Course Expectations 2018-2019
Marching / Symphonic Band
Mr. Joe Martin – Director
Marching / Symphony Band offers all interested students who play a woodwind, brass, percussion, or color guard an opportunity to study and perform a wide variety of music. Maintaining bandsmanship requires preparedness, class participation, home practice, and concert participation. Students will perform in concerts, festivals, recitals and appearances within the community.
Band focuses on:
- Producing and recognizing a good tone.
- Developing good practice habits
- Rhythm development
- Listening Skills
- Music Appreciation
- Proper Etiquette
Students are expected to adhere to the NDP policy of Academic Honesty and Code of Conduct, as outlined in the Notre Dame Prep. Student/Parent Handbook.
“Work with God to form Christian People, Upright Citizens and Academic Scholars."
1. Be at rehearsals on time. On time means: be in the band room before the bells rings
and in your seat three minutes after the bell. Students not in their place will be marked
2. Come to class prepared. You must have your instrument, tablet and stylus.
3. Place backpacks out of the way and cases under your seat so no one will trip over them.
4. Reed players should have at least 3 reeds in their case. Brass players should clean/oil
valves before rehearsal begins. Percussionist need to bring their own snare sticks.
5. Set your instrument tuning slide to where it was after the last rehearsal, then retune.
6. Sit in your assigned seat or position.
6. Warm up intelligently.
7. Play only your assigned part or part assigned by the instructor.
8. Have instruments in playing position when conductor's hands are up.
9. When the conductor stops conducting, stop playing immediately.
10. Do not leave your seat/position after rehearsal begins.
11. Avoid playing between selections.
12. Limit your talking during rehearsals when the conductor is offering instruction.
13. If you have a question, please raise your hand.
14. No studying/reading/homework of other subjects in band.
15. If you need your instrument repaired, see Mr. Martin or Mr. Milewski.
If possible, this should take place before or after rehearsals.
16. No food (gum, candy, pop) of any kind in rehearsal or storage area.
17. Put your instrument in your case correctly. Put it in your locker or on the correct self.
Do not leave your instrument or case on the floor.
18. Help keep the band room clean.
19. The director will dismiss you, not the bell. The director will dismiss you 3 minutes
before the bell rings.
20. Pick up your instrument after school before 3:00PM. The band room will be locked at 4:00 everyday. It is expected that you will practice, at least 15 minutes, every day.
Performances occur after an extensive rehearsal period, usually of several weeks. It gives the students an opportunity to showcase all of the skills they have acquired during that rehearsal period. Since band requires cooperation and group effort, students who miss performances affect all the others in the group. Each student is important! It is, therefore, of utmost importance to attend all performances.
An absence from a performance will be considered excused only if all the following criteria are met:
I. The absence is due to personal sickness (with a doctor’s note), a death in the family,
a family wedding, or special needs as approved by a doctor.
II. Mr. Martin is given written parental notice no later than two weeks prior to the performance, except in the case of an emergency.
Any absence by a student for reasons other than those listed above shall be considered unexcused. Any unexcused absence from a performance will result in the lowering of the student’s final grade by one letter grade.
**Work related absences are not excused.
**Transportation problems are not excused. Make arrangements with those near you.
**Vacation related absences are not excused.
Please use the Notification of Absences form to alert Mr. Martin of emergencies requiring an absence or tardy. Mr. Martin will give you the form.
- Students must arrive at the designated call time.
- Students must be in proper concert attire. When in public, students must be in full uniform.
- Students must have all materials necessary to perform.
- Students must display competency in their performance.
- Everyone must be respectful during performances, i.e. do not leave during a performance, do not talk during a performance, do not distract others from the performance.
- Students must stay in their designated area when not performing.
- Everyone is expected to stay for the entire concert.
- Each infraction will constitute by lowering one letter grade.
Students will be graded in four areas:
Participation 30% (Positive attitude, prepared for class, having all required supplies)
Quizzes / Tests 15% (Written and performed)
Concerts and Events 30%
Final Exam 25% (Written Theory/Developmental Workbook/Scales)
B+ 87-89 C+ 77-79 D+ 67-69
A 93-100 B 83-86 C 73-76 D 63-66
A- 90-92 B- 80-82 C- 70-72 D- 60-62
Students are evaluated according to the MYP criteria:
A: Knowledge and Understanding
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the music form studied in relation to societal, cultural, historical and personal contexts.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the elements of the music studied.
- Communicate a critical understanding of the music studied in the context of their own musical compositions.
