The Duxbury Concert Band is one of three bands in the Duxbury Music Department.
The Concert Band is a non-audition group that is open to all band students in the high school.
Concert Band Grading & Obligations
Welcome to the Duxbury High School Concert Band. Below is the grading and format of the class. This page clearly outlines the grading procedure for Concert Band and the obligations that need to be met. Basic grading for every term will be based on the following criteria:
- 20% Concert Attendance
There will be one or two concerts per term. Awards Night, Graduation & Memorial Day also count as concerts. Concerts are an integral part of being a performer and this experience cannot be recreated, therefore attendance is mandatory. The only excuse for missing a concert in a doctor’s note. Alternate assignments will be required for any missed concerts
- 25% Auditions
Students are required to complete 3 to 4 auditions during year. This grading is based on effort, performance and completion. Recorded auditions must be done outside of class time and either emailed to the teacher or submitted on CD before the due date.
- 20% Classroom Behavior/Attitude
Students must be quiet and respectful to the learning environment. Students are expected to play when they are required, and listen quietly when they are not. Students are asked to be respectful to the music and the other students in the class. This grade is also based on the rules and regulations below.
- 15% Progress
Through a combination of class performance, class observations and auditions; students will be graded on their musical growth. Music growth is defined by a student's progress on their technique and musicianship.
- 10% Practice
Students are required to submit a practice record every two weeks showing their practice for past two weeks. This will also factor into their musical growth.
- 10% Music/Instrument Checks
There will be sporadic music checks and constant observation. Students must always have their folders, music, a pencil and their instruments in proper working condition.
**All percentages are current grade estimates while new curricula is being implemented
Students are expected to attend all concerts and performances as stated in the schedule.\
Please see Music Handbook for other specific attendance policies.
Students are expected to come to class prepared with music and instrument.
Rules that are simple but important:
- No homework/book reading during rehearsal…not on the stand or floor
- You may eat/drink only prior to rehearsal…for you horns sake.
- Never leave the classroom without asking permission.
- Put your instrument in the instrument room….. not on the floor….or wherever.
- Do not play with percussion equipment unless you are a percussionist
- This is a curricular class, work or sport games are not an excuse.
- Your grade depends on your performance; you must play every class and all concerts.
- Your instrument and music are needed at every rehearsal and concert.
- Take your cell phone off your stand. You have time before and after class to check your messages.
Students are expected to come to class ready to rehearse – this means:
- Spend time out of class on the music being rehearsed
- All students need a pencil for every class.
- Keep your instrument in good working condition
- Always put forth all your effort. Talking, being disruptive, missing entrances, not playing, etc… will affect your grade.
- Have a supportive and positive attitude towards the music and each other
- Wait quietly while other sections are working
- Do not talk while the conductor is speaking
- In sectionals, listen to the section leader
- Have an open attitude towards music that is unfamiliar
- There will be folder checks to make sure everyone has their music every day, all parts must be covered at every rehearsal and all music must be handed in at the end.
- Forgetting your instrument or having a broken instruments means you cannot participate in class and it will affect your grade.
- There is no chewing gum, food, or cell phones allowed in class.
Perform in 8 concerts with quality performance protocols.
Rehearse efficiently and properly every class to achieve those protocols.
Understand the musical terminology and execute them properly in performance.
Understand our civil and community functions as it pertains to band performance.
Fall Band Concert = 11/5/13 – Concert Dress needed by this date
Holiday Concert = 12/12/13
All Band Night = 3/4/14
Spring Concert = 4/15/14
Awards Night Concert = 5/15/14
Memorial Day = 5/26/14
Graduation = 6/7/14
To subscribe to the music department calendar, go to the music page on the Duxbury School Website and click Music Department Calendar on the left side. The direct link is http://www.duxbury.k12.ma.us/Page/3774
On the bottom right of the calendar, click the icon to add this calendar to your Google Account. You can then sync this to your phones calendar.
Practice Records need to be submitted online, again at the music section of the Duxbury Schools Website or at this direct link; http://www.duxbury.k12.ma.us/Page/2631
All classroom or grading inquiries should be directed to: JPondaco@duxbury.k12.ma.us
Points to remember
- Concert Dress needs to be acquired before the first concert on October 25. These should be purchased at least 3 weeks before the concert to allow for fitting, tailoring and delivery.
- All auditions, with the exception of the first one, are require to be recorded at home or at school as homework, on your own time, and submitted on digital media or online. Always do your recording well before the due date, as you will run into technical problems if you wait until the last minute.
- Instruments – You need your instrument every day. We have no instruments here for you to use. If you do not have your instrument in class, you cannot play and will lose credit for that day. Your instrument must be in proper working order, why should you make playing and instrument harder than it already is. Be careful with it and make sure it is properly cared for.
- Concerts – All concerts are mandatory. You must perform in and stay to watch every concert your group is in. You can only be excused from a concert for standard school accepted reasons. A valid note must accompany your absence.
- Scales – You are required to play 4 scales from memory every term, 5 in the last term with the chromatic scale. Your Mid-term will consist of a written vocabulary test and the Final will be all twelve scales, 2 octaves from memory, again with a written test.