members. The Memorial Day Parade is comprised of 6th,7th, and 8th Grade Band members. The 8th Grade Band forms the PJHS Marching Yellow Jackets for Cedar Point.
I have heard about something called “Doubling,” what is that about?
“Doubling” refers to students who are enrolled in two different music classes that meet the same period. This is usually reserved for students who are deciding which music class best fits their talents, or students that are musically gifted. Students who double are held to the same standards for grading and chair placement as students who are in Band everyday. A typical doubler schedule will have Band M/W/F and their other music class T/R one week, and then switch to have Band T/R and their other music class M/W/F the following week.
This means that students who double will only have Band half the time of other students. By the end of the first semester, a full time Band student will have 89 periods of instruction, while a student who is a doubler will have 45 periods of Band instruction, and 45 periods of their other music class. Students are assessed at the end of the first semester and graded on their progress in both music classes. Students who are not progressing at the same rate of Band only students may be asked to enroll in only one music class at the end of the first semester.
How much time does band take outside of school?
The 6th Grade band has three commitments outside of the school day in their first year. These commitments are their two concerts and the Perrysburg Memorial Day Parade. Students will receive a schedule of events for the year at the beginning of the school year. These commitments are
mandatory and part of the student’s grade.
There are many opportunities outside of the after-school commitments for 6th Grade Band. 6th Graders are invited to join the PJHS Pep Band. Pep Band has its own schedule of events. There are also 3 “Spirit Days” per year for Band students. Spirit Days in 2014 – 2015 included renting out the Maumee Indoor Theatre for the PJHS Band for a Movie Day, renting the entire Ohio Skate for a skating party, and having a Band Night at Hero's. These events are provided to build fellowship between the Band members.
Do I need to have musical experience to perform in bands?
You do not need any musical experience to start these classes! For most students, this is their FIRST musical instrument and performing ensemble. We start the year from the very beginning, starting with how to hold your instrument case. If you cannot read music well, we also review the music reading that was taught in elementary school.
What instruments can I start in the PJHS Bands?
Students who are taking Band EVERY DAY class may start: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, or Percussion. PLEASE BE ADVISED that we can only take UP TO 15 Percussion each year.
Students who are taking Band EVERY OTHER DAY class may start: Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba.
We have found that students taking two music classes in the same period have more success on the above instruments.