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2019 Marching Band – Tryouts

Welcome to the 2019 Spirit of Freedom Marching Band!

2019 Marching Band Handbook 

TRYOUT SCHEDULE & INFORMATION

Thursday, May 30         6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 1          1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Prospective members must attend all tryout sessions unless there is a reasonable conflict you have pre-arranged with the Band Director.

What to expect

  • Brass and Woodwinds
    • Wear comfortable, athletic-type clothing and sneakers with socks.
    • Bring a water bottle.
    • Flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, and trumpet players should bring an instrument. If you need to borrow a school-owned instrument, please email Mr. Galway.
    • French horn and tuba players should bring a mouthpiece. An instrument will be provided.
    • Trombone and euphonium players should bring a large-shank mouthpiece if you have one. If you do not have one, we have one you can borrow, or you can purchase one (recommendations are listed later in this document). An instrument will be provided.
    • On the last day, there is a brief tryout consisting of a short musical performance and a demonstration of marching techniques covered during camp.
  • Percussion
    • Wear comfortable, athletic-type clothing and sneakers with socks.
    • You do not need to bring any sticks, mallets, or instruments. Everything will be provided.
    • Bring a water bottle.
    • During tryouts, you will play many different instruments so the staff can assess your strengths and weaknesses.
    • On the last day, there is a brief tryout consisting of a short musical performance.
  • Colorguard
    • Who should attend?
      • All Freedom High school students are invited to attend. Our staff will assess each participant’s skill level and assist them, regardless of skill level, making sure everyone has the most educational experience possible.
    • I’m only auditioning for the colorguard, when do I attend?
      • If you are auditioning for the colorguard, you are auditioning for the marching band. Like the clarinet section, the trumpet section, or saxophone section, colorguard is a section in the marching band. Participation is required for all tryout dates. The final day will consist of the final audition including all the performing skills and techniques taught at the previous sessions.
    • What will happen during colorguard auditions?
      • Auditions will be an evaluation of how well you perform in a real colorguard rehearsal setting. Performance styles, dance styles, flag skills, techniques, and other philosophies will be explored during the audition. There will be things at the audition that will push you and expand your performance horizons and it is okay if you do not achieve something right away, colorguard skills take time. The goal of our auditions is to give you the tools, ideas, to experience what it is like to be a part of the Spirit of Freedom colorguard.
  • What to wear/bring?
    • Prospective members are expected to wear comfortable, fitting, dance or athletic attire with athletic sneakers or dance sneakers. Please, NO JEANS! Hair should be pulled back, nicely, and out of the face. Make sure to bring water and a small towel, as it can get sweaty. You do not need to bring your own equipment. We will have equipment provided for you.
  • My ride is not participating in auditions, may they come in and watch?
    • Our audition space is for prospective members only. However, there will be a parent meeting hosted by the Freedom High School Band Booster Association.

TRYOUT RESULTS

Students can earn one of the following two types of positions:

  1. Regular Member: Full-time position in the competition show.
  • Brass and woodwind players will be assigned to a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd part if applicable. Balanced instrumentation is paramount, so it may be necessary to move some students to other instruments, especially tuba. Be willing to sacrifice self-interest for the benefit of the team!
  • Percussion players will be placed on the instrument that best fits the students’ current skill set while maintaining a balanced instrumentation.
  • Colorguard candidates will earn a spot in the show. Flag, sabre, and rifle lines will be determined during summer camp.
  1. Reserve Member: Reserve members initially serve as backup performers and do not have a full-time position in the competition show. Reserve members will perform at football games and can earn a position in the competition show if a regular member becomes drops out, becomes injured, or fails to meet expectations.

MARCHING BAND FEES

The Marching Band fee for 2019 is $450. The fee covers approximately 75% of the Marching Band’s total expenses for the season. The remaining expenses are covered by the Band Boosters via fundraising (approx. 15%) and LCPS (approx. 10%).

The payment schedule is:

  • $225 is due by  Friday, June 7, along with your signed contract. The show will be designed based on the number of deposits and contracts received on this date.
  • $225 is due by Monday, July 29.

Online payments are strongly preferred.  You may pay using your credit or debit card on the Freedom Band Charms Website: https://www.charmsoffice.com  Information on how to set up student and parent access to the Charms Website will be provided to all new members at the Marching Band Tryout/Orientation sessions.  A reminder on how to access the Charms Website, including instructions on how to make electronic payments, will be communicated to all members and their parents before the first payment is due.

Marching Band fees are non-refundable.

No student will be excluded from Marching Band because of financial hardship. Any band family in need of an amended payment schedule or financial assistance should complete a  Financial Assistance form located here: https://goo.gl/forms/9FdaDBfuqk3M2dIt1

When tryouts are complete, each member will receive a contract that defines the position and part assignment. This contract must be returned along with a $225 deposit payment no later than the last day of the school year.