Gilbert High School Band Student Handbook

Dear Band Parents and Students,

Welcome to the Gilbert School band program! Our goal at Gilbert is to create strong, independent, well-disciplined band members in an environment that is both enjoyable and educationally sound. The study of music can contribute in a unique way to the overall development of ALL young people. Instrumental training and performance are invaluable parts of that process. By the time students leave the high school environment, it is hoped that they will made significant strides towards becoming a comprehensive musician. Students will not only learn musical skills, but how to budget their time, and how to work in a large group setting. They will also learn discipline, commitment, hard work, and other extremely important life skills.

In order to function in a manner which benefits its members to the fullest, a band program must have organizational procedures, rules, and regulations. The purpose of this handbook is to inform students and parents of these organizational procedures, rules, and regulations; as well as answer any questions you may have concerning the band program. The intent is to establish a common ground of agreement from which all members can accomplish both their individual goals and the goals of the entire organization.

Participants in the band program are expected to know and abide by the material in the handbook. Therefore, it is important that both students and parents/guardians read the handbook in its entirety. In this mail out you will find a “Parent/Student Agreement Form” for you and your child to sign. This simply lets me know that both you and your student have read the handbook and know what is to be expected during the coming year in band. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Contact information is provided on the back of the cover.

I am very excited about the upcoming school year at Gilbert High School and I look forward to working with you and your child. I am confident that this will be a great year for everyone involved with the band program if we all work together.


Hunter White

Band Director


The Importance of Discipline

Because of the nature of the organization, band discipline must be strict. Band students and parents must be willing to accept the ideals, principals, and rules of the organization. Band members are consistently on display, therefore each student must always be aware of the importance of good behavior. Students should remember that he/she represents the organization, school, and community whenever he/she performs or publicly appears. Any misconduct casts a direct reflection on Gilbert HIgh School and may well undo the good work of hundreds of loyal students.

The Importance of Attitude

The greatest single factor that will determine the success of any group or organization is ATTITUDE. Students should use the two words “I WILL”. It takes intense dedication to reach goals. Students should learn to discipline themselves to daily practice. The “right attitude” must be present with sincerity, concentration, and dedication as a basic foundation. Such an attitude makes an artistic performance inevitable and is the factor that makes the difference between a musical organization and a group of people holding musical instruments.

A Statement of Band Policy

We firmly believe that the student should improve through daily progress. In the instrumental program, we feel that when the student has lost the will to improve himself/herself in order to make a better contribution to his/her fellow band students, he/she is perhaps wasting the time of the school, fellow students, and the community by continuing in this band program. We are convinced that the happiest student is one that is improving himself/herself through regular habits of practice and daily progress.

Each Band Members Responsibility to the Band

  1.     Be regular in attendance and account for all absences

  2.     Make a real effort to learn and improve daily

  3.     Be personally clean, neat, and appropriately dressed

  4.     Become responsible for and expect to assume the consequences of his/her actions and have the proper respect for


  1.     Follow all classroom rules, school regulations, and all travel instructions for trips

  2.     Be honest and fair with others concerning equipment, music, and school life in  general

  3.     Cooperate with fellow band members and share with them the responsibilities and privileges that are a part of the band


  1.     Contribute positively to his/her music education and that of others to the best of his/her talents

  2.     Read and play music in sight and expression

  3.     Improve his/her knowledge and understanding of music theory, harmony, and history, as well as develop good listening


Gilbert High School Band Program

The Gilbert High School Band Program is a comprehensive program consisting of a marching band, concert bands, a jazz band, colorguard, and various chamber ensembles. Students in the Gilbert Band must be active members of both the marching band and concert band. Our students participate in any and all SCBDA sponsored events, as well as various collegiate workshops and band clinics. Among these events are: All-Region, All-State, All-State Jazz, Solo and Ensemble, USC Band Clinic, Winthrop Band Clinic, just to name a few. It is the goal of the Gilbert Band program to win the Outstanding Performance Award each and every year. With students actively and properly participating in all aspects of band, we will achieve our goal of consistent superiority.

Marching Band

The marching band consists of all instrumental music students in the Gilbert Band program. Marching season starts 2 to 3 weeks prior to school with a camp. It is during this camp that the years’ competition show is learned, therefore attendance is mandatory. Following camp, the band rehearses 3 days a week after school until the beginning of November.  Performances for this ensemble include but are not limited to football games, competitions, and parades. The ultimate goal of the marching band is to provide entertainment and a sense of pride to the community of Gilbert. It is also our goal to successfully compete in local, regional, and national festivals and competitions such as the SCBDA State Marching Finals.

Concert Bands

Concert season begins in November, immediately following marching season. Most years, the Gilbert Band will be split into two separate classes, when numbers allow.

  1.    Concert Band - This bands’ primary focus is continued development of basic music

      skills. Students in this band must work to increase their musical knowledge. This

      group performs at various festivals and concert competitions. The Concert Band

      performs primarily Grade II and III music with an emphasis on rhythmic exercises,

      sight-reading, and a concept of balance and blend. Any fall athlete not able to participate

      in marching band will be automatically placed into this band. Students in the Concert Band

      receive a CP credit.

  1.     Symphonic Band - This is the top concert band at Gilbert High School. Students

       in this band must excel on their chosen instrument. This class is determined by

       audition and/or placement. This group performs at various festivals and

       competitions. The Symphonic Band performs primarily Grade IV and V music with

       an emphasis on performance and rehearsal techniques. Students in the Symphonic Band receive

       an Honors Credit.

Gilbert High School concert bands hold several concerts throughout the school year. Participation in all concerts is required. Yearly, the Symphonic Band attends the SCBDA Concert Festival and performs for a panel of judges to receive a rating. Occasionally, the Concert Band will attend Concert Festival depending on the strength of the band. Students are issued comprehensive folders and are required to properly maintain them. 

Jazz Band

The Gilbert High School Jazz Band is a class offered either during the school day or as a late bird class once marching season is over. Participation in this band class requires a recommendation from the Director and possibly an audition. Superior sight-reading skills are needed to be a part of this ensemble. The Jazz Band performs at various town functions, school events, and jazz festivals throughout the school year including the SCBDA Jazz Festival. Students in the Jazz Band receive an Honors Credit.


This group performs with the Gilbert HIgh School Marching Band. Attendance requirements are the same as that of instrumental marching band members. This is a class offered at GHS and all students participating in the colorguard are expected to schedule the class. Auditions are held in spring and membership will be determined on ability, potential ability, and a clean discipline record.

Percussion Ensemble

This Gilbert High School Percussion Ensemble is a class offered during the 2nd semester. Participation in this class requires a recommendation from the Director and possibly an audition. The Percussion Ensemble performs at various town functions, school events, and festivals throughout the school year. Honors Credit is available to students meeting a high standard of percussion performance.

Band Leadership

Gilbert High School Band Staff

  1. Hunter White - Director of Bands, GHS

  2. Sid Tyner - Director of Bands, GMS

  3. Ashley Gresko - Colorguard Instructor

  4. Hannah Yates- Colorguard Instructor

  5. Nick Duvall - Band Instructor

Band Officers

Band officers will either be elected by the student body, appointed by Mr. White, volunteer, or be chosen through an interview and audition process. What process is used to determine officers will be decided on a year-by-year basis. All band officers must have at least one-year experience in the GHS Band. The following is a list of possible band officer positions:

  1. Section Leaders/Captains

  2. Drum Major

  3. Lieutenant of Operations

  4. Field Managers

Duties of Officers

All officers and student leaders are expected to lead by example. Being an officer demands that a student demonstrate an exceptional attitude towards band, assume responsibility of assisting others and contribute more than is expected of other band members.

