Band – Guidelines and Rules

Mission Statement

The Sinton Band Program strives to maintain the goal of excellence and to promote music as an art through strong commitment, dedication, and attempting to achieve their best at all times.  The Pirate Band’s aim is to teach students to enjoy making music and to appreciate music as well as to showcase their musical talents.  Band members are expected to act in accordance to the Pirate Band’s guiding principles.

 

 Guiding Principles:

  1. Working together as a Team.
  2. Promoting school spirit and developing high morale.
  3. Showing good sportsmanship and teaching self-discipline.
  4. Striving for excellence and quality in everything we do.
  5. Being consistent with Sinton I.S.D. educational standards and goals.

 

Why Band?

Learning music and playing in the band is a meaningful and gratifying experience for all people of all ages.  Music study demands discipline, creativity, cooperation, and perseverance.  Many researchers now believe that music trains the brain for higher forms of thinking.  Developing these skills early in life helps children succeed in school, in society, and in life.  They learn to practice, to communicate, and to work together.  And they learn a stimulating, rewarding activity that will enhance the rest of their lives.

Practicing music reinforces teamwork, communication skills, self-discipline, and the creativity qualities kids need to be successful in their other school work and in life.  Playing in the band is a great way to make friends.

 

Sinton Pirate Band

The Sinton Pirate Band is known for their excellence and is considered one of the finest public school bands in South Texas.  The Pirate Band has a winning tradition of Sweepstakes in (UIL) University Interscholastic League competitions in Marching, Concert, Sight-reading, Region Band, All State Band, and Solo Ensemble contest.

The Sinton Band offers the following programs:

  • 6th grade I beginning band
  • 7th & 8th Grade band
  • 9th – 12th High School Band Programs
  • Marching Band
  • Concert Band
  • Stage Band
  • Mariachi Band
  • Applied Music (College dual-credit)
  • Color -Guard & Winter Guard
  • Music Honor Society
  • Music Scholarships

For more information contact:

Robert Flores
Director of Bands
361-364-6652 ext. 6683
E-mail:  rflores @ sintonisd.net

 


E.M. Smith Beginner 6th Grade Band

 

Prerequisite:  none

Grade: 6

Membership in the beginner band is open to all 6th grade students who express an interest in the band program.

 

Course Description

This course is designed to teach students about general music and to play a band instrument.  Basic Music Theory and Instrument Training will be incorporated into daily lessons.  Students will be assessed in both written and performance format.

 

Course of Study

Basic Fundamentals

–  Proper posture and breathing

–  Proper embouchure formation

–  Proper assembly of the instrument

–  Proper hand position

 

Tonal Development

–  Characteristic Qualities of Sound

–  Fine muscle development for increasing endurance

 

Technical Development

–  Beginning Note/Rest Values and Notation

–  Beginning Major Scale/Rudiment exercises

–  Articulations

 

Nuances

–  Basic Dynamic Notation and control

–  Beginning Tempo Variations

 

Intonation

–  Beginning Listening Responsibilities as an Individual Performer

–  Beginning Intonation exercises.

 

Recruitment

A recruitment program will be scheduled in early May for all 5th grade students which will include a presentation of instruments and information of the Sinton Band Program sent home for parents.  Students must have the written consent of their parent or guardian to enroll in band.

 

Instrumentation

The beginning band instruments are: flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, and percussion.  Percussion students will be expected to learn all instruments in the percussion family not limited to snare drum, bass drum, bells, and etc.  A percentage of instrumentation in the beginner band program will be determined by the band director based on the 6th grade enrollment.  It is extremely important to limit the number of students beginning on each instrument in order to achieve a proper balance of instrumentation in the band program.

Students will be tested in brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments during the first two weeks of school.  The decision over what the student will play will be based on the student’s first two choices, the embouchure test including teeth formation and physical characteristics of the student.  Students who wish to be tested on percussion will be tested on a rhythmic competency test.  A score of one thru ten will be used to score the student tested on each instrument with the high score determining what instrument will be best suited for the student.  For a beginner student, nothing is more frustrating than trying to learn an instrument for which they are not physically suited.

A band drive will be scheduled the week after the testing has been completed to give parents an opportunity to conference with the Band Director and the music store to see the different options for purchasing an instrument for their child.  The following school instruments will be available on a one time rental fee:  bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, French horn, trombone, baritone, and tuba.

