Band Hand Book

Image result for goal clip artOur Mission

In the CLMS Band Program our students will be working on:
  • Developing a high quality, individual characteristic sound on Band Instruments
  • Developing performing groups with balanced amounts of instruments that reflect professional performance practices
  • Developing strong personal character as young musicians including: resiliency, self-accountability, and a positive work ethic

Image result for investment clipart Fair Share

Operating a band program includes many expenses and the members of the band are responsible for fundraising to meet those expenses. In order to complete the order for our band shirts, the fair share must be collected by September 1st. 

$25 - Students who are using their own instrument (either a family instrument or a store rental)

$50 - Students who are using school instruments; this includes percussionists and rhythm section (xylophone, keyboard, bass, snare drum, bass drum, etc.)

For all students, the fair share includes the cost of the required Band Spirit Shirt.

For Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band, the fair share includes your $10 deposit for the Spring Band Festival Trip.

Image result for grades clip artBand Grades

60%  "Weekly Rehearsal Grade" - 9 assignments per quarter

For this assignment students may earn up to 100 points per week.
50 points = Bring all class materials (instrument, music, chromebook) each rehearsal.
30 points = Shows improvement at their own pace
20 points = Demonstrates care for their instrument and posture.

25% Assessments 

Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band - Scales, Daytime Concerts, Concert Prep Quizzes, Solo & Ensemble

Beginning Band - "Play-offs" - each year, we hold a friendly competition to see who can learn the most songs in the book. Students may perform their work in class or submit recordings via chromebook.

15% Evening Concerts

Wind Ensemble - Curriculum Night, Fall Concert, Choice Open House, Spring Concert, MPA Field Trip, All Arts Show

Symphonic Band - Curriculum Night, Fall Concert, Spring Concert, MPA Field Trip

Jazz Band - Fall Concert, Winter Event (TBA), MPA Field Trip, 2nd semester Community Performances (TBA)

Beginning Band - Fall Concert, Spring Concert

Concert Attendance is mandatory. Excused absences may only be approved by school principal and/or band director. Medical excuses require a doctor's note. 
Excuses will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Excused absences include but are not limited to: sudden illness, a death in the family, planned medical procedures, etc.

For a concert absence to be excused: Mr. Dean must hear the voice of a parent/ guardian of the child missing the event.
Students who miss concerts will receive a concert grade of 0% for the missed concert. 

Students who miss concerts for an excused absence will have the opportunity to do a make-up assignment, usually in the form of a performance quiz on their specific instrument. Make-up assignments are designed on a case-by-case basis to form an accurate demonstration of the skills performed at the concert event.

Unexcused absences from concerts will result in Symphonic Band/ Wind Ensemble students forfeiting their account money and seat for the Music in the Parks Festival.

Unexcused absences from concerts may result in students losing certain privileges such as performing at the All Arts Show or 8th Grade Celebration

Transportation difficulties are not an excused absence. Please plan necessary concert travel as early as possible.

Rationale: Bands function similarly to many athletics teams. We train together and learn our music as a team. An absence in the group will have a negative effect 

Image result for music clip artBeginning Band Play-offs


Performance Tempo

Unless otherwise noted in the example, play-offs must be performed with metronome at the setting: 90 beats per minute. In class, students may sometimes request a faster tempo.


Level Advancement

Students receive an "A" grade for their play-offs each time they advance one level -or- maintain level 7. 

To advance to Symphonic Band for the following year, beginners must demonstrate panther PRIDE (i.e. follow the code of conduct) and complete level 6.

