The student to which an RISD instrument is rented and issued is responsible for regular
keep, and any necessary repairs other than normal wear and tear. Students
being issued an RISD Instrument must complete an Instr
ument Rental Form, which must
be signed by parent or guardian.
Students who use school owned instruments must comply with the guidelines listed
1. Parent and student are required to sign an instrument rental agreement. This agreement
nsibility for the repair of any damage to the instrument caused by
carelessness or abuse.
2. Students are required to pay a $50.00 instrument rental fee
3. Be responsible for the instrument. It is your responsibility
4. Do not allow anyone except yoursel
f to play the instrument.
5. Make sure it is put in its case properly and stored safely
6. The instrument must be checked into the band director at the end of each semester for
Keep the instrument in good playing condition
8. You will be
held responsible if the instrument is lost, stolen or damaged.
1. The school or the band is not responsible for any loss or damage to your instrument
2. Take care of your instrument. It is your responsibility.
Do not allow any
one except yourself to play the instrument.
4. Make sure it is stored in its proper place
5. When not being played the instrument should be in your lap not on the floor
6. Keep the instrument in good playing condition
If the instrument is not yours do
not play it. Be respectful of everyone’s property
. If you
damage the instrument in any way YOU are the one responsible for the repair costs.
Absolutely no playing of the percussion equipment unless you are a percussionist!!
ercussion instruments are to be played only by the person assigned to the instrument
2. All sticks, mallets, toys, drums, cymbals, and accessories will be stored in their proper
place after each rehearsal
3. All large concert instrument
will be covered
after each rehearsal or when not in use
4. The percussion section will work as a unit in cleaning and maintaining the percussion
section, the percussion storage rooms, and the percussion cabinet
5. Do not use drums as furniture
6. No coolers, food, drin
k, allowed in the percussion section
7. Sticks, music, equipment belong in the cabinet or in folders not on the floor
8. Each drummer is required to have their own sticks and mallets. If they break you
9. If you break a drum head it is y
our responsibility to replace them
10. You will be responsible for any lost, stolen, or broken equipment.
11. Every parent and drum
mer will be required to sign the
instrument rental agreement
12. No food is allowed in the percussion cabinets or storage r
13. Storage rooms are to remain locked at all times
14. All cymbals should be cleaned and shined and stored in their proper place
15. Use the proper sticks and mallets on each percussion instrument. YOU will be held
responsible for any damage to an
y percussion item that is damaged due to abusive use
Instrument Storage/ Practice Rooms
The instrument storage rooms are designed to accommodate proper storage for
instruments and accessories. These rooms must remain neat and clean for us to be
function properly and e
ffectively. The following guidelines apply to the instrument
1. No food, gum, or drink in the storage or practice rooms
2. The storage rooms are not your private lockers. Store items at your own risk
3. All instru
ments will be placed in their proper place. Not on the floor
4. Instruments will be in their cases at all times when in the storage rooms
5. DO NOT TOUCH OTHER PEOPLE’S INSTRUMENT
6. All sticks, mallets, and accessories are to be stored in their proper
7. YOU are responsible for any lost or damaged sticks
8. Cases are not chairs, do not sit on them
9. Tubas are not trash cans
Percussion Storage Rooms
Percussion students will observe all rules and regulations about storage rooms and band
l policies. You must work diligently to keep the percussion section neat and orderly.
Take pride in your area and take pride in your equipment. If it is lost, stolen, or damaged
YOU will replace and
or repair the equipment.
Policies about the percussion
1. Absolutely no food, drinks, or gum in the percussion
2. No coolers in the percussion section
3. All materials must be stored in their proper place
4. No food or personal items will be stored in the storage rooms or the percussi
5. You will be charged full score cost to replace lost or damaged music
6. The percussion equipment is not furniture. Do not sit on them
Do not keep personal items in the storage rooms
8. No one is allowed in the storage rooms without d
The sound booth is for electronic equipment.
No one is allowed in the booth
. Anyone found in the booth will be held accountable for any lost or stolen
property and disciplinary action will be taken.
Any items found in t
he sound booth that
does not belong there will be discarded in the trash
RHS Band Boosters
The band boosters are the parent support group for the band. They are involved in e
aspect of the band program, f
rom fundraising to chaperoning, the boosters d
o it all.
