Welcome to theFriendswood BandProgram“If it is worth doing, it’s worth doing right!"
Band Directors and Staff: Gregory Dick – Director of Bands Aaron Brown – Assistant Band Director Julio Sanchez – Assistant Band Director Ron Barnett – Color Guard Director
Friendswood Marching Band Program Marching Band (August –November) The marching band is one group composed of students from the concert bands, drumline and color guard Marching Band is required for all members of the band program unless an FHS sport thatpractices at the same time conflicts P.E. and Fine Arts credit is awarded for marching band and band participation Includes Summer Camps in June and August Rehearsals: Mornings and Evenings once school begins Some weeks may include a Saturday rehearsal Schedule will vary according to school calendar Rehearsals during the calendar week do not exceed 8 hours a week as per UIL extra-curricular guidelines. This „rule‟ usually begins the first week of school and will be notedon the band calendar. On performance days, UIL allows a one hour “run through” abovethe 8 hours a week. (A detailed rehearsal schedule was available when you came in)
Percussion and Color Guard ProgramsPercussion – Julio Sanchez, Director Percussion meet as a class during the fall semester Percussionists will participate in one of the concert bands during the spring semesterwhich means their class schedule will change in the spring Percussionists have mandatory summer camps – May 30-June 1 & June 3 – June 7 Tryouts for marching positions will take place in MayColor Guard/Winter Guard – Ron Barnett, Instructor The „Guard‟ incorporates dance, body, and equipment work to complement the fieldproduction outdoors, and performs as an entity called the „Winter guard‟ January-April Color guard meets in three different class periods during the year Color guard includes mandatory summer Camps – May 30 – June 1 Mr. Barnett will have additional information for guard parents
Friendswood Concert Band ProgramConcert Bands (August –May):Ensembles include: Wind Ensemble (1st band) – Mr. DickSymphonic Band (2nd band) – Mr. BrownConcert Band I (3rd band) – Mr. SanchezConcert Band II (4th band) – Mr. DickConcert Band III (5th band) – Mr. Brown All ensembles form the marching band in fall semester Ensembles perform a Christmas Concert, Pre-UIL Concert, and Spring Concert Some ensembles participate in competitive festivals in the spring Fall Band assignments will be posted before school is out and are based on the auditionin May. Band is a „full-year‟ course; marching and concert participation is required within aschool year. All students are highly encouraged to take private lessons. The quality of the individualplaying in our program is directly related to studying privately. Over 90% take lessons.
Other Band Fees during the year:• Freshman Region Band fee - $15• Region Band entry fee - $15• Region Orchestra fee - $15• Solo & Ensemble entry fees - $8 for each• Solo accompanist fee - $30-40 paid directly to the accompanist• Ladies will need black flats with closed toe for concert season• Gentlemen will need a tux shirt, bow tie, and black shoes for concert season. Theband does not supply these items nor do we help you obtain them.• FISD instrument/percussion rental fee - $50 per semester per instrument, $25 summer
2013 Marching Summer Camps For all camps, students must provide their own transportation and meals Brass/WW/Percussion/Camp – May 30 – June 1, 2013 June Percussion Camp – June 3 – June 7 Percussionists will be handed out a detailed schedule June Color Guard Camp – May 30 – June 1 Summer Band Marching Camp starts Monday, August 5 Morning rehearsals during summer band begin at 7:00 a.m. Morning rehearsals are used for marching instruction outdoors Afternoons are held indoors; evenings are outdoor marching Participation is mandatory in all camps Absences hinder the instructional progress of the band.
Marching Summer Band Camps cont. Most band camp activities are held at Friendswood HS. Drumline and colorguard members should expect additional rehearsals. For safety reasons, students should dress properly, weara ball cap, bringplenty of water, use sunscreen, and eat healthy meals before and duringband camp sessions. Students are required to wear white shirts, shorts, a ball cap, sun glasses,and flexible tennis shoes at all marching rehearsals. Water Bottles–All students should have a water bottle labeled with theirname at every outdoor practice –insulated water bottles are highlyrecommended. For health reasons, students should not share waterbottles. A detailed summer schedule will be emailed to you. Social activities will be planned for the August Band Camp.
Marching Band Assignments Marching auditions will be held the first week of the August camp. Marching assignmentswill be based on ability and attendance. Attendance is mandatory to be considered. Students will be assigned to the Varsity or Junior Varsity Marching Band. Months and months go into the planning of our competition show. Music is chosen andwritten and the drill is written before school is out. There are only a certain number ofpositions in each section of the Varsity Band due to many factors. Those factors includeeligibility, ability to play, ability to march, ability to march and play at the same timedependability and attitude. All students march at football games, parades, and play in pep rallies, etc., but onlythe Varsity Band marches at contests. The Junior Varsity assists at contests. The marching audition includes the playing audition in May, and the marching audition inAugust. The marching audition in August includes marching, marching while playing, andperforming the opener of the showfrommemory. The initial assignment to a marching band is contingent on a student maintaining all ofthe requirements to hold a position. Junior Varsity students should be ready at any timeto move up into the Varsity Band.
Marching Band Organizational StructureStudent leaders Drum Majors Section Leaders Administrative Leaders (library, equipment, uniform,spirit) It is recommended that students ask for additionalassistance from section leaders, then drum majors,then directors/instructors during the marching seasonto facilitate efficiency
Football Games and Competitions Attendance is mandatory for all band members and each performance is agraded activity The Marching Band performs at all home and away football games All games are on Fridays until the playoffs begin This year‟s first game is August30 Competitions are held on Saturdays starting at the end of September Check the band calendar before registering for the SAT or ACT Bus transportation is provided for all away games and contests Students MUST be picked up within 30 minutes of our return from an event. Game day itineraries will be done on a weekly basis & available through thewebsite. Check the calendar on the band website for calendar for all events.www.friendswoodmustangband.org
Common Student/Parent Concerns Time commitment Academic pursuits/ Eligibility Marching Band physicality/ roles Music Memorization/Marching Skills
What‟s Expected of Parents Support your student in their musical endeavors Keep your contact information up to date in Charms Stay Informed –www.friendswoodmustangband.org The band calendar is on the band website Keep your student eligible Contact your child‟s director if you have questions
Mustang Band Boosters The booster club serves as a support organization for the students in theFriendswood Band The group furnishes financial support for supplemental instructionalassistance, band equipment, scholarships, meals, water, coolers, truck rentals,mass communications, public relations, photographs, audio and videorecordings, social events, etc. Parent Volunteers are always welcomed & encouraged to become involved withthis wonderful team! Many different volunteer opportunities are available-most are „learn-as-you-go‟activities 6500+ volunteer-hours are spent each year supporting the band program That‟s nearly 24 hours for each student in the band! Please be active with our booster‟s in supporting the band!
Other Informational Resources Our Website –www.friendswoodmustangband.orgIncludes calendar, contact information, booster information, photoalbums, maps, and directions Band Member Handbook (online soon)It includes grading procedures and other pertinent info Charms – This is our database system for all communication,finances, acquisition of forms, etc. Parents are to keep their contact information current. All forms needed for band registration must be obtained through Charms. If you have any question about Charms, see Mrs. Harlow after thismeeting.
Pertinent Contact Information Friendswood High School Main #: 281-482-3413 Mr. Dick, ext. 155: firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. Sanchez, ext. 135: email@example.com Mr. Brown: firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. Barnett: email@example.com Friendswood HS Band Boosters: Visit website for booster officers‟ contact information