Junior High and Senior High Band Syllabus

Course Description 

These performance-based classes aim to teach the elements of music, various styles and composers, and methods to improve upon technical ability. Students will perform multiple times throughout the year. There will also be numerous opportunities for students to become involved in smaller, more select ensembles.


Grading Criteria

Junior High:

40% Daily Participation

40% Performances. All performances are required

20% Lessons/sectionals/all other assignments

Senior High:
40% Daily Participation

40% Performances. All performances are required

20% All other assignments/pep band


Behavior Expectations

Respect each other’s and the school’s property
Respect others who are speaking

Be on time and prepared for class                   
No cell phones
No food or beverages aside from water 


Performance Dates


Winter Band Concert

Tuesday, December 12th at 7 pm (gr. 5 - 12 bands)


Music In Our Schools Concert

March 8th at 7 pm (Jazz Band, Senior High Band and Junior High Band only)


Music Contest

Music Contest - March 13th or 14th (Senior High Band only, at Mesabi East High School)


Spring Pops Concert

Wednesday, May 16th at 7 pm (Gr. 5 - 12 Bands)



June 1st at 7 pm (Senior High Band only)


All performances are mandatory. Concerts are equivalent to a final exam. If an un-avoidable pre-planned absence occurs, students must present a written note from a parent immediately. If I have not received a written note within 2 weeks of the performance, I expect you to attend the concert. Students missing performances for any reason will be given a makeup assignment.



Senior high band students are expected to perform at pep band events. A schedule will be sent home soon. This year the pep band will play for volleyball and basketball games. The band students are admitted into the game for free if they are wearing their band shirt. If a band student is already on the volleyball/basketball team, they will be exempt from playing in the pep band for that game. A typical game consists of playing the 20 minutes before the game starts and playing during half-time. After half-time students may go home or enjoy the rest of the game.


Concert Attire 

Black bottoms, black top, dress shoes. Absolutely no t-shirts, jeans or sneakers. These are formal events and we want to look our best.


Lettering Points - 5 points to letter, you can only letter once per year

Solo & Ensemble - 3 points for a superior rating, 2 points for an excellent rating

Pep Band - 4 games = 1 point

Jazz Band - 1 point per concert

Private Lessons - 1 point per quarter