PORTER SPARTAN BAND

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Deadline for all Video Submissions will be April 17th at 11:59 PM





Auditions and Band Placement Guidelines
For the 2020/ 2021 School Year,, we will be accepting video submissions to help us determine which part you should play for our marching show.  We are calling this a "Marching Band Evaluation".  You can submit your videos submission through either Canvas for all current PHS students, or email for all current 8th grade students

If you are transferring from a campus outside of White Oak MS, Woodridge Forest MS or Porter High School, please email us with a video of you performing the evaluation materials for your instrument.  

How to submit the Marching Band Evaluation for the 2020/2021 school year:


Current PHS Students:

You will be given an assignment in Canvas.  Complete the assignment in Canvas and submit.  Be sure to follow all directions for tempo etc.  


Instructions: 

- Video must be a single continuous video with no stops, that contains all material included in the evaluation music.  
- You must say what you are about to play, out loud, so that we know where you are on the page.  Ex - "Etude #1"
- You should practice with a metronome before recording the video, but do not use the metronome during the video
- Be sure that you are paying attention to dynamics, articulations, tone quality, tuning, etc as you prepare your evaluation.  
- For all scales, you will TONGUE UP AND SLUR DOWN. Be sure that you are playing at an even tempo and not rushing through the scales





Current 8th grade Students:

You should download the music for your instrument from the menu on the right side of this page.  

Instructions: 

- Video must be a single continuous video with no stops, that contains all material included in the evaluation music.  

- You must say what you are about to play, out loud, so that we know where you are on the page.  Ex - "Etude #1"

- You should practice with a metronome before recording the video, but do not use the metronome during the video.

- Be sure that you are paying attention to dynamics, articulations, tone quality, tuning, etc as you prepare your evaluation

- For all scales, you will TONGUE UP AND SLUR DOWN. Be sure that you are playing at an even tempo and not rushing through the scales


- To submit your video, you will need to upload your video to YouTube as an Unlisted video and then email the link to one of the following addresses:


Brass Players send your links to Dr. Jimmy Nowell at jnowell@newcaneyisd.org


Woodwind Players send your links to Ms. Anglea Torres at atorres3@newcaneyisd.org




Everyone makes the Marching Band!

Every student that is enrolled in a band class will participate in marching band.  We will use the video submissions of your marching band evaluation to determine part assignments for marching band.  Due to the Coronavirus, we will not be able to conduct true band placement auditions for the 2020/21 school year.  Instead, we will be placing students in band classes based on data collected during the 2019 / 2020 school year by PHS, WOMS and WFMS band staff.  


The great news is that band class placement does not matter that much for the fall semester since EVERYONE in band plays the exact same music for the fall semester regardless of class placement.  We will hold auditions / evaluations in late November that will determine band class placement for the Spring 2021 semester.  


Guidelines For PHS Band Placement

The placement of student musicians will be determined by the band directors.  This process will be based upon several factors:

1)   Pass Your Classes - State Guidelines are very strict about "No Pass - No Play".  Because of this rule, we must be very careful when selecting students for our ensembles to make sure we are filling the top ensembles with students who will be able to perform with us at contest.  Students with problems passing all classes consistently may need to spend some time in a less competitive class until their academic standing improves.  

2)   Attendance – We can't be successful when we don't have great attendance at EVERY rehearsal.  Because of this philosophy, if you are someone that consistently has problems with rides, attendance, tardies, etc.  we may need to consider having you placed in a lower ensemble that does not have the same attendance requirements outside of the school day.  The Varsity and Non Varsity setting is for students that not only Pass their Classes and have great attendance, but can also demonstrate a high Musical Proficiency on their instrument.  

Note:  Attendance could affected by other school activities, and we think it is great for you to be in multiple activities, but in fairness to the other students in the class we need to make sure that each student in the top two classes will be able to attend all required rehearsals.  
 

3)   Musical Proficiency – Provided that you are someone that can Pass Your Classes and are able to attend required rehearsals, then we will place you in an ensemble that suits your ability!  Typically, most PHS Band Students do not have issues with criteria 1 and 2 listed above, so being great on your instrument is usually the best way to ensure that you will earn a spot in one of our top ensembles.   However, if you are still struggling a bit on your instrument, we have some great ensembles that will work for you as well!  There is always the rare occasions where someone could be a truly great musician on their instrument but just struggles with grades or attendance, and in this case, we would need to look at a less competitive situation to ensure that every student is being successful in every class!  
  
Instrumentation – The integrity of balanced instrumentation is paramount for maximizing the musical potential of an ensemble. It will be the sole responsibility of the director to maintain a balanced instrumentation based upon current resources.

Refer to the NCISD handbook in terms of further grading information on high school band for students.