CLC Band Handbook
Students are expected to be in attendance at all scheduled band events. Any event taking place outside of the school day MUST have a PARENT NOTE (email is fine) stating a valid reason in order for the absence to be excused.
Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Percussion Grading
The credit received per semester is ¼ credit and impacts your GPA that amount only.
|Percentage of Total Grade
Class Participation, Classwork, and SmartMusic Assignments
General Grading Information
Standard D155 Grading Scale will be used:
Various extra credit opportunities are available throughout the year. Some examples include auditioning for IMEA, participating in Mads Brass/Recorders, and participating in musical.
Students will not be allowed to leave a performance until dismissed by the director. This includes staying for the entirety of concerts, football games, and shows. This includes cleaning up all equipment after a performance. To violate this policy unexcused is to forfeit up to 100% of your points earned for the events.
District 155 considers marcing band to be a co-curricular activity and as such, during the marching band season, all band students' grades will be monitored by school officials for eligibility. All students must be passing 5 classes (1 of which can be PE, but does not include band or choir) to maintain eligibility. If a students is not passing 5 classes, he/she will still be allowed to practice with the band. In addition, the student will be expected to attend all performances, but cannot dress in uniform. An alternate assignment will be given to make-up the points missed from not performing. Once a student's grades are pulled up and it is determined that the student is passing 5 classes, he/she will be allowed to be a full participating member of the band starting with the next eligibility checking period (typically 1 week).
To the best of our ability, Band students are provided with a locker and combination lock to securely store their instruments. Any student NOT utilizing the combination lock provided does so at his/her own risk. The school shall not be responsible for instrument damage or theft as the result of an unlocked locker. Take security seriously.
All instruments (school or personal) are to be in good working order. This includes no leaks or major dents; appropriate lubricating of valves/slides/corks; clean bores/mouthpieces; and all necessary accessories. Any instruments in need of repair are to be dealt with immediately with an appropriate "loaner" provided while the instrument is in the shop. At any time instruments may be inspected for a grade. To earn full credit the student must have an instrument in good working order as well as the following accessories:
|Cleaning rod with handkerchief
3 good reeds in an appropriate reed case, swab, cork grease
|Valve oil, slide grease, straight & cup mutes
|Valve oil, slide grease, mute
|Valve oil, slide grease, spray bottle with water
|Valve oil, slide grease
Stick Bag with: concert snare sticks, yarn mallets, and plastic or rubber mallets.
Binder w/sheet protectors to store music.
HQ Real Feel Practice Pads are provided and must be in class daily.
Crystal Lake Central High School owns many instruments that students may rent from the school for a nominal yearly fee. Students are expected to care for the instrument as if it were their own. This includes REGULAR oiling of valves, greasing of corks and slides, and removal of water from the instrument (swabbing the bore, emptying water keys, etc.). Any damage to the instrument MUST BE REPORTED TO MR. LEVIN IMMEDIATELY. Any repairs from the result of normal wear and tear on the instrument (pad wears out, etc.) are covered by the school. Any repairs from the result of neglect or flagrant misuse will be covered by the student and his/her family. As a result of such mistreatment, the student may lose the privilege of using the school instrument and will not receive a refund for the rental cost of the instrument. Mr. Levin reserves the final say as to who is responsible for the instrument repair costs. Repairs will only be completed by technicians approved by Mr. Levin. Students renting an instrument must complete the appropriate portion of the Handbook Verification Form.
Students have the privilege to come to the bandroom during study hall periods (Periods 1, 4, and 7). Students must have a pass from Mr. Levin and then sign-out of their study hall. Since this is not social hour or time to just "hang out," students must be working on one of the listed activities. Students not using this time appropriately will lose the privilege of coming down to the bandroom.
The following uniform is expected for a concert performance unless otherwise indicated by the director. All clothing must be appropriate for school and indicative of a "professional classical music atmosphere."
|WHITE button-down dress shirt with dark necktie
|Dressy WHITE blouse with sleeves (long or short...NO TANK TOPS)
|Black dress pants with dressy black belt
|Black FLOOR-LENGTH skirt OR black dress pants
|Black dress socks
|Black or nude nylons as appropriate
|Black dress shoes (slip-on or with black laces)
|Black closed-toed dress shoes
If a rule from our handbook is broken, there will be a consequence for the student. Consequences are determined by Mr. Levin to fit the violation and can include loss of points, payment for broken/missing items, detentions, class steps, loss of field trip/travel privileges, or other as deemed necessary.
by Friday, August 20th, 2021.