1. Performing Groups
        1. Beginning Band – 1st Period
          1. Comprised of mostly 6th graders and some 7th graders, the Beginning band is for students who are just one-two years into playing their instrument, or may want to try starting a new instrument. This group does perform at concerts in the fall, spring and end of the year. No uniform is provided to students in Beginning Band.
        2. Intermediate Band – 3rd Period
          1. Comprised of mostly 7th graders and some 8th graders, the Intermediate band is for students who are 2-3 years year into playing their instrument, or may want to try starting a new instrument similar to one they have played for over a year. Students in this group do perform at marching band events, play concerts in the fall, spring and end of the year, as well as in-state contests and trips. No uniform is provided to students in Intermediate Band.
        3. Percussion – 8th Period
          1. Comprised of 6th through 8th grade, the Percussion class is for students who have played percussion before, or have previously discussed joining percussion with the director. The second-year 7th and 8th graders in this group do perform at marching band events, and play with the intermediate band in concerts in the fall, spring and end of the year, as well as in-state or out-of-state contests and trips. The 6th graders and first year 7th graders in this group perform with the beginning band in fall, winter, and end of the year concerts. No uniform is provided to students in Percussion.
        4. Advanced Band – 4th Period
          1. Comprised of 7th and 8th graders, the Advanced Band class is the top level band at Cross Middle School, and is joined by audition only in the spring semester. Students in this group do perform at marching band events, play concerts in the fall, spring and end of the year, as well as in-state or out-of-state contests and trips. A uniform is provided to students in Advanced Band.
        5. Jazz Band – 5th Period
          1. Comprised of 6th through 8th grade, the Jazz Band class is for students who have played in band before, or have previously discussed joining jazz band with the director. The second-year 7th and 8th graders in this group may perform at local gigs, and they play with the advanced band in concerts in the winter and end of the year, as well as in-state contests and trips. The 6th graders and first year 7th graders in this group perform in the winter and end of the year concerts, and may also compete with the advanced students. A uniform is not provided to students in Jazz Band.
        6. Guitar – 7th Period
          1. Guitar class is for beginning or intermediate guitar players who are interested in getting to know classical and rock guitar techniques. In this class we study guitar playing techniques, reading music including chords, sheet music, and tabs, song forms and other musical concepts relevant to beginning/intermediate guitar playing. The guitar class performs in a concert at the end of the year in May.


      1. Grading
        1. Performances: 30% All of the required performances (listed in section IIC1) are considered the “final exam” of each quarter.
          1. Students must stay for the entire duration of these performances. It is polite and builds a culture of support and collaboration to have all of our band and choir students watch each other perform at these concerts.
          2. Non-emergency scheduling conflicts (e.g. sporting events, family dinners, homework) are not excused. Students only perform in these concerts once per quarter, and the curriculum is built around the performance. Please make sure your schedule is clear well in advance of the concerts (at least 2 weeks to allow adequate preparation in class) to avoid grade penalties for missing performances.
          3. Emergency absences from concerts (e.g. illness, family emergency, transportation failure, etc…) can be excused by providing a written note to the director 24 hours before or 24 hours after the event.
            1. Students with excused absences from concerts due to emergencies can make up the 30% grade by completing an alternate assignment and turning it in before the end of the quarter.
          4. Class reflection happens the day after each concert, and is required for a grade. Students watch the recorded performance and are expected to be engaged while listening to the audience’s perspective of their performance. Students who are not participating in the reflection may lose some of the concert grade.
        2. Practice And Pass-Offs: 40% Each student will need to practice daily. They will be provided with materials to practice in class, and will be required to perform in pass-offs throughout the year. Pass-offs are performance assessments recorded in class and graded on a rubric. The rubric is available online.
          1. Student responsibility: The student must practice for their given pass off during the week, then record the pass off either in class on Friday or at home. Pass-offs recorded in class will be graded by Mr. E, and pass-offs recorded at home can be submitted through Google Classroom.
          2. Practicing your instrument is extremely important! In order to be successful, everybody in band needs to know their part and be able to perform it well with other students in class. It is recommended that students spend 90 minutes a week at home practicing so our class time can be devoted to making great music with our peers, not practicing our parts in class!
        3. Theory And Bellwork: 30% Students will complete daily “do now” activities as well as quizzes. These pertain to units of study in the classroom such as rhythm sight-reading, solfege, chord theory, dictation, and melody sight-reading.
          1. Students complete a daily “do-now” on class whiteboards or using the Smart Board. These are graded on completion provided the student does the exercise and gets prepared for class in the appropriate amount of time.
          2. Quizzes will be based upon all materials learned in class during the daily “do now” activities.
          3. This category also includes in-class projects on composers, world music, careers in the field, history of music, etc... These projects will be given on Google Classroom


