7th/8th Grade Band  

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7th/8th grade band students take band during the school day.  This class merges both grades into one junior high band.  After school rehearsals are rare and typically happen in the Spring.  All students need instruments in good working order.  Students using a school instrument are required to provide their own mouthpiece, reeds, oils, grease, etc.  Students borrowing school instruments are also expected to pay for any: loss, damage, or routine maintenance while the instrument is assigned to them.

Carver Middle School/Collins High School does not provide band books.  Ask Mr. Porter if you are having trouble finding the correct book. 

Students are graded on the progress they are making using standard band rubrics.  Performances are limited to one pre-game Friday night football game, one Holiday Concert, and one spring concert.  All performances are required and act either as a major grade or a final term exam.  Absences are not excused and there is no way to make up the grade.  Unexcused absences from a performance may result in consequences ranging from a failing grade to permanent expulsion from the band program.  Exceptions in extreme circumstances will be handled confidentially by Mr. Porter on a case by case situation.

8th grade students may be invited to play in the stands at the Home football games if Mr. Porter feels like they are mature enough to participate.  This will not be considered a performance grade.

7th/8th grade band's focus is on continuing to build on the beginner skills they accrued in prior years.  Also, we begin preparing for clinic auditions.  Students are introduced to  scales, sight-reading, and more complex concepts and skills.  Students are expected to practice everyday.  If your child tells you they have nothing to practice, they are mistaken.  Call me.  I will give them plenty to work on.  wink

  • Homecoming Mass Band Performance



    Dear Parents,

    Friday October 12, 2018 is Collins High School Homecoming.  As part of the celebration, we will be forming a mass band of 6th-12th grade band students to perform “The Hey Song” at 6:15pm on the Collins High School Band’s practice field.  The practice field is directly across the road in front of the high school band hall.  Participating students need to arrive by 6:00pm to warm-up and get set.  All students in the Collins/Carver band program should bring their instrument, but leave their case in the car.  Students should wear their black band t-shirt

    6th and 7th grade band parents should pick their children up immediately after the performance so the High School Band can go perform at the game against Richton High School.  Everyone is encouraged to come to the game and support our Tigers.  High School Homecoming ceremonies will take place at 6:30pm on the Collins Football Field.  

    6th and 7th grade band students will not be playing in the stands during the game, so please leave your instrument in your car after the performance if you plan to stay for the football game. 

    If you do not plan to stay for the football game, please take your child with you as we do not have the manpower to supervise extra children during the game.                                                                                     MR. PORTER WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR BAND STUDENTS LEFT AT THE GAME AFTER THE PRE-GAME PERFORMANCE.  Please do not leave unsupervised children at the Collins Football Game.

    7th-12th grade students will receive a grade for their participation in this event.  Even though we do not have school that day, we still have the evening performance.  This is a REQUIRED performance for all Collins/Carver Band students.

    Thank you for your cooperation and participation in this event.  It should be a lot of fun!

    Matt Porter- Director of Bands                                                                                                                                   cell: 601-818-1206                                                                                                                                                        email: mporter@covingtoncountyschools.org

  • Required Method BookRequired Method Book

    Every Band Student is required to have their own copy of Essential Elements 2000 Book1 for your specific instrument.  The picture shown is for trumpet.  Each book has the picture of its instrument on the cover (for example: the clarinet book has a picture of a clarinet, the flute book has a picture of a flute, etc.)

    Each book retails for $9.95 except for the percussion book which is $16.95.  Your local music store should have it in stock.

    Please write your name clearly on the cover and on the first page inside the book in case the cover gets removed and lost. (It happens a lot.  frown)

    The school cannot and will not supply the book for you.

    Thank you for your cooperation.

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    Files / Links 
    • Mr. Porter's Rules.pdf
    • Where To Get Instruments and Accessories
    • Scale Sheets and Fingering Charts
    • Rhythm Charts 1-12 .pdf
      All our current Rhythm charts. Print them and put them in your binder. To be used every day.
    • International Drum Rudiments.pdf
      Percussive Arts Society 40 official Drum Rudiments. Need to know. Play open (slow) - closed (fast) - open (slow).
    • Fingerings - French Horn.pdf
      "Fingering for F Horn" - use with Mellophone or single F-Horn. "Fingering for Bb Horn (Sometimes called "B Horn)" - specialty horns typically "Suggested Fingering for F + Bb Double Horn" - use for standard Double Horn.
    • 2017 MS Music Accessory Price List.pdf
      Disclaimer: Neither Covington County Schools nor Mr. Porter endorse any particular music store or music supply company. This accessory price list is for your convenience only and should be used to give a general idea of the cost of normal supplies. Should you choose to shop with MS Music Inc., their phone number is 601-264-0150. They are located in Hattiesburg.
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