Class Placement Evaluations For each school year, the high school directors meet with the 8th grade students in person at the middle schools and do a band placement hearing. The music and requirements will be given out in updates on this website and through your middle school band director.
The directors just want to hear you play, and it should be low-stress and fun! We are more interested in what you CAN do, not what you can't do. Every band member has strengths and talents that can benefit our program!
If you are transferring from a campus outside of Timberwood MS, Atascocita MS, or West Lake MS, please contact us and we can set you up a meeting time. We would love to meet you, and we would also love to hear you play!
Everyone makes the Band! This is not an audition. Every student that is enrolled in a band class will participate in marching band. 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 class hearings and evaluations in late November that will determine band class placement for the Spring semester.
Guidelines For Atascocita HS Band Placement
The placement of student musicians in the classes 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 band class until their academic standing improves.
2) Attendance – Showing up for the team is so critically important to our success! 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 be affected by other school activities. It is great for you to be in multiple activities. We ask that students who are involved in multiple activities be diligent in planning their schedules accordingly so that we can make sure that you as a shared student with other activities will not fall behind in band. We love when students are involved in multiple activites! We just need to make sure that we have really good planning so that we can
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! Most AHS 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.
You can refer to the band handbook in terms of further grading information on high school band for students.
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