INTRODUCTION - This handbook has been written so that students and parents will have an understanding of the music program at C.A.JacobsIntermediateSchool.

This manual will describe the policies that band members and parents need to adhere to. Becoming familiar with these policies will help each band member make the most of the musical opportunities here at C. A. Jacobs. Parents play a major roll in the success of our music program. We have had great support from the parents of music students in the past, and I'm looking forward to that support continuing.

 Our music program has built a reputation of having musically superior bands, made up of dedicated and well-respected music students. It is up to all of you to continue this tradition of excellence.

 PERFORMANCES & BAND CLASSES - Performances are mandatory, unless it’s a select or volunteer band.! We will have Fall, Winter, and Spring Concerts. There may be additional performances throughout the year. You will be given a schedule of a performance well in advance. It will help if parents make note of up and coming concerts to avoid conflicts. If you have a conflict with a performance, you need to let me know ASAP or one week before the performance. Excused absences from a performance will be determined on an individual basis. If you miss a concert, I need a note from your parents the next day explaining why you were not at the concert. You can not "make up a missed concert". However, if you are excused from a performance, you may be given an assignment for a grade in place of the concert.

 There are four band classes here at CAJ but only two bands. There is one 6th grade band and a combination of three classes of 7/8 grade musicians. All 7/8th grade musicians will practice and test on the same music. I may select a small band for a particular performance. For example, if there is a local event and they want the band to perform, I may need to select a small band because of the limited space to perform in.


Band T- shirts with black pants & black shoes. No ripped or torn jeans please.

 TIME REQUIREMENTS – Being in a band will require more time then one period a day. It’s like a team sport. You have practices but you also have performances outside of the school day. The Fall, Winter, and Spring Concerts.

 HOMEWORK or PRACTICING - To be successful at anything in life, you need to apply yourself. To be a successful musician you need to practice. I will not check practice records, or practice cards. It is up to you to do your homework (Practice). It is my job to teach you the music, it is your job to practice the music. At this level you must learn more then just the notes and rhythms. You must play the correct notes, rhythms, dynamics, style, phrasing, tempos, key signatures, and all musical markings. You should practice for rehearsals, tests, and performances. The more you practice, the better we all sound!

 GRADING POLICY - You will receive a grade based on four factors:

1. Daily Participation 35% This will be a weekly grade.

2. Class Materials 15%

3. Music Tests 25% Two per grading period. Visit the Test Rubric

4. Performances 25%

5. Total = 100%

 1. Daily Participation – This will be a weekly grade based on your daily behavior and performance in class. Do you talk during rehearsals? Are you following directions? Are you learning your music? Are you prepared for band? Are you ready when the bell rings?

 2. Class Materials - You need your instrument, music, and a pencil every day.

 3. Music Tests - There will be Two performance tests each grading period. You will have a one week notice of a test.

 4. Performances – See above under PERFORMANCES.

 Extra Credit - I will give extra credit for attending concerts other than your own, challenging, and private lessons. Other extra credit will be determined on an individual basis.


A. Have your instrument and music everyday.

B. Keep your instrument in good working order. Woodwind players have extra reeds!

C. Try to improve on your instrument everyday.

D. Have respect of each other.

E. Follow school and class rules.

F. Help set up and pack up on gigs. (I can't do this alone; I need your help)


1. The BOX……Russo will explain

2. No food or drinks (unless I say it’s ok)

3. Stay out of my office. Unless you are told to get something out of the office.

 CONSEQUENCES – If you earn detention, you’ll serve it the day after the date of the infraction. This will give each student and parents one day's notice of detention. If you don’t come to my detention, you’ll earn a referral for a no show. You will need paper and a pencil to serve detention.

 LOCAL MUSIC STORES - Live Music Center 874 Alamo Dr. Vacaville, CA (707) 448-1511. Watermelon Music in Davis 1970 Lake Blvd, Davis, CA 95616. (530) 758-4010