      • Classroom Procedures
        1. Bellwork/Warm Up
          1. All students in all classes will be required to enter the classroom before the bell rings and gather materials (instrument for band, music folder, whiteboard if needed, pencil, water bottle). They will have 3 minutes after the bell rings to be in their seats with these materials ready. Otherwise, they will be marked tardy. We will complete bellwork and warm-up together.
            1. Band student will then get a “2 minute” period where they are allowed to play healthy, medium volume notes in order to put warm air in their instrument and ensure everything is working properly. Students who play before this allotted time may have their instrument removed for a period of time.
          2. Rehearsal Time: During rehearsal time, all students are to be actively engaged, listening, and looking for ways to improve our musical performance as a group. Students that are talking, using cell phones, chewing gum, eating food, or doing outside work from another class will be asked to follow the disciplinary procedures discussed in the rules section IV below.
            1. Bathroom passes: are provided to all 7th and 8th grade students on the first day of the quarter. Students are allowed 4 times during the class period per quarter to leave class. During direct instruction (in the middle of a rehearsed song, while we are going over bellwork, etc…), students are not permitted to leave with their pass unless an emergency has occurred (e.g. sick, nurse, called to office). It is suggested that students use the restroom or fill water bottles in between class periods, instead of during instruction.
            2. 6th Graders receive a bathroom pass/behavior card on the first day of school to use with all of their classroom teachers.
          3. End Of Class: All students must put away materials in required spots (instruments and music folders in cubbies, music stands on racks). All trash must be picked up. Students must wait for teacher dismissal to leave for the next class.
            1. Occasionally, a wrap-up activity will be provided to students at the end of class period. This will count as part of the theory/bellwork grade.


      1. Classroom Rules
        1. Food, Drink, Gum: Only water is allowed at any time during the band or guitar class. The department is especially strict on eating food or drinking gum because food gets stuck in instruments and makes them difficult to play and clean.
        2. Cell Phones: Cell phones are not to be used during class time. This is a school policy and ensures students are engaged and focused on the task at hand. Occasionally, I may allow students to use their phones in class to play relevant music.
        3. Leaving The Room/Seats: Students that are not called to the office or out on official business can leave with permission at an appropriate time using their bathroom pass. They must use their pass/6th grade card at a break in rehearsal or between warm-up/rehearsal/end of class. Tissues and hand sanitizer are available in the room and can be used at any time.
        4. Talking/Playing: Students will be given plenty of time to play their instrument, and breaks in instruction between activities to say a few quick words to friends. However, talking or playing out of turn during direct instruction from the director or student leadership is against the rules and will follow disciplinary actions stated below.


      1. Consequences:
        1. Warning: Student is warned during class time, and allowed the opportunity to fix the behavior before other consequences occur.
        2. After Class Conference With Teacher: If a student is warned and the behavior does not improve, the director will ask the student to meet after class and discuss how to better spend class time in the future.
        3. Parent Phone Call: If a student repeats a behavior or if it is very disruptive, a parent phone call will take place to notify the parent of the behavior.
        4. Lunch Detention/ISS: If a student continues to break classroom rules and parent has already been notified, the student will be required to attend lunch detention and/or In-School Suspension.
        5. Office Referral/OSS: Severe infractions or several repeat offenses of in-class disruption may result in an official Office Referral (formally stated in the student’s permanent record) and/or Out of School Suspension
          1. Students who have been Out of School Suspended may be declared ineligible to attend band/choir functions such as trips, concerts, or local events.


