High School Concert Band Syllabus
2017/2018 School Year
Chain of Lights: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Winter Concert: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 (Snow: Thursday, December 7)
Spring Concert: Thursday, April 12th, 2018
Celebration of the Arts: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Little League Parade: Sunday, May 19th, 2018 (Change of date possible)
Memorial Day Parade: Monday, May 28th, 2018
High School Graduation: Sunday, June 3rd, 2018
Participation will be graded daily (10 Points) during band rehearsals and will be based upon behavior, attitude, preparedness, and meeting rehearsal expectations. Participation grades will be entered at the end of each cycle.
25% Playing Tests
Playing tests will take place at regular intervals throughout the school year. They may take the form of in class live performance, in class recordings, or home recordings. Details for each playing test will be provided approximately one week prior to the beginning of each test.
Students are expected to practice a minimum of 90 minutes per week. Each two-week practice log must include the correct time, a proper reflection, and a parent signature.
15% Written Work
Periodic assessments will be passed out during ensemble time that will cover material discussed in class. This will include mid-cycle and concert reflections. The content and length of these assignments may differ slightly for each student, depending on grade level and honors designation.
Students will be evaluated on their level of performance at major performances throughout the school year. This grade will be a combination of a self-evaluation and teacher evaluation. Students must complete the self-evaluation to get a grade for this caption.
Students are expected to make an honest and sincere effort to be a strong contributing member of the band at all rehearsals and performances. To receive a perfect participation grade, students must be ready to begin on time, bring all necessary materials to class, prepare their music to the best of their ability before each rehearsal, and respect their classmates and the ensemble director. Students who show disruptive behavior may be removed from the ensemble or prohibited from participating on future band trips.
2.) Turning in Work
All assignments will be collected in the assignment box on the wall outside of the band room. The policy for collecting late work will be discussed on the first day of class. Late assignments will be accepted for fifty percent credit.
3.) Concert Attendance
Students are required to attend both evening concerts, High School Class Day, and Commencement Ceremonies. Excused absences must be approved in writing by Mr. Falvo absolutely no later than four full weeks before each major performance. An absence will only be excused after the four week deadline in the case of illness or family emergency. This would be considered a special circumstance and must also be approved by Mr. McCarthy. Considering the collaborative nature of our ensemble, early notice of any conflict will be greatly appreciated. An unexcused absence from a major performance will cause the student’s participation grade to become zero, which will result in a failing grade for the marking period.
4.) Community Performance Attendance
Students are required to attend both the community performances in the Spring. Performance in the Chain of Lights is voluntary (for extra credit or service hours). Excused absences for parades must be approved in writing by Mr. Falvo absolutely no later than two full weeks before each performance. An absence will only be excused after the two week deadline in the case of illness or family emergency. This would be considered a special circumstance and must also be approved by Mr. McCarthy. Considering the collaborative nature of our ensemble, early notice of any conflict will be greatly appreciated. An unexcused absence from a community performance will cause the student’s participation grade to drop to fifty percent, which will result in a grade no higher than eighty percent for the marking period.
5.) Alternative Assignments (In the case of excused absence)
In the case of an excused absence for a performance, students will be required to complete a written assignment in lieu of their participation in the concert. Details will be provided by Mr. Falvo at that time.
6.) Concert Dress
Student dress for school concerts is black and white. For boys this includes black pants, socks, and shoes and a white collared shirt with a dark tie. Girls should wear a white top with black skirt of pants. As with any school event, the school dress code, outlined in the student handbook, must be observed.
Student dress for Graduation is the traditional band uniform. The school will provide the white shirt, bow tie, and cummerbund. Students are responsible for wearing black pants, black socks, and black shoes.
Student dress for parades and other student engagements will be the green polo shirt (described below), a black belt, long khaki pants, and sneakers.
Students are responsible for keeping their instrument in proper working condition throughout the course of the performing season. If borrowing an instrument from the school, students must refer to the agreement for that instrument. Percussionists must bring their own snare sticks.
Each student will be required to have the book Foundations for Superior Performance for their respective instrument. All returning students should already own this book. This text is an important part of the band curriculum. This book is available through Mr. Falvo (tax free) in the band office or most outside distributors. The cost of the book will be $7.00 for wind instruments and $10.00 for percussion. Please pay with a check to David French Music.
3.) Polo Shirt
Each incoming student will also be asked to purchase a green embroidered polo shirt that will serve as our uniform for marching performances, travel, and other school engagements). Unless you are incoming freshmen, you should have purchased this shirt in the past. The cost of the shirts will be approximately $25.00 depending on any changes in cost from last year.
I hope that you are looking forward another exciting this year as much as I am. Details about pep band and other musical opportunities will be discussed in the first few weeks of school. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by phone at (508) 581-1640 x 3124 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Bands
Sutton Middle/High School
(508) 581-1640 x3124