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The Wind Ensemble is an advanced ensemble open to all band students by audition only. Wind Ensemble members need to have the technical and musical skill required to perform grade level 5 and 6 literature. The Wind Ensemble has performed at Carnegie Hall, the MENC Eastern Division Conference, MMEA conference and various other award-winning festivals. Weekly private lessons are required.
- 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 the 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 are being implemented
Students are expected to attend all concerts and performances as stated in the schedule.
Excuse notes are required one week in advance of the expected absence.
Please see Music Handbook for other specific attendance policies.
Students are expected to come to class prepared with music and instrument.
When there are attendance conflicts:
- Sports Game over Band Rehearsal
- Band Concert over Sports Practice
- Sports Game and Band Concert/ Performance
- Try to make both or see Mr. Madru or Ms. Noerenberg ASAP
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… you know why…. your poor horn!!!
- You must throw away all trash or there will be no drinks allowed at all
- Never leave the classroom without asking for the pass
- Put your instrument in the instrument room….. not on the floor….or wherever
- Do not play with percussion equipment….we finally have some beautiful instruments!!!
Students are expected to come to class ready to rehearse – this means:
- Spend time out of class on the music being rehearsed
- Bring a Pencil…why is this so hard?
- Keep your instrument in good working condition
- Always put forth all your effort
- 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
Cell phones and electronic devices are prohibited from the rehearsal. Students who are using electronic devices are disengaged and not contributing to the rehearsal, as outlined by the expectations. If a student is using a cell phone, the following consequences will occur: Students will be written up for cell phone usage in class.
- 20% Concert Attendance