Re: Band Jacket Requirements
Posted by Suggestion on 12/4/2019, 5:10 pm, in reply to "Band Jacket Requirements"
Use a points system. If they accumulate enough points, they get a letter, no matter whether they were eligible for other things or not. Some kids earn it their freshman year, most will earn it by their sophomore or junior years. Just like athletics. Also, points only accumulate while a member of MY band program - move ins start at zero, even if they were an All-State kid. |
Don't require different things based upon eligibility, that's a FERPA violation.
My school does this:
100 points needed to letter.
25 for membership in marching band. If you're a senior, you'll earn your jacket your senior year by the end of the fall semester if you do nothing else.
10 for trying out for All-Region.
15 for making Region.
25 for qualifying for Area.
50 for qualifying for All-State. (Yes, a State qualifier automatically letters just by doing the process, and yes, I know this is technically Spring, but Jazz and Orchestra tapers can qualify in the fall, so I'm putting it here)
20 points for making a first division at UIL Marching Contest.
15 for membership in spring semester concert band.
10 for doing a solo or an ensemble. (Yes, you can get 20 for both)
15 for making a 1 on a Class 1.
10 for making a 1 on a Class 2.
5 for making a 1 on a Class 3.
35 for performing at TSSEC, with an extra 15 if they make a 1. This also can "letter" you your freshman year.
10 points for making a first division at UIL in Concert or Sight Reading. (Can be 20).
20 points for being a Band Officer, elected or appointed.
30 points for being Drum Major.
100 points for being accepted into any collegiate school of music.
You get points for group success (to a point) and more points for individual success. Simple.
UNEXCUSED Absence Penalties:
Tardy to Practice: -1 Points.
Missed Practice: -10 Points.
Missed Performance: Points reset to zero.
Don't put anything in about grades. Let that sort itself out without you being involved.
In your band lettering policy, do you require ineligible students to complete the entire year of required events the following year, or just complete the one they were unable to attend?