Senior High Band

Welcome to Senior High Band  

Band Handbook


Revised 9/10/18



This instrumental music packet has been designed to assist both parents and students in understanding the needs and expectations of the Instrumental Music Program. If you have additional questions, do not hesitate to contact your individual music teacher. When parents and teachers work together, the chances of musical success for the student is much greater. The Concert Band is the very core of the program. Any student who wishes to be in the Jazz Ensemble or Marching Band must be an active member in the Junior High Concert Band. Exceptions may be made for Piano, Bass Guitar, and Guitar but band students will be given preference even in these areas.



School 599-4525


Mr. Ben Chaffee (Ext. 1602)

  • High School Band Director

  • Marching Band Director

  • Lesson Teacher


     Mrs. Cortney Chase  (Ext. 1602)

  • Junior High Concert Band Director

  • Lesson Teacher


    Ms. Christina Komosinski (Ext. 2501 )

  • Elementary Bands

  • Jazz Band Director

  • Lesson Teacher




It is significant for all to remember: Practice is more important than talent. With practice student’s progress; without practice they do not. It is important to keep in mind that practicing is not always "fun". When good patterns of practice are developed with discipline, consistency, and parental encouragement, these habits will last throughout the student's musical life and impact on many other life situations as well.


General Information


Concert performances are the core of our program. When an absence from a performance can be anticipated, a written parent request must be given to the director at least two weeks in advance. Work is not a valid excuse.


Seating Auditions


Students will be seated in the ensemble based on seating auditions at the beginning of each concert cycle in front of 1-2 music teacher.  A short excerpt will be played to hear every student so we can place everyone in the best position for success.  Students’ are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity while being supportive and encouraging to one another.  Auditions are not in front of other students are not meant to be stressful


Thirty (30) points will be deducted from the student's quarterly average for an invalid absence from a performance.


Concert Dress:



  • Tuxedo shirt/Vest/Pants and tie are provided
  • Black Socks & Shoes or Sneakers (not provided)



  • Concert dresses are provided
  • Black shoes (not provided)




Students are financially responsible for all school equipment issued to them. The cost of any repairs of school instruments or equipment due to negligence will be paid for by the student. An instrument loan contract must be signed and returned before the student is issued a school instrument.


No equipment or instruments will be taken from the building without properly signing them out or getting permission from a music director.




2018-19 Concert & Event Schedule




Meat Raffle (Fundraiser)

September 12th –November 30th (Drawing at Holiday Concert)

Please see Mrs. Chase for tickets



Friday, October 26th –Saturday, October 27th, 2018


Jr High Area All-State at Wayne

Friday, November 2nd – Saturday, November 3rd, 2018


Sr. High Fall Concert

Sr. High Band and Chorus, Wednesday, November 14th, 2018, 7:00pm High School Auditorium

H.S. Aud. Required Performance


Holiday Concert

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 (In School Concert Friday, December 21st), 7:00pm

H.S. Aud. Required Performance


Easter Candy Sale

Monday, January 28th –Thursday, February 14th 2019

Candy arrives Wednesday, April 3rd. Pickup 3-7PM in High School Music Suite


Solo Festival GWMEA

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 @ Le Roy (Extra Credit)

Deadline for registration is November TBD


Instrumental Winter Concert

Sr High Ensembles, Tuesday, March 26th 2019, 7:00 pm. H.S. Aud.  Required Performance


GWMEA All-County Fesitval

Friday, April 5th-Saturday, April 6th, 2019


Senior High Band Spring Tour

Friday, April 12th, 2019 – All day tour of the Primary and Intermediate Schools


Budget Vote Recital

Tues., May 14th 2019

H.S. Gym (6:30-7:45)


NYSSMA Solo Festival

Friday, May 10th, 2019 at Pioneer High School (Extra Credit)

District Band Concert

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019, 7:00pm H.S.  Auditorium Required Performance


Music Department Banquet

Monday, June 3rd, 2019 (5:30pm)





Students are not expected to fundraise but all fundraising money will go to that student’s account that is set up in Charms. The money that the students raised can be used for trips or anything music related.




Charms is the database website we use in the music department to keep track of each music student’s financial account. Once in you may change your user name. Follow the directions below to log into your personal account.



2. School Code: pembrokeboosters (all lower case)

3. User Name: last name first initial (all lower case)

(i.e. chaffeeb)





The student's grade is derived from averaging the lesson and band grades together. Each of these is weighted 50 percent.



  • Students are excused from class on a weekly basis to attend rotating music lessons. It is the student's responsibility to review the schedule and know when their lesson times and days are.

    A student reports to the classroom teacher before attending the lesson, hands in any homework due and makes arrangements for any missed work. A teacher has the right to keep a student for a test, or quiz.

    If a class cannot be missed for lessons, the student needs to contact the teacher before the start of the class. If a student forgets their lesson and needs to get called down, then that student will receive a write-up and will need to stay 10th period for a music detention to make up the missed lesson. If that student skips the music detention then that student will receive an in school detention. We will make every effort to reschedule lessons with the student so their academic success will not be compromised. If lessons are made up in a timely fashion, academic and musical success will be achieved.

    Each quarter has a lesson syllabus will be handed out and reviewed with the students. The syllabus will contain graded performance assignments and dates when the assignments are due.



Lesson Attendance


  1. Lessons count for 50% of your final grade.


  1. You are required to attend the required amount of your music lessons for each marking period, as designated by your teacher.


  1. It is your responsibility to know when your music lessons are.  We will no longer call students down for their lessons at the Jr/Sr High level.  Remind101 will be used to assist.


    Sign up for Remind101 with your individual lesson teacher!


  2. If you cannot attend your scheduled lesson, you must notify your lesson teacher in advance, and also arrange a make-up lesson within one week.


  1. We will make every effort to reschedule lessons as needed, so your academic success will not be compromised.


  2. When all of your lessons are attended (or made up in a timely fashion), academic and musical success will be achieved!

Band Grade


  • The band grade is based on regular attendance at rehearsals and concerts. If the student forgets their instrument, they will receive a one point deduction for the given rehearsal.

Band Guidelines

1. Respect your fellow musician and yourself.
2. Always give your best effort.

3. Stop playing/talking as soon as the director stops conducting or steps on the podium.                                                                 
4. Always be punctual and prepared.


Required Materials



  • 1 Box of Reeds

  • Method Book

  • Pencil



  • I bottle of Valve Oil

  • Method Book

  • Pencil



  • 2 Pair of Drumsticks (1 pair stays home)

  • Method Book

  • Pencil


Extra Credit


Extra credit can be earned from the following examples:

  • Participation in Jazz Ensemble

  • Participation in Marching Band (one complete season)

  • Participation in the Musical/Pit

  • Extra performance (s) (i.e. Arts Festival, Budget Vote Concert)    

  • A Short Research Paper no more than 3 page


Service Hours

Each Musician needs 2 service hours

(one per Semester)


Examples of service hours:


Helping set up/tear down for music events/fundraisers; Meat Raffle, Rock-a-thon, Holiday Concert, Musical Auditions, Ushering for the Musical, Easter Candy Sale load-in and distribution, Fine Arts Festival (set up and beverage/cheese/crackers), Budget Vote Concert, Marching Band events, Evening of Jazz, Senior Recital set-up, etc.


Look for sign ups, seek to go above and beyond.  There is a chart on the bulletin board across from the Music Office to keep track of your service.







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