Boosters meet once a month starting at the beginning of the school year.
All parents are urged to attend all meetings and stay informed.
The band could not be as
successful as it is without the help and support of the booster program.
ties and Student Fundraisers
The profit from all fund
raisers will be used to benefit the band and recorded in an
account. Funds that are not used during the year will carry over to the next year. We
encourage band students to get sponsors to off set costs
. It is expected that EVERY
member of the RHS band participate fully and enthusiastically in the fundraising effort.
YOU all benefit from the proceeds so you all will participate. We will have a set amount
we want each student to raise. If you do not w
ant to participate, then giving the band a
check for the
set amount will suffice.
Money and orders are due on the specific due
dates. Failure to submit monies and orders will result
failure to participate in the
fundraiser. Follow all procedures prop
Fundraisers we participate in: Sponsorships, Krispie Kreme, Pen Sales, Poinsettias,
If you have an idea for a fundraiser please bring your ideas to the director and the
: Money and unsold merchandise should be handled in the following
manner for each fundraiser
1. Money is to be turned in by the deadline, but preferably before.
Any late money will
not be accepted. Due dates are there for a reason.
Turn in money
you collect often. Do
not hang on to money. This will result in a delay of settling our bill and consequently a
delay in updating your account.
2. Make sure all checks have been made payable to:
Roswell High School Band.
3. All money is to be turned int
o the director in an envelope. Please put the following
information on the front of the envelope:
a. Student’s full name
b. What the money being turned is for
c. Amount of money being turned in and the date on
which you are turning in money
Double and triple check to make sure that the amount inside matches the amount
written on the front of the envelope.
must put in time and effort if we are to have successful projects that
will help fund our activities. Parents, of cour
se, are encouraged to help.
benefits from the monies collected. Everyone must participate.
Awards will be presented to deserving band members
at each band banquet
of these awards will be based on a student’s contribu
tions to the organization,
dedication to the RHS Band
A. For students to “letter” in band, they must have credibly performed in
major performances for the entire year and not have received any misconduct
B. All award recipients will be selected by the director.
John Phillip Sousa Award
for outstanding band senior
Louis Armstrong Jazz Award
outstanding jazz band member
Semper Fidelis Aw
ard Senior with most Pride and S
John Alverez Award
that is the most dedicated
awards given to those students who go the extra mile to help
improve the band. Given by instrument, and by class.
the section that has displayed the most
dedication and ha
students that have shown the most improvement
throughout the year.
All of these awards have plaques hanging in the band room as a tribute to
the individual dedication by the winners to the RHS Band.
C. Individual awards b
Concert Season (end of the year
Sophomore Music Trophy
. To be eligible for the
band awards, band members must attend
performances and rehearsals
If band members
do not attend
they are not eligible
for the band awards.
Student leadership within the band is extremely important and the quality will directly
affect the degree of success we achieve. Each year students will be selected as student
leaders to serve in various capacities. Drum major, drill captains, and band officers will
serve as leaders with responsibilities appropriate their position. Some of
the positions are
elected positions. Others are determined by the director. Responsibility is not to be
confused with authority. Authority flows down the chain from the central office, to
administrators, and finally to band staff, that is the director(s).
We make decisions and
choices that will hopefully benefit our students and the band program. Students aspiring
to become student leaders must be willing to accept and carry out their duties and
responsibilities as listed under each office in a timely, de
pendable, positive manner while
being held to the highest standards as they are role models for the rest of the band.
Band members are to comply with requests made by student leaders, provided that they
are in keeping with the stated objectives and expe
ctations of the band and are not in
violation of Band, RHS, or RISD policies or laws. Should a problem arise with the
manner in which a student leader is conducting their office, report it to the band staff
immediately. Just as disrespect for student lea
ders will not tolerated, abuse of any office
will absolutely not be tolerated.
