Spring Band Concert - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 6:30pm - Capac Cafetorium
5th/6th Grade Band
Jeffrey Jones, Director of Bands
Welcome to 5th and 6th Grade Beginning Band! I can't wait for this year because you are amazing people capable of amazing things!
Band supplies such as reeds, valve oil, slide grease, drumsticks, etc. will no longer be available through the band office. You will be responsible for purchasing your personal supplies on your own. The night you child gets his/her instrument, Port Huron Music Center will be on hand with these supplies for you to buy. After that, order forms to Port Huron Music Center will be provided to make re-ordering more convenient. You can also go directly to Port Huron Music Center, or purchase them on line at any music supply sights - Amazon.com and Musiciansfriend.com seem to have the best deals.
Saxophones, Clarinets, and Oboes
Please understand that you need to purchase your own boxes of reeds. Beginners will need a new reed about every week. Reeds will last longer when the students learn to care for them better - about 2-3 weeks. Mr. Jones will have reeds available for emergencies, but it is very expensive to keep them on hand. They are MUCH cheaper if you buy them by the box or on your own. Reed players!! Please purchase VanDoran reeds (2 ½ strength), Rico Reeds (3 1/2 strength) or Mitchell Lurie reeds (2 1/2 strength). Again, Port Huron Music Center is a great place to purchase reeds but Amazon.com and Musiciansfriend.com are also great sources.
There are two main categories for grades: participation and practice records. 75 points per week will be possible for participation. These points are earned for having a pencil, working and performing to the best of your ability, not being a disruption to the class, having an overall positive attitude about band and your classmates. 6th Grade band students are expected to practice 75 per week starting when you student gets his/her instrument. Points are awarded weekly based on how many minutes are on their parent-signed practice record - 75 minutes, 75 points. This adds up to 675 points in a marking period. The bottom line is that if you don't turn in your practice records, you will not pass band. Please turn them in! Other points will be for concerts (150 points per concert) and listening logs (10 points each assignment.)
All 6th Grade Band members are required to practice for 75 every week. This time needs to be written down on a piece of paper, signed by a parent, and turned into the practice record box in the band room. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT CONCERT ATTENDANCE CAN ALSO BE COUNTED FOR PRACTICE TIME! However long the concert was, that's how many minutes you get on your record. Go see concerts! It's an easy way to wrack up the points! More than 75 minutes means extra credit. Write every minute down in case there are weeks you can't practice due to illness or busy life. Practice records are due on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday for full credit. I will still accept them on Thursday and Friday, but 10 points will be taken off. I will also accept them all of the next week for reduced credit. It is to your benefit to turn them in even if they are late. I WILL NOT ACCEPT MORE THAN THREE PRACTICE RECORDS AT A TIME! So please do not wait until the last week of the marking period to turn them all in. Only 3 will be accepted. Make sure you and your parents understand this section! This can make or break your band grade.
Attendance to your concert is required for this class. We are a performance-based class. On the night of your performance you will be given a call time (the time when you are expected to be in the band room and ready.) To be on time is late, to be early is on time. At the call time, you are expected to be in full uniform, instrument out and warmed up, and ready to go - not just rolling in the door. You will also be required to stay and listen to whatever other group will be performing the night of your concert. If you have an unexcused absence from a concert, you will be given a research and writing assignment to make up for the missing grade. It is really better for everyone to make sure you are at the concert.
Uniforms for this class will be referred to as "Concert Black." This will be white dress shirt, black pants, black socks, and black shoes. T-shirts are not acceptable. Jeans are not acceptable. Girls may where skirts, but the must be knee length. Shoes must be ALL black. Anyone who comes to the concert in unacceptable clothing for a uniform will be told to not perform, therefore losing credit for being at the concert. If you have a problem getting any of these parts to the uniform, please talk to Mr. Jones ahead of time. The band does have a small supply of these items.
Website and Facebook
Your calendar for the first semester is on the website. As soon as they let me schedule second semester, that will be there too. You will be provided with written copies of the schedule, but if you lose your written copy, IT'S ON THE WEBSITE! To get to the website, go to the main page of the school site, click on HIGH SCHOOL, then click on CLUBS/ORG, and band will be listed. If you have suggestions for cool music related links that I could add to the sight, please let me know! J Also, please "LIKE" us on facebook at Capac High School Band or Capac Band Boosters. These are also excellent sources of information.