If you plan to shop around for a used instrument, please ask the seller if they will agree to allow us to check the instrument before purchasing it.  A non-working horn will only slow the students progress.

The following name brand instruments are recommended for purchase:

  • Flute – Yamaha, Armstrong or Giendhart
  • Clarinet – Selmer, bundy, Jupiter, Yamaha or Vito
  • Saxophone – Conn, Selmer, Buescher, Jupiter or Yamaha
  • Trumpet – Conn, King, Jupiter, Bach, or Yamaha
  • Trombone – Conn, King, Bundy, or Yamaha

Percussionists will need to purchase a practice pad, pair of sticks and a bell kit.

 

Switching Instruments

Students may request and submit in writing to the band director to change to a different instrument at the end of their 6th grade year.

Student must complete the following criteria:

  • Student must purchase the instrument he/she desires to change.
  • Student must take a minimum of 15 one hour private lessons outside school district from a certified music teacher at the expense of the student.
  • Student must show a signed document of each completed lesson and must be turned in to the band director at the end of each lesson.
  • Student must play the instrument learned in 6th grade band while enrolled in the 7th grade band. At this time, the band director and the private teacher will evaluate the student’s progress before being allowed to switch instrument.
  • The student must perform at the same level as others in the 7th grade band in order to completely switch over to the desired instrument.

Student may switch instruments with the approval of the band director, if an instrument cross references another instrument:  Such instruments are Clarinet-Bass clarinet, Alto Saxophone-Tenor Saxophone, Trombone-Baritone, Tuba-Baritone, and Bb Horn-Trumpet.

 

BAND CLASS ROOM RULES

  1. No horseplay.
  2. No food, drink, or chewing gum is allowed in the practice rooms or rehearsal hall areas.
  3. Students will be in their chairs with their instruments, music, equipment, and pencils ready to begin warm-up at the announced starting time of the rehearsal. Any student not ready at the time rehearsal is to start will be counted tardy.
  4. Always be on time for class. Continued tardiness will result in disciplinary action.
  5. If it’s not yours, don’t touch it! Do not play on or handle someone else’s instrument or equipment.
  6. Sports sandals (Nike), shower sandals or any type of sandals are not allowed to be worn in band rehearsals or class.
  7. Listen carefully and follow all directions given by the director.
  8. Put your instrument, music, and all equipment in its proper place before and after rehearsal every day.
  9. Any music or music books issued should be written in pencil only.
  10. Charges and fines must be paid in full at the end of each semester.
  11. No throwing objects.
  12. Students are not allowed in the band director office without permission.
  13. Ask a director before you use the telephone in the band office.

Consequences:

  1. First – warning
  2. Second – student conference
  3. Third – student & parent conference
  4. Fourth – Office referral & removal from program

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GRADING PROCEDURES:

Daily grade 20% (class work)

– including bringing all material to class and demonstrating proper knowledge of fundamentals such as posture, embouchure, tapping foot, proper breathing, etc.

Test Grade 20%

Homework grade 20%

Performance grade 20%

Six-weeks grade 20%

Homework will be assigned once a week.  Students will be required to practice the assigned music and be able to perform during band.  Homework may be done at home or after school at announce days.  One homework credit is 60 minutes of practice per week.  Six homework grades are required per grading period, unless instructed otherwise.  Practice logs forms will be provided each Monday and a parent/guardian signature is required as verification of the student’s practice.

Practice logs are due the following Monday.  No credit will be given for late homework.

 

EQUIPMENT AND INSTRUMENTS

The band department will provide students a storage cabinet for their instrument.  The storage cabinet shall be returned at the end of the year in the same condition as issued except for reasonable wear and tear.  The student will assume responsibility for the safe keeping and adequate care of personal instruments or any school instrument checked out and in their possession.  Care for brass & woodwind instruments will include oiling valves, greasing slides, greasing keys, polishing instruments.  The student, in cases of negligence, will pay for damages to instruments.  (Example:  dropping the instrument, knocking the instrument over, stepping on the instrument, defacing the instrument, etc. but not limited to).  At the end of the year, the instrument must be returned in near equal condition as when issued.

All percussion instruments and hardware must be kept clean and polished.   Any school owned sticks, mallets, or other percussion equipment that is damage through negligence will be replaced at the student’s expense.  All instruments should be in proper playing condition at all times.

