10) You realize that you have not done any of your summer homework.
9) You see other band members “shopping” for band camp attire at Kohls.
8) You see the first “Back To School” Commercial on your TV.
7) You look at a calendar and realize there are less days ahead than behind.
6) You get a call from Sandstone Summer Theater asking to borrow band equipment.
5) You get emails from administrators about major changes for the fall.
4) You see city trucks painting the lines on the road and in school parking lots
3) You feel the temperature go from a cool 70 in June into the 90’s we have now!
2) You get a call from the drill writer and you think it is to tell you that he is ready to deliver when in reality he has not even started!
and the #1 reason you know band camp is about to begin...
1) Emails and phone calls start pouring in about how students can’t make it to rehearsals because they have other plans even though they have had the schedule since February and were told to let us know BEFORE June 1st of any conflicts. AND/OR have changed their minds and maybe now don't want to participate.
All joking aside, this is a real concern every year and as in years past, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that we are a performance based activity that requires equal participation from each of our members. We understand that conflicts occur. What we want you to do is to be responsible and put in the time that is expected of you.
Five years ago, we instituted the “make-up” program. Because of this program, we saw a MAJOR decrease in missed rehearsals. Since we are a performance participation activity and/or class, we assign points to every aspect of the class. This way, by the end of the season, students have partly “earned” their grade through the amount of work they have put into it. Rehearsal blocks are worth 5 points; games worth 10 points; and competitions worth 20 points. If for any reason you miss (outside of some things that were discussed before June 1st) you must do your best to make up what you have missed to earn back the points that would have been received if you were present at the rehearsal.
The question that I always ask...Should a student who only participated in 80% get the same grade as someone who participated in 95%? When put to these numbers, it is easier to understand. The “Make-up” program is simple. If for any reason you miss a rehearsal, all you need to do is come up with a way to make up what you missed.
For example, if you have a conflict on Wednesday evening during the Music Clinic and have to miss, all you need to do is come early to the other clinics and practice. You may also come in during drum camp to put in some extra time as well. And lastly, during the season if you miss an after school rehearsal, you must make up that missed rehearsal after school on Friday in order to march in that evening's performance.
It all sounds demanding, confusing, and difficult to deal with. However, it is really simple. Do some searches on the web of other bands and what their policies are. You will find that we are in the middle of the road as far as expectations. There are some out there that are not as strict as we are. On the flip side, there are some where students challenge for a spot on the field for the game each and every Friday evening.
Remember the ultimate goal is to be the best that we can be. And to do that, we have to make some sacrifices for the good of the group. Bands that are not good tend not to have too much fun. Bands who perform well HAVE FUN! What do you want to accomplish? What kind of band do you want to have?