The "Principal's Own" Band
The oldest professional music organization in the United States of America is the US Marine Band, also known as "The President's Own." This concert band has a long and rich history of excellence and has been conducted by some of the most famous names in music history including John Philip Sousa. To be in “The President's Own” is to be the best of the best, and everyone that has ever played in it has worked their way up through other smaller bands until finally
being called up to serve in the band that performs for almost every presidential function at the White House and abroad. We are going to learn more about this band over the course of the year but we will also look up to them as a role model of sorts. Based on the traditions of this ensemble we are starting our own special set of achievements for each member of our band. Our band will be known asThe “Principal’s Own” Band.
During their second lesson, every band member moved up in rank to become a “Private.” The band members will continue to move up in rank all school year by performing specified songs from the book. On the bottom of this page, there is a chart which explains each rank and what the band students must do in order to achieve the specific ranks. There are also other special awards that students may achieve that are not performance-based.
I’m very excited to start teaching the students about The “President’s Own” Band and about being able to incorporate this historical ensemble into an incentive program. It is my hope that the students will start becoming intrinsically motivated to practice because of this system. If you want to learn more about the “President’s Own,” click on the link to look at their website. There are recordings, pictures and a lot of information about the band and it’s history.
Private : Properly assemble/disassemble instrument, get a good sound, have good posture & hand position
Private First Class: Line 1.17—Mary Had a Little Lamb
Lance Corporal: Line 2.7—Star Search
Corporal: Line 2.20—Shoo Fly
Sergeant: Line 3.24—Frere Jacques
Staff Sergeant: Page 51—Concert Bb Scale by memory
Master Sergeant: Line 4.14 High School Cadets
Sergeant Major: Page 51—Ab Concert Scale, 3rds & Arpeggios
Gold Practice Award—Practice at least 80 minutes/week for 20 weeks (not consecutive)
Silver Practice Award—Practice at least 80 minutes/week for 12 weeks (not consecutive)
Bronze Practice Award—Practice at least 80 minutes/week for 6 weeks (not consecutive)
Supporter of the Arts Award—Attend an concert outside of this school, and tell me about it by filling out online form
Gold Attendance Award—Be at your lesson with all materials for 20 weeks (not consecutive)
Silver Attendance Award--Be at your lesson with all materials for 12 weeks (not consecutive)
Bronze Attendance Award--Be at your lesson with all materials for 6 weeks(not consecutive)
Outside Performance Award—Perform outside of school (at church, boys scouts, talent show, etc)