Student Information

Band Program Rules and Procedures

Band Room Rules

The band room is representative of the band. The appearance of the band room reflects upon our overall performance and image. It demands continuous care and cleaning each day. The following rules were created to help keep the band room in a presentable state and promote a positive atmosphere.

  • No Food, Gum, or Drinks will be allowed in the band room during instructional time. This excludes lunchtime and after school hours. The only EXCEPTIONS to this rule are at the discretion of the Director. The privilege to eat in the band room during lunch or after school may be revoke at the discretion of the Director.
  • All instruments will be kept in their locker in the instrument storage rooms when they are not being used. All personal belongings should be kept in your regular school locker. The instrument storage rooms are not for your jackets, book bags, books, or sports equipment. Your lock should always remain on the locker and locked at all times.
  • Stands and chairs will be stacked and racked at the end of each rehearsal. Rehearsal and class will not be dismissed until all the chars and stands are in there proper place.
  • All music should be kept in your music folders. Every student should keep his or her music in a folder. Students will be responsible for replacing any missing music.
  • All percussion equipment is off limits to everyone except percussionists. The percussion class will make sure that all of their sticks, mallets, and practice pads are put away every day. Mallet instruments and tympani should be covered after each class and rehearsal to prevent damage.
  • Band members are not to cause disruptions during class or any other time rehearsal is in session. Band members should come to class and rehearsal with the attitude and self-discipline to practice and perform at their highest level.

Rehearsal Schedule

The rehearsal schedule is very important to the success of the band. Having every student at every rehearsal is impossible with all of the different school conflicts that exist between band, ROTC, sports, and other school clubs. All conflicts will be worked out in advance between the Director and Coaches/Sponsors. Parents and students should not schedule dentist, doctor, or orthodontist appointments during rehearsals unless it is an absolute emergency. Any student who misses any portion of any rehearsal must give a written note to the Band Director in advance. In the case of illness, a written note is expected the first day back to school. Verbal requests or notifications will not be accepted.

The current rehearsal schedule for marching band is as follows:

  • Mondays: Full Band 6:05 – 8:35 pm
  • Wednesdays: Full Band 6:05 – 8:35 pm

The Percussion section and the Color Guard may have additional weekly rehearsals, as scheduled by their individual instructors.

The rehearsal schedule for Concert Band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble will be determined before each performance.

A printed schedule will be provided to each student with ample time before the rehearsals are scheduled to begin. It will also be published on the band website (www.NaplesHighBand.com), as well as on a board in the band room.

The typical rehearsal schedule is as follows:

  • TBA, but usually
  • Tuesdays: Concert Band
  • 2:30 – 4:00 pm

Tuesdays: Symphonic Wind Ensemble

  • 5:00 – 7:00 pm

If a band activity is to be missed, an excused absence may be obtained ONLY for the following reasons:

  • Death in the family
  • Extreme personal illness. The student is generally expected to have doctor’s note stating the student’s inability to perform/rehearse.
  • Court order
  • Religious obligation (A signed note from religious leader, or organization may be required)
  • Situations involving extenuating circumstances, situations of a onetime only nature, or circumstances relating to personal/family emergencies may be excused at the discretion of the Director.

Appointments – Non-emergency appointments, dental appointments and meetings, in general WILL NOT BE EXCUSED – These can usually be schedule at other times. Parents, please check the band schedule prior to making non-emergency appointments and trips

Students with paying jobs – As a member of NHS Band Programs you have committed to showing up to afterschool practices, games, competitions, and events. Work is not an excuse for missing any band activities. Your employers must be aware of your school responsibilities.

Our music students are the most diverse and talented students on campus…so students actively participating and representing Naples High School Golden Eagle Marching Band in an actual competitive activity MAY be excused from REHEARSAL at the Director’s discretion. Students who miss a rehearsal due to a field trip or other similar activity MAY be excused at the discretion of the Director. Students may not be excused from a PERFORMANCE due to the above type of conflict.


Lettering Requirements for Band Programs

The student must participate, and perform in conjunction with the following in order to meet the minimum requirements to letter:

  • Attend all football games, competitions, and home pep assemblies*
  • Attend all scheduled performances: concerts, recitals, etc.
  • Represent Naples High School and the Naples High Golden Eagle Band Program and in a respectable manner at all times
  • Be in good standing academically (2.5 Cumulative GPA, 3.0 Band/Eurhythmics GPA)
  • Student must maintain student/school instrument, music, uniform and other equipment must be kept in a clean, well-organized manner and ready for use at any time
  • Overall attitude should be desirable and cooperative
  • Student must not have any unexcused absences from class or performances
  • Volunteer a minimum of 4 hours in the Staver Field concession stand*

*this requirement could be substituted for another, or waived for a religious or medical exemption. A note from physician, or religious entity/leader may be required.

