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.