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The Three P's
Always be:
  • Prompt - Arrive to the band room before mandatory report time.  Rehearsals should begin immediately following the late bell.  Equipment and uniforms should be readied in the allotted time.  Tardiness is cause for demerits

  • Prepared - Practice your music PRIOR TO rehearsal.  Come to class with all necessary music and equipment (e.g., valve oil, reeds, sticks).  Be prepared to perform everyday.

  • Polite - Respect all other members of the band.  When the director, assistant director, instructor, or drum major is working with one group of performers (instruments and Vikettes), do not interrupt.
Grading Policies & Leadership Development
The following excerpt is from the 2012-2013 Band Handbook.  You can view the entire handbook on the Hopewell Marching Band website.

Leadership Development

A carefully planned, well-organized system of evaluation is fundamental in the operation of any band program. The point system is an effective way of keeping records of the actions and accomplishments of each member of our band. The point system is completely independent of grades; rather the focus is on leadership development. Remember, discipline makes a band good.

When an offense is not covered by the rules, appropriate demerits will be issued.

Points

Bonus Points

50

Concerts

20

Jazz Band Practice

25

Performance

40

Parades

30

Honors Band

20

PMEA Fest.

30

Football Games

20

Sect. Leaders and Leadership Meetings

30

Band Camp (per day)

50

Drum Majors and Officers

10

School Year Rehearsals

50

Uniform Chair and Librarians

40

Marching Band Festivals

25

Community Performances

20

Freshmen Camp (per day)

75

Private Lessons (per semester)

30

Freshmen Camp – Upperclassmen (per day)

50

Perfect Attendance (summer and band camp)

 

150

Perfect Attendance – Football Season (all games and practices)

200

Musical Orchestra, performers, and stage crew

20

Donations

10

Work sessions (10 per hour)

Demerits

 

-100

No excuse or unacceptable excuse. -5for each additional.

 

-10

Late excuse

 

-300

Talking back and/or disrespect to a director or chaperone

 

-200

Talking back and/or disrespect to a section leader or officer

 

-50

Abuse of uniform or equipment. -10for each additional.

 

-1000

Any major violation of the Student Handbook

 

-25

Late for rehearsal or event (more when excessively late)

 

-25

No music, instrument, or pencil at rehearsal

 

-25

Improper dress (includes dirty gloves or shoes, no black socks or wrong length, missing t-shirt or shorts)

 

-25

Chewing gum or talking during rehearsals

 

-50

Chewing gum or talking during performances.-10when continuous.

 

-25

Each day late in returning money or items such as uniforms, papers, fundraising money, or trip money

 

-200

Irresponsible behavior or profane language (also referral)

 

-50

Dirty lockers (1 random check per month)

 

 

Rubric

4

Demonstrates a thorough understanding of marching and/or playing skills. Execution of these skills is performed consistently and as “second nature” to the student. Skills are consistently executed both in performance and practice.

3

Demonstrates confident and adequate understanding of marching and/or playing skills. Execution of these skills is usually consistent. Skills are evident in performance but sometimes inconsistent in rehearsal.

2

Demonstrates limited understanding of marching and/or playing skills. There may be errors and a lack of consistency in the execution of these skills both in performance and in rehearsal.

1

Demonstrates an attempt to respond and execute the marching and/or playing skills required. Many errors and much inconsistency are evident.

0

Off task – no attempt made to execute proper marching and/or playing skills. No instrument during rehearsal or performance. Intentionally off task, refuses to perform skills.

Marching Skills

Parade Rest, Attention, Mark Time, 8 to 5, Forward March, Backward March, Press Home, Press Box, Guide Right, Cover Down, TTR, Marching in Step, Spacing, Posture, Instrument Angle, Formations.

Playing Skills

Posture (including angle of instrument), Tuning, Knowledge of Scales, Proper Intonation, Articulation, Correct Rhythms, Correct Pitches, Fingerings/Rudiments, Dynamics, Response to conducting cues.

Daily Participation Points

4

Participates consistently, is always prepared, ready to work and always on task

3

Has instrument, but participation is inconsistent or is chewing gum

2

Participation is less consistent, talking or playing when the conductor stops

1

Off-task frequently, or talking frequently, playing is very infrequent

0

No instrument, no music, totally off task – no participation.

 

Weighted Grading Scale

Performances

40%

Skills (playing and marching)

25%

Lab (after school rehearsals)

20%

Daily Participation

15%



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