 

District-Owned Instruments Special Note

District-owned instruments are not to be treated as “free” instruments. Basic supplies must still be purchased and repairs must still be made just like personally owned instruments. Students using school instrument are to treat these instruments as if they were your own. Most district-owned instruments exceed $2,000 in value.


M. Smith Middle School 7th & 8th Grade Band

Recommended Prerequisite:   previous beginner band training

Grade: 7th & 8th

Membership in the E.M. Smith Middle School Band is available to any 7th & 8th grade band student that has had previous beginner band training and has tested to achieve the proper level of performance and Director’s approval.

Course Description

This course is designed to continue the study of general music, instrumental and teach marching fundamentals.  Basic Music Theory and Instrument Training will be incorporated into daily lessons.  Students will be assessed in both written and performance format.

Course of Study

 

Basic Fundamentals

–  Characteristic Qualities of Sound

–  Fine muscle development for increasing endurance

 

Tonal Development

–  Proper posture and breathing

–  Proper embouchure formation

–  Proper assembly of the instrument

–  Proper hand position

 

Technical Development

–  Beginning Note/Rest Values and Notation

–  Beginning Major Scale/Rudiment exercises

–  Articulations

 

Nuances

–  Basic Dynamic Notation and control

–  Beginning Tempo Variations

    

Intonation

–  Beginning Listening Responsibilities as an Individual Performer

–  Beginning Intonation exercises.

 

Eligibility

A band member is expected to maintain high standards and excellence in band and in academics.  If a band member fails to maintain eligibility or a satisfactory conduct grade, he or she will be unable to practice or perform outside band class (pep rallies, parades, or UIL Competitions).

 

GRADING PROCEDURES:

A student will receive a ZERO grade for each unexcused missed performance.  Missing a performance is the equivalent of receiving an “F” on a major test in any other academic class and cannot be made up!  Extreme special circumstances for missing a performance should be discussed with the band director on a individual basis at least two weeks before a schedule performance.

  • Daily grade 20% (class work) including bringing all material to class and demonstrating proper knowledge of fundamentals such as posture, embouchure, tapping foot, proper breathing, etc.
  • Performance grade 20% – all scheduled performances such as parades, pep rallies, concerts, and etc will be part of the performance grade.  Non – participation in a performance can result in the student receiving a failing grade for that event.
  • Sectional grade 20%
  • Homework grade 20%
  • Homework will be assigned once a week.  Students will be required to practice the assigned music and be able to perform during band.  Homework may be done at home or after school at announce days.  One homework credit is 30 minutes of practice per week.  Six homework grades are required per grading period, unless instructed otherwise.  .
  • Six weeks Test 20%

 

BAND CLASS ROOM RULES

  1. No horseplay.
  2. No food, drink, or chewing gum is allowed in the practice rooms or rehearsal hall areas.
  3. Students will be in their chairs (or in their spots on the field) with their instruments, music, equipment, and pencils ready to begin warm-up at the announced starting time of the rehearsal. Any student not ready at the time rehearsal is to start will be counted tardy.
  4. Always be on time for class, rehearsals, and performances! Continued tardiness will result in disciplinary action.
  5. If it’s not yours, don’t touch it! Do not play on or handle someone else’s instrument or equipment.
  6. Sports sandals (Nike), shower sandals or any type of sandals are not allowed to be worn in band rehearsals or class.
  7. Listen carefully and follow all directions given by the directors.
  8. Put your instrument, music, and all equipment in its proper place before and after rehearsal every day.
  9. Any music or music books issued should be written in pencil only.
  10. Charges and fines must be paid in full at the end of each semester.
  11. No throwing objects.
  12. Students are not allowed in the director’s office with out permission.
  13. Ask a director before you use the telephone in the band office.

 

Consequences:

  1. First – warning
  2. Second – student conference
  3. Third – student & parent conference
  4. Fourth – Office referral & removal from program

 

EQUIPMENT AND INSTRUMENTS

The band department will provide students a storage cabinet for their instrument.  The storage cabinet shall be return at the end of the year in the same condition as issued except for reasonable wear and tear.  The student will assume responsibility for the safe keeping and adequate care of personal instruments or any school instrument checked out and in their possession.  Care for brass & woodwind instruments will include oiling valves, greasing slides, greasing keys, polishing instruments.  The student, in cases of negligence, will pay for damages to instruments.  (Example:  dropping the instrument, knocking the instrument over, stepping on the instrument, defacing the instrument, etc. but not limited to)  At the end of the year, the instrument must be returned in near equal condition as when issued.