  • All decisions are up to the discretion of the Band Director.

Infractions

Self-discipline and professionalism is paramount to the success of the band a key component of all winning organizations. Students should at all time act in a manner consistent with rules and procedures outlined in this handbook. The band must have a policy that is to be followed without exception. The following consequences will be administered whenever the rules stated in this handbook are not followed. This includes students that do not follow proper rehearsal etiquette.

  • First Offense – The student will receive corrective action from the instructor/band director. This could include staying after rehearsal and possibly taking the pit equipment inside, doing marching fundamentals after practice, or cleaning the band room or the marching field after practice.
  • Second Offense – The student will be asked to leave rehearsal. This will count as an unexcused absence from rehearsal. The parents will be notified and the student’s grade will be affected as it is listed in the syllabus.
  • Third Offense – The student will not be allowed to perform one of the band’s next performances. The student must attend and dress into uniform but will not be permitted to perform with the band. The parents will be notified by the teacher. This will count as an unexcused absence from a performance. The student’s grade will be affected as it is listed in the course syllabus.
  • Fourth Offense – The student will be written up and turned into the school administration for disciplinary action.

Student Leadership and Chain of Command

Leadership within the Naples High School Golden Eagle Band is a privilege bestowed upon those students whose action and behavior have demonstrated a high standard of self-discipline and maturity as individuals and a dedication to the success of the band. These students have made a commitment to make the band the best it can possibly be. Student leaders are expected to assist the Band Directors, as requested, and to lead by example. The student leaders are also expected to be present at as many functions as possible throughout the school year.

Chain of Command

The chain of command plays a vital function in any organization, from military to business, and our band is no different. Failure to follow the chain of command results in a breakdown of the band’s organizational structure and discipline. It is imperative that all band members follow the chain of command. Any student appointed to a position in the chain of command will be afforded the respect and courtesies of their position. During all band functions, on or off school grounds, band members will follow the directions of the student leaders without reservation or question. No student, at any time will be asked to do something contrary to the health, safety, or personal wellbeing.

Drum Majors – Drum Majors are the top of the chain of command and are members of the Band Leadership Team.

Drum Majors are expected to set an example for all other students to follow. Drum Majors have proven themselves on and off the performance field. Their responsibilities dictate that their instructions are with the same level and respect as the instructors and Naples High Band Director. Drum Major responsibilities include:

  • On field leadership of the band
  • Continuing rehearsal in the event that the band director has to leave
  • Maintaining order amongst all band members, as needed
  • Helping the Band Directors organize leadership
  • Maintaining signs and coordination of pep band music
  • Assisting the Band Director in other areas as required

Band Captains (Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion) – The Band Captains function as the leaders of the Band Leadership Team. Conducting the Band Leadership Team meeting requires focus on the strong attributes of each section of the band, as well as leading discussions regarding the problem areas within the band that need to be addressed. The Band Captains represent the band at all times and are expected to be an example for others to follow. Band Captain responsibilities include:

  • All Band Member responsibilities listed below
  • Working with the section leaders in all areas/sections of the band
  • Taking attendance during band camp and at rehearsals
  • Ensuring band members attend rehearsal and addressing concerns about attendance
  • Maintaining order amongst all band members, as needed
  • Creating the slide show for the end of the year banquet
  • Working with the drum majors on additional jobs as needed
  • Helping the Band Directors organize leadership
  • Assisting the Band Directors in other areas as required

Color Guard Captain (s)

The Color Guard Captains are the representatives of the Color Guard to the Band Director and the Band Leadership Team. All captains represent the Color Guard at all times and are expected to be an example for others to follow. They report any achievements or concerns regarding the Color Guard to the Band Leadership Team.

Color Guard Captain responsibilities include:

  • All Band Member responsibilities listed below
  • Knowing all routines
  • Teaching and regulating the marching technique in their section
  • Teaching and maintaining choreography and work in the show
  • Ensuring that guard members know their drill
  • Maintaining order during rehearsal
  • Creating their own routines for various uses throughout the year
  • Assisting the Band Directors in other areas as required

Section Leaders – Section Leaders are the representatives of their respective sections to the Band Director and the Band Leadership Team. Section Leaders set the tone for pride and discipline within their sections and are the backbone of the band. They are expected to be the primary examples for their respective sections and the rest of the band. They report any achievements or concerns regarding their respective sections to the Band Leadership Team. Section Leader responsibilities include:

  • All Band Member responsibilities listed below
  • Teaching and regulating the marching technique in their section
  • Teaching and maintaining their section’s musical component of the show
  • Ensuring that members of their section know their drill
  • Correcting drill problems in and around their section
  • Maintaining order during rehearsal
  • Assisting the Band Directors in other areas as required