Levels List

  • Level 0 - No Instrument, No Book
  • Level 1 
    • Assemble & Hold Instrument as instructed
    • Perform a "Concert D" for 10 seconds, in tune
    • Demonstrate basic instrument care (oiling for brass, swabbing for woodwinds)
    • Demonstrate "ready, standby, rest"
    • Demonstrate "L" posture with chin up
    • Submit an audio recording (sample audio is fine) using the google chromebook
  • ‚ÄčLevel 2
    • Perform 2 ,4, 6, 8, 10  in the book
  • Level 3
    • Perform 12, 14, 16 18, 20
  • Level 4
    • Perform 23, 27, 28, 29
  • Level 5
    • Perform 31, 33, 35, 36, 37, 41
  • Level 6
    • Perform 45 + #147
  • Level 7
    • Perform 48, 51, 62, 65
  • Level 8
    • Perform 67, 69, 71, 73, 74, 76, 80, 82, 84
  • Level 9
    • Perform 92, 95, 98
  • Level 10
    • Perform 99, 101, 105, 114
  • Level 11
    • 127, 130, 16
  • Level 12
    • 164, 165, 169
  • Level 13
    • 170, 171, 173, 174,
  • Level 14
    • 181

Image result for instrument clip artSolo & Ensemble

Solo = Student + Piano (The band book has the piano part online for beginners)

Ensemble = duets, trios, quartets, quintets, "choirs" of the same instrument type

ALL CLMS Students are required to complete at least one Solo or Ensemble assignment by May 15, 2020.

Students may choose from their class list or a class list of a high level.

Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble students are HIGHLY encouraged to participate in the 2020 Solo & Ensemble MPA where they will have the opportunity to receive guest judge comments and possibly win an excellent or superior medal.

Essential Elements Items may not be used at the 2020 Solo & Ensemble MPA.
Only approved pieces from the state list may be used for the 2020 Solo & Ensemble MPA.

Memorization is never required for Solo & Ensemble.

Beginning Band Options

Essential Elements Solos -
#25 Lightly Row
#90 Mozart Melody Variations

Essential Elements Duets - #30 London Bridge
#49 Hey, Ho! Nobody's Home (as a canon)
#79 Jolly Old St. Nick

Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble Options

Essential Elements Solos
#118 - Theme from "New World Symphony" or Hungarian Dance No. 5
#185 - Eine Klein Nachtmusik / Theme from Symphony No. / Can-Can (Percussion)

Essential Elements Duets
#186 - Swing Low Sweet Chariots
#187 - La Bamba

Image result for essential elements 2000 Our Band Book

  • Each student in the band program needs to own their own copy of Essential Elements 2000 for each instrument they will be playing.
  • Most instrument editions cost ~$12. 
  • The percussion book costs ~$20 because it contains two books in one.
  • Each student is responsible for providing their own books. 

Image result for music note clip artEquipment Purchasing Guide

In this section, I would like to help start your process of acquiring music/ band equipment. The county and I do not officially endorse any product. I would like for you to have a place to start looking. I will list brands that I have had positive experience with.

In this world there are band instruments that look accurate but are not built with the same quality and craftsmanship of the time tested brands. These newer items are generally shiney but are also difficult to play and maintain.

If you find in instrument you are interested in buying/renting, please feel free to contact me if you would like my input.
There are also local music stores that offer name-brand instruments at fair prices.

If there is a brand you would recommend to add to the list, please send me an email so that we can discuss the matter.

Brands are listed in alphabetical order and to the best of my knowledge and experience. The list is neither definitive nor final. 

-Mr. Dean

Flute - Armstrong, Gemeinhardt, Jupiter, Yamaha
Clarinet - Buffet, Antigua, Jupiter, Yamaha
Oboe - Fox
Bassoon - Fox
Saxophone - Selmer, Bundy, Jupiter, Yamaha
Trumpet - Bach, Jupiter, Yamaha
French Horn - Conn, Jupiter, Yamaha
Trombone - Bach, Jupiter, Yamaha
Baritone/ Euphonium - Eastman, Bach, Jupiter, Yamaha
Tuba - Eastman, Bach, Jupiter, Yamaha
Percussion - LP, Mapex, Pearl, Tama, Sonor, Vic Firth, Yamaha

Instrument Stands for holding instruments during rehearsal - Hercules 
Music Stands for holding music - Manhasset, Wenger, Generic Wire models are usually fine

Valve Oil - Al Cass, Yamaha

Clarinet/ Sax Reeds - Rico, Vandoren

Percussion Kit

For percussion students who are serious about learning their music, I recommend a practice kit such as the one listed below. The companies listed above also make comparable models.

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Stick Bag: for serious percussion students, I recommend the Vic Firth EP 2.
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