start of a new school year is an exciting event, especially for
you as a Salem Spartan. You will be walking the halls of a School
of Excellence, a tradition that you are challenged to continue.
a member of Salem Middle School Bands, you have chosen to associate
with some of the finest scholars, athletes, musicians, and student
leaders in our school. Our expectations are high. Each Band member
will be held accountable for his/her actions, attitudes and performances.
who are new to Salem Middle School may find things to be different
from their former band or music class. In any case, mature behavior,
personal commitment, and hard work are expected of all members
of Salem Middle School Bands.
students and their families are asked to read and become thoroughly
familiar with the contents of this handbook in order to avoid
any misunderstandings as we progress through the school year.
This handbook contains policies and procedures that will be in
effect for the 2005-2006 school year. Parents, feel free to contact
me anytime at school (919-363-2698 ext. 1 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
with questions that you may have. We look forward to an exciting
and prosperous school year.
L. Hinson, Jr. Band Director
was a very special experience for me as a young person. Many of
my friends were in band. A great deal of my time was spent involved
in some aspect of the program. Band, like sports and other wholesome
organizations, gave me a place to grow and succeed. It is my desire
to create a band program at Salem Middle School that will have
the same positive impact upon my students. The Salem Middle School
Band Program is designed to:
each student with a comprehensive music education, while teaching
the skills and attitudes necessary to succeed as a young musician
and as a young adult.
the school and community through public performances of quality
music, while promoting and enhancing the dignity and reputation
of Salem Middle School.
the development of essential character traits to include a strong
work ethic, personal integrity, a commitment to excellence,
and respect for self and others.
each student with a positive emotional outlet, a good social
experience, and a worthy use of leisure time.
and procedures outlined in this handbook are based on twelve basic
expectations I have for each student. Band students are typically
some of the finest young people in a school. As a Salem Middle
School Band student, you are expected to be:
Understand the need for practice and make time for it on a daily
basis. Punctual. Always be on time for class, rehearsals and
Understand that becoming a good musician is a process. It takes
time. Work to improve on a daily basis.
Attitudes are contagious. Be sure yours is worth catching! Smile
and be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Admit your limitations and mistakes. Take full responsibility
for your actions. Do not lie, cheat, or steal.
You are young adults. Please do not wait to be told the obvious.
Follow instructions the first time they are given. Be quiet,
attentive, and in control of yourself.
Bring all materials to class, rehearsals, and performances.
Realize the impact that your actions, attitudes, and performances
will have on the group. Think of the band first.
Talk to one another, teachers, parents, and administrators with
kindness, respect, and courtesy.
Think before acting.
Remember who you are and where you are from. Take pride in yourself,
your band, and your school.
classes will begin each day with students arriving on time and
prepared for class with their pencil, music, method book and instrument.
Students are to be in their seats no later than one minute after
the start time. We will warm up and tune together.
are to raise their hands during rehearsal for permission to leave
their seat or speak. Do not raise your hand to ask a question
once the director's hands are raised for playing. If you have
a bathroom emergency, let me know, discreetly, and go. When class
ends, the director will dismiss you. Students should return all
instruments to their assigned storage areas. Students are to keep
the band room clean and neat at all times. Trash containers are
at the room entrances. Please be careful not to track dirt or
mud into the room.
a school instrument needs repair, the director must be notified
immediately so that arrangements can be made to an approved repair
shop. Anyone assigned a school-owned instrument must have a completed
and signed Instrument Loan Agreement on file with the directors.
Please find it on the reverse side of the Personal Property Waiver
in the back of this handbook.
to the group is essential to the Salem Middle School Band program.
An individual's behavior and performance have a major impact on
the other members of the Band. Students are expected to exhibit
their best behavior at all times. Occasionally, we have visitors
in our classes and many people will see our concerts and festival
performances. One incident of poor behavior can ruin the public's
good impression of our band program and our school.
for behavioral infractions will be handled on an individual basis
and are based on a continuum ranging in severity. The consequence(s)
will depend on the severity and frequency. Steps in the continuum
may be skipped based on severity. The Behavioral Consequence Continuum
is as follows:
Placement in Time-Out
of any kind in the bandroom or instrument storage room will not
be tolerated. These rooms are filled with instruments and equipment,
which can easily be damaged. Most importantly, students can be
seriously injured. Any such infraction will result in, at minimum,
an immediate telephone call to parents.