  1. Section Leaders/Captains

    1. Act as a liaison between band members and the Director.

    2. Conduct sectionals not directed by the Director

    3. Excel on their chosen instrument

    4. Promote proper fundamentals and correct playing of music throughout his/her section

    5. Bring the Director’s attention to any problems in the music that may have been overlooked

    6. Be responsible for their section during rehearsals and performances

    7. Thoroughly know and understand GHS marching band fundamentals so as to maintain a consistent and uniform style throughout the band

    8. Serve as a field leader maintaining the highest level of spirit, performance, and discipline throughout the season

    9. Take responsibility for his/her section in terms of unity

    10. Has certain appointed authority over their section during rehearsals and performances

    11. attend scheduled meetings throughout the school year to discuss issues important to the band

    12. Mr. White or any other staff member may terminate any leadership role if they feel it necessary for the better of the band

  2. Drum Major

    1. Serve as a field leader during rehearsals and performances

    2. Assume leadership in absence of the Director(s)

    3. Have a thorough knowledge of musical scores used on the field

    4. Assist in the teaching of marching fundamentals used on the field

    5. Have a thorough knowledge of the marching fundamentals used on the field

    6. Attend all squad leader meetings

    7. Have a certain appointed authority over band members during marching rehearsals and performances

  3. Lieutenant of Operations

    1. Responsible for overseeing and organizing the loading and unloading all equipment for football games and competitions; this includes percussion equipment, wind instruments, guard equipment, uniforms, drum major podium, etc.

  4. Field Manager

    1. Responsible for lining off our marching band practice field, setting yard markers, etc.

    2. Responsible for maintaining the field

Responsibilities of Band Members

Attendance Requirements

All band members should plan to attend all practices and rehearsals. COORDINATE BAND WITH SCHOOL AND OUTSIDE WORK! Our practice schedule is every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday throughout marching season. We perform at all Gilbert High School home varsity football games, as well as select away games. We attend Saturday marching band competitions from late September through October. Occasionally, extra rehearsals and/or performances may be added during the year.

  1. Performances

    All performances are required. Performances can only be excused at Mr. White’s discretion. Performances include football games, concerts, festivals, competitions, and parades. Consequences for missing a performance can be both academic, behavioral, and result in removal from the band program.

  1. In-School Rehearsals

    Normal school procedures will be followed for absences and tardies.

  1. After-School Rehearsals

    All after-school rehearsals are required. In the case of an unexcused absence, the student will be required to make up Indian Pride Time. Failure to do this may result in dismissal from the band program.

  1. Excuses

    Doctors appointments and parent excuses will not be considered valid excuses. Our success depends on       students being present and accountable to rehearsals and performances. Wednesdays are given for doctor’s appointments, church, and other activities. If a student is well enough to be at school, then he/she is expected to be at rehearsal. If a student if absent from school, then their absence from rehearsal is excused.Practices can only be excused at Mr. White’s discretion.

  1. Band Camp

    Band Camp is always 3 weeks prior to the start of school. These dates are set once Lexington School District One adopts their official school year calendar. Band Camp schedules are mailed out 6 months in advance so that any conflicts may be avoided or resolved in a timely manner. The first and third weeks are partial day rehearsals. The second week of camp is the most crucial and is also required. An absence from one of these days may result in dismissal from the band program.   

  1. Indian Pride Time

   Should a student miss a rehearsal or performance for any reason, excused or unexcused, they will have to make up the time after rehearsal. During this time, students will work on fundamentals, music, or any other skill needed to be successful. The rational is that every student will walk onto the field for performance having put in the same amount of work and time. Names will be called out at the end of rehearsal and student leaders will keep a log.

Behavior Expectations

In-School Rehearsals

  1. Get to class on time. Move into the band room quickly, get your instrument and music out, and take your seat.

  2. Students are expected to have their instruments and music at school for every rehearsal. Student’s grades will be adjusted accordingly each time they neglect to come to school prepared.

  3. Students are expected to take their instruments and music home on days they do not have after-school rehearsals or a performance. This includes weekends.

  4. When the Director or Drum Major steps onto the podium in front of the band, all talking will stop. If you have any questions or comments, raise your hand. Appropriate action will be taken to discipline offenders. Continuing violations may result in removal from band.

  5. Instruments will only be played when students are directed to do so by the conductor.

  6. Students are expected to have a sharpened pencil with them at all rehearsals. Periodic checks by the Director will be conducted.

