Standard of Conduct

Because learning to play music in a group of instrumentalists is an activity unlike any other that a student may undertake, it is important for band members to acknowledge and conform to a certain standard of conduct. In the quest for excellence in this endeavor, certain obstacles must be overcome. These obstacles include tardiness, absence, negative attitudes, lack of personal or musical integrity, trust issues, selfishness, lack of responsibility and commitment to the group, lack of respect for people and property, and lack of self-respect.
       It is assumed that all band members and their families join the band faculty in wishing to provide an environment in which young people are expected and encouraged to develop the strength of character which will result in overcoming these obstacles and lead to both personal and ensemble excellence. Therefore, the following concepts form the basis for a code of values for the students in the  band program: respect for people and property; kindness and cooperation; good and honest intentions; intellectual curiosity; and a positive and rigorous work ethic.
       Following is presented a code of values which must be internalized and outwardly demonstrated by each band member if he or she is to experience, individually and within the ensemble, the full measure of artistic success which is possible.

Band members are expected to demonstrate--at all times--respect for faculty, parents, other students, guests, and, especially, themselves. All property falls under this expectation as well. Indications of respect are common courtesy and politeness, friendliness, support of peers and competitors, helpfulness, and positive behaviors. Conflicts should be handled maturely. Profanity, obscenity, and disrespectful speech or actions are intolerable.

Students must be WHERE they are supposed to be, WHEN they are supposed to be there, WITH the right equipment, materials, and supplies, WEARING the proper attire, and WITHOUT failing to resolve schedule conflicts.

You have two primary responsibilities: to yourself and your own personal growth and to any group to which you belong. Within the band program, performances take precedence over all other activities and rehearsals take precedence over almost all other activities. When the occasional conflict arises, YOU are accountable for resolving it appropriately through adequate communication with and agreement between all parties concerned.

Integrity can be defined as being complete as a person or having great strength of character and trustworthiness. Shakespeare's advice, "to thine own self be true," is golden, because you must be completely honest with yourself before you can be truly honest with anyone else. The "completeness" implied by integrity also involves being kind and thoughtful and thinking of others as well as yourself in making decisions.

It is important for you to seek out opportunities to help keep the day-to-day activities of the band program running smoothly. Ask "What can I do to help?" often and cheerfully. Be quick to assist with library work, copying, collating, stuffing envelopes, distributing information, organizing, setting up chairs and stands, tearing down performance sets, helping younger students through modeling and mentoring, ushering, moving and packing equipment, running errands, etc.

Also, realize that finding success in any performing art requires thousands of hours of diligent work, practice, repetition, failure, reevaluation, discussion with teachers and peers, rehearsal, and performance. You must demonstrate unswerving persistence toward musical excellence and personal dedication in this area.