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Band Handbook

 

 

 Welcome

To The Evanston High School Band Program

 

On behalf of the students and director of the Evanston High School Band Department. WELCOME to our musical family. You can be proud to be part of us.

It is important for each member of the band program to recognize their part in contributing to a continued positive band program.

We hope that your years in band here at Evanston High School will be rewarding to you. It is our goal to help you become the best musician possible.

Please take the time to read through this handbook. We want you to know what we stand for, who we are, and some of the reasons we are so proud of the band program at Evanston High School.

 

 

Evanston High School Band Department

Handbook Contents

 

I. Performing Groups

II. Band Festivals

III. Travel

IV. Standards Of Behavior

V. Equipment Rental

VI. Performance Attendance

VII. Awards

VIII. Dress

IX. Grades

X. Lettering In Band

XI. Food

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I

Performing Groups

Wind Ensemble

Prerequisite: (1) Previous high school concert band experience (2) successful audition. Freshmen may only join Wind Ensemble by audition.

Wind Ensemble is a selected performing ensemble with a tradition of excellence. Only students with a high level of commitment and individual leadership skill should audition. The purpose of this class is to expand individual and large ensemble skills and to prepare students for involvement in college concert bands. The Wind ensemble will perform as the EHS Red Devil Marching Band for the first 8 weeks of the fall Semester. After the marching season ends the class will perform 3 concerts as well as travel to various contests and festivals. Being a member of the Wind Ensemble also means membership in the EHS Pep Band.

 

Symphonic Band

Prerequisite: Previous concert band experience or teacher recommendation. No audition necessary.

Symphonic Band is a non-audition performing concert ensemble that plays traditional wind band literature. This ensemble will perform 3-4 concerts a year as well as a performance at the Southwest District Music Festival. Being a member of the Symphonic Band also means membership in the Pep Band. If a student wishes to join Symphonic Band to study a second instrument or has no prior instrumental experience a meeting with the director is required before enrollment.

 

Jazz Band I (Advanced Jazz Band)

Prerequisite: (1) Previous instrumental experience. (2) Successful audition. Recommended co-requisite: Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble. Freshmen may only join Jazz I by audition.

Jazz I is a select big band style jazz band. Only students with a high level of commitment and individual leadership skills should audition. Instrumentation will be strictly limited to: saxophones, trombones, trumpets, piano, bass, guitar and drums. Members of Jazz I are expected to be familiar with various styles of jazz and be able to improvise a solo. Rhythm section players are expected to be able to read jazz chords. Jazz I will perform 3-4 concerts as well as participate in various contests, festivals and tours.

 

 

Jazz Band II (Intermediate Jazz Band)

Prerequisite: (1) Previous instrumental experience. (2) successful audition. Recommended co-requisite: Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble.

Jazz II is an intermediate big band style jazz band. Instrumentation will be strictly limited to: saxophones, trombones, trumpets, piano, bass, guitar and drums. Members of Jazz II are expected to be familiar with various styles of jazz and be able to improvise a solo. Rhythm section players are expected to be able to read jazz chords. Jazz II will perform 3-4 concerts as well as participate in various contests, festivals and tours.

 

Music Theory/History

This is a non-performing class that focuses on the theory of written music and the history of music. Divided into two semesters, in the first semester students will gain the skills to analyze chords and chord progressions both visually and aurally. Additionally, students will learn how to analyze form and structure in music as well as write their own compositions. The semester students will learn to listen to and analyze music from historical and cultural contexts Students will gain the knowledge of the profound effect music has had on society and antiquity through present times. Topics include, but are not limited to: History of art-music, History of jazz, history of rock and roll and music of world cultures. The course is designed to help students who are interested in pursuing the student of music in college.

 

II

Festivals

Wyoming State Marching Festival

This event is held in the Casper event center where we perform along with other bands for thousands of fans from all around the state of Wyoming, Montana, and South Dakoda. Always held the 3rd Saturday of the month of October this festival is the high point of the marching season.

 

University of Wyoming Jazz Festival

Both Evanston High School Jazz Bands travel to the University in Laramie to perform at this amazing festival held in the month of March.

 

Solo & Ensemble Festival

This activity is highly recommended as a means to further your musical experience. This festival is held in the month of April. The following areas are available for participation.

Solos – Generally recommended for advanced students

Duets – It is recommended that students have experience in this area prior to solo    performance.

