Westglades Middle School
Parkland, Florida

Westglades Middle School Bands

Westglades Middle School Band

Westglades Band Handbook
2017-2018

Please download and read the Westglades Bands Handbook, which you can access below by clicking on the "Handbook PDF" button. Once you are finished, click and download the "Handbook Signature Page" to print out and sign. 

Uniforms

Order band polo below!

(This button is for any additional polos, or polos purchased outside the Fair Share Bundle)

Beginning Band 

  • Westglades Band polo (tucked in)
  • Black dress slacks NO JEANS,          JEGGINGS, OR LEGGINGS
  • Plain, black belt
  • Entirely black socks
  • Entirely black shoes (dress shoes recommended)
  • NO jewelry other than stud pearl or white/clear rhinestone earrings
  • NO hair accessories other than hair-colored headband/hair ties


STUDENTS NOT IN THE CORRECT UNIFORM WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN CONCERTS, TRIPS, EVENTS, AND/OR OTHER PERFORMANCES.

Concert Band

  • Long sleeve, collared black dress shirt. No 3/4 length sleeves.
  • Black dress slacks NO JEANS, JEGGINGS, OR LEGGINGS
  • Plain, black belt
  • Entirely black socks
  • Entirely black shoes (dress shoes recommended)
  • NO jewelry other than stud pearl or white/clear rhinestone earrings
  • NO hair accessories other than hair-colored headband/hair ties
STUDENTS NOT IN THE CORRECT UNIFORM WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN CONCERTS, TRIPS, EVENTS, AND/OR OTHER PERFORMANCES.

Symphonic Band

  • Black, collared dress shirt (TUCKED IN)
  • Black dress slacks (insert specific brand) NO JEANS, JEGGINGS, OR LEGGINGS
  • Black belt
  • Entirely black socks
  • Entirely black dress shoes
  • NO jewelry other than stud pearl or white/clear rhinestone earrings
  • NO hair accessories other than hair-colored headband/hair ties
  • A gold tie will be issued to students before performances and must be returned after the performance.
STUDENTS NOT IN THE CORRECT UNIFORM WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN CONCERTS, TRIPS, EVENTS, AND/OR OTHER PERFORMANCES.

"The Westglades Marching Wolves": 
  • Westglades Band Polo Shirt (TUCKED IN)
  • Black dress slacks (insert specific brand) NO       JEANS, JEGGINGS, OR LEGGINGS
  • Black belt
  • Entirely black socks
  • Entirely black tennis shoes
  • NO jewelry
  • NO hair accessories other than hair-colored headbands.  STUDENTS NOT IN THE CORRECT UNIFORM WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN CONCERTS, TRIPS, EVENTS, AND/OR OTHER PERFORMANCES.

District Vision Statement

Broward County Schools’ vision for music education is based on the concept that music is an essential part of life, integral in the development of the whole child, and is vital for the advancement of culture and human civilization. The student’s quality of life is improved by physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth experiences through a meaningful and sequential study in music. A comprehensive music education engages learners in developing self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation, creativity, and self-motivation for success. The skills and technical qualities involved in creating, recreating, and interpreting works in the fine arts also provides lifelong appreciation of the culture of a people. Our vision is that Broward County students will engage in the arts at a deeply enriching level for them, their families, and their communities.

The Westglades Band Philosophy

The study of music at Westglades Middle School is designed to teach both musicianship (consisting of music reading, sight-singing, instrumental technique, and tone production) and to introduce students to the expressiveness and uniqueness of music. Band courses are sequential, and the student’s skills are developed and refined each year. In all courses, music engages the imagination, fosters flexible ways of thinking and problem solving, cultivates creativity, develops discipline, builds self-confidence, and immerses the learner within diverse cultural and sociological contexts. Participation in the Westglades Band program will develop within students a positive character that will prepare them for a significant and meaningful life; the quality of which remaining enhanced long after leaving Westglades Middle School. In addition, the study of music at Westglades Middle School serves as gateway to the aesthetic experience. Aesthetic experiences have significant educational value and offer students what wholly academic endeavors cannot. Creating and interpreting musical works requires a careful fusion of intellect, the senses, and the body. Through aesthetic experiences, students engage in the careful focus of attention to the work being created, to the emotions generated within their own body, and to the production of the appropriate physical response needed to accurately recreate the musical work. Through this unique process, the student is able to observe and describe the world around them in a way that is not possible by any other means.

The Westglades Band Student Code of Musicianship

"We will arrive on time, enter our band room quietly, and sit in our assigned seats. We will participate every day and always do our best. We will work together to achieve our goals. We will keep our hands, feet, and negative comments to ourselves. We will handle our equipment with care. We will listen during rehearsal and not speak or play our instruments without permission. We will refrain from eating or using cell phones during rehearsal. We will pack up our equipment in a quiet and timely manner. We will keep our band room clean. We will wear our uniforms for all concerts and performances."

Literature Selection

Literature (music) chosen for the Westglades Middle School bands to perform will be of diverse styles, genres, cultural contexts, and historical periods. Secondly, the music performed will be at a level that is demanding of the ensemble technically, musically, and artistically. Selections chosen will be from a list of music that is widely regarded as quality band music, meaning that each piece will have educational benefits to be derived by the students in the ensemble. Occasionally, students will have the opportunity to provide input into the music selection process, therefore expanding the diversity of music performed by Westglades Middle School band students.

Assessment and Grading

The overall goal of the Westglades Middle School Band is to give an outstanding public performance. Each student in the ensemble has the responsibility to participate, prepare, and perform to the best of his or her ability. This includes individual practice and preparation, much of which takes place outside of class. All grades will be categorized into one of the following three areas:

Grade Category
Weight
Category Description
Examples & Notes
Homework & Classwork
40%

Any assignment completed at home or in class.

Music practice worksheets or theory lessons, performing on instrument during class, and any other assigned homework.
Assessments
50%
"Playing tests” using the Performance Assessment Rubric (see below).
Also includes attendance at concert performances.
 Individual Contribution
10%
The individual student’s daily participation in class (see rubric below).
The student participates in class daily to the best of their ability unless excused by a note, email, or other parent contact.

Performance Assessment Rubric

Performance assessments will take place on a regular basis, or at intervals specified by Mr. Ecklund. Each performance assessment is worth 100 points. Students will be assessed in the following areas:

Assessment Category
Points
Grade Reference Criteria
Note Accuracy
25
All notes played correctly with no “fumbling” or missed accidentals.
Rhythmic Accuracy
25
All rhythms played correctly in accordance with the time signature.
Breathing & Phrasing
10
Relaxed body taking in a full breath, breaths taken in the appropriate places with attention given to the phrase or line.
Articulation & Dynamics
10
Proper articulation and dynamics performed as indicated in the music, with careful attention given to the stylistic elements of the piece.
Stability of Tempo
10
Performance of piece using an accurate, steady tempo.
 Tone Quality
10
Production of a focused sound exhibiting the characteristic tone quality of the instrument.
 Posture
10
Instrument in the correct playing position using the proper grip or hand position, head up, feet flat on floor, body sitting up straight.

Individual Contribution Rubric

Band students are expected to participate in class daily, unless excused by a phone call, email, or note from a parent, guardian, or physician. The student’s individual contribution to the band will be measured as a daily participation grade using the following rubric (100 points per week):


The student is on time to class and comes prepared with his or her instrument, music, and a pencil. Upon entering the band room, the student promptly prepares their instrument for rehearsal. The student participates in class to the best of their ability unless excused by a note, email, or other parent contact. The student handles all equipment in the band room with care and does not play their instrument without permission. The student listens during rehearsal and does not speak without permission. At the conclusion of rehearsal, the student packs away their instrument and equipment in a timely manner.

Concert Performance Attendance

Performances are an integral component of the band program at Westglades Middle School. Each concert performance will be worth 100 points and categorized as a performance assessment. As mandated by the Florida Department of Education, attendance at concert performances is mandatory and is considered a required component of the course. Absences from concerts or other performances will adversely affect a student’s grade. In order for an absence from a concert performance to be excused, a note, email, or phone call is required from a parent or guardian in advance of the scheduled performance. Unless your child is truly ill, those excused students will receive an alternate assignment to be completed in place of attending the specified performance for half credit. Students with unexcused absences will receive a "0."

Instruments and Other Materials

All students will need to rent, buy, or already own an instrument to participate in band classes and performances. An extremely limited number of instruments are available for rental through Westglades Middle School at a cost of $20.00 for the school year. These instruments are rented on a first come, first served basis. Students are expected to keep school-rented instruments in good playing condition including the maintenance and/or repair of their instrument at parent's expense, as needed. Please see the rental contract below for more information. Please note that school-rented instruments DO NOT include a mouthpiece. Parents must purchase a mouthpiece to keep for their child.


Students that do not rent an instrument through Westglades Middle School must rent or buy an instrument from a music store if they don’t already own one. These students are also expected to keep their instrument in good playing condition. This includes the maintenance and/or repair of their instrument at parent's expense as necessary, and the keeping of additional supplies such as valve oil or reeds on hand. In addition, band students must wear a uniform shirt (available from the Westglades Band Boosters for $20.00) at concerts and other performances, unless otherwise indicated by Mr. Ecklund. Please see Uniforms for more information.

Westglades Band Required Performance Uniforms

Westglades Band students are required to wear uniforms for performances, trips, and events. Descriptions and examples are provided below for each uniform for the various bands. Band Uniform Polo Shirts are $20.00 each. For check purchases, please print the form below and return with payment, or visit the Band Store to purchase online using credit card or PayPal. Thank you!

Florida Department of Education Course Descriptions

Course
Description from Florida DOE
Course #1302000
Band 1
"Beginning Band"
Students with little or no instrumental experience develop foundational instrumental technique, foundational music literacy, and aesthetic musical awareness through rehearsal, performance, and study of high-quality band literature. Instrumentalists work on the fundamentals of music notation, sound production, instrument care and maintenance, and personal and group rehearsal strategies. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom. This course may also require students to obtain a musical instrument (e.g., borrow, rent, purchase) from an outside source. Prerequisite: None.
Course # 1302010
Band 2
"Concert Band"
Students with previous band experience build on instrumental technique, music literacy, and aesthetic response through rehearsal, performance, and study of a variety of high-quality band literature. Instrumentalists expand their knowledge of music notation, music theory, sound production, and personal and group rehearsal strategies. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom. This course may also require students to obtain a musical instrument (e.g., borrow, rent, purchase) from an outside source. Prerequisite: Band 1, and Director recommendation.
Course # 1302020
Band 3
"Symphonic Band"
Students with previous band experience expand on their instrumental technique, music literacy, and aesthetic response through rehearsal, performance, and study of a variety of advanced level, high-quality band literature. Instrumentalists extend their knowledge of music notation and theory, sound production, and personal and group rehearsal strategies. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom. This course may also require students to obtain a musical instrument (e.g., borrow, rent, purchase) from an outside source. Prerequisite: Band 1 and/or Band 2, and Director recommendation.
*Course # 1302030
Band 4
"Westglades Winds"
HIGH SCHOOL HONORS CREDIT
Students with considerable band experience strengthen their instrumental technique, music literacy, and aesthetic response through rehearsal, performance, and study of a variety of advanced, high-quality band literature. Instrumentalists refine their knowledge of music notation and theory, sound production, and personal and group rehearsal strategies. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom. This course may also require students to obtain a musical instrument (e.g., borrow, rent, purchase) from an outside source. Prerequisite: Band 1, Band 2, and/or Band 3, and Director recommendation.
*PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A BEFORE SCHOOL REHEARSAL COMMITMENT REQUIRED FOR THIS COURSE.