Drum Major will be responsible for helping run rehearsals during
marching season. Since the Drum Major in not playing their
instruments, they are respons
ible for insuring that both rehearsal and
performance situations are handled in an efficient manner. “Major”
may be asked to teach drill, in the rehearsal, for the daily warm up for
performance and in the organizational activities before band camp
For this reason, not only does the Major need to be a good
musician and teacher, but must have the necessary self
leadership qualities to fulfill these responsibilities.
ents manager/planner, student
assistant to the Director
Vice President (2)
accurate attendance records at all events
make record of all band activities throughout the school
year and create the band video.
maintain music library, issuing and collecting all
Equipment Captain ( 2)
in charge of the loading crews and moving
Class Representatives (4)
serve as liaison for their respective class
There are other music classes available at RHS. We offer, Music Appreciation, Music
sion Ensemble, and Stage Band. It is encouraged that each and every
student enrolls in music theory during their academic time at RHS to help better their
skills on their instrument. Here is a description of other music classes offered at RHS.
The Jazz Ensemble is a standard 18 piece Jazz Band. This band is predominantly upper
classmen. A few select underclassmen will be placed in this band dependent upon
available seats. Students in Jazz Ensemble also must take Concert and Marching Ban
The Jazz Band is a select group of musicians chosen to participate in the exploration of a
genre of music outside the realm of the music explored in Concert and Marching Band.
This band is made up using the traditional instrumentation of the "Big Bands.
" Jazz Band
students learn all the same concepts as other band classes, but in relationship to the jazz
idiom. In addition, students in Jazz Band will also learn the basic fundamentals involved
in improvisation, including reading and writing chord changes
and solos. The Jazz
Ensemble will perform at least two concerts a year, at various pep assemblies,
community events, and other civil opportunities when available. In the past the jazz
ensemble has performed for the Mayor of Roswell, performed with the Ma
Fergusson Big Band, the Glenn Miller Jazz Orchestra and at several elementary schools,
Music In Our Schools Week, and at several local and state festivals. This ensemble will
give students a unique performance experience. Students will have the oppo
perform a variety of jazz music.
The percussion ensemble provides the percussion student, through rehearsal and
performance activities, a chamber ensemble experience comprised of a wide range of
repertoire and performanc
e mediums. Development of chamber ensemble skills is at the
core of the course objectives, in addition to gaining knowledge of selected percussion
ensemble repertoire. The development of sight
reading skills is also an important aspect
of this course. The
student should develop an understanding of and an ability to apply
appropriate and/or correct performance techniques upon all pertinent percussion
instruments, many of which are not utilized in any other ensemble
. The goal of the
percussion class is to sh
ow students how music can be performed on traditional
instruments and non traditional instruments. This class will give the student experience in
percussion music and in music performance. Membership in the percussion ensemble is
open to all students in g
12 by audition and permission of the director. Auditions
as well as preliminary chair placement and positions will be made during the spring
semester before the following school year. Each member will participate in all rehearsals
s. The percussion ensemble will perform at least two concerts a year, at
various pep assemblies, community events, and other civil opportunities when available.
In the past the percussion ensemble as performed for the Mayor of Roswell, the Keep
eautiful Rally, at several elementary
schools, the Elementary School
rincipal’s Conference, Music In Our Schools Week, and the SENMMEA Solo and
Music Theory integrates aspects of melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form,
analysis, elementary composition, and to some extent, history and style. It examines the
principals of music notation, musical terms, and the classification of instruments, scales,
and chords. Music theory is designed to develop a student's abil
ity to recognize,
understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or
presented in a score. The achievement of these goals may best be approached by initially
addressing fundamental aural, analytical, and compositional sk
ills using both listening
and written exercises. Music theory is open to any student grade 11
12 with instructor
permission. Having prior musical experience is not necessary but is highly recommended
to be successful in the class.
Music Appreciation is an exploration in the materials and masterworks of great music,
from Medieval Chant to Contemporary Popular styles. Students begin by studying the
elements of music (pitch, melody, rhythm, harmony, form, etc.) then learn about the
truments of the orchestra and build a comprehensive vocabulary with which to
understand and evaluate musical expression. From there, they survey the continuum of
musical history in Western Civilization, from the middle ages through the present time.
the way the student will become aware of musical form, the great works and
composers of Classical music and ultimately by the end become a better music listener.
