Cadet Band: full year Prerequisite: teacher placement
School instruments are available on a very limited basis, so students usually must either own or rent their own instruments. Placement will be determined through an audition with the director. Attendance at all evening and other calendered performances is required. Basic skills are emphasized in the areas of tone production, music reading, instrumental technique and ensemble performance. A uniform is required for members of all bands.
The purpose of Cadet Band is to:
• develop good technical habits in each student on his/her respective instrument.
• teach basic musicianship, including dynamics, phrasing and various articulations.
• develop in each student a sense of responsibility to himself/herself and to the other students in the ensemble.
• help each student realize a sense of pride in the work he/she produces through thorough preparation and attention to directions.
• develop self-control and discipline as it relates to classroom behavior and individual practice.
• prepare each student for advancement to the most challenging band in which he/she is capable of participating successfully.
• prepare each student for participation in the high school band program as it exists at Dobson High School.
• Tone Production (a concept of characteristic tone and the skills needed to achieve it as well as an introduction to professional tone control techniques)
• Scales (all major scales, two octaves where possible and the chromatic scale for at least two octaves; these are used to familiarize the students with all the fingerings and common fingering patterns on each instrument )
• Technique (selected etudes requiring progressive facility in the areas of fingering, range, rhythm and musicianship)
• Intonation (recognition of good and poor intonation along with the ability to apply corrective techniques)
• Musicality (knowledge of standard tempo, stylistic and dynamic markings along with the ability to find normal phrasing points in a musical line)
• Performance (participation in at least four public performances and one festival)
• Listening (experiencing music as played by visiting artists as well as being able to critically listen to other band performances)