      1. Regulations
        1. Behavior Policy
          1. In accordance with school rules, all behavior policies stated in the Amphi Student Handbook apply during school time in class, after school rehearsals, after school performances, on our way to and from performances, and on any district-sponsored travel by bus or otherwise. Please see the Amphi student handbook for specific descriptions of behavioral expectations and disciplinary actions.
          2. To be in Band/Guitar is a privilege, and any behavior offenses deemed repetitive or severe can result in the removal of a student from the band/guitar program.
          3. As stated above, certain behavior and/or suspensions in school can disqualify students from attending band events such as concerts, field trips, or rehearsals, and is at the discretion of the administration and the director.
        2. School Instrument Policy
          1. Student and parent must sign an instrument check out contract (sent home the first week of school) in order for the student to use a school instrument at any time.
          2. Any school instrument that is borrowed from the school is subject to inspection or inventory at any time. Students will need to be flexible, especially when certain instruments are unavailable.
          3. Each school instrument has an instrument cubby or a guitar shelf to which it is assigned. While the instrument is at school, it is to remain in that cubby for the school day. This is to assure that instruments don’t get misplaced or switched, and to keep instruments off the floor and out of the walking path where they may get damaged. It is recommended that students bring school instruments home and back every day to keep clear of the floor for custodians to clean, and to practice!
          4. It is recommended that students purchase a cleaning kit for their instrument and clean it out often – at least once per week! Mr. E will give a demonstration for instrument cleaning on the first day of school. Students may also bring the instrument to a music store to get it professionally cleaned at their expense (this is recommended once per quarter).
          5. It is also recommended that all students purchase their own mouthpieces, guitar picks, and/or reeds. The school may or may not provide these, and they are second-hand and not as reliable as a student-owned mouthpiece, and reeds often get used very quickly at school.
          6. Anything that is normal wear and tear on rental instruments can be fixed using district funds, and will not be billed to the student. Normal wear and tear on instruments may include worn-out or falling pads, stuck valves, broken or loose springs and screws, broken guitar strings and rotor valves coming untied. Students should notify the director as soon as they notice their instrument is not playing normally in order to get these problems fixed quickly through district requisitioning.
          7. Damage done to any school instrument that is deemed negligent or abusive (dropped instrument resulting in bent keys or brass, broken soldering) will require the student to cover the cost of repairs. Severe or multiple offenses of damaging a school instrument will result in a student’s loss of privilege to borrow an instrument, and may result in removal of the student from the band program.
        3. Switching Instruments
          1. Any student may volunteer to switch, or be asked to switch, their instrument in order to complete the instrumentation (amount of each instrument) for band.
          2. Students that volunteer to switch an instrument or are asked to switch must sign a form stating that they will stick with the instrument for an entire school year and come in for extra help during practice times with the director.
          3. A school instrument will be provided as needed to students who volunteer to switch instruments and help out the band.


      1. Personal Instrument Policy
        1. Students may bring personally owned instruments and use them at school. If a student owns a large personal instrument and wants to borrow a school instrument to use at school (e.g. tubas, euphoniums, bass clarinet), they may do so, however they will have to forfeit priority to other students who do not own a personal instrument and need to borrow a school one.
        2. Storage: There are a few instrument cubbies available in the back of the room, as well as a storage shelf. However, the school instruments are all assigned a cubby and take precedence over personal instruments. Students who do not use a cubby should place their instrument on the storage shelf or against the back wall as far as possible, in order to keep it out of the walking path of other students and to develop a routine for where to keep their instrument. It is recommended that students bring their instruments home and back every day to practice!
        3. Wear and Tear: The school is not able to cover the cost of wear and tear on personal instruments not owned by the school. Fortunately, most rental agreements with local music stores include routine maintenance on personal instruments.
      2. School Music Folder Policy
        1. All students will receive a red or black vinyl folder to use at school for the entire year. This folder must stay at school, as they were custom made and are meant to last the program for years.
        2. Damage done to the folder will require the student to use a personal folder, and the student may have to pay the replacement cost ($20 each) of the folder at the end of the year.
      3. Performance Calendar And Expectations
        1. All students are required to attend quarterly concerts. The concert grade for attendance and participation is 30% of the overall grade. This includes the following performances:
          1. Marching Band Performances at home football games (for advanced band)
            • For students who are in athletics or other after-school activities, accommodations can be made so that the student will only have minimal conflicts. Sports conflicts at the school will be discussed between the students, the coaches, and the band director, and often result in a compromise where each student only misses 1 game and 1 band performance, etc…, instead of more of one event versus the other. Keep in mind the band performance is our curriculum assessment and is for a grade.
            • Students must be proactive and discuss these conflicts early on in the quarter, so that adequate time can be made to adjust marching sets, musical aspects of the performance, or room in the performance space (if applicable).
            • Any conflict which is not explained at least 24 hours in advance is subject to loss of the performance grade, also discussed in item II Grading.
          2. Fall Jazz Band Concert @ CDO High School, sometime in December. Date TBA
          3. Winter Concert (for all concert bands) at Cross MPR on December 14th
          4. Band Feeder Performance (for Jazz, Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Band, and Percussion) at CDO in February/March, 2021 (Date TBD)
          5. Final Jazz Band Concert @ CDO High School, sometime in May. Date TBA.
          6. Guitar Concert @ Cross MPR, sometime in May. Date TBA
          7. Final Concert (for all concert bands, including guitar) at Cross MPR on May 12th 2021
        2. Important, but not required performances include the following events:
          1. In-State Festivals in March (for Jazz Band, Intermediate Band and Advanced Band)
          2. Performance field trip in or out of state in April/May (for Advanced Band)