Front Ensemble – Front ensemble section leader responsibilities include:

  • All Band Member responsibilities listed below
  • Teaching and maintaining the front ensembles musical component of the show
  • Maintaining discipline during rehearsal
  • Running front ensemble rehearsal in the event that instructors are unable to attend
  • Working with the drum line section leaders in the organization of the percussion closet after rehearsals and performances
  • Organizing and directing the equipment crew.
  • Assisting the Band Directors in other areas as required

Uniforms

Naples High School Instrumental Marching Band Uniforms

Marching band members wear uniforms and hats provided through a joint purchase between the Naples High Band Boosters and the Collier County school district. However, each marching band member must purchase their own marching shoes and socks. Every year, there is also a band t-shirt that goes along with the themes of the show they perform. These shirts are provided to each student during band camp and should be worn under their uniform and at designated times throughout the year.

  • Clean, black band shoes and black socks (above the ankles) are a part of the uniform and must be purchased by the student prior to the first performance. The shoe representative is scheduled to visit during band camp Shoes (Dinkles) may be purchased at that time or directly from the vendor.
  • All uniforms must be returned to the Quartermaster after each performance. A $5.00 assessment fee will be charged for uniform neglect, i.e. leaving uniforms and/or parts on buses, practice rooms or bleachers.
  • All students must use a garment bag for their uniform whenever the band travels. Note: all garment bags will be issued prior to away functions and collected after every away function.
  • The band t-shirt and some type of lightweight shorts must be worn under the uniform (no jeans or long pants unless in the event of adverse weather conditions).
  • All defects, damages, or missing parts must be reported to Quartermaster immediately after each performance.
  • Any misplaced hats will be assessed a $5.00 reclaim fee, if found. Lost hats will be assessed the full replacement cost.
  • Any student failing to return the complete uniform assigned to them at the end of the marching season will be responsible for the full replacement cost of the uniform.
  • Any abused or mistreated uniforms will be assessed replacement or repair cost including reshaping of hats and/or plumes.
  • At times the “band shirt” and khaki shorts may be used as an alternate uniform at certain events.
  • Unpaid band fees may result in the student’s name being placed on the obligation list which can affect graduation.

Instrumental General Appearance

  • The uniform jacket must be zipped and buttoned during all performances. The jacket sleeves are to be unrolled at all times. When wearing hats, they must be worn forward in the correct manner.
  • ONLY APPROVED JEWELRY will be permitted. Colored fingernail polish, and lipstick are unacceptable during performances. Necklaces can be worn if unseen.
  • Gum chewing is unacceptable while in uniform.
  • Students with long hair must wear it concealed or properly restrained. An instructional video is available for your convenience at www.NaplesHighBand.com

Naples High School Color Guard Uniforms

The cost of the Color Guard Marching uniform will be the first fee assessed and is separate from membership fees. Additional items are required for to remain in good standing in the Color Guard. Make checks payable to Naples High School Band Boosters.

  • Color Guard shoes will be sized and pay for during band camp.
  • Dirty uniforms are unacceptable. Uniforms will be checked for cleanliness before each performance. If uniform is dirty, the student will be prohibited from performing with the band and/or Color Guard.
  • Please follow recommended cleaning instructions from Color Guard staff.
  • Any abused or mistreated uniforms will be assessed replacement or repair cost.
  • Some performance events may utilize the “band shirt” with an alternate uniform.
  • ONLY APPROVED JEWELRY will be permitted. Colored fingernail polish is prohibited during performances.
  • Required undergarments must be worn and must be without holes or runs.
  • Shoes are to be clean without stains or holes.
  • Uniforms must be clean and free of stains or damage.
  • Gum chewing is prohibited while in uniform.
  • Hair and make-up is discussed prior to performances and must be worn as determined by the Color Guard staff. 

Naples High School Band Program Syllabus

This syllabus covers the following courses: Concert Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Band and Eurhythmics. Although the Florida Sunshine Standards and literature requirements are different in each class, each student’s grade will be derived in the same manner. It should be noted that all students in the band are a part of a co-curricular activity that spans all time during and after the school day including after school rehearsals and weekend performances, therefore these are included in each student’s grade.

Objective

To further develop instrumental skills and musical understanding through rehearsal, lecture, and discussion.

Class Meetings

  • The regular school day
  • All after school practice
  • All performances
  • Any additional meetings scheduled as determined by the band director(s).

Materials

Woodwinds – In addition to their instrument and music, students are to have three (3) good reeds at all times. No RICO brand reeds are allowed; Vandoren and Mitchell Lurie are the preferred brands. Students are also to have cork grease and a cleaning swab at class every day.

Brass – In addition to their instrument and music, students are to have their mouthpiece, valve oil and a straight mute at class every day.