  7. Always be alert for instructions.

  8. All candy, gum, or other foreign objects will be placed in the trash can upon entering the band room.

  9. Disrespect or “talking back” to the Director or whomever is in charge will not be tolerated.

After-School Rehearsals

  1. Behavior for indoor rehearsals or sectionals, after school, will be the same as for normal rehearsals during the school day.

  2. Disrespect, talking back, or refusing to obey a staff member will not be tolerated at any time. Such behavior will result in disciplinary action and may lead to removal from the band depending on the seriousness of the offense, or frequency in which it happens.

  3. Any of the following actions or behaviors may result in punishment:

    1. Moving or talking at attention

    2. Talking without permission

    3. Playing an instrument out of turn

    4. Tardiness to rehearsal

    5. Any behavior deemed improper by the Director or staff

  4. Instruments are not to be played to and from the practice field


  1. All seniors without reprimand for the week may board the buses first

  2. Loud yelling, foul language, rough play, and public display of affection will not be permitted at any time

  3. Students should remain respectful and keep noise to a minimum while on the bus

  4. When passing over railroad tracks, students are to remain absolutely silent in order for the bus driver to listen for oncoming trains

  5. Students are to obey the Director, staff members, and chaperones at all times. If a student feels they are being unfairly mistreated, that student should obey orders regardless and then discuss it with the Director, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.

  6. Once students report to the band room for a performance, there will be no eating food, candy, gum, or drinks except during times allowed by the director. Exceptions may be made for out of town trips.

  7. The band will travel to and from games, competitions, and festivals together. Do not ask to leave an event early or ride back with parents. Students are responsible for their own uniform, equipment, etc.

  8. When in the stands, students:

    1. may talk or cheer as long as they are ready to play when the Director or drum major starts a tune, and be ready to end the tune in the middle if necessary.

    2. may not play instruments at any time unless instructed by a Drum Major or Director.

    3. percussion may play cheers or cadences in the stands only at the instruction of the Director.

    4. may not have food or drinks, unless permission is given by the Director.

    5. must sit with their section in the stands. No one is allowed to relocate for the purpose of talking, sitting with companions, etc.

    6. are not allowed to have family members and friends sit with them while the band is in the stands. Students are also not allowed to sit elsewhere while the band is together in the stands and performing.

  9. The band will be called to attention during the National Anthem performed by another band. Failure to maintain a perfect attention will be considered a serious offense and very disrespectful.

  10. Band members may be expected to observe the other band’s halftime show. When both bands perform at halftime, we will observe from the sidelines. Do not move around or talk while another band is performing; this is extremely rude. Stay put, observe, learn, and enjoy the other bands performance.

  11. Compliment the other band’s members after they perform. Do not make derogatory comments; such immature comments do nothing but harm the image of our band.

  12. While at marching contests, students are not to talk once a performing band has taken the field. Be quiet, still, and respectful of the performing band’s effort and save any negative comments for home.

  13. At away games, listen for seating instructions.

  14. For concerts, band members are expected to be in their place, appropriately dressed, on time, and ready to warm-up.

  15. Even while not taking part in band activities, students are still known as “band students” and should do nothing that might harm the image of the band.

Policy Re: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs

  1. Alcohol, Tobacco, and Illegal Drugs - Possession of any illegal substance will not be tolerated. If any alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs are found in a student’s possession, that student will be reported to the Principal and action will be taken by Lexington School District One. All District rules apply to the band for trips as well. Regardless of the fact that some students may be 18 years of age, tobacco is not permitted. If the Director or any other staff member has sufficient reason to believe that a student has been drinking alcohol, or using illegal drugs prior to a rehearsal, performance, or any other band related function, that student will be sent home and his/her actions will be reported to the Principal. Any and all violations will be subject to removal from the band.

  2. Prescription/OTC Drugs - If a student has medicine prescribed by his/her doctor, the Director must be informed in writing. Such medications will be allowed but must be taken in front of a staff member or chaperone. The band will keep a first aide kit for travel but no medicine will be distributed unless permission is given by a student’s parent(s). This information was completed on the Gilbert Band Medical Form.