Ensembles – These consist of trios, quartets, quintets and groups up to 16 members. We recommend this be a student’s first festival experience.

 

Southwest Music Festival

All of our bands travel to this festival. Our performance is rated by adjudicators. This festival is held in the month of April. Several towns in Southwest Wyoming host this wonderful festival.

 

Inner School Music Clinic

A very popular activity among band students. In this activity a band is created out of the finest student musicians in Wyoming’s Southwestern District This is a November festival. You must be selected as Evanston’s best musicians to participate in this event.

 

All State Band Festival

The best of the best. You have to Audition for this Band. The audition material is handed out the first week of school and auditions are held the first week of November. The festival is held in January. Only the best in Wyoming qualify for this very prestigious band. You will be directed by a very famous conductor. Universities and colleges will be at your doorstep if you are in this band!

 

III

Travel

Whenever traveling with the band it is of primary importance for the student to recognize that they are representing themselves, the school, community and sometimes even the state of Wyoming. Behavior should at all times be above reproach. The Evanston high School student handbook, and school activity guidelines will be followed.

 

Busing

Each member will be responsible for their own luggage, uniform and instrument.

Motel

On occasion, the band will have an overnight activity.

  • You will be asked to submit your cell phone for the night. No worries, it will be returned in the morning
  • The person whose name appears first on the housing list is responsible for room keys.
  • Respect the motel’s wishes.
  • Keep your door locked when not present in the room.
  • No room service.
  • Comply with the guidelines set by the directors and chaperones for curfew.
  • Absolutely no boys in girl’s rooms or girls in boy’s rooms.
  • See the “School District’s Drug and Alcohol Policy’s”.
Respect all motel property. Any vandalism will be paid out of the student’s own pocket. It the perpetrator of the damage cannot be determined, all those that occupy the room will be held responsible for the damage.
School Policy
In the event that the director or chaperone feels it necessary to discipline a student for alcohol, tobacco, or drug use, these steps will be taken.
  • The student will not be allowed to participate in any further activity, but will remain with the director or chaperone.
  • At the earliest convenience the parents will be informed. If possible the student will be referred to the parents.
  • See the “School District’s Drug and Alcohol Policy’s”.
  • In each case, the student will immediately be referred to the proper authorities and upon return to the school, the building administrator will be notified for any and all action.
  • It is expected that this policy will never have to be used. As a member of a music group, the pride in oneself and group should preclude any problems of this kind. The Evanston High School Band Department stands for excellence and quality which carries into all areas of performance and personal behavior.

 

IV

Standards Of Behavior

In order to build an exciting and productive music program, It is necessary that required standards of behavior be followed.

Band Rules

  • Always play to the best of your ability.
  • During instruction and part work, students are to be quiet and are to cooperate with the Director.
  • Be on time to all rehearsals and performances with the proper materials.
  • Students are to act orderly at all times.
  • Absolutely no food, candy, gum, etc. in the music room.
  • No cell phones or other electronic devices are to be used during rehearsal

 

When a student chooses to break a rule

1st OFFENSE – Verbal warning

2nd OFFENSE – Conference with the Instructor

3rd OFFENSE – Conference with the Instructor, Principal, Guidance Counselor and

            PARENTS NOTIFIED.

4th OFFENSE – Conference with the Instructor, Principal, Guidance Counselor and

            PARENTS.

SEVERE – Recommendation removal from class. If you are severely disruptive, you will be

            Immediately removed from class, A parent conference will be called.

 

V

Equipment Rental

Instrument Rental

Any band student using a school owned instrument is responsible for its care and maintenance. An annual fee of $80.00 will be charged and collected the first week of the school year or whenever the instrument is assigned by the director. Excessive damage will be assessed by the director and handled through the administration.

 

Summer Instrument Rental

Instruments can be checked out for the summer. It is wise to see if your parent’s home owner’s insurance will cover the cost of the instrument or equipment in the case of damage or loss.

VI

Performance Attendance

It is understood that all members of the Evanston Band Department realize that band is performance oriented and that performances scheduled by the band department are to be attended at all times! Exceptions will be granted for the following:

  • Death or severe illness in the immediate family.
  • Acts of God (severe weather conditions, fire etc.).
  • School District’ Drug & Alcohol policy.

All performances are scheduled at the beginning of the year, and it is the responsibility of the students to get that schedule to their parents, employer, or any persons requiring their time.

