A student’s high school band experience should be challenging, enriching, and genuine. Through the course of the year, time and energy will be spent familiarizing all students in the band program with different literature, history, technique, and the mechanics of music so that upon the student’s completion of the band program they may leave high school with a better understanding of music, the creative process, and the aesthetic.
- Required Performance/Rehearsal Schedule
- Supplies and Instrument Repair
- School Instruments
- Concert Attire
- Marching Uniform Care and Etiquette
- Student Leadership
- Awards and Recognition
- Forms to Return
Members of Symphonic Band also participate in Viking Marching Band - See the VMB Page for the full rehearsal/performance schedule.
Calendar dates can be automatically downloaded to your phone or tablet. Click on the calendar to the right of this screen.
Due to the changing Covid-19 pandemic, I am currently not planning on uploading calendar dates to the calendar you can subscribe to. If that changes, I will communicate this with families via email.
Do you have a conflict with a performance or a rehearsal? Be sure to fill out a Conflict Form
Summer 2020 Band Camp
July 20, 21, 22, 23, 8 AM-12 PM July 24, 1 PM-5 PM, Parent Performance and Picnic, 5 PM-6:30 PM
Pep Band Performance @ Home Football Game - August 28, 5:00-8:15 PM All Band Member Marching Band Photograph - September, TBD Pep Band Performance @ Home Football Game - September 4, 5:00-8:15 PM Pep Band Performance @ Homecoming Pep Rally - September 25, 2:30 PM Marching Band Performance @ Homecoming Parade - September 25, 4:00 PM Pep Band and Viking Marching Band Performance @ Home Football Game - September 25, 5:00-8:15 PM Pep Band w/ RB 8th Grade and Viking Marching Band Performance @ Home Football Game - October 9, 5:30-8:15 PM
Winter Band Concert - December 3, 7:00 PM
Symphonic Band Performance with River Bluff Bands - December 10, 7:00 PM
Symphonic Band Chamber Ensembles Perform at the Madrigal Dinner - December 12, 13, 14 - 5:30-6:30 PM
Spring Band Concert - March 8, 7 PM
District Solo and Ensemble Festival - March 13 @ Oregon High School, Exact performance times TBD
Conference Band Festival - March 18, Exact performance times TBD
Band Variety Show Rehearsal - April 26, 6:30-9 PM
Band Variety Show Rehearsal - April 28, 1:20-3:20 PM. Skits from 3:30-5:00 PM
Band Variety Show Rehearsal - April 29, 6:30-9 PM
Band Variety Show 52 - May 1, 7-9 PM
Marching Band Performance @ Syttende Mai Parade - May 16, 1:30 PM
Marching Band Performance @ Memorial Day Parade, May 31, 10 AM
Combined Bands (Concert and Symphonic Band) Perform at Graduation - June 6, 1 PM
Summer 2021 Band Camp
July 19, 20, 21, 22 - 8 AM-12 PM
July 23, 1 PM-5 PM, Parent Performance and Picnic, 5 PM-6:30 PM
Student grades in Concert and Symphonic Band are based on the following:
- Discussion Contributions
- Lessons - 2 required per quarter. Students can sign up for a lesson time on the form in front of the band room. Private lessons also satisfy this requirement.
- Smart Music check-ins (Concert Rep, sight-reading, etc.)
- Percussion - Rudiment Study Check-Ins
- Written Drafts of Responses, Compositions, etc.
- Performances (Fall, Spring and Winter Concerts, Variety Show, Solo and Ensemble, Parades, Pep Band). A student can still receive credit for a missed summative performance if they complete a makeup by the end of the quarter the performance occurs in. Due to Covid 19, if a performance is cancelled, a student's Virtual Ensemble recording submission satisfies this requirement.
- Music Checkups, Scale Summatives, and Rhythm Proficiencies
- Final Drafts of Program Notes, Compositions, etc.
Some formative and summative tasks are graded with these rubrics:
Effective practice is crucial for developing musical skill. Students can choose to practice at home
or at school, the location is not as important as the fact that practice happens. Students have access to practice rooms before and after school, during lunch, and throughout the day if a pass is obtained from any music instructor. Please note that students can practice during 2+ ONLY if a pass is obtained from a music instructor in advance of 2+.
Practice is a craft itself. Students should always use a metronome and start practicing at a slow tempo gradually increasing the speed until the tempo desired is attained. Metronomes can be borrowed from the music department or can be downloaded on most phones and tablets.
As an additional practice tool, students will have access to Smart Music
Students are responsible for attending rehearsal with an instrument that works and the supplies they need to play. Required supplies that students should have at all times are:
- Clarinet, Saxophone - Vandoren (Traditional) Reeds and cork grease.
