8th Grade Band rehearses as a part of the daily curriculum at Central Middle School and group lessons happen once a week on a rotating schedule. Students will have one task day a week.
Extra Musical Opportunities
Many students show a keen desire to excel above the course of daily activities. To this end, we offer these extracurricular opportunities for extended growth in musicianship.
Jazz Band is an ensemble open to members in 8th grade band. Jazz Band has the following instruments: flute, clarinet, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, piano, bass, guitar, and drums. This activity allows students to learn and experiment with the playing and improvisation of jazz music. Jazz Band meets 2 days a week on Wednesday and Thursday from 7:20-8am.
NCJC is the North Central Junior Conference made up of junior high school musicians from DeKalb, Sycamore, Rochelle, Burlington, and Belvidere. Each May, selected students from each of the schools rehearse and perform as the NCJC band, orchestra, or choir. Guest conductors are brought in to rehearse with the groups and a concert is presented in the evening. The NCJC Festival is held on the first Wednesday in May on the NIU campus.
IMEA is similar to NCJC however students audition for a chair in the IMEA band, orchestra, or jazz band. Students receive music at the beginning of the school year and auditions are in September and October.
AIJB The All-Illinois Junior Band was founded for the express purpose of creating a premier musical experience for the state’s finest middle school band students. As the first statewide middle school honor band in over half a century, membership in AIJB is determined solely through competitive blind auditions. Its goals are to provide an opportunity for middle school students to perform excellent literature with a mature ensemble and distinguished conductor, to interact with similarly dedicated student musicians from around the State of Illinois, and to encourage and inspire these outstanding young musicians to continue their musical studies.
Solo and Ensemble is a contest where 7th and 8th grade students can perform solo or with a small group.
The three areas used to determine the band or orchestra quarter grade are: playing tests, daily conduct and participation, and concert attendance.
The grading scale is: 90 – 100 points = A
80 – 89 points = B
70 – 79 points = C
60 – 69 points = D
59 and below = F
1. Playing Tests
Students will have playing tests throughout the school year. Students will use in class time and at home practice time to prepare for each quiz.
2. Daily Conduct and Participation
Students will receive 25 points per quarter. All students will receive this participation grade in the grade book. Students can keep their points by bringing all materials to class such as their instrument, books, music, and pencils, and exhibiting good classroom behavior during rehearsal. Students will lose one point on days they forget to bring their materials to class or exhibit behavior that is not appropriate for rehearsal. Band is a performance-based class. Rehearsals help prepare for the performance. Proper materials and proper behavior are necessary for the success of the entire group.
It is mandatory that students attend all performances, have appropriate materials for the performance, and behave in a manner worthy of membership. Any absences (except for school day excused absences) need to be communicated to the director prior to the absence. An absence from a performance without prior consent will have a considerable effect on the quarter grade. Attendance at lessons and rehearsals is very important to the band. Rehearsals are a part of each student’s schedule. Lesson times are determined by the band director and will be communicated to the students at the beginning of the year. Students are responsible for attending lessons at the scheduled times.
Students can very easily make up any missed points by attending concerts performed by students of the same age or older. This includes CHS band, orchestra or choir concerts, as well as, musicals, Elgin Symphony Orchestra concerts, or other professional band, choir, or orchestra performances. Students will receive 3 points for any outside concert they attend.
Band Supplies and Uniforms
Each instrument has a unique set of materials that are needed for success. All instrumental supplies and method books can be obtained through a variety of music companies. The director recommends Music and Arts Center, whose representative visits both the High School and Middle Schools on a weekly basis. Supplies from Music and Arts Center can be ordered by contacting the store. Here is a list of mandatory supplies needed for student’s success including instruments, method books, and uniforms. *Note: CMS does not stock supplies.
Website for Music and Arts: www.musicarts.com
Phone number to store in Itasca, IL: (630) 285-1485
- Concert Attire: White Long Sleeve Dress Top + Black Dress Pants/Socks/Shoes (no gym shoes or jeans) (If wearing skirts please wear solid black leggings)
-1 inch 3-ring binder + 5 tabs
All instruments need an ID-tag. (tags available in the music room)
Flute: Flute Silk Swab
Oboe: Oboe Silk Swab, 3 Oboe Reeds – Medium *Please have a minimum of 3 working reeds*
Clarinet: Clarinet Silk Swab, Reed Protector Case, Woodwind Cork Grease, 1 Box Vandoren Clarinet Reeds Size 3 (Please have a minimum of 6 working reeds), Thumb-eez for RH thumb rest - if desired
Saxophone: 1 Box Vandoren Alto Saxophone Reeds - Size 3, Saxophone Silk Swab, Woodwind Cork Grease, Reed Protector Case
Trumpet/French Horn/Baritone/Tuba: Brass Valve Oil, Brass Slide Grease, Mouthpiece Cleaning Brush, Cleaning Snake
Trombone: Trombone Slide Cream, Trombone Spray Bottle, Mouthpiece Cleaning Brush, Cleaning Snake
Percussion: Vic Firth SD1 General Drumsticks, Kaces “Xpress” Standard Drum Stick Bag, Balter Basic Yarn Mallets – Blue/Medium