2017-2018 Rice Band Placements Please Read Below to Access Results
Please read the following regarding band placements for the 2017-2018 Rice Raven Bands.
The directors have used live auditions and a summary assessment of students’ work and progress throughout the school year to determine the most appropriate band placement for each student. Although the auditions are the main tool in placing students, additional factors that will affect placement include daily class preparation, overall musical progress and performance, participation in applicable band events, knowledge of music theory and related concepts, and student conduct. Students are each given one opportunity to audition. We will not schedule “second chance” auditions for any student.
There are four 7th and 8th grade performing bands at Rice Middle School. All performing bands will be collaboratively taught by the three band directors next year. Since no two classes are exactly alike, the level of performance and challenge in each ensemble changes from year to year. However, the following are some general descriptions of the band levels:
The Wind Ensemble is the varsity band and performs the most challenging literature. There is also an increased level of commitment required of students invited to be a part of the Wind Ensemble. The Wind Ensemble performs high school and even collegiate level literature.
The Symphonic Band is an advanced ensemble that performs music equivalent to typical 8th and 9th grade requirements. The Symphonic Band requires a high level of commitment, but is not quite as demanding as Wind Ensemble.
The two Concert Bands (Navy and Maroon) are the standard performing ensembles at Rice Middle School. The concepts and difficulty of music taught in the Concert Bands are aligned with the state and district curriculum for 7th and 8th grade.
It is important for students to remember that band placement is not a “win-lose” situation. All of the bands at Rice Middle School are of high quality and are very successful. The purpose of placement is to group students into ensembles that will challenge them appropriately without overwhelming them. A student placed in an advanced ensemble before he or she is ready to perform at that level will become very frustrated and will develop a negative attitude toward band. Conversely, a student who is not challenged will become bored and will no longer progress in his or her musical development. For this reason, there is not a set instrumentation for each ensemble. Although proper instrumental balance will be maintained in each ensemble, our highest priority is on properly placing individual students. For this reason as well, some placement adjustments may be made when students return in the fall depending on some students’ progress over the summer. Additional adjustments are often made at the winter break.
Some students will be pleased with their placements, while others may be disappointed. We encourage parents to guide your children in responding appropriately either way. The directors will not change any placement as a result of parental pressure, though we are happy to visit with parents and students to offer suggestions for continued growth and improvement. Band placements cannot be appealed.
Please note the following:
Directors will not respond to any email or phone call regarding placements received prior to Tuesday, May 30th. Any email or voice message received over the Memorial Day weekend will be deleted.
Students may visit with the directors for suggestions for continued growth and improvement next week. No changes in placement will be made at this time.
The directors will informally reevaluate students in the fall and at winter break if adjustments to any student's placement is needed.