Percussionists will need to purchase a pair of sticks and initial their sticks.  All percussion instruments and hardware must be kept clean and polished.   Any school owned sticks, mallets, or other percussion equipment that is damage through negligence will be replaced at the student’s expense.  All instruments should be in proper playing condition at all times.

 

District-Owned Instruments Special Note

District-owned instruments are not to be treated as “free” instruments. Basic supplies must still be purchased and repairs must still be made just like personally owned instruments. Students using school instrument are to treat these instruments as if they were your own. Most district-owned instruments exceed $2,000 in value.

 


Sinton High School Band

Program Guidelines

Prerequisite:  High School Band is available to any 8th grade band student entering high school that has previous junior high band training and has tested to achieve the proper level of performance, level of ability, and meets all requirements, responsibilities and Director’s approval

 

Tested material criteria:           

Fundamentals:   sixteen notes, quarter notes, half notes, dotted half notes & whole notes

Scales:             B-flat, E-flat, A-flat and Chromatic scale

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors must re-enroll each year and meet all requirements, responsibilities and Director’s approval.

 

REQUIREMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Band is considered a full year course, and students who participate during the first semester must also participate during the second semester.  Students will not be allowed to enroll in band for only the first semester or for the second semester.  Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the band director and the high school principal.

Quality in a band program is built upon the continuous participation and dedication of its members over a long period of time.  Each individual in the band relies on all of the others to do their part in making the group the best it can be.  From the moment a student starts band as a sixth grade beginner until he graduates high school, his degree of musicianship and understanding of dedication and teamwork increase dramatically each year.  For a student to miss participating in band for even as little as one semester will put him or her extremely far behind and may jeopardize the overall quality of the Sinton Pirate Band upon his or her return.  Therefore, any student who chooses not to participate in band during a school year or who is dismissed from the band program by the director for grades or disciplinary reasons will not be allowed to rejoin the band organization at any time during the remainder of their school career.

A band member is expected to exercise a high level of self-discipline and cooperation with directors, chaperones, drum majors, officers, and fellow band members at all times. A student will not be allowed to enroll if he or she receives five (5) office referrals in one semester for disciplinary reasons.

(All school rules and student code of conduct are in effect regardless of the location)

Eligibility

A band member is expected to maintain high standards and excellence in band and in academics.  If a band member fails to maintain eligibility or a satisfactory conduct grade, he or she will be unable to practice or perform outside band class.  Students who fail one or more classes every six-week during a semester will be placed on a one semester probationary period.  During the semester probationary period, if the student fails to regain eligibility, the student will be dismissed from the band program.

Attendance

Attendance at regularly scheduled rehearsals, sectionals and performances is required for membership in the band program.  Absences are permitted in the event OF PERSONAL ILLNESS OR DEATH IN THE FAMILY.   The Sinton Band performs in competitions, concerts, half-time shows, parades, and other special events throughout the year.  Many hours of preparation go into each performance, and each band member relies on all the others to do their part to make the performance the best it can be.  It is extremely important to the success of the entire band that EVERY MEMBER participates in EVERY performance.  Rehearsals will be scheduled to enable the full band to rehearse together.  Conflicts with other activities will be considered when scheduling rehearsals; however, it is the band members’ responsibility to resolve any conflicts prior to scheduling.   Failure to appear at a scheduled practice or appearance without proper notice will result in suspension from the performing group and a reduction of grade for that grading period.   It is impossible to “make up” a performance, and the other members carry an extra burden because of someone else’s absence.  Excessive absences or tardiness from rehearsals may cause the student to become and alternate or may be dismissed from the band program.

 

In case of emergency of sudden illness before and after school rehearsals or performance, please call the band office and leave a message:  (361) 364-6683

 Please see calendar for all events and performances.

 

BAND STRUCTURE

Marching Band – Scheduled practices

Monday evening rehearsals from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday afternoon rehearsal 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday afternoon rehearsal 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Sectional & Homework Schedule 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

– Mondays- Flutes & Clarinets

– Wednesdays – French Horns, Trumpets, low brass & Percussion

– Football games (required)

 

Primary Marchers – Students who earn a position in the marching band will carry the designation of primary marcher. A primary marcher is a student who:

  • Successfully completes the audition requirements by the appropriate time.
  • Demonstrates high quality marching skills
  • Is punctual in report times
  • Is present at rehearsals and performances
  • Maintains academic eligibility
  • Represents the school, school district, band program and themselves with the highest possible decorum and behavioral standards

 

Special Note: Students who fail to meet the music memorization requirement may be penalized by one of the following: a) loss of position as a primary marcher, b) loss of performance opportunity, or c) performance as a marcher only.

