• TO: West Port Band Students and Parents

    RE: Welcome letter and Course Description for all Bands

     

    Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year and the West Port Band. I look forward to an exciting year of music education and performances.  Success is not a “given,” but is instead dependent upon each of us, student, parent and teacher, to commit and dedicate our talents and resources to the goals of excellence.

     

    COMMUNICATIONS

     

                    Written

    --- Information must accurately be transmitted between teacher, student, and parent

    --- Important information is printed and distributed to students and parents, via the student.

    --- Information from parent to teacher is written (absence/tardy notes, info, concerns, etc.)

    --- Band Newsletters are e-mailed home.

     

                    Phone

    --- Band office: 352-291-4030

    --- Best times to reach Mr. Vance – 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

    --- Please call the band office only – (No calls to my home unless it is an emergency, thanks)

    --- To get a message to your student, call the school at 291-4000 

     

                   Website

    www.westportband.org

     

     

     

    PURPOSE/FUNCTION

    The Primary purpose of “band and color guard” is to educate each student. The function and educational outcome is performance.  Band / flag students will learn and demonstrate competence in many areas: For band it will be the emphasis on instrumental performance skills, styles, history, terminology and music theory.  We may learn from method books, workbooks and contemporary, classical, seasonal, international and traditional music.  The type of music studied will enhance the student’s appreciation and knowledge of all music.  Performance skills and instrumental techniques are strongly emphasized.  Experience levels of students range from one to seven years.  Each student sets a personal goal to improve his/her performance abilities for the year.  Naturally, auditions dictate the chair order of each instrument section, but students are encouraged to “challenge” for higher positions in the section to help the band grow stronger.  For color guard the emphasis will be to learn basic fundamentals of flag work from beginning to very advanced techniques.

     

    PRACTICE AND PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS (Tutors)

    --- Band students DO have homework, it’s called PRACTICE (at home).

    --- A minimum of 2.5 hours per week (avg. 30 minutes a day) on a regular routine schedule, like 4 days at 35 min./day or 5 days at 30 min./day.

    --- Practice Records, signed by the parent, MAY be required by the Director.

    --- Private Music lessons (tutors) from a specialist of your child’s instrument is highly recommended and very beneficial in nurturing your child’s talents and abilities to the fullest extent,       far beyond what is possible in a group/class setting. It would take “me” 200 hours a week to see each student individually for one 30 minute lesson.

    --- Private teacher sources: Bob Thompson comes on campus and teaches during band class time.   Jack Covell also is available for private lessons.

     

     

    WIND ENSEMBLE

    --- Comprised of 9-12 graders of advanced levels.

    --- Meets during 5th period of school; and has after school practices on Tuesday and Thursday until 6 PM.

    --- Performs a Winter Concert, Concert Districts, Concert State and a Spring Concert with limited travel.

    --- Class emphasis on instrumental performance techniques and skill development, music styles, variety, and diversity of music performed, advanced terminology and music theory.

    --- The "PREMIER" performing band at West Port.  Marching Band for parades and football games, Wind Ensemble for Concerts, District and State Evaluations, Competitios, and travel           throughout the state.

    --- Class emphasis on advanced instrumental performance techniques, advanced ensemble techniques, music styles, variety, and diversity of music performed, advanced terminology             and music theory, individual development and performance.

     

    SYMPHONIC BAND

    --- Comprised of 9-12 graders of intermediate to advanced levels.

    --- Meets during 6th period of school; and has after school practices on Tuesday and Thursday until 6 PM.

    --- Performs a Winter Concert, Concert Districts and a Spring Concert, with limited travel.

    --- Class emphasis on instrumental performance techniques and skill development, music styles, variety, and diversity of music performed, music terminology and music theroy.

    --- The Standard performing band at West Port.    Marching Band for parades and football games; Symphonic Band for Concerts, Districts and State Evaluations, Competitions, and travel       throughout the state.

     

    MARCHING BAND / Band 5-6

    --- Comprised of 9 -12 graders of intermediate to advanced levels.

    --- Meets during 7th period of school; and has after school practices on Tuesday and Thursday until 6 PM.

    --- Performs at football games, the Winter Concert, with limited travel.

    --- Class emphasis on instrumental performance techniques and skill development, music styles, variety, and diversity of music performed, advanced terminology and music theory.

    --- Marching Band performs at District Evaluation and Regional and State Competitions, and travels throughout the state.

    --- Class emphasis on advanced instrumental performance techniques, advanced ensemble techniques, music styles, variety, and diversity of music performed, advanced terminology             and music theory, individual development and performance.

     

    JAZZ ENSEMBLE I

    --- Comprised of 9 -12 graders, audition required.

    --- The “PREMIER” Jazz Band.

    --- Meets during 0 period of school.

    --- Studies the styles, tonal structures, modes, harmonic progression used in jazz, swing, rock, Latin, & ballad music etc.

    --- Advancing knowledge of scales and scale variations, improvisation and composition.

     

    JAZZ ENSEMBLE II (Stage Band)

    --- Comprised of 9 - 12 graders

    --- Audition is not required and is for beginners to jazz and students trying new instruments.

    --- Meets during 1st period of school.

    --- Studies the styles used in jazz, swing, rock, Latin, & ballad music etc.

    --- Focuses on basic knowledge of scales and scale variations, and improvisation.

     

    JAZZ COMBO

    --- Comprised of 9 - 12 graders

    --- Audition required.

    --- Meets during 4th period of school.

    --- Studies the styles, tonal structures, modes, harmonic progression used in jazz, swing, rock, Latin, & ballad music etc.

    --- Advancing knowledge of scales and scale variations, improvisation and composition.

    --- Will learn to use FINALE music notation and thus will arrange music that will be performed by the group.

     

    Visual Ensemble (Flag Corps - Color Guard)

    --- Comprised of 9 - 12 graders of beginning to advanced levels.

    --- Meets during 7th period after school practices on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until 6 PM.

    --- Performs at football games and parades, as well as indoor guard at the district and state level.   May have one FFCC event in February.

    --- Class emphasis on equipment performance techniques and skill development, visual styles, variety, and diversity of routines performed, advancement to rifles and sabres.