      • School Trips and Travel
        1. Opportunity
          1. Students in all ensembles are able to travel as a part of the band and as a representative of Cross to trips in and out of state. Examples include:
            1. Music festivals and attractions in Phoenix (Advanced/Intermediate groups/Jazz Band)
            2. Music festivals and attractions in California (Advanced group)
            3. Local music events in the community (All Groups)
            4. Parades and other performance functions (All Groups)
          2. Eligibility
            1. Band and guitar performances and events follow the same eligibility policy as the Cross athletic department. Students may not participate in school-sponsored events, trips, or performances if their latest progress report or quarter report card reflects a GPA of 2.0 or below, or contains F’s in any class.
            2. Students may be asked to submit proof of raised grades by a progress report or quarter report card in order to be re-instated into a band event or activity.
          3. Carpooling
            1. Any student that wishes to carpool with another parent to and from a school-sponsored event that takes place at any location other than an Amphitheater school, must have an athletic transportation form filled out and turned in to the director. This form is available on the Cross home webpage under “Sports Information”.
          4. Conduct
            1. Students are subject to the same school regulations on behavior included in the Cross Student Handbook at the following times:
              1. During travel to and from band trips
              2. In restaurants, hotels, and other public areas visited on the trip
              3. In performance areas visited on the trip
              4. During after-school rehearsals on campus before the trip
              5. On their way to and from school to attend a band trip.


      • Dress For Concerts
        1. Advanced Uniforms: The Boosters will issue a uniform to students in Advanced Band at a time in late September or early October. This uniform is to be worn at all formal concerts including the required ones stated above, and on festival/competition trips.
          1. The uniform will come with a contract, which must be signed in order for your student to keep their uniform throughout the year.
          2. Students are not to eat in their school-provided uniforms. Students must wear closed-toed, black shoes to go with their school uniforms. Please plan accordingly by purchasing appropriate shoes at the beginning of the year.
          3. The hemming of uniforms must be done at home. We have Booster volunteers who measure each student and do their best to provide an adequate fit for their size, but we are unable to hem each uniform as well as fit students.
        2. Other Groups: Students in other bands/guitar class must follow a dress code similar to that of the advanced groups. Students are to wear formal black and white. Boys can wear slacks, dress coats or sport coats and ties/bow ties as long as they are black or white. Girls can wear dress pants, dresses or skirts provided that they are a school-appropriate length. Please cover shoulders with a white or black coat or shrug to keep with school dress code. All students must wear black, closed-toed shoes. Please plan accordingly by purchasing appropriate shoes at the beginning of the year (buy a size too big).
        3. Jazz Uniforms: Jazz band students must wear formal outfits, preferably black and white similar to the intermediate groups listed above. Jazz band students can wear colorful ties/bowties and hats.


      1. Director Help And Office Hours
        1. Lunch: The band/choir room is open for students to practice during the last half of either lunch period every day. Students are limited to 2 times per week (unless given permission otherwise to come in by the director) and must sign up in advance on the board posted on the door.
          1. If a student is signed up, the director will do their best to be available during this lunch period. Occasionally, meetings are called and planning needs to be done by the director during this time.
          2. If the director is not available for lunch time practice due to a meeting, the student can reschedule without penalty.
        2. Before/After School:
          1. If a student is in need of additional practice time outside of lunch, the director can be made available by scheduling a time to meet before or after school. As parent/student/administrator meetings are frequently called during this time, it is required that students email the director to request a practice session before or after school.


      1. Cross Band Boosters
        1. Parents can volunteer as a Booster at all events where the band and guitar classes perform including: summer band camp, football games, snack bars, concerts, parades, Tucson Botanical Gardens, band festivals, out of state trips, and much more!
        2. Provide many useful items to students including:
          1. Food and water at camps, concerts, trips
          2. Fundraising opportunities for financial assistance with trips and classroom supplies
          3. Cleaning, fitting, organizing and issuing school uniforms
          4. Help with paperwork for trips and outside school events
          5. Transportation of food and instruments to and from band/choir events
          6. Classroom supplies such as computer software, music, office supplies
          7. Payment of fees to expert clinicians that help teach in the classroom
          8. Much more!