 

Non-Primary (Alternates)

The band directors will keep the number of alternates to a minimum; however, they are a necessary and vital aspect of our program due to the UIL “No Pass/No Play” rules and to prepare for possible substitutions due to injury, sustained illness, etc. Alternates will meet the same attendance, rehearsal, memorization, academic, and performance requirements of primary marchers. Specific drill may be written and music may be edited for those students who are not yet able to achieve the physical and musical demands required of primary marchers. This will help improve their individual skill level and will prepare them for future performance opportunities. As a band staff, we are committed to providing performance opportunities for all students. However, the level of performance participation may be limited by eligibility and individual performance ability.

COLOR-GUARD

Students in Color Guard are a part of the marching band and participate in all activities, including Winter Guard. Band students in Color Guard must be enrolled in the band elective. Students not in band may audition for and participate in Color Guard with the approval of the Head Band Director. As members of the marching band, color guard students receive a physical education credit.

Fall semester– to enhance band performances using marching fundamentals. This includes dance and other skills with different colorful props such as flags etc. but not limited to.

Spring semester – to learn different dance skills for jazz, funk, hip hop and classical music for Spring Winter Guard Competition.

Criteria

  1. All candidates must tryout.
  2. Candidates must meet all requirements, responsibilities and Director’s approval.
  3. Candidates will be judged using a point system.
  4. Tryouts will be closed to the public and will be judge by a two or more judge’s panel.
  5. Number of candidates to be make the team will be determined and announced by the Band Director before tryouts.
  6. Previous members must also tryout each year and must have met all financial responsibilities of the previous year before tryouts.
  7. Candidates wishing to tryout for officers must be a junior or senior.
  8.   Candidates who make the team will be responsible for purchasing the following: Friday uniform, pant hose, make-up, shoes, etc. but not limited to.
  9. Performance uniforms will be approved by the Band Director and will be provided by the band department.

 

Drum-Major

Purpose:  To assist with duties assigned by the Band Director.

Criteria

  1. All candidates must tryout.
  2. Candidates must meet all requirements, responsibilities and Director’s approval.
  3. Candidates will be judged using a point system.
  4. Tryouts will be closed to the public and will be judge by a two or more judge’s panel.
  5. Number of candidates who will make drum-majors will be determined and announced by the Band Director before tryouts.
  6. Previous drum-majors must also tryout each year and must have met all financial responsibilities of the previous year before tryouts.
  7. Candidates who make drum-majors will be responsible for purchasing the following: shoes, etc. but not limited to.
  8. Performance uniforms will be approved by the Band Director and will be provided by the band department.

 

UNIFORMS

The uniform chairperson will schedule fittings with band members prior to the start of the school year.

Each band member will be issued a complete marching uniform and a helmet. Uniforms will be worn at all performances.   Students must wear a full sleeve t-shirt and shorts under the uniform. It is the student’s responsibility to see that his or her uniform remains in good condition.

Student and/or parents are financially responsible for any damage caused to the uniform due negligence or misuse.  Uniforms will be stored in the uniform room.  Students will return uniforms properly hung on the hanger to the uniform chairperson or assistants at the conclusion of each band activity.  Uniforms found not hung properly will be sent to the cleaners at the student’s expense. Eating foods of any kind or drinking soft drinks (except sprite of water) will not be permitted while on uniform unless given permission. All Band students must be in full inform during a band performance (students unable to be in full uniform must be approved prior to the event).

 

Shoes

 

Students will be responsible for purchasing a pair of black marching band shoes and can be

purchase through the band department during summer camp.  Shoes are to be perfectly cleaned

and polished before each performance and competition.

 

Hair

 

While in uniform, hair length for band students will be above the collar.  Any hair longer than this

should be worn so that it can be easily tucked up under the helmet.  Hair must be a natural

color.  Unnatural hair colors are not permitted during competitive activities.  No permanent or

temporary writings, drawings, mo-hawks, or tattoos on the skin are permitted.  The hair style

should not be extreme to the point of creating a distraction.   All tattoos must be kept covered at all

times.

