Dear junior high band members and parents, 


I hope everyone had a great summer!  I am very excited to get the junior high band started and am looking forward to continuing the tradition of high quality of music at Pikeland Community School.  This is a quick overview of what is expected as a member of the junior high band.  Student and parent should sign and return the attached form by Thursday, August 22, 2019.  


Students will receive a grade in band based on attendance and participation.  The point system is as follows: 

  1. Daily Points 

  1. Each band day, the student can earn a total of 10 points.  5 points for having their instrument (including working reeds, oil and other supplies), one point each for a pencil and their music, and 3 points for behavior and participation. 

  1. Parades (200 points each) 

a.August 31, 2019 - Pittsfield Fall Festival 

b.September 21, 2019 - Griggsville Apple Festival 

c.September 28, 2019 - Milton Corn Carnival 

  1. Concerts (300 points each) 

  1. The winter concert will be held Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 7:00 in the PCS Gym 

  1. The Music Booster’s Spaghetti Supper is Friday, March 20, 2020 in the PCS Gym 

  1. The Spring Concert will be held Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 7:30 in the PCS Gym 

  1. Check-offs (25 points each) 

  1. Each week, students will perform an assigned musical selection for a grade. 

  1. Students can receive extra credit for:  (Please bring a program or bulletin for my records) 

  1. performing outside of band (i.e. playing at church, etc.) 

  1. attending an approved concert 

Performances are important grades for the student. 

If a student misses a performance, he or she may fail band. 


Classroom rules: 

Be Respectful 

Be Responsible 

Be Ready 

A positive classroom atmosphere is always the goal and provides a rewarding experience for all. Consequences of bad behavior are: warning, conference with teacher/administrator, contacting parent, or a detention--not necessarily in that order, depending on offense. 

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Student Dress: 

Students are required to wear the band polo and red jacket for parades/performances.  Students will need to provide black pants, black socks and black shoes.  The red band jackets will need to be dry cleaned and returned to school in the dry cleaner bag with the ticket attached after the final parade.  The polo shirt will need to be returned after the spring concert in May.  Students should not eat or drink anything other than water while wearing the shirts.  Please wash polo shirts with cold water only and do not use bleach.  There will be a $25 fee to replace damaged shirts.  



The band book we use in the junior high band is Foundations for Superior Performance.  This book will be used in class as well as the weekly lessons.  8th grade students should have this from last year.  The price of the book is $5.75 for winds and $8.5for percussion.  We will also be using the Winning Rhythms book from last year.  The Winning Rhythms book is $4.00.  Also, it is time to purchase any other supplies that the students may need, such as reeds, cork grease, or valve oil.  Clarinet and saxophone players must have at least two working reeds at all times.  The band store will only be open before or after school.  Students will not be able to purchase supplies during class. 



I use a service called Remind to make it easy to contact band members and parents in the event of schedule changes and/or cancelations (i.e. a parade being cancelled due to bad weather).  This free service was developed as a safe way for teachers to contact students.  Everyone must register to receive the alerts, either via text message or email, so I know that everyone is getting the latest information.  The system requires you to enroll by sending a text to receive updates.  The only personal information that the system requires is your email address or cell phone number and your name.  Your phone number and email address are not accessible to anyone.  The number below is the number for the Remind service and cannot be used to contact me.  My cell number is (217)440-4049 if you need to contact me for any reason. To receive texts: 

Text @pcsband to (217) 817-0517. 

You can opt-out of messages 

 at anytime by replying, 

unsubscribe @pcsband”. 


The junior high band also has a website https://sites.google.com/a/pikeland.org/mrs-bangert/ 

I will keep that site updated with weekly check-offs and other assignments and dates.  I hope this letter answers all of your questions about the junior high band.  If you do have a question, feel free to call me at school or at home.  With your help, this year will be the best ever for the Pikeland Unit 10 School Music Department. 


Yours behind the baton, 



Mrs. Chardy Bangert