Consequences of Behavior

Verbal reprimand, push-ups, laps, jumping jacks, etc, may be assigned to students who disobey band rules or exhibit improper behavior in after-school rehearsals or performances. All physical consequences are SCDE state adopted Physical Education standards. More serious offenses may result in parent conferences and/or removal from band. All punishment is at the discretion of the Director.

Music Study

Band Grades

  1. Major Summative Assessments

Students receive constructive feedback from the teacher after each summative assessment and during the rehearsal process for a major performance. If a student wishes to have an opportunity to improve an individual performance grade, he/she must complete and submit the necessary formative assignments related to the performance within five school days. The additional attempt to demonstrate learning (limited to one time per summative assessment and to students whose additional formative work is at a 3 or higher) is then scheduled or arranged; the grade only counts if it is higher than the original grade. Since performances are impossible to re-create authentically, an alternate performance assessment may be assigned to the student.

Additionally, if it becomes impossible for a student to play at a major performance, he/she will be given an opportunity to demonstrate learning after completing additional formative work at a 3 or higher by the assigned date. If the alternative performance is not completed by the due date, a 55 will be recorded in the grade book.

Students in marching band have many types of performance. Summative assessments for marching band may also include athletic performances, competitions, and festivals. Due to the numerous performances involved in marching band, summative assessments may be grouped together into a single grade.

  1. Minor Summative Assessments

The assessments are used to determine the degree of success at the end of a unit of instruction. A unit is one piece of repertoire in an instrumental classroom. Performances that are summative assessments contain multiple units. In instrumental music, summative assessments may also include in-school and after-school performances (both individual and ensemble), playing tests, chair auditions, written performance critique, online playing submissions, etc. Students are allowed to re-submit minor summative assessments only once. In order to qualify for a re-submission students must turn their work in on time and their formative assessments must be at a level 3 or higher.

  1. Formative Assessments

Rehearsal standards and habits occur during the process of learning or the development a performance. In instrumental music, formative assessments may also include practice  logs, small ensemble work, performance skills (individual and ensemble), sectional assessments, self-assessments, and goals for improvement. Students in music courses receive the majority of their feedback during rehearsal time.

Late Submissions

Per district policy, any student failing to submit their work by the assigned deadline must fill out an Extension Contract Agreement. Students must provide an explanation as to why the assignment was not completed in time and show evidence that an attempt was made to complete the assignment. Failure to do so will result in no credit being given for completion. Mr. White reserves the right to make judgements on whether or not an extension will be given.

Final Exams

Final exams count for 20% of a student’s final grade. Material to be covered on the final exams will be determined on a year-by-year basis.

Summative Assessment Grading Rubric


Player exhibits a highly developed and mature approach to articulation style and technique. Manual dexterity is exemplary, displaying the best possible implement control and coordination with tongue placement and embouchure set. Clarity is obvious and characteristic of the finest playing. The player exhibits solid and complete control of all aspects of rhythm, tempo, and pulse. Difficulty seems to have little or no effect on pulse, players are mature and confident of tempo subdivisions and sound arrives at the focal point with solidity and control. Lapses are rare and minor. Player exhibits the best possibly control and most highly developed concept of tome production. Breathe support and control is proper and always maintained; there is maximum control of airflow. Tonal focus is rarely lost and timbre is uniform throughout and characteristic of the best wind and percussion sound. The percussion ensemble understands it’s musically supportive capacity in relation to the winds. Flaws, if any, are rare. The performance consistently displays achievement of the highest level of quality. There is superior realization of the important elements of melodic orchestration, harmonic content, rhythmic content, and expressionistic content. Performance of the highest quality and consistently displayed while presenting the musical and physical demands, requiring maximum ability and skill. Simultaneous responsibilities present little or no performance problems.


Performer exhibits an elevated approach to articulation method and implements technique. Manual dexterity is good with only minor problems in musical clarity. Generally good tongue/finger coordination exists with some minor interruption of airflow. Performer exhibits very good control of overall pulse with rare moments of pulse distortion, but recovery is noted. Lapses are infrequent and rarely interfere with the success of the performance. Rhythmic interpretation is sound. Player seems confident and in excellent control most of the time. Very good control of most aspects of proper tone production. Lapses are infrequent although large interval skips may sometimes be problematic. Breath support and characteristic timbre may be adversely affected in extremes of range and volume. Characteristic percussion timbre and quality of sound are almost always present. Lapses are infrequent and generally minor. The performance often displays a high level of achievement. There is realization of the important elements of melodic orchestration, harmonic content, rhythm content, and expressionistic content. Performance of the highest quality and usually displayed although momentary lapses do occur due to musical and physical demands. Simultaneous responsibilities present problems at times, but do not detract from performance success.


A good basic approach to proper articulation method and implement technique. Upper extremes of volume range often give an indication of underdeveloped embouchure musculature. Manual dexterity is good but lacks coordination at times causing clarity to be inconsistent. Performer exhibits good awareness of pulse and tempo, though recovery from lapses may be difficult at times. Performance is good, although anticipation, hesitation, and over-extension of phrases exist. Rhythmic interpretation varies, particularly relative to subdivision. Player exhibits rhythmic accuracy problems. Player exhibits good basic approach to proper tone production, although often taxed beyond ability to control quality and timbre in range and volume extremes. Breath support may be lacking and the resulting timbres can be harsh and pinched. The performance achieves average achievement in terms of content and construction. Simultaneous responsibilities are required.


Airflow is often disrupted during articulation passages to the point of tonal distortion or interpretation. Mechanical dexterity is often taxed and rarely accurately coordinated; proper tongue placement is often ignored. Players tend towards explosive articulations. Synchronization rarely exists and individual rhythmic interpretation lacks consistency. Recovery form loss of pulse often takes much time and rarely completes at phrase endings.Player seldom seems aware of the proper fundamentals required to produce a focused sound and accurate tonal center. Percussion timbre is inconsistent because of technique deficiencies. Insufficient breath support exists to produce clarity of sound and pitch accuracy. The player displays only occasional awareness of the basic content and construction elements. Simultaneous responsibilities are occasionally a part of the construction. Realization of important elements rarely occurs due to poor performance. Average abilities are rarely achieved to meet music and physical demands.


Displays weakness in basic technique. Improper rhythms and notes. Rhythmic interpretation is poor. Recovery from errors is non-existent and concentration is poor. Little or no understanding of how technical aspects relate to the desired musical product.Player exhibits little training of control and a proper concept of tonal center and focus is lacking. Instrumental timbre is inconsistent throughout the performance. Breath support is seldom present, causing most phrases to be interrupted and unfinished. Little evidence of instrument tuning exists.The performance generally lacks an awareness of the basic content and construction elements. Performance is poor. Musical and physical demands may be met with below average ability. Performer is generally unaware of even the most basic responsibilities of technique.

Private Lessons

The only way to build a truly superior band is for as many band members as possible to take private lessons from a teacher who specializes on that instrument. It is not possible for the Director to give the type of individual instruction necessary with the number of students in class. See Mr. White for a list of reputable private instructors.


In order to make sufficient progress on their instruments, students are expected to practice at least 30 minutes per day on days they do not have after school rehearsals or performances. Using practice records are uncommon for high school bands. Students are expected to take responsibility for themselves and make sure they can play their required parts correctly. Periodically, Mr. White gives surprise playing tests if he feels that students have not sufficiently practiced their music. These surprise playing tests are random and will count along with scheduled playing tests. All students are encouraged to purchase and use one or more method books for their individual instrument. See Mr. White or a private instructor for suggested methods.

School Owned Property

Use of School Instruments/Equipment

Students must accept responsibility for any loss or damage (other than normal wear and tear) that occurs to the instrument while checked out to them. If a student damages school owned property due to malicious behavior or recklessness, he/she will assume responsibility for either fixing or replacing the equipment. Should the student refuse to take responsibility for damages caused, he/she will be reported to school officials and charged with destruction of school property. School owned property includes but is not limited to: percussion equipment, stands instruments, uniforms, guard equipment, electronic equipment, facilities, etc. Depending on the severity of the damage and the intent of the individual, Mr. White may choose to remove the guilty student from band.