 

Make-up

 

Make-up, nail polish, and jewelry of any type are not allowed while in uniform (exception color-

guard).  Please remember to leave your jewelry at home.  Chaperones will not be responsible for lost items.

 

Mariachi Band

 

Prerequisite:  must be enrolled in band and requires Director’s approval

 

Stage Band

 

Prerequisite:  must be enrolled in band and requires Director’s approval

 

Applied Music (Dual Credit)

 

Prerequisite:  must be enrolled in band and requires Director’s approval

 

Concert Bands -Concert Season

 

Sectional & Homework Schedule 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

– Mondays- Flutes & Clarinets

– Tuesdays – Saxophones, Percussion and any make-up work after 4:30 p.m.

– Wednesdays – Trumpets & make ups 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

– Thursdays – Low brass

– Fridays – French Horns

 

MUSIC AUDITION PROCEDURES

 

Auditions for Concert & Symphonic Bands

 

Individual auditions will be scheduled in late November or early December for the concert & symphonic band placement.  It is mandatory that all students audition for the following year’s spring semester in order for proper placement in the group most appropriately fitting their talent and work ethic.  Proper instrumentation and overall balance of the individual bands will be the primary consideration of personnel.  Auditions will be held behind a screen where Judges cannot see or identify the student auditioning.

A band monitor will be use to monitor all auditions.  All audition results and student placement will be final.  There will be no re-auditioning.

Auditions will consist from the following:

  • Scales
  • Portion of the literature currently in the Band’s repertoire
  • Sight reading
  • Auditioners will listen and score for the following:
  • Tone quality
  • Intonation
  • Musicality
  • Technique
  • Note Accuracy

 

GRADING PROCEDURES:

High school grades are determined in the following: 

A student will receive a ZERO grade for each unexcused missed performance or sectional – Homework.  Missing a performance is the equivalent of receiving an “F” on a major test in any other academic class and cannot be made up!  Extreme special circumstances for missing a performance should be discussed with the band director on a individual basis at least two weeks before a schedule performance.

  • Daily grade 20% (class work) including bringing all material to class and demonstrating proper knowledge of fundamentals such as posture, embouchure, tapping foot, proper breathing, etc.
  • Performance grade 40% all scheduled performances such as parades, pep rallies, football games, concerts, and etc will be part of the performance grade.  Non – participation in a performance can result in the student receiving a failing grade for that event.
  • Sectional grade 10% band members are required to make a weekly sectional from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Homework grade 10% band members are required to study their homework assignment from 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. after their weekly sectional.
  • Six weeks & Semester Test 20%

 

BAND CLASS ROOM RULES

  1. No horseplay.
  2. No food, drink, or chewing gum is allowed in the practice rooms or rehearsal hall areas.
  3. Students will be in their chairs (or in their spots on the field) with their instruments, music, equipment, and pencils ready to begin warm-up at the announced starting time of the rehearsal. Any student not ready at the time rehearsal is to start will be counted tardy.
  4. Always be on time for class, rehearsals, and performances! Tardies during regular school hours will be handled in accordance with the high school tardy policy.  Tardies during after school rehearsals or school performances such as football games will result in a grade reduction. Continued tardiness will result in disciplinary action.
  5. If it’s not yours, don’t touch it! Do not play on or handle someone else’s instrument or equipment.
  6. Sports sandals (Nike), shower sandals or any type of sandals are not allowed to be worn in band rehearsals or class.
  7. Listen carefully and follow all directions given by the directors.
  8. Put your instrument, music, and all equipment in its proper place before and after rehearsal every day. Do not leave horn on your chair.
  9. Any music or music books issued should be written in pencil only.
  10. Charges and fines must be paid in full at the end of each semester.
  11. No throwing objects.
  12. Do not use the copy machine without permission
  13. Students are not allowed in band library, repair room or director’s offices.
  14. Before and after all performance (football games, concerts, etc.) no one other than band and color guard students and band parents are allowed in the band hall. No exceptions!
  15. Ask a director before you use the telephone in the band office

 

Consequences:

  1. First – warning
  2. Second – student conference
  3. Third – student & parent conference
  4. Fourth – Office referral & removal from program

 

 EQUIPMENT AND INSTRUMENTS

The band department will provide students a storage cabinet for their instrument.  The storage cabinet shall be return at the end of the year in the same condition as issued except for reasonable wear and tear.  The student will assume responsibility for the safe keeping and adequate care of personal instruments or any school instrument checked out and in their possession.  Care for brass & woodwind instruments will include oiling valves, greasing slides, greasing keys, polishing instruments.  The student, in cases of negligence, will pay for damages to instruments.  (Example:  dropping the instrument, knocking the instrument over, stepping on the instrument, defacing the instrument, etc. but not limited to)  At the end of the year, the instrument must be returned in near equal condition as when issued.

