The Concert Band is an ensemble for students in grades 9 – 12 that meets daily during 2nd period in the large ensemble rehearsal room. This group has tentatively scheduled performances on the following dates:
November 2020 Concert at 7:00 p.m. in MHS auditorium
March 2021 Concert at 7:00 p.m. in MHS auditorium
May 31, 2021 Memorial Day ceremony at 10:00 a.m. in the Pittsford Cemetery
June 2021 Concert at 7:00 p.m. in MHS auditorium
June 19, 2021 Graduation Ceremony at 2:00 p.m. in RIT Gordon Field House
These performances are formal presentations of our work and, with any formal occasion, our students are expected to present themselves in a formal way through their demeanor and their attire. This directly reflects each students understanding of Pittsford’s curricular goal of quality performance presentation. Students are expected to wear the following in performance:
Women: long black dress or black blouse & black dress pants, black shoes
Men: black dress shirt (tie optional), black dress pants, black socks and shoes
In preparation for these performances, it is expected that students demonstrate a desire to succeed. This desire becomes evident in each student's daily contribution to rehearsals, attitude and openness to constructive criticism, weekly preparation and skill reinforcement, and musical growth in lessons. Students will receive grades on their lesson preparation and progress weekly. In addition, students will be evaluated on performance and written skill assessments every 2-3 lessons. It is expected that students will attend regularly scheduled lessons weekly, however make up opportunities will be available should conflicts arise. Enrichment opportunities are also available (see link).
School owned instruments, mouthpieces and accessories that are borrowed for the year are expected to be returned in the same condition that they were when assigned to the student. Maintenance due to normal wear and tear will be paid for by the school, however the cost of damage due to neglect or carelessness must be paid for by the borrower. A record of the item borrowed (including brand and serial number as well as the condition in which it was assigned) is kept each September for comparison.
Each student’s commitment to their own personal excellence makes them a valued member of the Concert Band. Pooling these individual talents and striving for collective mastery of musical skills creates a deeply meaningful artistic experience and provides cherished memories for a lifetime.