Personnel and Guidelines

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All are listed in alphabetical order. Part assignments will be determined through the course of rehearsals.

  • Trumpets: Charles Huggler, Dionna Jackson, Zachary Lindley, Sean Malloy, Noah McCarthy, Jacob Springer
  • Trombones: Cole Bright, Noah Horton, Tyler Jenkins-Wong, Matthew Tweedie, Isaac Weiss
  • Alto Saxophones: Xandra Coleman, Ethan Tweedie
  • Tenor Saxophones: Kayleigh Horton, Rhea Jajodia
  • Bari Sax: Sarah Coffman
  • Piano: Paige Ritter
  • Bass: Declan Fischer
  • Guitar: Hannah O’Leary
  • Drumset: Sara Bradley, Eric Burns

STUDENT EXPECTATIONS

  1. Be on time to everything. Start times are not when you arrive at the school, but when we begin rehearsing.  You need to be set up and warmed up individually in advance.
  2. Follow all instructions given.
  3. Stay up to date with communication methods (Remind, website).
  4. Be responsible with your own equipment and belongings, but help the rest of your team out when it comes time to move the larger equipment, especially when we are at a performance.  
  5. Electronic devices are to be out of sight during rehearsal (unless specifically used for musical purposes)
  6. Maintain a positive attitude.
  7. Know the right and wrong time to say or do anything.
  8. Give 100% in everything you do.
  9. Know YOUR individual part, in advance.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: If it’s on the schedule, you’re expected here.

Communication is paramount!
   All conflicts for events occurring for the season must be communicated to me prior to December 1st, 2016. 

If an event arises after that date which would require you to miss a scheduled event, please contact the director as soon as possible.

EXCUSED ABSENCES

This schedule has been created to give the group the utmost flexibility but also to allow us to have a successful performance season.  Therefore….if you’re committing to being here, we need you here.

  • All absence excuses, regardless of the reason, may have to be verified by the student’s parent and/or guardian.
  • Students will be excused from rehearsals and/or performances for the following reasons:
    1. Approved Medical Illness.  If you are in school, you are expected at rehearsal.
      1. Illnesses that occur after school may need verification from a doctor.
      2. Illnesses that occur on a weekend will need verification from a doctor.
    2. Doctor’s Appointments – every effort should be made to schedule these on days when we do not have rehearsal.   This is why you have the schedule now.
    3.  Immediate family members only.  This must be communicated as far in advance as possible.
    4. Death / Funeral.
  • School-Related Conflicts
    1. Every reasonable effort should be made by the student, parent, and instructors of all the conflicting organizations to ensure that the experience for the student, as well as the integrity of both activities is a positive one.  In the event that this is not possible, students may ultimately have to make a decision on which activity they want to pursue.
    2. Priority in scheduling conflicts will be given to school-sponsored events. Non-school sponsored conflicts will be handled at the discretion of the director.
  • Any other “emergency” not covered above will be handled on a case by case basis by the band director.
  • WORK is not an acceptable excuse to miss an entire rehearsal.   If you need to leave early/arrive late, that’s fine, but that should be the exception, not the rule.

TRANSPORTATION

  1. Transportation is provided by school bus for all events.  Students must ride the buses provided TO and FROM an event, unless the appropriate PASD travel release form has been filled out and approved by the principal.
  2. Everyone assists in moving all equipment to and from the bus.
  3. All rules set by the bus driver and district personnel are to be followed.  Failure to abide by these rules will result in disciplinary action.

USE OF SCHOOL EQUIPMENT

Depending on the situation, you may be assigned school-owned equipment/instruments to use.  You must treat these as if they were your own personal belongings!  Costs of repair/upkeep will be your responsibility for the duration that you have the equipment signed out to you.

REMOVAL FROM THE ORGANIZATION

  1. Students will be removed from the ensemble for violation of the following items:
    1. Unexcused absence from a performance
    2. Two unexcused absences from rehearsals, with no parent/guardian contact
    3. Poor/uncooperative attitude directed towards their peers and/or adults working with the organization.
    4. Use or possession of any illegal substances as defined by the PASD/PAHS Student Handbook(s).
    5. Conduct or mental attitude that is not representative/detrimental to the organization as a whole.
  2. It is our sincere hope that no one ever has to be removed from the organization due to their conduct/actions.  In the event that this were to happen, the student & parent will be notified by the director.

FINANCIAL COMMITMENTS

Specific reeds, sticks, or mouthpieces may be required to play in this ensemble.  If this is the case, you will be notified in advance.  All students will need to provide their own performance attire.   Information will be handed out about this in January 2017.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

The jazz band and Phantom Band Boosters host a jazz festival in mid-February every year.  This has quickly become a season-opening event for many local area high schools.

The only way this festival is a success is if we have numerous adult volunteers.  Therefore, if your child is in the jazz ensemble, we do ask that you assist at this event.   Barb Coffman is our event chair, and she will be reaching out to you within the coming days.

 

ACCEPTANCE OF SPOT: