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Welcome to the 2017-18 school year.  I am looking forward to another exciting year of music and learning with all of you!


The following handbook outlines policies, procedures, and expectations for the band program.  As you make your way through this school year, please refer to it with questions about how the Mayville Band Program works.  It is important to note that these expectations are in addition to those outlined in school and district-wide handbooks. Although this band handbook is complete and accurate as of today’s date, stay tuned for changes, updates, and additions as we learn together this year.


As always, please email (JCooney@mayville.k12.wi.us), call (920-387-7960 ext 4300) or stop by my office (HS room 300) with questions or concerns.


JD Cooney
High School/Middle School Director of Bands
Mayville School District
JCooney@mayville.k12.wi.us
HS: 920-387-7960 ext. 4300
MS: 920-387-7970 ext. 3125.


ENSEMBLE INFORMATION
Concert Band – required for all band students


Attendance: Attendance is mandatory for ALL concert band rehearsals performances and is a major part of your Daily Expectation grade. The full commitment and presence of every band member is critical to the success of the ensemble. Students will be excused from concerts only in extreme circumstances and with prior consent of the director. If such an event occurs, you must coordinate with the director, if possible, at least 1 week prior to the date of the concert to complete a make-up assignment to earn the allotted points.


Concert Dress: Looking professional lends a lot to any good performance.  Concert dress is as follows:
Gentlemen: black dress shoes, black socks, black dress pants, black long-sleeved dress shirt (with a collar and button-down front)
Ladies: black dress shoes (heels or flats), black socks or nylons, black dress pants or skirt, black blouse or dressy top (at least ¾ sleeve) or black dress.  Dresses and skirts must be knee-length or longer and may be worn ONLY with black nylons.  All sleeves must be ¾ length or longer.


Large Group Festival: Each spring the concert band has an opportunity to participate in the WSMA large group festival for a panel of adjudicators and receive valuable feedback from outsides sources.  Be prepared to play some more challenging music and hear some new perspectives at this festival should the band participate.


Expectations: All students will abide by the school-wide expectations and conduct themselves in a manner that promotes sportsmanship, acceptance, and respect. Student who elect to participate in unlawful or unacceptable activities will be referred to the Principal and Dean of Students for further disciplinary action as all band events are considered a school function.


Marching Band – required for all band students


Attendance: Attendance is mandatory for ALL marching band events. The success of a marching unit relies on the consistent presence and focus of every member during both rehearsals and performances. The marching band will perform at least one field show and four parades each year (Audubon, Homecoming, Christmas, and Memorial Day)


Uniforms: We will wear our red and black marching band uniforms for the field show and parade performances. Uniforms will be fitted and assigned to each individual. Students are responsible for storing their assigned uniforms appropriately and keeping track of all accessories. The uniform requirements may be modified in extreme weather conditions ONLY at the discretion of the director.  Required elements for the normal marching band uniform pieces include:


BAND
-all black shoes (Need to be purchased by student)
-black socks (Need to be purchased by student)
-plain, white, short-sleeved t-shirt (Need to be purchased by student)
-assigned pants
-assigned coat
-assigned 2 cords (one on each shoulder)
-assigned shako (black hat with cardinal and chain on the front)


COLORGUARD
**Uniform may alter depending on weather/season**
-Black Flats (Need to be purchased by student)
-Opaque black leggings (Need to be purchased by student)
-Black socks (Need to be purchased by student)
-assigned tunic


Expectations: All students will abide by the school-wide expectations and conduct themselves in a manner that promotes sportsmanship, acceptance, and respect. Student who elect to participate in unlawful or unacceptable activities will be referred to the Principal and Dean of Students for further disciplinary action as all band events are considered a school function.
Pep Band – required for all band students


Attendance: Attendance at ALL pep band performances is required.  It is the student's responsibility to plan ahead as soon as the schedule is put out, including asking off from work on pep band days if necessary! Absence at any games will result in a lower grade.
Make-up Policy: Students who participate in varsity sports are not expected to be in the pep band when they are playing on the field/court. However, it will be their responsibility to make up the class credit by performing some sort of band service. These students should see the director for make-up opportunities.


Dress Code: Dress code for all pep band games (unless otherwise specified) is your Mayville Pep Band t-shirt or sweatshirt OR other official Mayville attire. Attire must be school colors (red, white, black) and say “Mayville” on it somewhere if possible.
Participation: All band members are expected to participate fully in all cheers/chants and to take cues from either the drum majors or the director. Remember that our role at sporting events is to support our team and promote school spirit.


Expectations: All students will abide by the school-wide expectations and conduct themselves in a manner that promotes sportsmanship, acceptance, and respect. Student who elect to participate in unlawful or unacceptable activities will be referred to the Principal and Dean of Students for further disciplinary action as all band events are considered a school function.


Way Cool Band – optional/by audition


Way Cool Band is an extra-curricular ensemble that runs concurrently with the high school show choir season. Way Cool Band accompanies the show choir at all competitions and other performances. Contact the director if you are interested in participating.
Expectations: All students will abide by the school-wide expectations and conduct themselves in a manner that promotes sportsmanship, acceptance, and respect. Student who elect to participate in unlawful or unacceptable activities will be referred to the Principal and Dean of Students for further disciplinary action as all band events are considered a school function.


