12.0 Alternates 12.1 Some members may serve as alternates for the halftime show. Alternates may fill vacant positions if, for any reason, someone misses a rehearsal and/or performance or drops out of the band. Alternates are determined by the director during band camp and are expected to attend all band rehearsals and performances. 12.2 Students may be designated as alternates for various reasons, including (but not limited to): failure to attend band camp, poor attendance, lack of preparation, or not contributing in a positive way to productive rehearsals. 12.3 Pregame and/or halftime alternates must still learn the music and will be assigned a spot to shadow during pregame. They will participate in rehearsals and play during pregame performances from the back sideline. 13.0 Challenges 13.1 Alternates may challenge according to the following challenge system: 13.2 Students must initiate the challenge process by emailing the director at least a week before a proposed challenge. Challenges must happen before the end of September. 13.3 Students challenging must notify the director on the day of the challenge that they are present and they are challenging that day. 13.4 You will be evaluated on marching during the challenge rehearsal and will play music for the Director and techs after rehearsal. 13.5 Students can only challenge like instruments. 13.6 The challenge consists of: 13.6.1 Learning the count structure of drill for the most recent movement 13.6.2 Playing music selected from the most recent movement of the halftime show from memory 13.6.3 Only halftime music will be used for challenges 13.6.4 The director will choose who is being challenged, this name will be given to the drum majors before the challenge13.6.5 Section leaders are not subject to challenge 13.6.6 A member will only be given the spot of someone they have beaten in a challenge (they will not be given the spot of someone not chosen by the director) 13.6.7 The challenger must clearly exceed the level of the person they are challenging in count structure and music performance 14.0 Inspections Uniform 14.1 Pants are ½” above the shoelaces 14.2 No smudges, stains, or wrinkles on the jacket or pants 14.3 No scuff or tears on the shako 14.4 No discoloration on any element of the uniform 14.5 Shoes are in good condition, free of mud and dirt and without rips or tears 14.6 Plain black socks must be at least calf height. No skin should be visible 14.7 Gloves are in good condition, without stains or tears Instrument 14.8 All brass and percussion instruments should be polished Friday night or Saturday afternoon before games. 14.9 Woodwind keys must be wiped down. 14.10 Flutes and saxophones must be free of major smudges. 14.11 If it is determined that a student’s uniform or instrument is unsatisfactory, that student will be sent to the Director for a final decision on whether or not they will march that day. 15.0 Instruments and Music 15.1 For the fall of 2018, all student-owned instruments will be required to be lacquer (gold) in color. 15.2 Handle/play only your own instrument. Do not sit on the instrument cases at any time. 15.3 All instruments must be in their cases when transported, unless carried by hand. 15.4 Do not set instruments down on abrasive surfaces such as asphalt or gravel. For rehearsals at the practice field, section leaders must make sure instruments are orderly and not sitting on the asphalt. 15.5 If there is damage to a school instrument it will be the responsibility of the student renting the instrument to pay for repairs. Any damage to a school instrument should be brought to Dr. Kihle’s attention immediately. If necessary, a hold will be placed on your account until the bill for the repair has been paid, including those done in the off-season. 15.6 Each brass instrument is issued with a polishing cloth. Each brass instrument (except trombones) is issued with a bottle of valve oil. It is the responsibility of the student to keep the instrument clean and in good playing condition. 15.7 It is each student’s responsibility to make sure their instrument is loaded onto the bus or truck during a trip. 15.8 Instruments will be checked in during the assigned finals time for marching band. Students must present their instrument to the equipment manager in the music annex during the finals time and sign their original check-out form stating that the instrument has been inspected and has been checked back in. Failure to present your instrument in person will result in the deduction of half a letter grade. 15.9 Our responsibility as a college marching band is to perform pre-game and half-time shows, and to support the team during the entire game. We will do a lot of playing in the stands. Be prepared to play any piece in the book. 15.10 Most music that will be performed during the parades, field shows, and performances will be memorized. Take responsibility to learn your music ahead of time so that rehearsals are productive. Do not count on others to carry your part musically. 16.0 Uniforms 16.1 Uniforms are issued for your use free of charge; however each student will be held accountable for the replacement cost of the uniform and all associated parts if lost or damaged. Current replacement costs are: Coat $350 Rain Coat $40 Trousers $185 Black band T-shirt $10 Shako $90 Flip folder $10 Plume $33 Dot book $10 Travel Bag $50 17.0 End-of-Year Party 17.1 The end-of-year party will occur on the Monday following the last regular season home game. 17.2 Only five awards per section will be allowed at the end-of-year banquet. Section leaders must make sure that the awards are not demeaning to membership. 17.3 Students are not required to attend the end-of-year party but are strongly encouraged to attend.
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