VII

Awards

John Philip Sousa Band Award

This award is given to a senior member of the band who has participated in High School Band for 4 years. The recipient must be musically outstanding, exhibit leadership and citizenship, and display a positive attitude in all band activities. This is a Band Director’s choice award.

 

Semper Fidelis Band Award

This award is open to any member of the Wind Ensemble. This award is given to the student musician by the United States Marines!

 

Louis Armstrong Jazz Award

This award is given to the outstanding senior jazz Band Member. This is a Band Director’s choice award.

 

Woody Herman Jazz Award

This award is open to any member of Jazz 1 or 2. This award is voted by both jazz bands.

 

Outstanding Musician Award

These awards are giving to a worthy musician in each class.

 

VII

Dress

An Evanston High School musician wears their uniform with pride. Remember, you are representing yourself, your family, your school, your community and your state. Appropriate dress at all times is extremely important. LOOK GREAT PERFORM GREAT!

 

Marching Band Uniform

  • All Wind Ensemble members will be issued their marching band uniform, gauntlets, hat and a garment bag in the first week of school. Your uniform is very expensive so take care of it. 
  • BLACK SHOES & SOCKS and WHITE GLOVES will also be needed to complete your uniform. We will purchase the shoes and gloves as a band. This helps keep costs down and keeps us uniform in appearance.
  • Proper fit of your band uniform is critical for you to look and perform well. We take the way you look seriously, so should you.
  • Your uniform should be stored in its bag at all times when it is not being worn. The only items that go in the uniform bag are your pants and jacket neatly on a hanger and not balled up at the bottom of the bag. Leaving your shoes and socks in the garment bag will mold, find another place to store them.
  • It is recommended that you: Wear a pair of thin shorts and a white t-shirt under your uniform.
  • Hanging up the uniform - Fold the pants along the crease as you would hang good dress pants. Hang them on the round cardboard hanger. The jacket goes on the hanger with no round cardboard. No uniforms balled up at the bottom of the bag
  • Your garment bag is for your uniform only. No shoes or heavy items are allowed in the bag. Leave your uniform with the zipper half way up. This allows sweaty uniforms to air out.
  • Your uniform is to be DRY CLEANED ONLY.
  • If you lose or damage a part of your uniform, you will be charged the necessary replacement cost.
  • Plumes are very fragile and expensive. Your plume is the first thing removed and put away.
  • Take care and track of your hat. Keep it stored properly in the hat box.
  • ALL UNIFORMS LOOK THE SAME – KEEP TRACK OF YOUR UNIFORM!

 

Wind Ensemble Uniform

Boys

  • A concert Tuxedo will be checked out to you. Take care of it the same as you do your marching uniform.
  • Wear Black shoes & socks yes you may use your marching shoes and socks, in fact it is recommended that you do so.

 

Girls

  • Dresses below the knees
  • Appropriate shoes for the dress NO FLIP FLOPS

 

Symphonic Band Uniform

Boys

  • Dress slacks, dress shirt, dress socks and shoes. No jeans.

 

Girls

  • Dresses below the knees, appropriate shoes for the dress, no flip flops.

 

Pep Band

  • School appropriate clothing – red shirt would be nice for the school spirit.

 

Jazz Band 1 & 2

  • Our concert dress will be decided on the first week of school.

 

VIII

Lettering

 

Lettering in band is quite an honor. To letter in band the following requirements must be met.

Wind Ensemble

Six of the eight items must be met

  • March in the homecoming parade
  • Perform all the Marching Band halftime shows
  • Perform all EHS Pep Band events
  • Perform at the Christmas, Winter & Spring Concerts
  • Perform a festival solo or ensemble piece
  • Member of Wyoming All State Band or Orchestra
  • Perform in the SW District H.S. Band Clinic
  • Member in good standing of Wind Ensemble

 

Symphonic Band

Four of the  six items must be met

  • Perform all EHS Pep Band events
  • Perform at the Christmas, Winter & Spring Concerts
  • Perform a festival solo or ensemble piece
  • Serve as a marching Band “Rodie”
  • Member of Wyoming all State Band or Orchestra
  • Member in good standing of Symphonic Band

 

IX

Food

No Food or drink or gum allowed in the band room. Food/gum blocks the air stream that is so critical to good playing. When taking a breath, you can inhale food/gum and lodge it in your throat making for a dreadful situation. Food, gum and drink also damages the musical instruments in a very bad way. Water is permissible.