- Trumpet, Tuba - Synthetic Valve Oil (Al Cass)
- Horn - Rotor Oil (Hetman)
- Trombone - Slide Oil (Yamaha is recommended)
- Percussion - Concert Snare Sticks (Vic Firth 5A), practice pad. Not required at this time but recommended - Practice pad, Stick Bag, Mike Balter 14B Yarn Mallets, Musser M-2 Rubber Mallet, Vic Firth T1 Timpani Mallet
Two Madison music stores have online stores and visit Stoughton High School on a weekly basis to deliver (free of charge). Visit Ward Brodt Music select SASD and Stoughton High School to see a list of recommend supplies and purchase online. You can also visit Heid Music online to order needed supplies. Once you order supplies either by phone or the web, you can pick up from the store, have them shipped to your house, or dropped off at SHS. If you have an instrument that needs repair, you can drop off the instrument at the store or make arrangements with Mr. Schmidt to drop off at SHS. As always, if you have questions about supplies, just ask Mr. Schmidt.
Fees should be paid through Campus Portal. If you are not able to pay through Campus Portal, fees can be paid by a check made payable to SASD. Please pay fees promptly. Fees collected go toward equipment/uniform maintenance and supplies which are purchased during the school year.
All band fees must be paid by October 2
Each year, all students in band are responsible for a Uniform Cleaning Fee of $30. This fee covers two full cleanings, emergency cleanings, and the general upkeep of marching band uniforms. If needed, students will be responsible for a $12 marching band t-shirt, $4 for marching band gloves, and $38 for marching band shoes. If a student has these from a previous year and they still fit and are in acceptable shape, this fee does not need to be paid.
If we can march in the Spring, a reduced Uniform Cleaning Fee and Marching Supplies Fees may be issued. For now, these fees will not be issued.
Stoughton High School has instruments available for rental that would otherwise would be cost prohibitive to rent or buy. SHS offers tubas, euphoniums, bass clarinets, baritone saxophones, and french horns. SHS also has a limited number of tenor saxophones for rent. Percussionists and all students renting instruments pay a $90 maintenance fee which helps to cover the cost of yearly maintenance and upkeep. For more information, see the "School Instruments" section below.
The above fees are very important to the band program, but at times, I understand that some people might not be able to pay fees on time or at all. Financial difficulty should not prevent a student from pursing membership in band and if assistance is necessary, please reach out to the band director.
Stoughton High School has instruments available for rental that would otherwise would be cost prohibitive to rent or buy. SHS offers tubas, euphoniums, bass clarinets, baritone saxophones, and french horns. SHS also has a limited number of tenor saxophones for rent.
All students using school instruments, including percussionists, must return the fee and maintenance agreement. Rental fees are due at the beginning of the school year and help to cover the cost of regular maintenance. These fees do not cover results of negligent use or damage caused intentionally.
If a student owns their own instrument but has been asked to switch to another for purposes of instrumentation will have their rental fee waived but must still return the maintenance agreement form.
All students are required to purchase formal concert attire (concert black) for the Winter and Spring concerts, Conference Band Festival and other formal performances. Women should purchase a dress, pant suit, or slacks and a blouse that are all black. No miniskirts or shorts will be allowed. Men should purchase tuxes (black pants and coat, white shirt, black bow tie, black dress shoes). This can be made cheaply by using any of the listed pieces that the student already own or by ordering online. We have also worked out a deal with Nedrebos in Madison that will allow students to get a full tux without shoes for around $150. One last note regarding dress: if any of the above avenues don’t work for securing concert dress, please let me know and I can help.
If our concerts are virtual, we will establish a new dress code. For now, hold off on purchasing any new dress for formal concerts/performances.
There are a variety of opportunities to affect the direction of the program and to assist in it’s operation. Ultimately, my door is always open for anyone who needs to talk, but these formal opportunities are the best way to truly change affect change. All members are encouraged to talk with student leaders if they feel uncomfortable speaking with the director.
Student Leadership Group
Consists of five members from Concert Band and five members from Symphonic Band and the Drum Major(s). This group meets on a monthly basis to plan concerts/performances, trips, provide feedback for the director, etc. Ensemble representatives are decided on by a vote of all ensemble members and will take place at the beginning of each school year.
Band Booster Representatives
One from Concert Band and Symphonic Band. These representatives will attend the monthly Band Booster meetings and act as liaisons between the Boosters and the bands.
Each section in each ensemble will have a leader who will be responsible for leading sectionals during and outside of the school day, distributing music, and assisting members in learning and cleaning parts. Marching Band section leaders are determined by application in the Spring and Concert Band/Symphonic Band section leaders are chosen in the fall.
Drum Majors are responsible for directing the band in marching and pep band performances. They are chosen by application and audition in the spring before summer break.
Students may volunteer for this role and are chosen by the director. The band librarian is responsible for preparing music for distribution, organizing music when collected, keeping the music library clean and organized, and for keeping the music catalog up to date (including performance records).
Senior band students are eligible to receive the following awards depending on program participation:
- The National School Marching Award
- The Director's Award
- The Arion Award
- The Patrick Gilmore Award
- The Woody Herman Jazz Award
- The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award
- The John Phillip Sousa Band Award
Award winners are chosen by student ballot and director decision. Award winners receive commemorative plaques and their names are included on perpetual plaques displayed at SHS.