Each student will be assigned two folders: one for marching season and one for concert season. Due to the high cost of music, students should take extra care to ensure that music does not get lost or damaged. If any damage occurs to original music while in a students possession, the student will be charged for replacement.

Individual Owned Property

No student should use or go through another students instrument, book bag, or other personal property without the owners’ consent. If this has occurred and a students personal property has been damaged, the student charged with the tampering must take responsibility, baring proof. If a student proves that their personal property has been tampered with, without permission, the guilty student(s) will be reported to the Principal for destruction of personal property. Depending on the severity of the damage and the intent of the individual, Mr. White may choose to remove the guilty student from band.

Gilbert Band Letter System

This system is designed to reward those students showing outstanding conduct and achievement and to encourage all students to display acceptable behavior and dedication to the goals and standards set by Mr. White, the staff, and the students for the Gilbert High School Band.

Our goal for Gilbert HIgh School is to have an OPA caliber band program each and every year. In order for us to achieve this goal, all students must excel in the following four categories: 1) marching band, 2) concert band, 3) region and all-state, and 4) solo and ensemble. In order for a student to receive a letter in band, he or she must be a member in good standing of the marching band and concert band. A student must audition for the SCBDA All-Region band. Lastly, a student must participate in at least one event at solo and ensemble.

Marching Band

The GHS marching band is a competitive ensemble that attends football games and band competitions. The marching band also performs at community events and various parades. The purpose of the marching band is to promote community pride, a good work ethic, musical knowledge, and a sense of teamwork. In order to be an active member in good standing of the GHS marching band, a student must abide by all rules and regulations previously stated in this handbook.

Concert Band

The GHS concert bands are performance-based ensembles that begin after marching season. The purpose of the concert band is to promote superior musical knowledge in a venue that is appreciative of the finer arts. The concert band performs at various concerts, community functions, state and national festivals. In order to be a member in good standing of the concert band, a student must abide by all rules and regulations stated in this handbook.

All-Region and All-State Bands

The All-Region and All-State bands are audition-based ensembles where students from the entire state of South Carolina audition for an earned chair in the ensemble. To earn a chair in the All-Region band, students must audition against students from the Western Region of South Carolina. To earn a chair in the All-State band, a student must earn a high enough chair in the All-Region band to gain a call back for All-State auditions. If a student achieves this, he/she will audition against students from the entire state of South Carolina. This activity promotes individual playing and rewards students for their individual musical achievement. A student does not have to make the All-Region band to earn a letter, they must simply audition. In order to be allowed to audition for these bands, students must successfully pass 3 mock auditions for Mr. White.

Solo and Ensemble

Solo and Ensemble is a non-competitive event in which students are judged on either an individual or group basis. Students may either play a solo and/or group piece involving more than one instrument. Students may also participate in more than one event as long as both events do not have the same instrumentation. Once a student has played for a judge, he/she will be awarded a rating of superior, excellent, or quality. In order to participate in solo and ensemble, all students must play for Mr. White to receive permission to attend.

The GHS Band Letter System is devised to reward to those students showing outstanding musical achievement and dedication to helping us achieve our goal as an OPA caliber band program. This system is not necessarily based on achievement, but more based on hard work and effort. These four activities require much individual practice and students participating in these four activities will earn a letter in band.

Band Uniforms

The Gilbert High School Band participates in many performances throughout each school year and all members of the band are required to wear the proper GHS Band uniform for each one of these performances.