Music Appreciation will explore the works of the great composers like Bach, Beethoven
rt. We will explore the life and music of classical composers and continue
through modern music. We will discuss the important aspects of classical music and
modern music. We will learn the history of classical music, and modern music like blues,
nd rock and roll. Students enrolled in music appreciation will have weekly
listening assignments that will help students explore the world of music and hopefully
open their ears and mind to new forms of music. Music appreciation students will have
l special projects that will cover different aspects of both classical and modern
1. School song, Fight Song, and Star Spangled banner must be passed off before you
are issued a uniform
2. All Half time music must be passed off b
efore you are issued a hat and plume
will participate in all district auditions
4. Every member of the band will participate in solo and ensemble.
5. Every student will complete a weekly grade check form
6. If you are late to 2 morning reh
earsals, or have 1 or more unexcused absences you
will not be allowed to perform at the football games and will lose those points.
The following forms are to be filled out by Parents/ Guardians and students. The medical release forms
t be completed and turned in before a student is allowed to travel with the band. The instrument rental
and uniform rental forms must be completed and turned in before equipment is handed out to the students.
The hand book form must be signed and turned
is to the director to ensure all parties are aware of band
policies and procedures. This form will be turned in for an exam grade.
Participant Health F
This form should be completed in full. It should enable your child to receive
treatment if taken to
the hospital by school personnel or a sponsor. One form should be
completed for each child. Please complete all sections.
I the undersigned, do hereby authorize officials and sponsors of the Roswell
High School Band to contact directly the person name
d on this document, and do
authorize the named physicians to render such treatment as may be deemed necessary in
an emergency, for the health of said child. In the event physicians, other persons named
on this form, or parents cannot be contacted, the sch
ool officials are here by authorized
to take whatever action is deemed necessary in their judgment, for the health of aforesaid
child. I will not hold the school financially responsible for emergency care and/or
transportation of said child
Full Name of Child
State and Zip Code
Area Code and Phone Number
Alternative Phone Number
Date of Birth
Name of Parent or Guardian
Phone Number of Parent or
Name of Parent, Guardian, or
e to contact if
Phone Number of emergency
Known Medical problems
Physicians name and phone
Party responsible for payment
Signature of Parent or Guardian
I grant permission for the above named person to be treated and/or hospitalized by a licensed physician if
an emergency situation arises.
Home Number: ______________
Work Number: ___
Instrument Rental Agreement
____________________________ (parent signature) agrees to accept full
responsibility for any damages incurred to band instruments by
school year. The
cost of any
damages to the instrument will be absorbed by the parent. Normal wear
and tear of the instrument will be taken care of by the band fee. These fees
must be paid before the first ball game. If special arrangements are necessary please
the band director
Uniform Rental Agreement
arent signature) agrees to accept full
for any damages incurred to band uniform by
____________________________ (student) during the school year. We
be taken care of in the appropriate manner.
must be h
stored in an area that will not cause damage to the uniform
Uniforms will not be stored
in a smoking area. Uniforms will not be mistreated in any way. We also understand that
there will be different times during the school year that we will be r
esponsible for the
professional cleaning of the uniform.
Students are never to allow the uniform to touch
The cost of any
damages to the uniform will be absorbed by the parent.
Students are expected to
pass an inspection of their hat, shoes an
d uniform in order to be
allowed to perform.
Failure of inspection will result in the student being withheld from
performance and a
grade deduction will be enforced because of the unexcused
from the performance. If special arrangements are necessar
contact the band
Band Member Information Sheet
nt or Guardian Name___________________________
Address if different from above_____________________
Work Phone_______________ Othe
r phone contact______________
Other ways of contacting you if necessary ________________________
d Hand Book Acknowledgement Form
After reading the band handbook the parent and band member are asked to sign and date
the form to acknowl
ge you have read and
understand the policies and expectations as
stated in the hand book. This form will be handed
in as a test grade.
I have read the RHS Band Hand Book and I understand the policies, rules, expectations,
and obligations as stated in the hand book. I realize that participation in the band requires
a commitment of time, monies, energy, and academic
as well as musical studies. I agree
to work diligently to uphold the history, tradition, expectations, and polices of the RHS
band as outlines in this document. The responsibility of the success of the RHS band
relies on my commitment to the organization
and I agree to be fully committed to the
success of this outstanding and award winning organization.