The OMS Concert Band consists of students in 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade. There are two OMS Concert Bands, the 6th Grade Band and the 7th/8th Grade Band. The bands are open to any student at OMS. Students receive one rotational group lesson each 6 day cycle during marking periods 1, 3, 4, and 6 and meet as a class during the 2nd and 5th marking periods. There are also 5 after school rehearsals each student is expected to attend before both the Winter and Spring Concerts. Please refer to the after school schedule for specific dates students will need to attend practice.
The OMS Jazz Band consists of students in 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade. Instruments in the jazz band include the alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, trombone, baritone, trumpet, drumset, bass guitar, electric guitar, auxiliary percussion, and piano. The group meets Thursdays, after school. Auditions will take place after school on October 1st, 3rd, and 4th, 2013 until 5:00pm. Students can get the audition materials on the OMS Band website and should sign-up for an audition time in the OMS Band Room once school begins. Audition results will be posted on Monday, October 7 and practice will begin on Thursday, October 10. Schedules and folders will be issued to students upon acceptance to the group.
The OMS Wind Ensemble consists of students in 6, 7, or 8 grades. Every band instrument is included in the Wind Ensemble. The group meets Tuesdays, after school. Auditions will take place December 9-13 after school. Students can get the audition materials on the OMS Band website and should sign-up for an audition time in the OMS Band Room beginning on November 1, 2013. Audition results will be posted on Monday, December 16 and practice will begin on Tuesday, January 7. Schedules and folders will be issued to students upon acceptance into the group.
Band During the School Day/ Instrumental Lessons
Both 6th Grade and 7th/8th Grade Band will meet as a class during marking periods 2 and 5. Students should refer to their schedules to find out when their specific band period occurs.
During marking periods 1, 3, 4, and 6 every student in band will receive one instrumental group lesson each 6-day cycle. Lessons are on a rotational basis, which means that each week the student will have a lesson on the same number day (1-6) but during a different period so that he/she is only taken out of a specific class once a marking period. Teachers are aware of the lesson schedules and students are expected to remind their teachers of the lesson and then report directly to the band room (room 176). Schedules will be posted outside of the band room and students will be given a copy as well. If a student has a test, quiz, or very important classroom work during their lesson time, the student will stay in class to complete the work and the lesson will be rescheduled for another class period.
When the band meets as a class during marking periods 2 and 5, students will be assessed and graded in the following manner:
· Band Preparation (50 points total)
o Students satisfy this requirement if they:
§ Bring instrument to rehearsal
§ Have a pencil with them when the rehearsal begins
§ Get the rehearsal folder from the back of the band room
§ Have reeds, valve oil, cork grease, etc. before the rehearsal begins. (All instrument specific products are available in the OMS Band Room before the rehearsal begins).
· Band Participation (50 Points total)
o Students satisfy this requirement if they:
§ Attend all rehearsals and have no unexcused absences
§ Give their best effort at all times
§ Do nothing to demean others in our program
Students are expected to attend all after school rehearsal and performances in addition to their classes. After school rehearsals are essential to the success of our group. Mr. Sandt understands busy schedules and conflicts with sports, activities, etc and is flexible in allowing students to participate in multiple activities. Students involved in multiple after school activities should see Mr. Sandt to work out a schedule that assures participation in both groups. If a rehearsal must be missed, please inform Mr. Sandt by written note or email as soon as possible and BEFORE the missed rehearsal so that he can plan accordingly.
Students should go to lockers for books, book bags, and coats AFTER rehearsal to assure that valuable items remain safe. Parents picking up a student should report to the AUDITORIUM ENTRANCE NO LATER THAN 4:20pm for pick up.
Students may also ride the activity bus provided. The
activity bus is located at the main entrance of OMS. Students need to provide
their bus stop to the driver to ensure the correct bus is boarded. Parents who
need to contact their son/daughter must call the school before 2:30 P.M. to insure
they can speak with them.
I certainly realize that time after school is limited, however I ask that you try to not schedule a doctor, dentist, haircut, or any other appointment during rehearsal time whenever possible. The after school rehearsal days are listed at the end of this packet. Please let me know as soon as possible if your son/daughter has a conflict with any of the dates. Also, I strongly encourage you and other close relatives to attend concerts and performances throughout the school year, as they are a culmination of the hard work your son/daughter has put into the band program and his/her instrument. Your support for your child and the music program is greatly appreciated!
Conduct Outside of OMS
Just like any other group or team here at OMS, your
conduct at public performances and events is expected to bring dignity and
honor to Orefield Middle School. Each member of the band represents OMS and all
of the values that it stands for. The conductor reserves the right to send a student home or not allow a student to participate in an event if the student does not display the conduct expected from an OMS Band Member.
members must ride to and from all outside activities of the band on Parkland
School District buses. A written note
is required when a student must use other transportation before or after the event takes
Concert Attire for all Concert Band Performances
Order forms for the official “Parkland Middle School Music” shirt are located on the website or in the band room. The shirt is a red button down polo shirt with the PSD Music logo. Cost is $13. Students who have last year’s music shirt may continue to wear that shirt instead of having to buy a new one. If for any reason the student cannot purchase the official shirt, he/she can either see Mr. Sandt about getting one OR substitute a red polo shirt.
Concert Attire for all Jazz Band Performances
Concert Attire for all Wind Ensemble Performances
Students will receive information about ordering the Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble shirts upon their selection and participation in the group. If for any reason a student cannot purchase the official shirt, he/she should see Mr. Sandt.
OMS Band Website
The OMS Band Website is located at: http://sites.google.com/a/parklandsd.net/omsband/home
This site lists all information found in this packet as well as up to date information on practice and performance schedules. Please bookmark this site and check at least once a week to keep up with any changes.
Every student in band will be assigned a locker to store his/her instrument during the school day. Combination locks will be provided by OMS and students should secure their instrument in a locker at all times during the school day. However, the band room is not a “long-term storage facility” and instruments are to be taken home for practice on a consistent basis.
If any student is interested in taking private lessons, please see Mr. Sandt for a current list of recommended teachers in the area.
Mr. Sandt will nominate students for both the District 10 Elementary (5th/6th Grade) and Intermediate (7th/8th Grade) All-Star Festivals. These are one-day festivals, which take place during the school day and evening.
Students in 7th and 8th grade, with
the approval of the director, may also audition for PMEA District 10 Band
(Grades 7-12). Auditions are held the
first Saturday of December. Please see
Mr. Sandt for the appropriate audition material. Students must be prepared with all materials
by the end of October, before permission will be granted to audition.
District 10 Festivals are great opportunities for young musicians with extra interest and high personal goals to get together with other students that want to excel to the highest levels of musical achievement. They are also opportunities to work with the finest conductors in the nation. Mr. Sandt will gladly give interested students whatever assistance is needed to prepare for the audition.
Instrument Care and Repairs
Students are expected to maintain and care for their instruments. It is recommended that an instrument be sent for general maintenance to a Music Repair Store at least once every two years if not once a year.
If you rent your instrument through Nazareth, Menchey, or Zeswitz, your contract provides you with free repair. If you own your instrument, you are responsible for all repairs. A representative from our vendors pick up instruments for repair weekly. They will contact you about cost and payment, if applicable, before any repairs are done.
Please contact Mr. Sandt if you are interested in purchasing an instrument. He can help you find the best quality and deal. The information he can give you will help you make an informed and educated decision before making any purchase.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM MR. SANDT
Every student can expect the following from me:
What Mr. Sandt expects from every student: