Welcome to the Council Rock SouthAccelerated Symphonic Band PageAccl. Symphonic Band is and Alternate day course with intermittent co-curricular rehearsals. Chosen from sophomores, juniors and seniors, students in this ensemble must be able to perform the highest levels of high school band literature and demonstrate high skill levels. Selection is at director’s discretion by audition. As members of the marching band, students are required to attend a summer band camp, after school rehearsals, and all performances. Band camp will begin in August. A full rehearsal and performance schedule will be given to each student in May of the preceding year.Participation in the marching band is a prerequisite for Accelerated Symphonic Band. Students in this class are also required to prepare the solo literature for Bucks County Music Edcucators Association BCMEA Band or Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 11 Band.
This page will feature resources for the class as we prepare for concerts and performances.
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Students will be assessed and graded during each of the four marking periods. Assessments will be conducted according to the High School Instrumental Assessment Rubric. Categories include: Note (Pitch) Accuracy, Rhythmic Accuracy, Tone, Intonation, Playing Position, Musicality, etc. Copies of this rubric are available upon request. Marking period grades will be based on Attendance, Assessments, Etiquette, and Class Participation.
Students enrolled in Accelerated Symphonic Band will be required to perform the audition solo for either District (PMEA) Band or All-County (BCMEA) Band. Further details are listed in this packet. Symphonic band members will acquire the solo in September, and perform the first page of the solo for the October assessments. By the last assessment in November, Symphonic band members must perform the entire solo. All band students are encouraged to audition.
All scheduled rehearsals, performances, and assessments are mandatory. Beginning in January, students in Symphonic Band, and Marching Concert Band, or Concert Band will average 3 after-school obligations per month. Rehearsals will begin at 3:00pm and conclude at 5:30 pm unless otherwise stated. The calendar is provided in order to give advance notice and students are expected to attend rehearsals for the groups in which they are enrolled. Non-school related work is not considered a valid excuse given the advance notice of rehearsals. If a student is suddenly unable to attend a rehearsal due to a family emergency, please call me at school.
REHEARSAL ETIQUETTE and STUDENT PREPARATION
Students are expected to be attentive, stay on task, and be respectful of each other and to the directors during rehearsals and performances. Students are expected to follow the formal concert dress guidelines for concerts when students are to wear formal attire – this will be considered part of the student’s etiquette grade. Practice parts will be given out during class to take home, while original parts will stay in assigned folders and remain in school. Students are expected to practice at least 90 minutes each week, which is especially important for preparing for concerts! If a student requires additional help with music preparation, they should speak with the director. After marching band, I can be available upon request for help during clinic. Private lessons are highly recommended! Referrals to private teachers are available upon request.
Seating auditions will be held during class and will be administered in a “blind audition” setting that is similar to County and Regional Band auditions. Seating auditions may be held in September, and again in January or as needed in the spring. All wind and percussion players must audition. The results of seating auditions will NOT Impact your grade! Audition Criteria will include:
The following ranges will be used as the “practical range” of each instrument:
Three Octaves Two and a half Octaves Two Octaves
Flutes C – C Low Clarinets E – Bb Piccolo F – F
Bb and Eb Sop. Clarinets F – F Saxophones Bb – F Oboe C – C
Mallets C – C Bass T-Bone Pedal Bb to E above staff Bassoon F – F
French Horn G – G in Treble Clef
Trumpet & TC Baritone C – C
Trombone & BC Baritone Bb - Bb
Tuba Bb - Bb
1. Snare drum students will be responsible for the 26 standard rudiments from the Percussive Arts Society in lieu of scales.
2. All Rudiments will be performed open to closed and back to open.
3. Timpani students will be auditioned on a three drum set up. Students will be given the lowest pitch and be required to find the upper two pitches without the benefit of a pitch pipe for both their sight-reading and prepared piece.
I am looking forward to a wonderful year of making music! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at school(215) 944 -1163, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Bands
Council Rock South High School