Attendance is the most important element to the band’s success during marching or concert season. Students should make every effort to attend all rehearsals during and after school. When a student misses a rehearsal or event, the material covered during that rehearsal must be retaught to the entire band upon the return of the student. Due to the nature of our performances, a student can not truly make up this time lost outside of a band rehearsal.
When a student arrives to a rehearsal late they should sign-in the designated book with their name, date, time and reason for their tardiness. During marching season a drum major will be in charge of keeping these records. Students will be required to make up any time lost at the end of the rehearsal by performing various duties, rehearsals or exercises. If the amount of time missed exceeds a reasonable amount of time to make it up after the rehearsal or the student is required to leave in a timely manner after rehearsal then make-up time may be split across a series of future rehearsals.
An excused absence is one that would include a doctor’s note or some other family emergency of an immediate family member or it may be discussed with the director’s prior to the event. A copy of an office visit (doctor’s excuse) or other documentation should be accompanied upon the student’s return.
Make-up times will be allowed for all excused absences. These additional rehearsals usually take place on Monday’s and/or Wednesday’s after school. The student will receive a grade of a zero until the assignment is properly made-up.
All absences that do not fall under the category of emergency will be considered unexcused. Unexcused absences are not eligible for make-up times and will result in a deduction of the student’s grade and possible removal from performances. The director’s should be notified of any special circumstances that may arise that would effect a student’s attendance.
Absences deemed excessive by the director could result in removal from the band program or disciplinary action. It is the responsibility of the student to activily seek a make-up time through their section leaders or directors.
Alternates (Competition Band Only)
Beginning Fall 2017, the Competition Band will contain alternate Personnel members that will shadow positions in the competition program. These positions are determined based upon the attendance and performance of the competition members. If a competition band member is absent, their position will be covered by an alternate. If the alternate demonstrates proficiency in that position with a good attendance record, they will replace the original competition band member.
All alternates will have a marching position in the Marching Band Program and will perform at all Marching Band events. If an alternate acquires a full-time position in the Competition Band, their Marching Band position will be swapped with the former competition band student that will become an alternate.
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