High School Wind Ensemble 2016-2017
Meets: IL in Quarter 1 and 3: According to the rehearsal calendar on IL Days 1, 2, 4, and 5
Block 4 in Quarter 2 and 4: Full Band will meet every other day for 80 minutes and for Day 5 IL
Materials for Class: Instrument (in working order)
All appropriate accessories (reeds, mouthpieces, mutes, etc.)
Music (in concert folder), Foundations for Superior Performance warm-up book
A Positive Attitude
Rules: Follow these simple rules to create a positive and creative learning environment
1. Be on Time: to be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late, and to be late is UNACCEPTABLE
2. Be respectful of the director and other student musicians. We are all at different levels of ability and achievement, but we are all here to learn and make music.
3. Only handle your instrument. You must have permission to handle any instruments or special equipment which you do not own.
4. No gum or food for anyone (even percussion). Gum and food are damaging to instruments.
5. Be prepared: both with materials and a positive attitude.
Grading: 40% - Performances
35% - Attendance/Participation*
15% - Written or Other Assignments*
10% - Playing Tests*
*Extra credit is available upon request
Daily Attendance: As a performance oriented class, your attendance at all rehearsals is of the utmost importance. All Absences (excused, unexcused, or sports related) must be made up with IL or after school practice.
Concert Attendance: Attendance at performances is required. Except for dire illness or a death in the family, absence from a performance is not permitted or excused.
*If you are not dressed properly, or forget your instrument or music, you may not be allowed to perform and may be counted as absent at the discretion of the director. Absences or concert attendance issues may affect participation in extracurricular events, field trips, or honors ensembles at the discretion of the director.
Scheduled Performances: The following performances are scheduled for the 2016/2017 school year. Attendance at these performances is mandatory.
TBD: Winter Preview, TBD-during school (at middle school assembly during HS 4th block)
Thursday December 8th : Winter Concert, 6:30pm-Report 15 minutes prior to performance
Tuesday May 2nd : Spring Concert/Fine Arts Night, 6:30pm-Report 15 minutes prior to performance
Friday May 26th : Graduation, 6:30pm report 5:30pm (date subject to change)
Tentative Performances: The dates or times for these performances have not been set, but occur during the school day during regular class time and are required.
Monday October 31st : Elementary Fall Parade, during school – required for students not in chorus and members of THE Knights BAND
Elementary Christmas Caroling: the week before winter break
Elementary Pops Concert: perform movie, musicals, and pop music for 3rd and 4th graders (Spring)-TBD
Morning or Daytime concerts: Nice, Dressy clothes (no ripped jeans, flip flops, etc.)
Elementary Performances: nice jeans/pants and black music T-shirt
Evening Concerts: Formal Attire- black and/or white (small ensembles- concert black)
Dress, or skirt/pants and blouse for ladies
Dress pants/slacks and buttoned shirt for gentlemen
*No Jeans, Shorts, T-shirts, Flip Flops, or Sneakers (for Winter and Spring Concerts)
Music Department Fundraisers: These fundraisers benefit student trip funds as well as the music department as a whole. Fundraisers to be announced (not yet approved by administration)
Pretzel Sandwich 1: September
Pie/Candle Sale 1: October – Pies delivered for Thanksgiving
Pie Sale 2: November – Pies delivered for Christmas
Pretzel Sandwich/Candle 2: March
Music Department Trip: To Pittsburgh March 31st and April 1st
Additional Opportunities: These honor bands and ensembles may require an audition or recommendation
District Band Try-outs: Saturday, December 3rd 2016 @Dallastown
Gettysburg Community Symphony Band: Spring Semester @ Gettysburg College
Lower District 7 Band Festival: February 10th and 11th 2017 @ Eastern York HS (Must Audition in December)
Susquehanna University Honors Band: Friday February 17th through Sunday February 19th 2017
County Band: Friday February 24th and Saturday February 25th 2017 @ Biglerville HS
PA All State Lions Band – State Convention May 19th and 20th 2017 and Chicago summer 2017
To contact Mrs. Thompson : 642-8228 ext.3331 or firstname.lastname@example.orgOr visit Mrs. Thompson’s Teacher Webpage: https://www.fairfieldpaschools.org/Page/1335