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Attendance at Concerts & Performances

Attendance at all scheduled concerts/performances is required and is part of the grading criteria in Band classes.

This is a fundamental and integral part of your membership in Band. Concerts and Pep Band performances are a public demonstration of what has been learned in Band, they are considered the final exams for the Band class. Music is meant to be heard. Each performer in the ensemble is dependent on each Band member being present to perform their specific and integral part. Because the Band is more than just a collection of individual performers, it is necessary that we rehearse and perform as a unified group. Problems with individual attendance at performances seriously limits our ability to be consistent and strive for excellence. Every attempt has been made to structure a performance calendar that includes a reasonable number of performances.

If WE are to be successful, YOU must be there.
Every member is a "starter." There are no "benchwarmers!"

The only excused absences from a scheduled special rehearsal are:
  • You are ill the day of the special rehearsal, and if school were in session you would be absent from school. Please call the Band Office, 701-323-4800 ext. 6130 , in advance to report your illness/absence.
  • A family emergency occurs. Please call the Band Office ASAP, 701-323-4800 ext. 6130.
The only excused absences from a scheduled performance are:
  • You are ill the day of the rehearsal/performance, and are absent from school. Please call the Band Office, 701-323-4800 ext. 6130 , in advance to report your illness/absence.
  • A family emergency occurs. Please call the Band Office ASAP, 701-323-4800 ext. 6130.
Call the Band Office at any hour of the day/night. The Band Office has direct-answer 24 hour voice mail, 701-323-4800 ext. 6130

Any other absence from a rehearsal or performance is unexcused. Failure to notify the Band Directors in a timely manner of your absence is also unexcused.

Unexcused absences from rehearsals or performances will:
  • Negatively affect your grade in Band
  • Restrict your opportunity to earn a Varsity Letter in Band
  • Will result in meeting with you and your parents and with a Band Directors to discuss your continued participation in Band
  • May lead to the loss of Band membership
Student jobs, or work conflicts, are absolutely no excuse for missing a rehearsal or performance.

Use your BHS Planner to stay organized in managing your schedule & time!

A complete BHS Band Calendar is available online. Read and share this calendar information with your parents, employer, coaches, etc. and check for possible conflicts. In the event of a conflict, COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY! Talk to your Band Director, I support YOU! Every attempt will be made to be fair and understanding in the event of unusual circumstances.

If a scheduling conflict should occur with a Band event and another school event you are involved with, we will utilize the following guidelines:

In-School Scheduling-Conflict Resolution Policy

If you are in a school activity that runs concurrently during the same season as Marching Band, here are FAIR and REASONABLE GUIDELINES to resolve any scheduling conflicts that may occur:

If you have a Band practice and an ACTIVITY practice
Action: Communicate with adults in charge
Resolution: Split time with each 50/50

If you have a Band practice and a VARSITY ACTIVITY game/event
Action: Communicate with adults in charge
Resolution: Attend varsity game/event

If you have a Band performance and an ACTIVITY practice
Action: Communicate with adults in charge
Resolution: Attend Band performance

If you have a Band performance and an VARSITY ACTIVITY game/event
Action: Communicate with adults in charge
Resolution: You must objectively determine where you believe you are most needed, and which situation will allow you to make the greatest contribution to your peers and do the "greatest good"; We will respect and support whatever thoughtful decision you make

As you can see, communication is the key to successfully resolving scheduling conflicts.


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