Junior High Band
Organizational Tips

Check Concert Attendance

The night of a concert I was always too concerned about last-minute details to take time to count heads. The section leaders were given roll sheets for their section and asked to mark each student’s participation. The choices were, (1) On time and played all the pieces, (2) Late and played some of the pieces, (3) Too late to play, or (4) Absent. I collected the roll sheets the next day and followed up with those who had problems. (See Concert Attendance Form)

Video Disclaimer

The attached videos are not perfect examples of how each tune should be played. They are recordings of junior high students, some of whom have had their instruments for only a few months. Also, they are not professional recordings. They were taken by band parents using home equipment and naturally focusing on their own children.

I include them for two reasons: (1) To give you an idea of what the arrangements are like, and (2) To illustrate the kind of performance you can expect from your junior high students.