Percussionists – In addition to their music, students are to have drumsticks and a practice pad at class every day. They are also responsible for their marching sticks and/or mallets needed to play their parts in class and should own a set of marimba, xylophone and timpani mallets.

Eurhythmics – Students are to have school appropriate athletic clothes to dress out in every day, all of their required equipment, and appropriate shoes. 

Evaluation

  • 20% Playing/Performing and written tests and quizzes
  • 20% Daily grade
  • 20% After-school grade
  • 40% Performances

This portion of the grade comes from the in class tests and quizzes that occur during the course of the year. The quizzes can cover various materials, such as scales, memorization of marching band material, small portions of the concert literature and other music that may arise over the course of the year. Tests will include chair tests that occur at least twice a year. Students will have at least one class period notice of each quiz and are quite often told of their quizzes weeks in advance.

  • All quizzes can be made up within two weeks after the initial quiz. The two grades will be averaged. The purpose of this is to encourage students to practice at home to improve their grade. If a quiz is missed, it is the student’s responsibility to schedule a make-up with the instructor within that two-week period. After the two weeks have passed, students cannot make up the missed quiz or test.To earn an A, a student must play/perform the quiz or test with minute problems in the areas of tone, articulation, tempo, rhythm, key signatures, note accuracy, musicality, phrasing, dynamics, style, and memorization (when required).

A+ = 98-100

B+ = 88-89

C+ = 78-79

D+ = 68-69

A = 93-97

B = 83-87

C = 73-77

D = 66-67

F = 50

A- = 90-92

B- = 80-82

C- = 70-72

D- = 64-65

 

  • To earn an A, a student must play/perform the quiz or test with minute problems in the areas of tone, articulation, tempo, rhythm, key signatures, note accuracy, musicality, phrasing, dynamics, style, and memorization (when required).
  • To earn a B, a student must play/perform the quiz or test with only minor problems in the areas of tone, articulation, tempo, rhythm, key signatures, note accuracy, musicality, phrasing, dynamics, style, and memorization (when required).
  • To earn a C, a student must play/perform the quiz or test with a fair number of problems in the areas of tone, articulation, tempo, rhythm, key signatures, note accuracy, musicality, phrasing, dynamics, style and memorization (when required).
  • To earn a D, a student must play/perform the quiz or test with many problems in the areas of tone, articulation, tempo, rhythm, key signatures, note accuracy, musicality, phrasing, dynamics, style, and memorization (when required).
  • To earn an F, a student must play/perform the quiz or test with extreme lack of preparation. There is no concept of tempo or rhythm. There are many wrong notes. There is no concept of musicality, phrasing, or dynamics.

All quizzes can be made up within two weeks after the initial quiz. The two grades will be averaged. The purpose of this is to encourage students to practice at home to improve their grade. If a quiz is missed, it is the student’s responsibility to schedule a make-up with the instructor within that two-week period. After the two weeks have passed, students cannot make up the missed quiz or test.

20% Daily Grade

This portion of the grade comes from each student’s daily in-class activities. Each quarter, students start with a 100 average. Each day, each student receives 10 points. The following points will be deducted each day for the indicated infractions.

  • -10 No instrument/ Equipment
  • -5 Instrument not locked in locker after class or rehearsal/ Not dressed out
  • -10 No music
  • -1 Disruption in class (talking); per offense
  • -5 No pencil

There are on average, 45 instructional days in the quarter, for an approximate total of 450 points to be earned. The total points after any deductions will be divided by the total possible points and multiplied by 25% to arrive at the total daily grade.

20% After-School Grade

This portion of the grade comes from the various rehearsals and performances after school hours. Since band is co-curricular, these activities are a part of the student’s grade. For each rehearsal, the student will start with a 100 average. All of the after school requirements will be averaged together to form this portion of the grade. The following points will be deducted each rehearsal for the indicated infractions.

  • -10 For each disruption to rehearsal
  • -10 1-10 minutes late to rehearsal
  • -20 11-20 minutes late to rehearsal
  • -30 21-30 minutes late to rehearsal
  • -100 Missed rehearsal
  • -30 No coordinate sheet (marching band only)
  • -10 No drill chart (marching band only)
  • -10 No athletic shoes (marching band only)
  • -20 No music
  • 1-100 If a student is asked to leave rehearsal for a disciplinary reason

40% Performance Grade

Performances are a natural outgrowth of a performance-based class. They are the assessment of class work for a 4-6 week period. If there is a conflict with a performance, the director should be notified as soon as possible in writing. Performances are required and graded; any absences will be excused solely at the director’s discretion. There are no excused absences for missing performances for work. If a student misses a performance due to an unexcused absence, it will be graded as a failing grade. If a student misses a performance due to an excused absence, a make-up assignment will be given and graded.

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