Pit Orchestra – optional/by audition


The Pit Orchestra is an extra-curricular ensemble that runs concurrently with the high school musical. Ensemble size and instrumentation varies year to year depending on which musical is being performed. Contact the director if you are interested in participating.
Expectations: All students will abide by the school-wide expectations and conduct themselves in a manner that promotes sportsmanship, acceptance, and respect. Student who elect to participate in unlawful or unacceptable activities will be referred to the Principal and Dean of Students for further disciplinary action as all band events are considered a school function.


Jazz Band – optional/by audition


Jazz Band is an extra-curricular ensemble that runs based on the interest and availability of students in a given semester.  Participation is open to all students in grades 9-12 and includes the study of a variety of jazz styles as well as improvisation. Contact the director if you are interested in participating.


Expectations: All students will abide by the school-wide expectations and conduct themselves in a manner that promotes sportsmanship, acceptance, and respect. Student who elect to participate in unlawful or unacceptable activities will be referred to the Principal and Dean of Students for further disciplinary action as all band events are considered a school function.


Required Materials:
1. Instrument in good working order and with all necessary accessories
-Woodwinds: at least 3 reeds, reed guard, cork grease, swab, mouthpiece brush
-Brass: valve oil/slide oil, slide grease, mouthpiece brush, cleaning snake 
-Percussion: concert snare drumsticks, bell mallets, practice pad, bell kit


2.Concert band folder (provided for you)
-Including a pencil  


3. Marching/Pep band flip folder
-Enough flip pages for all assigned music
-Lyre for your instrument


All necessary equipment can be purchased from local music retailers in-store or over the phone. Representatives from Mike’s Music in Fond du Lac and Heid Music in Madison visit the school weekly and can deliver student orders.  See their contact information below:
Mike’s Music | 289 N. Main St. Fond du Lac, WI 54935 | 920-923-1925
Heid Music | 7948 Tree Lane, Madison, WI 54494 | 608-829-1969


Grading
Grading is based on several factors:
Overall Grade: 10% Exam, 90% Everything else


Everything Else:
Pep Band Events (5 pts)

Writing Assignments (10 pts)
Daily Expectations per month (20 pts)
Lessons (25 pts)

Solo/Ensemble (50 pts)
Concerts (50 pts)

Exams (100 pts)


Attendance and participation at all concerts, rehearsals, and other performances is required to earn full credit for each event in our co-curricular band class. If an unavoidable conflict with a major performance should occur, that student should talk to the director to discuss a make-up activity to earn back the allotted points for that event. These performances are summative in relation to the “performance” state standard for instrumental music.


INDIVIDUAL INFORMATION
Band Officers
The band officers are the heads of student leadership within the band program.  Use them as a resource whenever you have band-related questions or concerns—they can probably help you.  They work closely with the director and represent the entire ensemble during meetings.


The 2017-2018 band officers include: 
President:                    Secretary:            Drum Majors:               Librarians:            Historians:            Colorguard Captain:
Sierra Schellpfeffer     Faith bonack        Sierra Schellpfeffer     Cami Vinz              Gabby Kuehn        Gabby Kuehn
                                                                 Holly Meyer                 Makayla Ripple      Meadow Vinz
Vice-President:            Treasurer:
Cami Vinz                     Jackson Baldus


Section Leaders
Section leaders are in charge or running sectionals and should be used for instrument-specific questions. The 2017-2018 section leaders include:
FLUTE - Dominique Kirkland                CLARINET - Cami Vinz           BASS CLARINET - Meadow Vinz
SAXOPHONE - Sierra Schellpfeffer     TRUMPET - Jackson Baldus   HORN - Holly Meyer
TROMBONE - Cole Travis/Zak Miller    EUPHONIUM - Alex Bartoli      TUBA - Kevin Amerling
PERCUSSION - Joe Ognenoff


Instrument Rental and Storage

Contract/Fee: Students wishing to use a school-owned instrument need to fill out a rental contract, which includes responsibility for proper care and maintenance of the instrument as well as a rental fee assessed by the district to the student’s Skyward account. This fee is used to offset the costs related to maintenance and repair of school-owned instruments. Forms will be distributed and collected during the first week of classes.


Cubbies: All students will be assigned a cubby space to store their instruments and music folders.  Only band-related items should be kept in band cubbies! Other textbooks, clothes, snacks, etc. should be kept in your hallway locker.  You are responsible for keeping your space neat and organized. We will all work together to keep the band room neat, organized, and ready for any visitors who may come in to listen. Mr. Cooney reserves the right to confiscate any non-band related items being stored in cubbies.


Lessons
All band students will need to have at least one 20-minute lessons with the director per quarter. At the discretion of the director, students needing continued personalized support will be asked to attend additional lessons to achieve proficiency in the band literature. Lesson times will vary depending on each student’s class schedule.  We will be flexible and work together to make sure all students have ample opportunities for individual or small group lessons, which make up a large part of quarter grades.
Private Instruction: Students may choose to supplement their music education with private lessons outside of school. Some private lesson time may be used to substitute for regularly required lessons during the school day. If you are interested in pursuing additional lessons, contact the director for recommendations and to determine credit substitution. 


Solo & Ensemble
Development of personal techniques and performance skills is supplemented by participation in the district and state level WSMA Solo & Ensemble Festival. All band members are required to participate in at least one ensemble on their band instrument (Duet, Trio, Quartet, etc.).  Performing a solo is optional, and music should be of an appropriately challenging difficulty level. All events must have original copies of the music being performed for both the performers and the judges. Perusal copies are available by request from Mr. Cooney. Horicon HS will host a District WSMA festival on March 3, 2018.

Mayville High School Band Handbook

Demonstrating Musical Excellence