Percussionists will need to purchase a stick bag with a pair of mallets and a pair of sticks with their initials.  All percussion instruments and hardware must be kept clean and polished.   Any school owned sticks, mallets, or other percussion equipment that is damage through negligence will be replaced at the student’s expense.  All instruments should be in proper playing condition at all times.

 

District-Owned Instruments Special Note

District-owned instruments are not to be treated as “free” instruments. Basic supplies must still be purchased and repairs must still be made just like personally owned instruments. Students using school instrument are to treat these instruments as if they were your own. Most district-owned instruments exceed $2,000 in value.

 

 

BAND TRIPS

Medical Release Form:

A Medical Release Form must be signed and on file with the band department before any student can participate on any band trip.  Special health problems should also be noted so that adequate care can be provided when away on any band trips.  Please update the form during the year if necessary.

Supervision:

Adult supervision is provided on all Band Trips.  The Sinton Independent School District is responsible for each student traveling with the group.  All students must ride to and from any school sponsored activities on school bus unless permission given by the director, only in emergency situations a student may be released only to parents.

Boarding and Exiting the Buses:

Students should arrive at the band hall with all equipment at the stated time.  STUDENTS MUST BE ON TIME FOR TRIP DEPARTURES!  Missing the bus is not an excuse for absence from a performance. Band members are responsible for making sure their own instrument, uniform, and equipment are loaded and unloaded from a performance.  You will be told where your instrument and uniform bag should be placed for loading.  You are responsible for putting your instrument in its proper place upon returning to the band hall.  DO NOT rely on someone else to take care of these items for you.

All students will be assigned to a specific bus prior to departure.  Switching buses or moving from seat to seat is not permitted.  When loading, return to your seat quickly so that attendance is checked.  You are required to obey the driver, staff members or chaperones in charge of the bus in a courteous manner.  While on the bus, students must stay in their seats with arms and legs inside at all times.  Talking must be kept at a low level and yelling is not permitted at any time.   Electronic devices such as CD players, etc will be allowed on trips with headphones only.  The band department will not be responsible for any stolen or lost electronic devices.  Students will not be allowed off the bus at any time without the permission given by a director.  When given permission to exit the bus, students will exit through the front and will not exit out the emergency door.

Band members must also clear all buses of personal items and trash upon arrival at home.  No band member will be dismissed until the above duties are performed.

At the conclusion of all events, students should arrange to be picked up at the school promptly at the designated pick-up time.  Pick-up times are listed in the itinerary that is sent home with students prior to the event,

 

General Policies for Special Events:

  1. Playing your instrument during football games without permission will not be permitted. You are also not permitted to play another student’s instrument.  We play as a group at all times!
  2. The group will assemble together and move in an orderly manner (march when permitted to the designated area).
  3. We will sit together at all football games. No visitors will be allowed to sit with the band.  We are there to support the team.
  4. Remember that when you travel with the band, you represent the band, the school, and your community.  Anything you do, in or out of uniform, will reflect on Sinton High School.

 

LETTERMAN JACKET

All juniors and senior band students are eligible to receive a letterman jacket.  During the second semester of their sophomore year, students will be sized and fitted for a Letterman band jacket. Students will receive their letterman jacket during the fall semester of their junior year.

 

FUND-RAISERS

Students will be financially responsible for any fund-raiser merchandise or property in their possession to be used or sold as a representative of the Sinton Band Program.

 

DISMISSAL

If in the band director’s opinion, a band member becomes a detriment to the band program by failing in the above stated areas, that student shall loose the privilege of membership in the Sinton Band Program.  The director oversees the right to discuss first or second offenses in case where serious violations (student code of conduct or mischievous behavior) have occurred.  Examples would include stealing, vandalism, fighting, etc., and but not limited to.

 

All district and school policies pertaining to student code of conduct are in effect

These guidelines become in affect when the student receives a band director pre-requisite signature and parents signature for Enrollment into band.