Band Placement

Guidelines For Band Placement

The placement of student musicians will be determined by the band directors.  This process will be based upon several factors:

1)   Musical Proficiency – Students will be placed based upon their ability to play their instrument. These factors will include musicality, tone production, technique, intonation, and the ability to sight-read.

2)   Personal Maturity – Students are placed based upon their self-motivation, their ability to handle stress, and to work as a team member.

3)   Instrumentation – The integrity of balanced instrumentation is paramount for maximizing the musical potential of an ensemble. It will be the sole responsibility of the director to maintain a balanced instrumentation based upon current resources.

Music Proficiency 

Students in the 3rd ensemble will be 98% of our freshman class. This allows a smooth transition to high school band and time to nurture the O’Connor system to our 9th grade class. Their expectations fall into the characteristics of our 2nd & 1st ensembles.

Based upon our current program of two upperclassmen concert bands,

Students in the 3rd ensemble will exhibit some or all of the following characteristics:

–  continued improvement in tone production, intonation, and technique.

–  Mostly 9th graders but also a few 10th graders. Other upper classmen may also be in the 2nd ensemble.

–   has an average of 3 years performance experience.

–   has some marching band experience.

–   has the technical facility to successfully perform a U.I.L. Class III or II solo.

–   has the sight-reading ability to perform Grade II Music.

Students in the 2nd ensemble will exhibit some or all of the following characteristics:

–   intermediate skill showing some degree of good tone production, intonation, and technique.

–   mostly 10th and 11th grade.

–   has an average of 4 or more years of performance experience.

–   has 1 or more years of marching experience.

–   has the technical facility to successfully perform a U.I.L. Class II or I solo.

–   has the sight-reading ability to perform Grade II to Grade III music.

–   is able to demonstrate most of the idiomatic characteristics of their instrument.

Students in the 1st ensemble will exhibit some or all of the following characteristics:

–   demonstrates a high degree of musical maturity:

Tone production:  idiomatic of the instrument, (i.e., with vibrato on flute, double reeds, etc).

Intonation: knows pitch tendencies characteristic to the instrument.  Matches pitch without the aid of a tuner.

Technique:  can expressively perform a wide range of dynamics, tempi, and musical styles.

–  mostly upperclassmen.

–  has an average of 5 or more years of performance experience.

–  has an average of 3 years marching experience.

–  Has the technical facility to successfully place in the T.M.E.A Region      Band/Orchestra.

–  Has the technical facility to successfully to perform a U.I.L. Class I solo.

–  Has the sight-reading ability to perform Grade III to Grade IV music.

Personal Maturity

Self-Motivation – observable achievement will be a consideration.  For example, students who strive for mastery do so on a consistent basis, (region band, solo & ensemble, etc), as well as are successful in academics.

Ability to handle stress – top performing ensembles represent the varsity equivalent of our band program. Our tradition of high musical excellence is constantly tested on a yearly basis. The musical literature is comparable to “honors” recognition. Performance demands require an individual who can maintain a high level of musicality as well as handle an intense academic environment.

Ability to work as a team member – compatibility and reliability is an essential element with any successful group. Individual egos, personal agendas, inconsistent personal behavior hamper this goal. Working together, we can do more!

Grading Policy

50% Daily Routine (Rehearsals; Equipment; Music Memory; Down the Line Playoffs; Scale Playoffs etc…)

20% Performances (Required: Marching Contest; Football Games; Region Band; Solo & Ensemble; Concerts; UIL C & SR etc…)

30% Participation (Attendance and Extra and Co-Curricular activities as guided by TEA; Rehearsal and Sectional Attendance)

Instrumentation

Whenever possible, concert setting ensembles will consist of the approximate band instrumentation:

6-8 Flutes (1 piccolo)
2 Oboes
6-8 Bb Soprano Clarinets
2 Bass Clarinets (1 Contra)
2 Bassoons
4 Alto Saxes
2 Tenor Sax
1 Baritone Sax
8-10 Trumpets
4 French Horns
4 Tenor Trombones
1 Bass Trombone
2 Baritones
3 Tubas
8 Percussionists