- Develop an idea, theme or personal interpretation to a point of realization, expressing and communicating their artistic intentions.
- Apply skills, techniques and processes to create and perform music.
C: Reflection and Evaluation
- Reflect critically on their own musical development and processes at different stages of their work.
- Evaluate their work.
- Use feedback to inform their own artistic development and processes.
D: Personal Engagement
- Show commitment in using their own artistic processes.
- Demonstrate curiosity, self-motivation, initiative and willingness to take informed risks.
- Support, encourage and work with their peers in a positive way.
- Be receptive to musical practices and traditions from various cultures, including their own.
Deadlines and Late Work
Late exercises and homework assignments lose 5 points each day they are late. Late assignments, unless discussed with me, will lose 5 points a day after their initial due date.
Students must have their Surface computer everyday to view sheet music, tune your instrument, research investigation and more.. Students must ask permission if they would like to use any other devices during class. Devices will not be used to check social media and other non-educational activities. Failure to adhere to this rule will result in detentions. Please adhere to the academic honesty policy. Students will treat each other, teachers and their instruments with respect.
Honors credit is given to any band student who can play, from memory, the proficiency 1 and 2 requirements of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association and be able to pass a basic music theory test. Participation at Solo and Ensemble Festival is required.
A list of these requirements can be found at:
Auditions must be completed by the first two weeks of each semester. Once you pass the audition and receive honors credit, you will not have to audition again and will continue to receive honors credit until you graduate.
Department Awards are based upon Mr. Martin’s evaluation of your performance ability, participation and knowledge of music.
The John Philip Sousa Award is given to a Senior band member who has exhibited superior loyalty, cooperation, musicianship, and possesses all of the fine qualities of a superior band member. This is the highest award a band student can receive.
Louis Armstrong Award is given to the most outstanding jazz performer.
The Director's Award is given to any band member who has exhibited musical and/or personal qualities worthy of special recognition.
Outstanding Achievement Award is awarded to one senior at graduation, for their outstanding participation and commitment to the Notre Dame Instrumental Music Department.
Band Pin is given to those members of band who have completed one year of service.
School Letter is given to those members of band who have completed two years of service.
Service Bar is given to those members of band who have completed three years of service. Instrument Pin is given to those members of band who have completed four years of service.
MSBOA District 4 Honors Band The Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association, forms two district honor bands. Students are selected from local band programs around Oakland County. Mr. Martin can nominate as many band students that he sees fit, but selections are made based upon District and State Solo & Ensemble ratings and director nominations. For more information see Mr. Martin.
MSBOA All-State Honors Band The Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association, forms one state honors band. Students are selected from band programs all around the State of Michigan. Nominations are in October and are based upon blind auditions. (The adjudicators will not know who you are or where you go to school.) It is solely based upon how well you prepare a solo, sight read and play scales from memory. For more information see Mr. Martin.
Michigan Youth Arts Festival Selections are based upon the highest ratings at State Solo & Ensemble Festival. Directors cannot nominate students for this festival.
BAND COMMUNICATIONS 2018
1.REMIND (CRITICAL FOR ALL PARENTS AND STUDENTS)
This is the most critical communication path for important information such as schedule changes, bus arrival/departure time changes, event and deadline reminders. Please sign up BOTH THE PARENTS AND STUDENT for this oneway, confidential, textbased system.
If you have trouble texting to 81010, please try
248 841 8844
Note: If you are in Jazz Band, please do the same instructions above to
2.BAND CALENDAR (CRITICAL FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS)
The Band calendar is a live calendar which can be found on the school website under Arts > Performing Arts > NDPMA Bands > Schedule or at
The calendar has all the band events and call times posted to it as well as any date changes that we may receive. You can link it to your calendar for easy access. Please check it regularly.
3.FACEBOOK (STRONGLY RECOMMENDED)
The band has a Facebook page which has important information posted to it. Find us on Facebook and request to join: "NDP Marching/Symphony Band". On this page we post many photos, concert videos, accomplishments, event flyers and other reminders.
We will post band news stories and interesting information about the band on our Twitter account.
To join, please text:
On @NDP Bands to 40404 to follow
Off @NDP Bands to 40404 to stop
Or find us on Twitter to follow us.
Band Director, Joe Martin email@example.com
Band Office (248) 373-5300 Ex. 8056
Band President, Melissa Weimer firstname.lastname@example.org
Band Vise President, Ann Marie Allard email@example.com
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