Marching Uniform

The marching band uniform will consist of a jacket, a pair of bibbers (pants), a shako (hat), and a plume that are assigned to each student. The remainder of the uniform will be a band tee shirt, a pair of black marching shoes, and black socks. The tee shirt and shoes will be purchased from Mr. White. Students will not be allowed to wear large jewelry, bandanas, or other accessories that will cause them to “stick out” from the group. Tasteful personal appearance and proper grooming are expected from each member of the band. Hair should be neatly managed and anyone choosing to grow beards, mustaches, or goatees should keep them well manicured. Marching uniforms will be housed in the band room. On days the band will be changing into uniform, students should plan to show up early in order to carefully put on their uniform and return the bag and hanger to it’s proper place. Upon returning to the band room, students should properly hang their uniform and return it to the rack. Students are responsible for THEIR OWN UNIFORM. Do not trust another student to take care of this. Any damage to uniforms that is a result of student negligence will be charged to the student. Any student leaving their uniform in the band room or failing to put it in it’s proper place will be punished at the discretion of Mr. White and staff.

Concert Uniform

The concert band uniform will consist of a black, button down, embroidered dress shirt that will be purchased from Mr. White, black pants, black marching shoes, and black socks. If a belt is needed it should be black as well. Pants must meet the GHS and Lexington School District 1 dress code. NO JEANS!!! Our goals is to look professional and uniform. Pants should be solid black with no markings, strips, obnoxious logos, etc. In the case that your religion only allows you to wear a skirt, please contact the director in advance and make sure the skirt is black.

Did You Know?

  1. MIddle School and High School students who participate in instrumental music score significantly higher than their non-band peers on standardized tests.

  2. Music lessons boost a child’s capacity for verbal memory.

  3. Students who were exposed to music-based lessons scored a full 100% higher on fractions tests than those who learned in the conventional manner.

  4. Music majors are the most likely group of college grads to be admitted to medical school.

  5. Data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988 showed that music participants received more academic honors and awards than non-music students.

  6. Research shows that instrumental students are better equipped to comprehend mathematical and scientific concepts.

  7. High school music students score higher on SATs in both verbal and math than their peers.

  8. College-age students who studied music are emotionally healthier than their non-musician counterparts and less likely to have substance abuse problems.

  9. A ten-year study, tracking more than 25,000 students, shows that music courses improve overall tests scores.

  10. “The nation’s top business executives agree that arts education programs can help repair weaknesses in American education and better prepare workers for the 21st century.”

Benefits of Band

Teamwork/Cooperation - No matter what you do in life, teamwork is essential. Band is a great way to work as a group and learn to reach goals.

Friendships - Many band members make friendships that last. The band is like a family where everyone helps each other out.

Leadership - Students learn to become excellent leaders through performance and activities.

Time Management Skills - You learn how to manage your time and make the most of it.

Extra Curricular - College and Universities are impressed when students have participated in activities such as band. Most scholarship applications require participation in extra-curricular activities.

Life Skills - Students learn dedication, commitment, perseverance, responsibility, acceptance of others, and cooperation. These are necessary skills for life.

Concert Etiquette

Throughout  the year, we will attend and perform in many concerts. The following are the standard set of manners to be used when attending or performing in a live performance:

  1. 1.Dress nicely for all live performances.

  2. 2.Turn all cell phones, pagers, or any other noise making devices off upon entering the concert area.

  3. 3.Crying babies should be removed from the concert area immediately.

  4. 4.Arrive at a concert ten to fifteen minutes early. If you are late, wait until you hear applause before entering the concert area to find a seat.

  5. 5.Clap when the conductor comes onto the stage. This is a sign of welcome to the musicians.

  6. 6.Do not talk during the performance.

  7. 7.Flash photography should be avoided while musicians are playing. Also, anyone wishing to photograph an event should not move about the area in a manner that causes a disruption to the students performing or the audience members.

  8. 8.Do not move about the stadium or concert hall while a performance is in action. If you must leave, please wait for the conclusion of a song.

  9. 9.Do not bring food, drinks, or gum into the concert area.

  10. 10.Clap only at the end of the entire selection. If there are movements within a selection, wait until the conductor turns around and faces the audience before applauding.

  11. 11.In a jazz concert, clap at the end of each song and clap after the end of each solo.

  12. 12.Please NEVER leave performances until the entire program is compete. This is disrespectful to the other performers. Plan to make the concert night an evening to relax and enjoy the performance.

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